Charter-ing our course!

We had a great, amazing, wonderful service Sunday! Some highlights:

**We sang several of the songs we sang together at our very first meeting, including “In Christ Alone,” affirming our conviction that it is in Christ alone, and Christ alone, that we stand.

**My pastor preached from Ephesians 2:19-3:13, reminding us that we, as the church of Jesus Christ, exist as a display of His glory. The foundation of our fellowship is the Word of God and the purpose of our fellowship to preach the unsearchable riches of Christ. Only eternity will reveal what God can and will do through our local body of believers! Yes, Lord!

**Prior to signing the covenant, my pastor asked each of us, individually, three questions: 1-Do you have a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ? 2-Have you followed Him in believer’s baptism? 3-Do you support the covenant and statement of faith? As we answered yes to each question, we then signed a copy of our covenant which we will have framed as a reminder of our commitment to one another and to the Lord.

**I cried. And my hands shook so that I couldn’t hardly write my name. Actually, my signature is so altered that it looks forged. Y’all can be my witnesses: I’m here to say I did indeed commit wholeheartedly and unreservedly, albeit somewhat emotionally.

**After signing, we were given the bread and the juice to celebrate the Lord’s supper. My hands were (still) shaking so that I couldn’t carry my “cup;” my son carried it for me.

**Once everyone signed, we partook of the Lord’s supper together. Communion in covenant, rejoicing in the Lord’s death, burial and resurrection all the while looking forward to the day when we will gather in His presence, the church universal, a magnificent display of His eternal glory! Glorious day! Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

I was talking with my dear friend last night, one whose conviction to remain at my old church is as strong as my conviction was to leave. We were talking of our charter service and she made the comment that I was where I was supposed to be. I am. I can say that not only with firm conviction but with great joy. I do not understand the Lord’s ways; I could never have imagined this, ever. If I’m honest, parts of it I never would have wanted! But this I know: the Lord has ordained it and I am overwhelmed by His grace. I pray He will find us faithful! I cannot wait to see what is for now beyond my imagination. He is able! To God be the glory, great things He hath done!


Author: Lisa Spence

Wife, mother, Bible teacher, bibliophile, occasional blogger

15 thoughts on “Charter-ing our course!”

  1. One of the most beautiful parts of this post is at the end, where you still have a relationship with a dear friend even though God has led you both different directions. That is indeed a sign of maturity as well as being in His will.I loved reading about your day. During our prayer service on Sunday, I thought about you and prayed for you.

  2. How exciting to know that you are exactly where God wants you to be. I pray good things for you, your new church, and your family on this new road. It seems all your searching for contentment has truly blessed you all.

  3. Following your posts about the birth of your church has been a blessing, Lisa. I’m not convinced that God doesn’t want more (underlined) small-er fellowships. It’s in the small churches where relationships can occur…and grow. And people are stronger for it. I think many Christians long so much for this and can’t find it. I pray your fellowship will reflect that all God has in store. Thank you for sharing this journey.

  4. Lisa-An mutual friend of ours shared your blog address with me because she loves reading it. I also blog and she reads mine too. I can almost feel everything that you wrote about. Just 10 years ago our church (The Fellowship) did the same thing and now look…we are moving to a brand new building in just a few weeks. Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.–Matt. 18:20. This verse meant so much to our church in the beginning and still does. I doubt that this past Sunday will be the last Sunday that you will shed tears. Mary Smith

  5. I agree with Linda. I’m so glad you still have that bond with your former fellowship even as yours with the new strengthens. I’m SO glad things are moving forward and hopefully that awful, painful chapter is behind you.! Here’s to 2009! :))

  6. Oh what hope! Your post is timely and your willingness to share this journey is so encouraging. We are moving forward and God has shown us great mercy. Still, we are in this process of transition and I long for the day when our feet are more firmly planted again and with trembling hands and hearts we commit ourselves … again. What a beautiful journey and like you said, not one that you would have chosen. Even better that we should give him ALL the glory!Blessings Lisa!

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