Everything Old Is New Again
“But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.” - Romans 7:6
Everything old is new again!
When the church began, it was small groups, huddled and hiding because their leader had just been tried and killed as a traitor to the state. Following his resurrection, the church remained small, gathering together in an upper room to wait for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. After that incredible display of power, after thousands came to faith in that and the following days… Acts tells us of the persecution and disbursal of believers throughout the Roman world, once again, meeting in small groups wherever they could.
Long before Christians were building “Mega Churches” in North America, or Cathedrals across Europe, selling out amphitheaters and stadiums or gathering en-masse in the open-air, the church gathered in small groups to witness, to worship, to support and encourage each other in the faith. Well… everything old is new again.
Two weeks ago, on Christmas Eve, I saw a Small Group gather in cars to do a birthday parade for one of their members. When your birthday falls on Christmas Eve, you don’t often get top billing. What an exciting and encouraging caravan it was, as they honked and waved, with signs and kazoos, to love and support one of their own on their birthday!
Let me tell you, if you’re not part of a Small Group, we’d love to help you connect with one or create one, so that you have a small community of people who know you, love you and can encourage and support you, especially during this time!
One thing we’ve lost during this pandemic is the usual gathering of people following worship - sometimes called Coffee Hour, we’ve called it Fellowship Hour, but it’s basically just an opportunity to connect with people, with no agenda, and Jesus in-common. While this time hasn’t solved all of the world’s problems, it has certainly connected and encouraged hundreds and hundreds of CUPC members over the years - and hundreds of thousands of people in churches across the country!
Well, even though we’re online-only for worship right now, we’re going to give “Fellowship Hour” a try, following each of our 8:30am & 11:00am worship services this Sunday!
One brilliant elder shot me a note earlier this week, suggesting we give it a shot. So… why not?!
At the close of worship this Sunday (approximately 9:30am & 12:00pm), I’ll open up a zoom video conference for anyone and everyone who would like to say “hi” to each other. Just go ahead and load up Zoom on your computer, tablet or phone and type in the right codes:
ID 854 7783 8000
ID 898 2815 4085
Whether you’d like to join for a quick “hello” or have a little longer connection to hear and share from people - we welcome you to do so this Sunday! If it’s successful, we can keep doing it. If not… well, we don’t have to! But if it helps to encourage you, to support you, to strengthen you in your faith during this dreary season, we’re so glad to do it!
Everything old is new again!
Welcoming YOU to Grow in Jesus in every way possible,