By Andrew Conrad
June 5, 2013
The countdown clock on our new website was heightening our sense of readiness to gather for our first worship service in the new building on June 2nd. As the long awaited day approached, my thoughts and feelings were flowing like electricity through my body. We had prayed for, searched for, and raised money for the last 4-5 years to begin life in a place of our own. Hundreds of volunteer hours had gone into preparing for this. All along we were training ourselves to be on guard so as not to think we had ‘arrived’ once we had a building. We were striving to remember that the building was a great blessing but only a facility for ministry.
I was excited and, yes, a little nervous. Streaming through my mind were thoughts like these, “Was everything going to go the way we hoped with the building being under construction? How many people would show up? What if more than expected showed up? But we didn’t even advertise yet.” As I sat in my office early that morning I felt a great need to stop worrying about the details and pray that God would focus us on him.
I think God answered that prayer and many other prayers on Sunday. I was excited about worshiping in this place but I was more excited about worshiping the one who answers prayer. I was encouraged by the voices singing and the 42 kids in Children’s Worship and those in nursery and the 300 plus people that came on Sunday. I hope you were encouraged too. I hope you were encouraged because Jesus loves sinners like you and me. My prayer and hope continues to be that our drumbeat will be in rhythm with the heartbeat of God.