I’ve had the big dream to start a church since I was a young. I thought it would happen decades ago. The doors never opened. Until now.
Of course there are obstacles. And. There is rejection, some of which has been a surprise. We looked at a building next to a bar; the bar owner made it clear that he did not want a church beside him. He said the church would be too disruptive to his business. I hoped to convince him we would not only be good neighbors but we would frequent his business often for lunch. I remember when a church would have considered the bar to be disruptive. Now, it’s the opposite. The bar owner is not alone in his opinion.
The thing is . . . The Red Door Community Church . . . is destined to be a blessing, loving and serving individuals as well as the community. It will happen.
We are at a juncture that requires us to ask as many people as possible to pray big for a place for The Red Door Community Church, part of this big dream. There’s strength in knowing we ultimately are one church, sharing in the celebrations as well as the struggles together, and praying as one. It’s one of the million reasons I love this week.
The Church calendar marks today as Maundy-Thursday, part of the Holy Week, when we take communion together, remembering what Christ did.
Jesus asked two disciples, John and Peter, to make preparations for their passover meal. They asked where; it was passover in Jerusalem and crowded, everyone had come to the city. Jesus directed them to a specific place with specific directions.
The place and meal were prepared. After Jesus washed his disciple’s feet, they sat at the table together:
19 Then He took bread, gave thanks, broke it, and shared it with them.
Jesus: This is My body, My body given for you. Do this to remember Me.
20 And similarly, after the meal had been eaten, He took the cup.
Jesus: This cup, which is poured out for you, is the new covenant, made in My blood. 21 But even now, the hand of My betrayer is with Me on this table. 22 As it has been determined, the Son of Man, that firstfruit of a new generation of humanity, must be betrayed, but how pitiful it will be for the person who betrays Him (Luke 22: 19-22, The Voice).
Time collides as each generation around the world has does the same as Jesus did on that long ago night.
We commune, united as one.
We take the bread, breaking it, giving thanks, and eating of it as Christ did.
We take the cup, giving thanks, and drink of it as Christ did.
We remember Christ was broken for our brokenness and poured out his blood for our life. And, we give thanks.
And. We remember Christ has given us a life to live purposefully, healed and whole, daring to dream big, believing the big dream will become reality through the power of Christ. And, we give thanks.
DREAM BIG and give thanks! It matters–Kerrie
Would you consider praying big for The Red Door Community Church and asking others to pray big. We launch on 9.13.15 and would love you to set your phone/alarm at 9:13 AM & PM as a reminder to pray specifically
for God’s favor,
for a place,
for people to boldly join us in this adventure,
for The Red Door Community Church to make a difference in the community, giving thanks.
You can find The Red Door Community Church Page on Facebook. We would love you to join us!
I’ve posted our dream big board with some definitions below and a place to sign up to receive more about praying for The Red Door Community Church .
We will be sending The Red Door Prayer and Information Publication for April in a couple of weeks. We are praying for many individuals to stand with us.