Anniversaries are generally exciting times of celebration. An anniversary inevitably leads one to look back to "how things started" and to look ahead to what the future might hold.
This Sunday we will celebrate the twenty-second anniversary of the first public worship service of what we know today as Towne View Baptist Church.We have folks working on meal preparations, planning music and worship, enlisting testimonies, and making preparation for baptism. It should be a wonderful day of worship and celebration, a time for looking back with gratitude and looking ahead with anticipation.
A few are still with us who were a part of the preparations for that first service. I am sure that week was filled with procurement of equipment and supplies, preparation for worship, and follow-up with invitees from surrounding neighborhoods. It had to be an exciting, frightening, faith-stretching venture!
We are the inheritors of the faith and sacrifice of those who came before us. An anniversary is a good time to remember and give thanks for those who came before us, and the God who guided them along the way.An anniversary is also a good time to think about the future and the gifts we will leave to those who come after us... and to commit ourselves and our church once again to the God who guides us along the way.
O may all who come behind us find us faithful;
May the light of our devotion light their way.
May the footprints that we leave lead the to believe,
And the lives we live inspire them to obey.
O may all who come behind us find us faithful.
text by Jon Mohr