There are just a few more finishing touches to be added to the sanctuary to complete the renovation process. Soon you’ll see the new projection screen installed, and probably some wall art that will accent the features we’ve already put in place. Finally, some stage lighting will be repositioned to eliminate shadows and add some creative elements to our lighting design. This past week our new baptismal was delivered, and it looks great. It’s currently located on the West side of the sanctuary (near the stage), but the fact that the baptismal is mobile will allow us to move it to wherever we need it for baptisms.
The sanctuary renovation has been a lengthy process, but God has been faithful and has blessed us with a wonderful room for worship. So, let’s CELEBRATE it!
On Sunday, September 17th we’re going to have a worship service that is fully dedicated to celebrating the completion of the sanctuary renovation. All adults and children will be together, and we’re planning on having some fun, creative elements in the service. When Solomon dedicated the temple in 1 Kings 8 the theme of the day was singing praises to God, giving thanks, offering prayer, and blessing the people. We would like to follow this example.
So here’s what I’d like you to do. Invite people. LOTS OF PEOPLE! Do you have a neighbor you’ve been thinking about inviting to New Hope? Invite them. Do you have family members living in the area who don’t attend church a whole lot? Invite them. It would be wonderful to have a (completely) full sanctuary on a celebration day. Let’s treat Sunday, September 17th like it’s another Easter Sunday.
You know what else we’re going to be doing? Baptizing people! That’s right, we have some folks who wish to be baptized. If you have never been baptized before and you feel the time is now, we want you to be baptized as well. Just let us know and we’ll add you to the list of people to celebrate on that day!
I believe God has brought New Hope to a season of blessing and harvest. Sunday, September 17th will be a time to give full focus to the Lord and give thanks for all He’s done for us.