We are over half way through the build of the new Church Centre. I have been watching progress keenly through February and things have been taking shape quite dramatically during the month despite the snow. This month we are planning a stone laying ceremony – not strictly a foundation stone but that is the general idea of what we are doing. We’re grateful to our developer Paul for this gift. It enables us to stop and give thanks to God for what we are doing here and offer it all to Him.
I’m sorry that we can’t open this up to everyone but it is still a building site and therefore in the possession of the constructors who don’t like to let a lot of people in whilst they are in the process of building. For this reason it will be representatives of the church that gather to ceremonially lay the stone.
The stone will bear a simple inscription – lack of space dictates that it must be so. Nonetheless I think that what it says will be something more meaningful than many foundation stones I have seen. It is consistent with our practice of acknowledging the past whilst looking to the future. It will say:
To Bring Glory To God
And His Love To The World
Bringing glory to God is always our aim. Of course we do not always succeed but it is what we seek to do. To show His greatness, His beauty, His majesty; these are the things that we aim to do so that people can recognise who God is and submit their lives to Him. This is not the kind of earthly glory of which we may see examples from time to time. One example of that is the Roman Empire – the glory that was Rome was based upon military might, ruthless disregard for human life and an iron will to conquer. The glory of God is based upon his divine attributes – on who He is.
1 John 4:16-17 says: “We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect.”
God is love and His glory is revealed through His love; His love for His creation. The way for us to bring glory to God is to bring His love to the world.
In this period of reflection that leads up to Easter, this season called Lent let’s commit ourselves to prayer. In your daily prayer time please pray not only for the construction of the new centre and the resources to complete it but will you make a commitment to pray for 5 minutes every day that this will be a place that brings glory to God and His love to the world. Just 5 minutes to pray for what will happen in the new building, for what we will do there together, and to ask God what He wants you to do there.
If you have an idea of what that may be already then keep praying that through. If you get ideas then please continue to ask God to reveal to you what you are to do with them. Please share any ideas you have, anything that you believe God is saying to you about your future involvement with the life and work of the Church.
Yours in Christ