Check out the church’s Facebook for all the pictures. It will give you a huge hint, but not a wide-angel view. You’ve gotta see it to know how awesome it looks.
The first phase of the RENEW Capital Campaign reveals this Sunday at Rally Day. It’s safe to say it. It’s a new Sanctuary.
It’s not a “new” Sanctuary.
It’s a new Sanctuary.
Almost everything about it is reconfigured.
Come and see.
Come to church expecting to encounter God. Breathe deeply in the Spirit in this new space. Take it in and let your spirit out with each breath. Let the Spirit fill you, and let your spirit out to meet it!
Last Sunday in the children’s message I shared a prayer from Thich Nhat Hahn, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk. What I find most interesting about other faith traditions is how fresh a look I get at Christianity by trying to put them in conversation with each other. Here’s the prayer:
Breathing in, I calm my body,
Breathing out, I smile.
Dwelling in the present moment,
I know this is a wonderful moment!
A key piece of understanding Buddhism is a sense of the connectedness of the universe and “mindfulness” of our place in it. So for example, by superimposing this into our understanding of the presence of the Holy Spirit, it makes wonderful theological sense in a Christian context.
Connecting body and Spirit.
I’ve always thought we could do a much better job of that in Christianity. So, maybe this is a start for you. It was helpful to me.
This little prayer is a great mantra and you can close it out with a “Thank you, God!” and a nice “Amen.” And you can do it anywhere. Try it on for size.
I expect this Sunday to be many wonderful moments—again and again in worship, in the music, in the prayers, in the picnic, in New Horizons, in you, and in me, too.
I can’t wait to capture the present moment with you.
Did I mention we start church at 10:15?
Let the Spirit fill you, and let your spirit out to meet it!
Come and see.
Grace & Peace,