We are getting a new sound system at our church! When we moved into our worship center in 2010 we were thrilled and blessed, but the time has come to replace cables and make the shift to digital. This is genuinely a need and part of our annual goals for 2024, but truthfully, it is much more than that.
Michael King grew up in our church and was our beloved worship pastor. He led us well and taught us the heart of worship. He won his battle with cancer and worships Jesus on His throne every day. One of his dreams for us was the audio upgrade we are beginning now and we have been blessed with two significant gifts in his honor and memory to fund this major upgrade.
I must confess, when Pastor Michael died I really struggled for a while. I’ve navigated death many times and processed grief, but this was the closest, personal friend I’ve “lost”. During that grief, I leaned heavily on my gospel partners in the church staff, but to be honest, we were all struggling. During times around a fire pit or in group counseling facilitated by our pastor emeritus, Don Wilhite, I genuinely experienced the type of fellowship that Paul refers to in Philippians 1:3-5. This “koinonia” fellowship is a genuine partnership based on a shared mission.
Both in our staff and among our church family, we rest in a partnership that is rooted in the Gospel. It is Jesus and our shared hope in Him that defines our relationship and gives purpose to our fellowship. This truth even serves as a beacon during disagreements, hardship, grief, and more. Lean into that truth and work to cultivate that fellowship as we live out our value of intentional relationships.
You see, a sound system is important and worth celebrating, but when you understand that wires and cables actually point to a deeper fellowship of honoring a dream, fulfilling a goal, and leaning on one another in triumph and tragedy, then something as small as upgraded cables take on a new and deeper meaning.