We're having a Weekend of Renewal as we continue preparations for our move. With the excitement and newness of making this move also comes the reality of all the work it will take to pull it off. The great truth is that we aren't working on our own...God is with us and ever present, leading the way!
So, why a weekend of renewal? Well, God says quite a bit about renewal in the Bible, and the pastors believe that it will be a good thing for us as we fully embark on this process of relocating our church campus.
Romans 12:1-2 tells us that we need to practice the renewing of our minds, in order that we may be better able to discern and live in a way that pleases God.
"I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."
Our prayer is that as a church family we may be held together with a godly unity, that we will work together during this relocation process, and that through it all God will strengthen our resolve and commitment to being his church. That means that our personal desires or preferences will pale in comparison to our love for God, love for each other, and our love of spreading the gospel, and loving on those in our community.
Weekend of Renewal
1. Saturday Night Worship Service- We will meet at Life Community Church at 6pm for our weekend worship service. The pastor and staff have graciously given us permission to hold our service in their building. Why are we doing this? Because their facility has some similar features to the campus we are looking at building. Specifically, their main auditorium and lobby will give us a sense of the type of space we could have in our new building. This should be an exciting time as we look forward to what God is preparing to bless us with in a new church campus.
We will meet at 6pm for a combined worship service (everyone together). We will have access to their lobby, restrooms, and main auditorium.
After the service, everyone is encouraged to drive over to our property just across the highway (next to New Hope funeral home), and have a time of prayer together.
2. Sunday of Renewal- On Sunday, we will be encouraging every member to spend some special time in prayer. We are preparing a Renewal Guide to help us use this day for the purpose of spiritual renewal and unity for the whole church family.
It will be a great opportunity for families to rise together, maybe have a nice breakfast, devote themselves to the process of prayer and renewal, and even visit a friend's church service. Most importantly, we are asking God to do something in every single member's heart as we commit to unity in this relocation process.
Let this be our prayer, and the truth of God that we lean on..."8 There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours. 10 For you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God." Psalm 86:8 & 10