They say if walls could talk...
Well, if they could, I think the walls of CFC would have a lot to share with us. For 20 years, they have been watching, listening, and observing.
Here’s how I imagine their monologue might go...
We see a lot of comings and goings during the week. We see and hear a lot: every person who comes through the doors, every child who sits in Promised Land, every Bible Study, every Fellowship Meal, every prayer meeting, and so much more.
A few weeks ago, we saw a deacon jump behind the Visitor Booth when he noticed that no one was there to greet any potential visitors.
We look outside every spring and enjoy watching people gather to celebrate those who’ve just graduated. The parties are filled with the smiling faces of family and friends come to support their graduate. Not to mention, we see all the setup and teardown for one of those parties. Those tables don’t roll themselves out there, you know. And sometimes, the people helping aren't even party attenders, just people wanting to serve.
Every year, we smell the delicious scent of hundreds of cookies baking as people come in and out of the kitchen to make cookies for the Kairos Prison Ministry.
This year was the first CFC Men’s Retreat. Let us tell you, the excitement in the air of the planning meetings was almost tangible. We hear it was a smashing success - the men left blessed and encouraged in the Lord, having worshipped and fellowshipped.
Each and every week, we get to see and hear all of the happenings that make a Sunday service possible. We see Pastor Mike studying and writing for the sermon and Pastor Dave studying and creating the lesson for the junior and senior highers. We hear the worship practice. We see the sound people working their magic to make everything sound right. We watch the computer people put the lyrics of the songs in so everyone knows what to sing. We get to watch as Promised Land teachers use all kinds of creativity to help teach the one youngs about God. And then we get to watch the looks on the kids’ faces as they learn about their Savior. We see every smile on every Greeter’s face, and hear the conversations people have at the Visitors Booth. We smell the coffee that people so graciously come make before each service.
We notice all of the things that happen that no one else sees. We see the people who serve in ways that don't often get recognized. We watch all of the happenings, and observe so much.
We see smiles, hugs, tears, raised hands, crossed arms, and aha moments.
We hear blessings, troubles, joys, prayers, laughter, and so much more...
All of the things we see and hear serve as a great reminder that the Walls don’t make up the church. The building is not the church.
You, God's people, are the Church.
Hebrews 10:24-25 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.