Sometimes we’re so busy working for God, attending to the essentials of church life and grinding out our duties as parents, that we forget to remember and appreciate the innumerable things God has done. And it’s furthermore true that we oft forget or under-appreciate the people that serve and come alongside us in our spiritual or personal journeys. Seems the next big thing on the horizon or schedule so consumes us mentally that we leave the virtues of gratitude and honor in our proverbial “let’s get this show on the road” wake.
But maybe that’s reason enough for occasionally slowing things down and setting aside time for inspection, reflection and celebration!
Such was the occasion at Impact Church, March 17, 2019! Dedicating the Sunday service to remember the 10 years of Impact’s existence felt a lot like a Jewish commemoration of some OT victory, or some miraculous act of God in support of their constant journeyings! But, you know, maybe it’s really not a stretch at all to appropriate God’s infinite power and wisdom in light of the progress of Impact Church! It’s certainly quite a story when you think about the incomprehensible steps taken to bring Impact to its present state!
Remembering, via a short video, the numerous places Impact Church had called “home” in order to properly hold services and do the work of the ministry was obviously informative to the newcomers, but, oh so warmly touching to the old timers! Add a few minutes of ministry honoring the original seven who first met to sing, study, and pray in that living room ten years ago and it’s easy to see God’s divine hand of providence all the way down the line!
Words of appreciation for Impact’s positive influence flowed from all over the congregation today, some from the platform speakers, but many from spontaneous conversations before and after the service. The spirit of love and camaraderie oozed from every song, the presence of God again confirming His grace and favor on a fellowship simply seeking with all their heart to follow His. The atmosphere throughout lent itself to a genuine admiration and appreciation for all that God was guiding and superintending in the scope of Impact Church life.
Inviting the entire church to continue the fulfilling of God’s purposes in Impact Church by offering ourselves to His will, caused us first to recognize the sacrifice and service so many had given to bring us to this celebratory moment. Understanding and honoring then the root and genesis of Impact’s beginnings, we are inspired to place our faith and energies towards the unfinished work we’ve been assigned.
And, if in some strange way the 10 Year Anniversary sanctuary service didn’t carry the distinctive aura of a Jewish-type celebration, then the hospitality team with a full-fledged meal in the adjacent gymnasium did! Should you lay out a banquet style meal and serve it with smiles and grace, you’ve got a setting few will miss! Or leave! Such was the view in that gymnasium! Love was apparent all around; as conversations, prayers, and hugs lingered long after the banana pudding was devoured!
In celebrations such as this, it’s easy to overlook or not give proper honor to those who serve faithfully, humbly, and joyfully. Invariably, something will be left out, or someone is slighted. It’s never intentional, trust me. It hurts forever to miss things that should be highlighted. To those we miss, to those who’ve walked with Impact Church, supporting and carrying diligently its ministries and outreaches, giving and praying and encouraging, and doing everything with Christ in mind as the One you truly serve – THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
Congratulations, Impact Church for ten years of faithful service! Your heart to affect the region in which you are rooted is inspirational, as you bring tangible and visible fruit of an indwelling Christ! Many blessings and many years to you as God continues to reveal Himself through you!
Thank you, Heavenly Father, for loving us these 10 years, and richly entrusting us with the Gospel of grace! We are grateful! And joyful! And content! With your help we will teach, disciple, and live in view of the One who began such a great work in us, and of the One who’s faithful to see it to its fruitful end!