On journey. These words are taking on a special meaning for me. In two weeks, we will celebrate a journey as a congregation for 175 years! Thanks be to God. Of course, every year we are given the opportunity to serve God in this community is a blessing. We just choose to celebrate certain milestones in the life of our church and this is one of them.
Let me begin by saying a huge thank you to Betty Kay Pierce. She has been the staff person who has given guidance and thought to all that will happen. She, along with the Celebration Team, have given many hours of work and thought to help us celebrate.
The schedule of activities is as follows:
In-home prayer meetings
Sunday, November 1, 6:30 p.m.
Candlelight Prayer Vigil at original church site
Saturday, November 7, 5:00 p.m.
Service of worship and celebration in sanctuary
Sunday, November 8, 10:40 a.m.
Fellowship lunch in Family Life Center
Sunday, November 8, 12 noon
That is the schedule for the next couple of weeks, but again, I have been reflecting on the journey of this congregation for 175 years. When those nine individuals from Bethel Baptist Church made their way to Clinton to establish a new church, I wonder if they thought about this moment. Did they gather on the site of the original church and pray for us? Did they ask the same Spirit that was guiding them to guide us? Could they imagine then all the souls who would come to know Christ as Lord and Savior and go on to join the Trinity in the work of the Kingdom?
I do not know all they were thinking, but I have to believe that they were aware that what they were doing would, indeed, live on beyond them. I believe they anticipated a future they could not know for certain, but were willing to make a commitment and sacrifices to establish this congregation for the work of Christ.
So, I ask myself and I ask you, will we, the current members of First Baptist Church Clinton, also be willing to commit our lives and resources to the work that God has planned for this congregation for the future? Are we willing to give energy now for something that will live on beyond us? Are we praying for those individuals and families for whom we will be ancestors in the faith? What legacy will we leave those who will come after us?
These are deep questions that we will wrestle with together. For now, plan to join us in all the planned events as we celebrate God’s faithfulness to us and to this work!
Keep Walking! Stan