The momentum is building. We are planning to re-open our Sanctuary in mid-September. We are targeting September 17 as our first Sunday to be back in the room for worship. We are also planning a special pre-view event for our church on Saturday, September 16. On that Saturday morning, we will open the Sanctuary for our church family to gather for a special time together. You will be able to take photos, tour the room, check out our new Guest Services area and there will be a time of spiritual reflection.
Months ago, Terry Bertrand and I were in the Sanctuary on the day when the first construction workers showed up for work. We gathered them all together at the front of the room. I shared with them the special nature of this particular space. I talked about weddings, funerals, spiritual decisions, baptisms, special services, Gospel proclamation and the worship of God’s people. I led us in a prayer of dedication for the workers.
Periodically, I have ventured over to the Sanctuary just to observe the progress. I have had the chance to talk to numerous workers. We always talk about the special nature of the work. I have been so pleased to hear them express to me how important this work truly is for them. They know how special it is to us.
And — it is special. Wow.
The Sanctuary is a sacred space. We are providing a sacred space for people to gather and experience the presence of God. People need it. Our lives are so scattered and disparate. We are rushed around each week. The metroplex is a demanding place to live. Schedules, deadlines, bills to pay, commutes, work-place stress —- you name it and we have it.
Our church is located right at the heart of our community. This community is thriving. Thousands of people pass by our church each and every week. New apartments are being constructed all around us. It is teeming with life.
Our Sanctuary is going to be beautiful. We have worked hard to provide an artistic expression that reflects the sanctity of this space. Our baptistery will be marked by a cross displayed beautifully through the artistry of stained glass. Jon and Robert Hoffman are designing and constructing the beautiful wood panels that will adorn the room. We have given attention to every detail. From fabric chosen to the placement of cameras — everything has been designed intentionally to create a sacred space.
I can hardly contain my excitement. I also am overwhelmed by humility. Your faith and your generosity have made it all possible. Generations of people will be worshiping in this room because of your sacrifice and your commitment to Blessing the Generations. May God be praised!