That is what so many of us experienced at our Friday Night Worship and Dedication. This is what so many of us experience week after week.
This past week, I read and taught through a number of passages about PLACE.
Jacob wrestled with the angel of the Lord and called that place Peniel, because he saw the face of God there.
Moses found himself facing a burning bush and hearing the voice of God speak to him, telling him that the place where he was standing was holy ground (Exodus 3:1-6).
When Solomon dedicated the temple in Jerusalem he wondered if the God whom the heavens cannot contain would actually dwell in that temple/place (2 Chronicles 6:18-21). But that is exactly what God did in spectacular fashion (2 Chronicles 7:1-3).
That is what we experience at Living Word. God is in this place.
And we spent the last year expanding and renovating our place.
A place is a setting, a location, an environment, and a habitat. The place called Living Word is 44 acres situated in part of southern York, but also centrally located for easy access to most of York.
A place has physical features. We invested a good deal of resources to make Living Word a place of beauty, warmth, light, and invitation. It is a place of peace and love.
A place involves people (others) who live there, the inhabitants who dwell in that place.
A place is where activities are undertaken by those dwellers, and where connections exist between them. A place is social, personal, relational.
A place is a setting where stories unfold, meaning is created, and identity is forged.
A place is where purpose exists.
The place called Living Word Community Church is a place where God is inviting a people to come, to be, to love, to work, to serve, to grow, and to FLOURISH.
That is why I love our place.
I hope you will love this place, too.
And I pray you and I will be used by Christ to invite many more people to love this place.
P.S. Tomorrow: A few words about the place called York.