That time is now. But let us look at the logic here. Whenever a thing ends something new begins. Just like matter does not cease to exist, but simply changes form. Beginnings eventually have an endings, and endings inevitably lead to new beginnings.
My home church is at the final point of a total transition. This can be a devestating thing for believers who are new or immature in Christ or their faith. Having been apart of my church family for eight years and a leader for five years, this coming ending has had it's ups and downs.
Blessedly we believe that God handles all situations in our lives, so while every individual and each family went through the throws of change, each had different outcomes.
Tomorrow, June 27th, is the very last service we will have as our current church. As well as in our current building. A special praise and worship session is being practiced as I write, while workers clean and prepare for the closing of the sale of our church building, next week.
A Step of Faith celebration service is being prepared by our outgoing and incoming pastors. We, as a family, with some new and some moved on congregants, will celebrate the new things God has prepared for us.
Our spiritual pastors/parents are stepping out in faith, with the new ministries God has for them. We, the church family will be stepping out in faith, too, with a new pastor and a new church, to bring the Word of God and His love to a new community.
Does this end mean a new beginning? Absolutely, a new beginning, a new level! Excitement and expectation are mixed in the air with nostalgia and the knowledge that we will soon be missing people we love. Still knowing that soon they will return to visit with the exciting news of what God has done in their lives. While we will have grown, as a church family, and be able to share with them all that God has blessed the church with.
As the Word of God says, "Behold I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert." Isaiah 43:19
God has made that road through our fears and frustrations of this transition. That desert of frustration now has fresh flowing water running through it, feeding the new church so that we may prosper and run with the commission Jesus gave to us so many years ago.
We are stepping out in faith to our new beginning.