Good Folks, it is the last Friday of the month of June 2015.
By the reading of this epistle, I will have been with our youth mission trip to Slidell, Louisiana for six days, returning tomorrow—Saturday. Since Alex and I are both on the mission trip, we will flip a coin as to who will be preaching upon our return.
For the last several months the Trustees of the church have been compiling a list of “Things that have to be done before the sanctuary floods and the roofs cave in.” And the list begins there, with safety being the number one concern with campus security and welcoming-hospitality coming in second and third place.
First Duncanville has a rich history and traditions coupled with a culture of doing for the least, and being in ministry with others as a worshipping community that gathers and sings with fervent holiness.
[Note: This Sunday is our Interim Music Director’s last Sunday. RG Huff rocks in my book. We will have a reception for RG in the foyer of the sanctuary from10AM-10:45AM, during the Sunday School hour. Bring a card of well-wishes to be placed in a basket.]
I read the story of Nehemiah and the assessing of the walls of Jerusalem. (Neh. 1:17) Scripture says, “Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem…Then they said, “Let us start building!” So they committed themselves to the common good.” (vv. 17-18)
In the history of our church, several buildings have been built and the old sanctuary leveled to the ground. There came a time when a new sanctuary was proposed, vision cast and the building project began some 20 years ago. Those were exciting and uncertain times, and the congregation came together for the “common good.”
In 2015, it is now time to set into motion some much needed repairs, renovations, maintenance and the like, that will help the church to continue to be an effective witness of the ministry of Jesus Christ in this community of Duncanville and beyond. Because of some severe storms during the month of May, we had some significant roof damage. Trustees have done a splendid job to negotiate the best repairs for our roofs with the insurance company, however other deferred maintenance issues have been on the sidelines for several years. Now is the time for the church to rally for the “common good.”
All of us want the church property to be safe, secure and welcoming. This is where we welcome family, friends, guests and angels unaware. This is where we baptize our children and grandchildren, marry our children and remember our loved ones in funeral services. This is where sacraments are received, prayers prayed, songs of the church sung and where we feel the very presence of God.
God has placed us here for such a time as this. “Let us start the ‘re-building/renovation process.’” May the future say of us, “So they committed themselves to the common good.” (v18b)
Soli Deo Gloria (To God Alone Glory)
PS: The floors on which we stand were once the ceilings of those who came before us.