WOW! What a day we had at Johns Creek Presbyterian church this past Sunday. The Groundbreaking Service was the culmination of years of preparation and hard work. Beginning with our Long-range Plan four years ago, we created a vision of what believed God was calling us to do. Our New Building Committee spent months taking that vision and shaping it into a design. Our Capital campaign Committee inspired us to reach down deep and make financial commitments to make this design happen. On Sunday we ceremonially broke ground where the new building will go up. In the coming weeks, our contractor will start site preparation so that we can be ready when the steel arrives in January. These are exciting times at JCPC!
I loved the whole day Sunday, beginning at 9:00 a.m. with the Children's Program in worship and continuing through the celebration of Communion around the table. Then at 11:00 a.m. we elected a wonderful new class of elders to serve on the Session and lead us in the coming years. Once again I saw the inspiring Children's Program followed by Communion. Then we followed the bagpipes and drummer out of the Chapel to the very place where the new building would be constructed. After welcoming our guests, praying together, and turning over some dirt, we sang Amazing Grace as the bagpipes and drummer made a joyful noise that I am sure woke up some of our neighbors. (I wonder if they thought, "Those crazy Presbyterians!") We even had donut holes and hot chocolate as folks stayed around to fellowship and enjoy the perfect weather outside.
During the service, we read together these words from
1 Corinthians 3:9-11:
For we are co-workers in God's service; you are God's field, God's building. By the grace Gad has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.
May this new multipurpose building be built on the ultimate foundation - Jesus the Christ!
Prayer for Today
Gracious God, help us to "build with care." May this building be a place where others will connect with Jesus for the first time and find their faith deepened. Thank you for bringing us this far. Give us the faith to keep on trusting and following you. We pray this in the strong name of Jesus the Christ. Amen.