(or, “oh, brother, i really am a lefty.”)
in honor of my church’s name, which is all in lower case, i’m posting with no capitals today.
yesterday, my ethics professor asked how many of us were, in general, in favor of the death penalty. most of the class raised their hands. then he asked how many of us generally opposed the death penalty. nick nye and i, the sojourn contingent in the room, raised our hands. and maybe one other person. it was at that point that i realized i’m probably not in the mainstream of southern seminary students. oh well. c’est la vie.
this last week was sojourn’s final sunday meeting at highland christian fellowship, the building where we’ve had our gatherings for a few years. next sunday will be our inaugural gathering at 930 mary street, our first very own building. i was there monday night, and let me tell you, it does not look ready to receive guests. there’s still a lot of work to be done before our “grand opening” on december 3. but God (jeepers, i have to capitalize that!) is faithful, and has kept all the workers and volunteers safe throughout the process.
i’m going to miss hcf — silly, isn’t it? the building we’ve been meeting in, to me, represents comfort, hospitality, simplicity. but that’s not what the church is all about (well, except for maybe hospitality). this building project has been tough — we’ve cancelled normal community groups to encourage folks to come work at 930, encountered numerous setbacks in the schedule, hired new staff members, come to a standstill with funds, etc. but we’re pressing ahead, believing that this building represents incarnational ministry, ministry that goes where people are, and meets their need for the transformative power of the gospel authentically. 930 mary street is where the Lord wants us to be.
so pray for us as we make this important transition. pray that we would not succumb to complacency, thinking that we’re done with God’s work now that we’ve moved into germantown. pray for the details of the work, which will take several more months to complete (the building is absolutely enormous). pray for erin (especially!) and dominic and john, who are bearing much of the stress of this transition, and for michael and mickie and laura beth who are sorting out the details of the galleries and shows. pray that the Lord will provide financial resources through the generosity of his people — that other churches will help us to shoulder the burden. pray that the Holy Spirit will continue to stir up our passion for the lost. pray for the preaching of the word. pray that God will continue to draw people to himself through our ministry.