During the worship gatherings of those known as the First Baptist Church of Fort Dodge, it is typical for us to recite together the Lord’s Prayer. A few months ago, I decided to change up slightly how that prayer reads. I did so to bring it closer to home and make it much more personal in our own community.
Instead of saying, “Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven,” we now say, “Your kingdom come, Your will be done, in Fort Dodge as it is in heaven.”
Through that small change, we now are face-to-face with the reality that we must view and live in our community through the perspective of God’s kingdom and God’s will for it. That means looking at our community and seeing how it matches that quality and how it falls short in the quality of the kingdom.
For example, I’m thinking that in God’s kingdom no one goes hungry. I’m thinking that everyone has what is needed for life. I’m thinking that in God’s kingdom there is peace and not stress.
The idea is to take the qualities and characteristics of the kingdom of God and His will and apply it to our community in creative ways so the community can truly experience them.
I made this change in order to begin to get the church to start seeing what is right in front of us on a constant basis and do so in view of how God sees Fort Dodge and what He desires for our community.
That change has now led us to the formation of a new outreach team which will help direct, give guidance, and give funding to new and creative ways to impact our community so that the people of our community can experience the awesome characteristics and qualities of God’s kingdom.
I am excited as we begin this new venture. A significant amount of money was generously given to the church and it will be used for this purpose. I am looking forward to seeing the creativity of God’s people as we seek to bring the awesome characteristics and qualities of God’s kingdom and will to bear on the community of Fort Dodge.