There are times when it’s difficult to find the words. How do we adequately express what God’s Holy Spirit is doing in and through Journey Church?
Perhaps differing translations of Psalm 118:23 capture it:
“This is the Lord's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.” (ESV)
“The Lord has done this, and it is amazing to us.” (CEV)
“This has happened because of the Lord; it is astounding in our sight!” (CEB)
We can hardly believe the news we get to share with you! Our church has entered into a partnership with Wild Goose Christian Community that involves Journey being able to use their facility throughout the week for our spiritual growth activities for children and youth and adults, as well as for fellowship, ministry, and community outreach initiatives. Their building is located at 5646 Cloverdale Road, Roanoke. It includes two large group spaces and six small group spaces.
We are elated about the potential of this partnership to enable Journey to fulfill our mission to lead people into life-transforming relationships with Jesus and to experience authentic Christian community! When our church adopted our strategic plan last year, we had no idea that the Holy Spirit would work in this way to accomplish what we envisioned (see the below.) We know you share our joy and excitement in how God is working in our midst!
“We partner with others. We acknowledge God acts in multiple ways to bring healing and hope to all people. We embrace working with our neighbors, other churches, and organizations to promote justice, embrace faithful love, and humbly obey God. We build partnerships of mutual trust and respect for cooperative action together to accomplish what we could not do alone. We affirm ecumenical relationships with all who would further the cause of Christ to make a sustainable impact in our community and world.
We dream big and live generously. We believe God has called us to effective innovation in order to create and develop ministries that truly make a difference for Christ in the lives of others. We celebrate that God’s Spirit is calling us to a faith life of adventure and creativity that is much bigger than we often imagine. We give generously of our time, talents and finances so we might realize God’s bold dreams.”
Here's another version of Psalm 118:23: “This is God’s work. We rub our eyes—we can hardly believe it!” (MSG) Yep, that pretty much says it all.
-Michael and James