In just a few weeks Longview Christian Church will celebrate her twenty-fifth anniversary. Why? What’s the big deal? Okay guys, try saying that to your wife about a wedding anniversary. It is important to celebrate wedding anniversaries because they represent our love for each other. It’s your love that makes it possible to navigate through the bumps and potholes of life. True love is above circumstances. So church anniversaries can represent our love for the Lord and a desire to serve Him through the years.
We sometimes think that churches last forever. They don’t. In fact, several years ago I read that the average life span of a congregation in the U.S.A. was 27 years. I have not been able to find a reliable statistic for today. However, I did read that close to 4,000 churches close every year. Don’t be too discouraged, in recent years almost that many new churches have been planted each year, too.
Well, back to LCC’s anniversary. It is always important to take a look at where we have been. It’s important for us as a congregation to look back and highlight the times that we really have seen God at work among us. After all, this is His church and He is the one who does the seemingly impossible in our midst. (“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” Ephesians 3:20 NLT) We only fool ourselves if we think we accomplish anything worthwhile by ourselves.
This is a good time to also analyze where we are right now. Are we reaching our community with the Gospel? Taking time to worship God on this special occasion is important, too. The ancient Jews were good at that. When they gathered together they would remember God’s goodness to them. I don’t think we do that enough as a church or in our own families. After all, it is God’s faithfulness that is so important to us. We will also take a look at the future and see what possibilities may lay ahead for us.
So as we prepare to celebrate keep these things in mind:
- Our 25th anniversary is November 11, but we are celebrating the evening of Sunday, November 15.
- We will worship.
- We celebrate by remembering our past (Johnny Allen is our historian).
- There will be cake. (I almost forgot to mention that!)
- We will be seeking God’s desire for our ministry in the next 25 years.
Keep checking the bulletin and the Weekly for the time of our celebration and other details.