Moving to 1 service
Acts 2 (ESV) – In one place – “When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.”
Jubilee Community Church has gathered at 9am and 11am for nearly 4 years. Moving to 2 services was a faith step taken by the Church in 2015. Over the last 2 years Jubilee has been pruned by God in many areas. Pruning is for the health and growth of a plant, or church! which we mustn’t forget, even if at the time it does appear painful. We feel with all the changes to the leadership, and the new season we’re in, that it would be
good to move to one service in 2020. This would simplify our Sundays, it would be a visible sign of the largely hidden pruning work that has taken place, and it would draw us together as one congregation to glorify God and serve one another. Personally I’ve been on a journey with this idea of ‘1 service’ for a while. My early reaction was one of dismay, feeling that this was a backwards step for us. Over the last 9 months, with the
input of the broader team, my feelings have settled and I believe now that this is a step of obedience and faith for us. We don’t feel that 1 service is the destination point, but rather we
sense this is an opportunity to be drawn back in faith for what is ahead, as an arrow is drawn back before its big release forward.
Isaiah 9:7 – “ There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace” Isaiah under the direction of God speaks about a kingdom, which increases its reach and governance for all time. In the Western Church we must call out to God for this promise and stand, not on our understanding, but on His. I’m excited for the energy this will give teams that serve on Sundays and for the unity we will experience at this important time. However most of all I love the picture that just like on the day of Pentecost, we would all be in one place and receive the Holy Spirit afresh. I hope you will walk with us as we look to follow God in obedience & faith. I know for many the change will be a real challenge, however, we must remember that 1 service is not the destination.