Four of the UK’s top worship artists – Noel Robinson, Andy Flannagan, Lou Fellingham, and Donna Akodu – are releasing ‘We Seek Your Kingdom’, a new worship song that encourages Christians to reimagine how God might work through them to bring his kingdom in every sphere of life.
Written by Robinson, Flannagan, and Graham Hunter to the tune of ‘Abide With Me’, the song is released with an accompanying music video commissioned by the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity (LICC) and Thy Kingdom Come. The video is a powerful reminder of God’s presence in the public square – depicting ordinary Christians on their God-given frontlines, as well as the songwriters singing in a literal town square.
‘This song is an encouragement that God is active in every part of our society,’ said Noel Robinson. ‘He’s with us in our work, our homes, and our streets; working in media, trade, and politics – and through ordinary Christians, he is working to “transform, revive, and heal society”.’
‘It’s a prayer for each of us to say over our daily lives, that we want to see God’s kingdom come on our frontline, that we repent of the ways we fail to live up to that desire, and that we recommit to inviting God to work through us where we are.’
Speaking about why the song is urgent for our times, Andy Flannagan commented:
‘When we wrote this song a few years ago we couldn’t have known that its recurring prayer to “transform, revive and heal society” would be so necessary as we emerge from this pandemic. Our hope is that people would be inspired to pray all the more for those who lead in our country, but also that many may be ready to be the answer to their own prayers and serve in the public square.’
‘The songs we sing in church form our beliefs. When we sing about seeking God’s kingdom in every sphere of life, it changes the way we approach our day-to-day tasks – seeing whatever we do as a chance to join God’s redemptive work.’
‘This is a song of action as well as contemplation. It spurs us to ask what part we can play in making our bit of God’s world more like Heaven. And it’s a song for everyone. It reflects the fact that God works through us on all our frontlines – in offices, hospitals, nurseries, food vans, banks, living rooms, and beyond.
‘We chose to set the words to the much-loved tune of ‘Abide With Me’ for exactly that reason – because it’s a melody that resonates beyond the church, that everyone can join in with, whatever sphere of life they’re in.’
LICC is also releasing a host of supporting materials in the coming days to help churches use the song to inspire their congregations, including a small group guide, a video sermon, and an interview with the songwriters, telling the story behind the song – and the impact they hope it will have in the world.