We Open These Doors Today!

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It was over two years ago when we first shared the vision for our Raising More Hope project. Since then we have seen more than 300 families sacrifice financially to see this project happen. We’ve had dozens of highly skilled volunteers give time, talent, and resources, taking on special projects to “git ‘er done.” And this coming weekend, our Barn will join our seven new kids classrooms and our Special Needs classrooms by opening its doors!

I’ll be honest, opening those doors right in the middle of a pandemic isn’t ideal. But we aren’t just opening these doors for this coming weekend; these will be open doors for years and years to come.

This coming Sunday, whether you join us online or in person, come ready to celebrate and dedicate our new space. With open hands we give it to the Heavenly Father, asking Him to use this space to bring people closer to Jesus!

Our Come & Go Open House will be Saturday, Nov. 21 from 10am to 4pm, and our Dedication Services will be Sunday, Nov. 22 at 9am, 10:45am, and online at welcome2hope.com.

In this Sunday’s Dedication service, we will open by saying the below prayer together. This is a modified version of the Breaking Ground prayer we prayed in October of 2019.

Peace, Nick

 Here a church grows…
where children will learn to love Jesus
and grow in grace, goodness,
and in favor with God and all people;
we open these doors today.

Here a church grows…
where youth will be inspired to pray and serve,
where their roots will grow deep
as they fall more in love with Jesus;
we open these doors today.

Here a church grows…
where the weary and heavy-laden will find rest
that the world can neither give nor take away;
we open these doors today.

Here a church grows…
where God is worshiped in prayer and praise,
and where the Word of God is read and preached
so that it becomes the living Word;
we open these doors today.

Here a church grows…
where multitudes will be refreshed in spirit,
relieved from pain, released from bondage,
redeemed from sin, and walk in freedom;
we open these doors today.

Here a church grows…
where we will be delighted to share not only the gospel of God,
but our lives as well,
in order that through our oneness,
the world may know the love of Jesus;
we open these doors today.

Here a church grows…
from which, by the power of the Holy Spirit,
your people are sent forth into this community
and all the world as champions of your love for all people,
making disciples, baptizing them in the name of the
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit;
we open these doors today.

Here a church grows…
where by the grace of God,
we may continue to bring people closer to Jesus,
all for the power and glory of Jesus’ name;
we open these doors today.

Yay! God!