Five-Year Anniversary Reflections

Five-Year Anniversary Reflections

Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!  Psalm 115:1

This Sunday our church celebrates our five-year anniversary. Five years! Five years of growing together as a church, building new friendships, and journeying together across the breadth and into the depths of God’s Word. Five years of singing gospel songs, attending family dinners, talking in fellowship groups, loading and unloading moving trucks, bringing meals to the sick, praying for the suffering, reading books together, attending conferences together, and seeing our children grow up under the teaching of Scripture.

More than six years ago, before Redemption Hill launched, we prayed for the Lord to work his grace in this community, through this church — to use our limited efforts to bring himself glory. Frequently we quoted Psalm 127 as a reminder that the effort of church planting would all be in vain, unless the Lord was doing the building and the watching. Now that the church has been preserved in the gospel, in Scripture, and in unity for these years — we can gladly declare that the continued existence and health of our church is to the Lord’s glory alone. And even now we continue to pray those prayers for the next five years and beyond. Build this house, Lord! Watch over this city! Bring yourself new glory through our limited efforts to preach your gospel, love one another, and witness to your grace. Bring yourself glory, so that our song now, can be sung anew in another five years.

Not to us, O Lord, not to us!!  But to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and faithfulness!  Build your church, for the sake of the glory of your name!!