Excerpt from "First Things" Vol. LXV No. 22, May 31, 2015
On June 7, and for the rest of the summer (hopefully, until no later than mid-August), Sunday worship services will take place in the Family Life Center. The reason? Construction work in the choir loft area and some updating of flooring in the main area of the Sanctuary. And, especially, the installation of a new organ console. These improvements will significantly help our music department and enhance our worship at First Presbyterian Church. Meanwhile, we will continue to worship in accord with the musical and worship practice to which we are accustomed, but in a different location.
We are enormously grateful to those who had the vision for the Family Life Center some years ago, and we will be putting the facility through its paces over these coming months. The venue will result in some logistical issues that we must endeavor to overcome with the least amount of distraction. The issue is exacerbated by the fact that three events will occur in rapid succession – the two morning services and the Thornwell Lectures. To enable everyone to move in and out quickly and efficiently, we will need everyone’s cooperation and understanding.
True, godly, biblical worship is not dependent on fine buildings and architecture – early Christians worshipped in their homes and, in some parts of the world today, Christians are forced to worship in secret locations without any of the benefits that a beautiful building provides. Whatever sacrifices we make over the next few weeks, they are as nothing in comparison to our persecuted brothers and sisters in the world. In the Family Life Center, too, the promise remains: "Where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am among them" (Matt. 18:20).
"Absence," they say, "makes the heart grow fonder." Sacrificing beauty and sound while worshipping in the Family Life Center will, I am certain, make us all the more grateful for the provision the Lord has given to us.
Derek W.H. Thomas
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