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RENEWED. Dedicating the Sanctuary

This Sunday, January 13th at 10AM, we are planning a dedication service for our newly-renovated auditorium.
What meaning should we attach to this event?
First I would like to address what it means that we, as a congregation, have invested about $1.5 million to renovate our primary meeting space.
  • It says the gospel is important.  The true church is not a building, it is a people, the people of God.  To invest in a space for ministry says, “My faith is important to me, the gospel ministry is important to me, my local church is important to me.”
  • It says our community is important.  The community God has called us to serve and to reach for Him will find this to be a spiritual home for them–the quality of which says not only that the gospel is important, but that they are important to us.  In the 1980’s we built larger than was needed for our current congregation, and we re-iterated that in our current renovation.  We built not only for ourselves but for those who will come through our ministry to our community.
  • It says that the generations to come are important.  We built for the future.  This renovation makes substantial investments in things we do not see–highly efficient heating, ventilating and air conditioning, lighting using energy-efficient LED’s–all of which save energy and costs for years to come.  And it is paid for–we didn’t dream big and then give the bill to our children and grandchildren.  By God’s grace, we have paid for all that has been built.
When we started this project we developed a purpose statement for it. It states-

The purpose of this renovation is to provide a debt-free ministry center for worship, for preaching the word of God, and for special events, where people from our church and community can corporately meet with God and grow in their faith.  

If that is what the renovation means, what does this service of dedication mean?

Scripture tells us: Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. (Psalm 127:1)

This service of dedication:

  • Acknowledges the Lord as the provider for all that has been done.
  • Affirms that we, as a congregation, will passionately seek Him when we gather here.
  • Commits us, now and always, to His best and highest purposes for this space.
Join with us as we celebrate God’s goodness and dedicate this new auditorium to the Lord.
Pastor Mike O’connor

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