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DEFINITELY the People, NOT the Building!

Weekly Devotionals

DEFINITELY the People, NOT the Building!

Hebrews 10:24-25
24  And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,  25  not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

There are some silver linings in this pandemic, one being us able to see more clearly what is truly essential for our lives compared to what may not be as essential as we thought. If there ever was a doubt, I believe that there isn’t one now. The people of God gathering regularly to worship the Lord together is essential. Now I’m very grateful for technology to hold us over but I think we can all attest to the fact that virtual services are not, nor can ever be, anything more than a placeholder.

Not only did we celebrate Easter yesterday, we also had our opening service in our new sanctuary. Though it was an online-only service, we were still able to show to everyone our new place of worship, and frankly, our new place of worship is truly beautiful! I dare to say that it’s so beautiful that you can’t over-hype it with words or even pictures! Once you see it for yourself first-hand, I can guarantee that you will admit that it’s even better than you imagined. It’s THAT beautiful (I am currently putting my words to the test! ^^)!!

However, as beautiful as our new sanctuary is it CERTAINLY PALES in beauty to us being able to gather TOGETHER to worship. Though I’m very grateful for our new place, I wouldn’t hesitate for even a millisecond if I had to choose between having the new sanctuary that we do but having to keep going indefinitely with our virtual services, vs. having our old sanctuary back but we could actually all meet there physically to worship.

Now I’m very, very grateful that we will eventually be able have both the new sanctuary AND the opportunity for all of us to gather there together to worship! But I trust that the point is made clear that indeed, the people of God gathering regularly to worship the Lord together is not an option, but an essential.

In short, I really miss you guys!!!! 🙁 …Praying hard for a vaccine!