From shore to shore

… as in the Isaac Watts hymn, “Jesus Shall Reign“, which we sang this morning at Our Saviour and in the evening at the Brighton Mission.

His kingdom stretch from shore to shore
Till moons shall wax and wane no more.

Which was a poignant thing to sing at Brighton, where we also celebrated the confirmation service of Karina—because it was also the last time that she was with us. By this time next week, she will have settled in her new home across the North Sea.

But that is the joy of membership in the body of Christ: that the Kingdom, of which we are members, does stretch from shore to shore. That even when we are separated by land and sea—and time!—Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever; and so His body remains one and united. We may not see each other or hear each other’s voices: but our voices come together at the throne of the Lamb, wherever we are, together with the angels and the archangels, with the the apostles, the holy band of the martyrs, and Christians from all times.

If we were in the business of shopkeeping, we would never confirm a person in her final service with us. But as free citizen’s in God’s boundless kingdom, such foolish behaviour is joyful!