I am excited! I am coming to worship at RHUMC soon. In fact, I get to be in the pulpit again and preach! The occasion is the 25th anniversary of the first Sunday the congregation worshipped in the sanctuary. Can that beautiful building be 25 years old? As part of this year of celebration of the really new building, we are going to remember this earlier special occasion.
I am enjoying many happy memories as I think about this anniversary. The congregation had waited so many years for their sanctuary that when it began to be actually built, it was an occasion for joy. On our first Sunday in this building, I preached on the passage from Psalm 84: “How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord” and remembered how we had admired each step of the way. Even the construction fence looked “lovely” as it went up. The tower was built first and was a big thrill to see standing in the “field of dreams.” The frame was cheered when it was raised. The stained glass windows – long a part of the dream were deemed “lovely” beyond description. The carpet and the pews (also long a part of the dream) brought smiles of satisfaction. On and on…you get the idea. And now, 25 years later, we take a day to remember when the dream came true in this “lovely” place for us to enjoy.
Weaving Prayer Into the Tapestry of Life
Martha Rowlett is a minister in the United Methodist Church, a prolific blogger, and author of four books on prayer. Her book, Weaving Prayer Into the Tapestry of Life, provides an overview of the understanding and practice of prayer, offering an invitation to the reader to move from thinking to doing.
Read Martha’s writings from her blog at WeavingPrayerIntoTheTapestryOfLife.Com
The former senior pastor at Rolling Hills, Martha has served in local churches and on Conference staff in the United Methodist Church. Originally from Virginia, she has lived most of her adult life in California and Washington and currently enjoys mountain living in Asheville, North Carolina.