With three days until City-Wide Redeemer gathers together for the first time on a Sunday morning I have lots on my mind. Are the nursery details in order? Do we have enough chairs? Will everyone be able to park in the allocated spaces? What will the powers of darkness try to throw at us that we haven't already thought to worry about?
I just read an incredibly encouraging truth in the book of Hebrews. Jesus, crowned with glory and honor as the Son of God (Kingly language) is not ashamed to call us brothers (and sisters), saying, "I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise."
Regardless of how nursery care goes and how much noise the children make, regardless of who is sitting on a chair or on the floor, regardless of where everybody parks and whatever else might challenge our being together Jesus has promised to be in our midst both receiving praise and leading us in our praise. Jesus will be with us, Emmanuel.
We are also glad to have learned this week that our invitation to use a local middle school theatre for a few months is all but final. God has given a good relationship with the administration there. For that we give thanks. We are just waiting for the school district's loss prevention office to verify that we have the proper insurance coverages.
I hope to share a video update and a few pictures after this weekend. Thank you for your prayers.