Cross Point has met for worship now for two Sundays. It is a lot of work but also a lot of fun. By fun I don't mean we're playing dodge ball (Murchison would dominate though). It has been such a joy serving alongside my friends and making new friends as we worship together, eat together, and seek to spread the gospel together. So here are my first impressions of the first two gatherings:
1. Simplicity is refreshing. We've intentionall kept things simple. We're not trying to bite off more than we can chew and even the worship service is bare bones. Yet it has been encouraging to see that Christ can still be exalted, the saints can still be equipped, and the gospel still be made clear without all the bells and whistles.
2. Eating together after worship is already becoming our relational glue. It is work to prepare and bring food and we'll definitely need to take some breaks from our fellowship supper at times but it is really precious time. We want everyone- married or single- feeling part of one family and not disjointed by their place in life. This meal time encourages unity, sharing, and hospitality. I love it!
3. The set-up and take-down creates buy-in. I'm certain this will grow more tedious especially after an already tiring weekend but at this point it is serving to wire something very important into our church's DNA: No one is a spectator. We are on mission together and we all contribute. I'm thankful for how everyone has pitched in already in one way or another (even guests).
4. Everything is a work in progress and that's okay. We have a lot of tweaking, refining, and polishing to do in a lot of areas but we're learning together. There's no one on pins and needles if something doesn't go just right because there's no one waiting to pounce. We're helping each other, encouraging each other, and loving each other. It is such a joy.