This weekend, we will mark the close of a significant chapter in the life of our church. In the summer of 2014, Immanuel moved from the Hillendale Fire Station to Beville Middle School. I don’t think any of us imagined that we would still be here five years later! But what a glorious five years they have been! We have seen new people added to our church family. New staff members have joined us. New ministries have been formed. We have had two capital campaigns that have raised a significant portion of the cost of our new building. Most importantly, we have seen people come to a new or deeper relationship with Jesus as we have worshiped here, grown in God’s word here, and served here. Who knew that God would use an ordinary middle school to accomplish such extraordinary work?
And now a new chapter begins. On June 2, we will begin worshiping at Saunders Middle School. (Next Sunday is our annual Church in the Park service.) This chapter will also include the construction of our new building, which will start later in June. While much is unknown about this new chapter, we know this: It is the Lord who is ordering our steps. It is the Lord who is accomplishing his work in us and through us in ways we would have never imagined. The details of this next chapter are unknown to us, but they are already written in the mind and heart of God. And if he has crafted our story, we know that it will be glorious!
Over the past few years, I have spoken about how Psalm 126 has become my theme for our new building. Yet this psalm speaks to our past as well as our future. We can look back over the five years at Beville and declare with the psalmist, “The Lord has done great things for us; we are glad indeed!” And as we move into the next chapter of our church’s life, let us carry this verse as a promise that the Lord’s good work will continue!