August 1, 2017
Last week I visited in the cemetery of Ware Episcopal Church, established in 1652 in Gloucester County, Virginia. Why would I do that? Because in the graveyard there is a plaque recognizing my too many “greats” to remember grandfather, Daniel DuVal, who came to this country from France and was one of a small group of people who were a part of that church at its start. As I walked around the old church building, I was struck by its history and all that has taken place in the 365 years since its founding.
It was 17 years ago this week that a handful of people on the Launch Team met for the first time to pray and prepare to start our church. I try to imagine what Journey will be like 350 years from now. How will our church be remembered? Will we reach our full redemptive potential? Will we minister, serve, and give so as to show the world that the church, the body of Christ, is the hope of the world? In this time when more and more people have no connection with a church (among young adults it’s almost 1/3), will we as a church be the love of Jesus in ways that people will want desperately to be a part of what God is doing to change lives and the world through Journey Church?
I acknowledge to you that I have trouble imagining what our church will be like over 350 years from now. But I am certain of this: “With God’s power working in us, God can do much, much more than anything we can ask or imagine. To him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus for all time, forever and ever.” Ephesians 3:20-21