‘The place is too cramped for me; Make room for me that I may live here.’
– Isaiah 49:20
Starting this Sunday, Christ Community Church is returning to a two-service format for worship. The services are identical in content, and our Sunday classes will meet between these two gatherings. The first service will be at 8:30 and the second service at 11:00.
Why are we doing this? It’s simple really: we have to grow smaller as we grow larger.
God is adding to our community of believers, seekers, and skeptics who gather every Sunday to discover more about the wonder of the Gospel of Jesus. What a joy this is to see! But large crowds can simply become aggregations rather than congregations if we are not intentional about caring for one another in these seasons of growth. The difference between the two is stark: an aggregation is a group of people who gather for a shared experience but who don’t have any connection outside of that; a cheering crowd at a concert is such a gathering. A congregation, on the other hand, gathers for that shared experience but also shares life beyond it. For those connections to occur we need more opportunities to see one another, serve one another, and share with one another.
This isn’t then just a matter of increasing numbers but, rather, increasing intimacy and growing mutual love. We are making room in the physical space for those who are still on the way, but we are also making room for each other in our hearts. People grow through serving and worship and churches grow in maturity and number in the same way.
We have more space now to serve new friends who are headed our way. We also have more space in our hearts now to help one another along the way of following Jesus.
See you Sunday!
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