I was looking around during worship on Sunday and I was thinking of the story of each person my eyes came across. It was as if the experiences and victories were flowing out like words on a page. I couldn’t help but be overwhelmed with joy as I saw many people worshipping the only One who could have ever done such a miracle. We are so blessed to walk this journey of life along with the people God has brought together in this place called Findlay First Nazarene. God continues to do a great work in and through us.
This year we have baptized 31 people. There is a part of me that says, “There are many more to come.” To think of the many stories of victory that we have heard during these services. I love the fact that we have our children join us as we celebrate New Life through baptism. I couldn’t help but see our District Superintendent taking pictures of the great atmosphere that we are experiencing every Sunday.
I want to thank all of those who have helped during Camp ReVamp in recent days. It was a joy to see so many people come together to work on our church and family life center. It is really looking good. Just a few more projects to complete and we will see it ready for many more ministry opportunities.
I have been reminded this week of the beginning days of the Church of the Nazarene. The very first organizational service that occurred on October 20, 1895, “It was with holy awe and sacred thanksgiving that they waited and plighted themselves anew, to Him who had so lovingly called them to each other. They at once began to tell the old-new story and to seek souls to Jesus Christ.” They were asked to leave that location on Main Street in Los Angeles due to “their earnest prayers and triumphant songs” after only 4 weeks. They moved to another location down the street and to a few others before finding a more stable location a few months later.
We are blessed to have such a wonderful facility to meet in each week. It is in this place that we are seeing old and new stories come together to form a brand new work among generations to come. I don’t think we will be asked to leave due to our earnest prayers and triumphant songs, but if we did – we are staying because we are not renting as the very first church was at the time.
One of the other parts of our history that is still a vital part of our church is how we impact the world for Jesus Christ. This Saturday night we are going to meet in the Family Life Center for our Missions Focus we call Faith Promise. It will begin at 5:30pm with a delicious meal with a Cuban flare. Paul Jetter will be speaking to us about World Missions and specifically about what God is doing in Cuba. We plan to take a trip to Cuba in 2020. Come and see our Kinderchoir perform and enjoy a night of seeing how we are impacting over 160 world areas for Christ. It will be a great weekend to celebrate God’s provision.
Joy in Jesus!
Rev. Mike McClurg
Senior Pastor, Findlay First Church of the Nazarene