The Way of Passing it On

The Way of Passing it On

Genesis 12:1-3 and Matthew 28:16-20 A sermon for the 10th anniversary of our Family Life Center! Today we have a lot to celebrate. Over ten years ago, many of you took a leap of faith. You wrestled in prayer, listened hard to God… and decided that God was calling you to build a Family Life Center. You said a prayer… and went for it. (You probably said a thousand prayers, right?) Today, we celebrate the answering of those prayers. We celebrate a two-story facility with a full basketball court, top-notch commercial kitchen, climate-controlled walking track, furnished exercise room, and spacious nursery… not to mention six classrooms, four bathrooms, and a shower. And… a new, integrated sound system, with echo-dampening panels on the way. That’s a lot to celebrate! But it’s not what we’re really here for. If the building sat empty, it’d be no accomplishment at all. What we’re really here to celebrate is what happens inside that facility. We’re celebrating the work of Donna Adams and Margie Carpenter and Rebecca Richard Guzman – and countless others who worked with them – who have encouraged the community to come into our Family Life Center. We’re celebrating a building that’s full of Welcome Table meals, birthday parties, exercise classes, Fifth Quarters, volleyball games, Wonderful Wednesdays, Boy Scout meetings, Chamber of Commerce dinners, Vacation Bible School, community fundraisers, health and nutrition classes, AA meetings, home school groups, basketball leagues… And I could keep going. On average, there’s one or two days a month our facilities aren’t used by some group for some purpose. That is a lot to celebrate. But that’s...