**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!