I saw the sign and a friendly person out front who waved. I had driven past this sign several times... surely a ‘real’ church doesn’t meet in a school gym?! Today, I decided to give it a shot. I walked into a school gym and was greeted by two ladies. They said how grateful they were to see me and shared they had actually been praying to God, for someone just like me, to come walking in the doors that day. One of them sat next to me throughout the service explaining what we were doing in the course of the worship service.
Afterward, I found out the person giving the message was not the pastor; Cal was out of town. I thought, if it is this good when the pastor is gone, how wonderful it must be when “the mystery man” is here. Following worship, I was invited to lunch by two families. I politely declined as I had other plans that Sunday following worship. The final word of the day was: “Can I look to meet you next week, same time and place?”
I did show up the next week. I had found my church home.
This is the short version of how I found my church home at Redeemer UMC in Kingston, WA. You better believe that one day’s experience changed everything. The fact you are reading this “from your pastor” is a direct result of what each person did that day to welcome me. Someone made a place for me.
What we are doing each week at Cross Way is vital to the Kingdom of God in ways we cannot even imagine. The person walking in the doors may very well be the person God is trying to call into ministry among us at Cross Way or across the country.
I challenge each of us to pray for the people who are walking in the doors each week. For each person to somehow know God is reaching out to them at Cross Way. Pray that when they get there, we would be the answer to their prayers to find a place they may know God, neighbor, and self.
See you Sunday!
In Christ with you,