Sunday, July 11, was amazing! The worship center was full of people, full of energy, and full with God’s Spirit. Oh we had our technical glitches with some of the sound and media, but that did not distract from the wonderful celebration. (By the way, the glitches WILL be fixed). As you look at the pictures, you will sense the excitement of the day. Our temporary place of worship at the ROC was wonderful … but we were ready to return into the place built for worship.
Two Pastors. Two Generations. One Holy Calling.
Pastor Mel on first day back in the Worship Center
A beautiful setting for worship
Gathered for worship
A full house!
Holly Starr singing "Holy"
I was thrilled to have some of the leaders who faithfully guided the church to build the original building. What a joy to have Irvin and Euphemia Pearre recognized as the Minister of Music who first led worship in the building. And of course Dr Charles and Margaret Carter were such a blessing to have in the service. His 27 years of leadership as the Senior Pastor will not be forgotten. His words were very timely; his presence very inspiring.
The building itself looked beautiful. A lot of work has gone into this project, for we desire to have a place where people can meet God on a regular basis. Clearly, we can meet with God any time of the day and any place we desire, but there is something very special about corporate worship. A place dedicated to His service; a people gathered intentionally for worship; glorious music that inspires; God’s Word that is proclaimed; and God’s Spirit moving … there is nothing like it.
We are very blessed as a church. I pray that we never take God’s grace for granted. He has provided for us, cared for us, and loved us beyond measure. And to know that we have renovated the worship center, grand foyer, administrative offices, and music suite without borrowing any money – that is amazing. As a church, we currently stand debt free. So thank you for generously giving to the Lord in a tough time economically. God has watched us as we have given. May our gifts impact eternity, and may God bless the sacrifices made in this place.
As we gather each week to worship. Come with “acknowledgment.” We are in the presence of a Holy God. Come with “expectation.” When we gather together for worship, God will speak through His Word. Come “committed to obey.” Before God ever speaks, you must decide in your heart that you will obey. A heart of ready obedience is key to an encounter with God. Let me remind you that the worship center is built to the honor and glory of God. But make no mistake, we are changed when we come in to worship. For when we truly meet God in worship, His presence transforms us into the people He desires us to be. May we always enter with eager anticipation of what God will do.
Thanks to everyone who made this day special. The choir and orchestra brought heaven to earth; Holly’s special music was amazing as always; the guest speakers had a word from God; the many people behind the scenes who make the service run from a technical standpoint were great; the people who decorated (Pam) made everything so beautiful; and the energy in the congregation was electric. All came together in beautiful harmony.
What a privilege it is for me to be your pastor. Please keep me in your prayers as I lead First Baptist Church of Jonesboro to follow Christ. It is my prayer that God would work in us and through us for His glory. Isn’t it great to be a part of this church at such a time as this!