City On A Hill

Posted by Nick & Becky Drake on 21 September 2015

In Matthew 5:14 Jesus tells us "you are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden."

Our latest Worship for Everyone song carries this message from Matthew's gospel. It's a song of declaration, a reminder to ourselves that when Jesus lives in and through us we can change the world. He is the light that shines through us for all to see, so we can be bold in declaring these words: 'I am a city on a hill, I am a light in the darkness.' There's strength in the song- like clothing ourselves in His armour. We've nothing to fear if God is in us and for us!

We've been leading this song with all ages for several months now, and it's really worked across the generations as it comes with a simple melody, a powerful declaration and clear actions. As the song moves towards saying 'We are a city on a hill' there's great power in the sense of unity across the ages. We want our children to know that no matter how young, they are powerful and can make a difference in their schools, homes, playgrounds. And as we grow older, very few of us ever feel that we are 'doing enough' for the kingdom. Don't we all need reminding that Jesus shines through us? It's his work, not ours, but when we step out in faith and work with him, nothing is impossible!

This message is particularly key for us as we move to a new city (Birmingham) and be a part of starting up a new church, St Luke’s Gas Street. Birmingham turns out to be one of the highest cities in the country and so we’re praying that we as a new church community can shine in this ‘city on a hill’ and be a light that brings joy, freedom, hope and life.

No matter where we live, or what our age or stage, each and every one of us has the chance to shape the place where God has called us, to shine his life upon any darkness and call on him to move in power. We hope this song is an encouragement along the way and a reminder of the hope that is found in Christ in you.

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