In a similar situation, King David said, “The work is great; for the temple will not be for mortals but for the Lord God. So I have provided for the house of my God, so far as I was able… Who then will offer willingly, consecrating themselves today to the Lord?” (1 Chronicles 29:1-2,5 NRSV)
There are two things about this scripture. First, David, the leaders, and the people all supported the project joyously. They knew this was not a mere monument to human ego, but the House of God, and so they gave their very best. The chronicler adds, “Then the people rejoiced because these had given willingly, for with single mind they had offered freely to the Lord.” (29:9)
Second, the offering is not just financial. The people consecrate themselves to the Lord. Like the song says: “The church is not a building, the church is not a steeple, the church is not a resting place, the church is a people!” (U558)
We give ourselves to God, fully and freely. Our church is the people… the inviting, welcoming, accepting people; the people who are becoming dedicated followers of Jesus Christ in small groups, Sunday school, and missions; the people who share their talents singing and ringing, cooking and cleaning, counting and teaching; the people who are worshipping and praying.
We are building to serve… to serve God, to serve our community, to serve the young and the old. Our building project is a tool, an aid, to our mission: “To be an inviting, welcoming, and accepting church so that all may become devoted followers of Jesus Christ.” The building will help us achieve our mission in very specific ways… but church is always about people and about God.
Buckle in for the adventure!
For more information about the building project and the capital campaign, see the Building Project page on our website, or click the “Building to Serve” logo.