Last Sunday proved to be one of my favorite church gatherings of the year so far. We sang. We laughed. We prayed. We ate good food. And we remembered. We remembered the faithfulness of God to Kingsway Community Church for 25 years.
Gene spoke about planting the church in 1989 with a handful of folks meeting in his living room. God gave them a vision for seeing Midlothian impacted by the power of the gospel. Little did they know the number of lives that would be transformed through Kingsway over the next few decades. One of our newest members commented after the service, “It’s amazing to think that someone was praying for me 25 years ago. I wasn’t even a Christian back then!”
Here’s a quick review of our anniversary meeting for those who were unable to join us. Be sure to check out the photos my friend Riette posted on our Facebook page.
We began by welcoming our guests and explaining that the meeting was going to be a little different than normal, starting with having the children join us for the entire service. They represent the future at Kingsway and we didn’t want them to miss out on the celebration.
Gene reflected on 25 years of pastoral ministry, exhorting us to remember three things:
- God’s faithfulness is greater than our weakness
- God’s gospel is more glorious than we ever imagined
- God’s church is more magnificent than anything in the world
Steve shared a testimony of how God has cared for him through the members of Kingsway (a recording of both Gene’s reflection and Steve’s testimony is available here)
We took a few minutes to journal our own stories of God’s care for us through our church. Stephanie is displaying our written testimonies as part of a tree in the foyer that she designed to help us remember God’s faithfulness.
I shared the story of how God called me into pastoral ministry at Kingsway and exhorted the young men and women among us to take responsibility for next 25 years of our church.
After praying for the next generation, we honored Gene for serving as our senior pastor for the last 25 years. Gary roasted him and sang a memorable parody of Johnny Be Good. Then Eric talked about the ways Gene has grown as a pastor over the years and gave him a cash gift from our members as an expression of our gratitude for his faithful ministry.
Josh Kruger wrapped up our meeting by praying for lunch and giving a benediction.