More Than A Building
In recent days I've been thinking a lot about moving into our beautiful new facility. We won't have a sanctuary (yet), or a youth center (yet), or many other "bells and whistles" that other churches have.
But we will have a home! We will have our own place to worship, fellowship, pray, study, and break bread together.
And so it was that the Lord seemed to speak to me when I came across a recent speech by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas at the dedication of Hillsdale College's new Christ Chapel on October 3, 2019. As an aside, I was surprised to learn that Pat Sajak (Wheel of Fortune) is the current chairman of the Board of Trustees.
Here are just a couple of excerpts from Justice Thomas' speech:
"The primary purpose of a chapel is to provide a place where man can enter the presence of God. It provides a sanctuary in which a man can withdraw from the chaos of our world and seek a sacred stillness. For as Elijah learned on Mount Horeb, God so often comes to us not in the storms, not in the earthquakes or the fires of life, but in stillness–in a 'gentle whisper.'
"Students, faculty, administrators, and friends of Hillsdale, let this Chapel be more than just an impressive building. Let it be a place where people enter the presence of a majestic God. Let it be a house of worship, of prayer, of meditation, and of celebration before God. Let it be a haven of rest for the weary, a place of healing for the wounded, a place of comfort for the grieving, and a source of hope for the despairing and forgotten."
It's hard to improve on that! May Stephens Valley Church be all of this and more, for the glory of God and the advancement of His kingdom.