Yesterday was our first worship service in the fellowship hall. I wasn’t sure what kind of turn out we would get but the basement was full. But in all honesty it WAS congregational meeting day (with a potluck). I guess next week will really tell the story.
We do have some bugs to work out though. Our sound wasn’t the best so we need to do some tinkering this week to fix some bugs. But worship was fun and “different”. The setting seemed cozy and intimate. It made me think of the Church in the first century when people met in homes. It think it is going to be very strange to move up stairs after being in such a cozy place for a while. Most people are going to be thankful to be in the sanctuary, but after one Sunday in the fellowship hall, I am liking the closeness while we worship. It makes me feel more connected with the people. I wish there was a way I could close off the back half of the sanctuary without getting myself into too much trouble. There is definitely something to the worship intimacy thing.
Things are moving alone quite nicely. Today they are putting up the forms and hopefully will be pouring cement tomorrow. The joke is that since the contractor is moving along like he is, that we will be back in the sanctuary this Sunday. Of course that is not the case. We are still looking at August as our move back in date. Check back soon for some up-to-date pictures of our “little” project.
I have added a new page at the top of my blog titled “Sermons”. I will be adding sermons there periodically; ones that strike me and stand our for me. This past week is one such example. I preached on the Romans 6:1-11 text about dying and rising with Christ. Our “old” life dying to sin and a “new” life rising with Christ. This text always seems to strike me in a new a different way each time. Yesterday I used the illustration of our ramp construction project to talk about letting go of the “old” to embrace the “new”; when the new (ramp) comes, the old (ramp) will soon be forgotten. I don’t pretend to think the sermon was anything spectacular…it just struck a cord with me yesterday. So take it as it is.
With that I say to you “God bless and have a great day!”