Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

I have heard from so many of you this week about how meaningful our worship with Second Baptist was this past Sunday. Some of you raved about the warmth and hospitality extended to us by Second Baptist. Some of you highlighted the joy of the worship experience. Others of you named the meaningful impact of worshiping with such a diverse body of Christ—some of you even worshiped with friends from the community or colleagues from work for the first time. And still others of you referenced the incredible food, the stunning facility, and the ease of the whole experience. Collectively, I think we all were astounded by the way God blessed this experience beyond our highest hopes.

As your pastor, I want to tell you how very grateful I am to each and every one of you. You showed up and exclaimed in a powerful way how very important this opportunity was and how committed we are to finding fruitful ways of bridging the divides—or as our choir beautifully sang, of tearing down every wall! You ministered hope to me. You showed our community who we truly are. And you added strength and trust to our ongoing relationship with our brothers and sisters at Second Baptist. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I cannot wait to see the unexpected and powerful ways that God guides and blesses this good work in the months and years to come.

If you will remember, during worship we were challenged to “Affect the Culture” by offering 5 random acts of kindness to individuals outside of our usual circle of relationship. If you accepted the challenge, I hope you will follow through on those acts of kindness in the month ahead. It doesn’t have to be anything grand or expensive, just a kind act offered to another human being. If you are open to sharing what you have done as an encouragement for others to do the same, you can share about the act on social media and simply add the hashtags #affecttheculture and #1stand2ndunite to your post. Adding the hashtags will help us to track and collect those experiences. If you aren’t adept at social media, you can also share your experiences with us on staff through email so that we can collect those experiences in that manner.

Again, thank you for leaning into this opportunity. Let’s pray that God will continue to bless this effort in surprising and powerful ways in the months and years to come.