5th October 2017
‘Rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn.’
King’s Church is a family of people aiming to serve God in our communities here in London. Our church is urban, diverse and growing. Over the last few months we have seen many people step toward us looking for a home, a family and friendship – we have much to be encouraged about. We can rejoice at the joy of spiritual birth, as people regularly profess faith for the first time or give testimony in baptism. We are moving forward with plans to expand and launch a new site. We can see God at work: our kids’ work is bursting at the seams, our youth work is thriving and there are many stories of God’s favour on people’s lives.
However, woven into the fabric of our journey there are often seasons of both joy and sorrow and this has certainly been the case these last few weeks. Whilst rejoicing in all that God is doing, we are also grieving for loved ones lost. At our Catford site on Sunday, we shared the shocking news that the younger brother of one of our key musicians had been murdered. Sadly, crimes such as this happen all too frequently on the streets we call home, and have once again come close to our church community. We stand with this family in prayer as they walk through this tragic event together. This was followed by the news that our friend Ben Arnold, a former member here and an elder at Beacon Church, which was planted out from King’s a decade ago, has died from cancer. Ben was a faithful and generous man, a great encourager of others and always ready with a smile. We mourn his loss, which has come far too soon, and we pray for his wife Emma and their two teenage children, Hannah and James.
So as I prayed for the King’s family this morning, I found myself both rejoicing and mourning. We rejoice because our God saves and ultimately, even in death, He reigns. But we also mourn for the untimely loss of those we love. My prayer for all of us, whatever season of life we may be in at the moment, is that we would each know the comfort of God, so that we can bring comfort to one another.
‘Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.’
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Posted by Steve Tibbert
Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham and Lee. Over the past fifteen years the church has seen continued growth, both in size and diversity. Steve is also involved in Newfrontiers and regularly coaches other lead elders. His book, Good to Grow, was published in July 2011. He is married to Deb, and they have three sons.