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Who on Earth Can Find God’s Kingdom? (preview)

Who on earth can find God’s kingdom? Who can know God’s wondrous reign?
How can we receive the freedom of a people born again?
Can we hear the winds a-blowing— where they come from and return?
Can we see God’s kingdom growing? These are things we long to learn.

Nicodemus said to Jesus, “God must be at work in you!
Rabbi, you’re a God-sent teacher; we can see the signs you do!”
Jesus saw his faith and questions, so he spoke these words of love:
“Surely, none can see God’s kingdom, till they’re born from God above.”

Nicodemus kept on wondering, “How can one be born anew?”
Jesus said, “This is the birthing that God’s Spirit brings to you.
If you want to see God’s kingdom, do not be at all surprised.
You can’t see God’s Spirit moving, yet it’s working, changing lives.”

God, we see your world around us, and we wonder what will be.
Is your loving reign among us; is it something yet to see?
May we trust your Spirit’s moving, giving life and hope and birth.
May we trust what you are doing, joy of heaven, hope of earth.

Biblical Reference: John 3:1-17
Tune:NETTLETON 8.7.8.7 D (“Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”) John Wyeth’s Repository of Sacred Music, 1813.
Text: Copyright © 2017 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.

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