Sometimes we get asked why we seek/call on the Lord’s presence in our worship gatherings. Isn’t he always with us, as Christians?
I think we are dealing with partial truths, things that are true in and of themselves but are only part of the picture. In the most general sense, God is always with us in his omnipresence- he’s everywhere!
In a more specific sense, he is with us as believers residing in our hearts. But I still think there is something more to this even in the personal sphere of our spiritual walk.
And what about worship? Corporate worship? Isn’t he always with us when we sing songs and gather and read/teach the Bible- surely he’s there.
Again, yes and no. He’s with his people but there seems to be something else that is at play. There seems to be a barrier between us and the Lord’s eternally glorious power and presence moving among us, personally and corporately. I believe that to be our flesh and carnal desires- as we want and are satisfied in the world and its pleasures, we will not seek the Lord nor experience his power.
So, we are admonished in Scripture (both by command and through exhortation) to seek the Lord:
Isaiah 55:6; Job 8:5; 1 Chronicles 28:9; Hebrews 11:6; 1 Chron. 22:19; Psalm 105:4; 1 Thes. 5:16-24
Therefore, we will encourage all who worship with us to fully enjoy the presence of the Lord by setting their minds and hearts on the things above, denying their fleshly desires, and clearing the way for the glorious power of the Lord to be made manifest!
“We worship you, Almighty God! There is none like You! Holy Spirit, rain down! Dwell in our hearts, let your mind be our mind, direct our hearts to be consumed by you, pour out your glory among us!! Amen.”
There will be a string of blogs here only containing pictures of the new location. They are buttoning things up and we are SO CLOSE to having our first worship gathering at the new location! Pray that the Lord goes before us and prepares the way for powerful worship and ministry at the Sanctuary’s new location!
Things have picked up quite a bit at the new location this week. See the next several sets of pics for the latest! Praying that the Lord continues to provide everything we need and that he is glorified through it all.
We continue to work hard toward a move-in date in the next 35 days or so! Pray that the Lord smoothes the way for us to complete all of the necessary work and that he prepares us for the wonderful ministry that he has for us at this new location. Enjoy the pics!
Its not going to let me load multiple images, so you get multiple blogs!
Its been a while! After enduring some updates from our blog provider, I’ll try to catch you up on some recent changes at the building. Plugs, light switches, fire alarms being installed. Work being completed on ramp in back of building. Painting should be begin soon! Its coming together! Praying that the Lord uses every single person that comes through our door to expand His Kingdom! The Sanctuary Fellowship belongs to the Lord and exists for his glory!!