School Theme

Our school theme for the Bryn Athyn Church School for the 2021-2022 school year is: “Seek First the Kingdom of God” (Matthew 6:33).

This year in our chapel schedule, we’ll be looking at the books of 1st and 2nd Samuel, which talk about the first kingdom of Israel, and the characters of Samuel, Saul, and David.

Sometimes those characters are focused on earthly kingdoms.  But the Lord says that “the kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:20-21).   “The kingdom of God is the divine goodness and divine truth in which the angels live”  (Last Judgment 9.6).  

As the parables of Jesus, and the Writings of Swedenborg explain, the “Kingdom of God” is a way of life that involves repentance, humility, spiritual growth, innocence, usefulness, and love. The Kingdom of God is the Kingdom of Goodness.

The Kingdom of God is not always a spiritual state that we live in.  And yet opportunities to participate in the Lord’s goodness are always around us, if we look for them.  And so, the Lord asks us to seek that kingdom; to look for that goodness.  “To ‘seek His righteousness’ is to seek His good”  (Heaven and Hell 64.2). 

It’s so easy to look first for the negatives in life.  But the Lord asks us to look first for the positives; to “look for the good;” to look for God’s Kingdom, and to become an active citizen of that Kingdom.

When we “seek first the Kingdom of God,” then we are reminded that the Lord is in control, and that His Providence governs everything (see Secrets of Heaven 8478.3).  Trusting in that can help us to “not worry,” (Matthew 6:34).  “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done” (Matthew 6:10).

School Pastor, Rev. Solomon Keal