One month from Sunday is Friendship Day. February 19th. A day that we’ve set aside as a church to encourage anyone and everyone to come and be a part of what we are about here at West Erwin, at whatever level they are willing. Working toward a day like this provides opportunity. It provides opportunity for others to come and experience the ways in which our God is at work in and through our fellowship. It also provides opportunity for us to be working together toward an exciting goal!
Whereas we anticipate God at work in everything that we invest ourselves in as believers, centering our immediate energies toward a day like Friendship Day holds limitless possibilities for our God to reveal Himself in amazing ways. Transforming lives. Changing hearts. Connecting us to Himself and to one another. Convicting us. Shaping us. Instilling and solidifying faith and faithfulness within us.
We’ll have worship that morning. A catered lunch immediately following. And small groups later that evening. Our hope is that those who come will not only be encouraged, but will desire to connect with what God is doing in this place. That we might foster connection and relationship with God and connection and relationship with His people.
For the next several weeks as we work toward this time together I ask two things of you….
First, I ask that you be in prayer. Intentional prayer. That we would pray for our Father to absolutely blow us away by what He does on that day. Having no idea what that looks like, but trusting that He is able to accomplish immeasurably more than we could possibly ask or imagine.
And secondly, that we would be proactive. In our efforts. In our actions. In our inviting others. Perhaps you can think of those who have never stepped foot into our fellowship that are in need of seeing the love of Christ revealed in His people. Seek them out! Or perhaps there are those that you can think of that have at one time been a part of West Erwin but for whatever reason are no longer plugged in. Give them some encouragement as we anticipate our day together!
And not only should we be seeking to be very intentional in our reaching out to those outside of our fellowship, but that we would also hold one another accountable as we approach February 19th. Certainly those of us who call this church our home should make every effort to always be a part of what God is doing here, but to be especially intentional in our seeking to make this day all that it truly can be.
God honors faithfulness. I firmly believe that! He’s proven it over and over throughout the history of mankind. I am confident that in a little over a month our God is going show up in a wonderful way through the hearts and lives of His people here in this place.
Anticipate what God will accomplish. And seek to play an active part.
“Sing to the Lord a new song. Sing to the Lord all the earth. Sing to the Lord. Praise His name. Proclaim His salvation day after day. Declare His glory among the nations. His marvelous deeds among all peoples. For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise!…” (Psalm 96:1-4a).
Glory to God!