Trust In the Lord: Faithful For the Future
When I first arrived at Cross in 2006 there were banners hanging up that encouraged us “Step Forward in Faith.” The theme verse at the time was Proverbs 16:9, “In His heart a man plans his path, but the Lord determines his steps.” These steps have not always been quick or easy. Over the years we have tried many plans and…in the eyes of man you might even say we have failed at many of them.
When we first built this space in 1999 we thought it might one day be a future worship space. Then the housing bubble burst in 2006 and it changed a lot of things for Cross and our community.
But what happens if we look at this space with the eyes of faith? We can see many things the Lord has done. In this space our track and field teams would practice throwing shot put that would support 12 state championship seasons. Jacob’s Well, a mission plant church in Yorkville, used this space to store their worship supplies between Sundays.
Social Justice ministries like PADS and the Kendall Cares Health Clinics were supported. Lutheran Disaster response sits at the ready to support victims of natural disasters. We have built sets and displays for worship and school productions. It is here that Caring Hands Thrift Shop stages off season items and during COVID we were able to spread out in this space and allow our students to attend school in person throughout the pandemic.
None of this was in our plan, but the Lord has certainly determined our steps and we and our community have been immeasurably blessed. I believe the Lord has one more step for us to take in this space. On April 16 we will hold a congregation meeting seeking approval from you, the Committed Disciples at Cross to secure a loan and sign a contract to begin construction. Construction that will transform this space into school classrooms and new children’s ministry area.
Our current campaign is called Building on the Past; Faithful for the Future. Because that is exactly what we believe the Lord has for us to do–to build on that first step of faith taken 24 years ago by a people that were faithful for this future. Join us on Sundays in March at 9:30AM to see the plans and to ask the questions. Join together in devotion and fervent prayer this Lenten season with our Trust in the Lord Devotional. Watch our campaign videos through our app. Encourage each other by sharing your excitement and even your frustrations on this journey. Then submit it all to the Lord for His words of healing and redemption. Finally join us on April 16 as we gather to pray and vote on the next step that will keep us Faithful for the Future.
His servant and yours,
Pastor Erik Gauss
Scripture Readings for Sunday, February 26, 2023
Romans 4:13-25; Matthew 4:1-11