Covenant Community Church kicked of public services on Valentine’s Day in 2010. So that means, this past Sunday, February 12, we celebrated that milestone with a 2-year birthday party. There were so many fun and special things about this day. I’m not even sure how to talk about them all, so I’m just going to be lame and list them:
- It just happened to fall that our 2-year anniversary was the week after a couple of our lead servants (deacons) in the area of set-up/tear-down/connecting had been to another older, more established church plant in Houston to see how they do their set-up and tear-down stuff. The fruit of that visit was immediately visible the Sunday of our 2nd birthday party. The chairs were set up in a new orientation, the curtains, screen, sound system, everything had been arranged a little differently and made things look a little more worship center-like (to the extent that is possible in a dance studio, of course). I walked in and my first thought was how great everything looked. My second thought was how funny that this new look had fallen on this particular Sunday, instantly making the church seem a little more “grown up” on a day we were celebrating growth milestones.
- We always have a portion of the service called “Community Spotlight.” It’s a time each week when we hear from someone in our church family about what God is doing in their lives, which just gives us as a body a time to praise God corporately for what He is doing among us individually. I love it; this is possibly my favorite part of service. Well, for our anniversary Sunday, community spotlight was opened up for people to just shout out what God has been doing in the past 2 years in and among us at Covenant. The testimonies were amazing. God has literally provided homes and food for people who did not have these things. He has repaired marriages, exposed hidden sin, begun the process of healing long-standing hurt, and drawn close to Himself people who were once far from Him. Covenant didn’t do any of that; God did that. And the fact that He invited Covenant to be a part of all that beauty and redemption is amazing and overwhelming.
- A Covenant party cannot exist without two things: copious amounts of food and a bouncy house. There are exactly seventeen children at Covenant for every one adult. Ok, the ratio is not exactly that skewed, but it can certainly feel that way sometimes. Enter the bouncy house, entertainer of children and savior of parental sanity. The kids had an awesome time bouncing away, and parents got to visit, at least a little bit.
- And the food, oh, the food. There is a precious lady at our church whom God has gifted extraordinarily with the ability to cook giant amounts of delicious food. She prepared the yummiest jambalaya I have ever had in my life for ALL of the nearly 100 people at this party. It was so incredible. I am continually amazed by this woman, both her exceptional giftedness in this area and her selflessness and generosity in using this gift over and over in service of our church family.
- We had a birthday cake! And not just any old birthday cake. Check it out:
- Isn’t that awesome? Another sweet lady in our church family used her giftedness and creativity at cake-baking and made this delicous and beautiful cake for us to share. It was so fun to sing “Happy Birthday” to Covenant and celebrate all that God has done among us.
- I have stated elsewhere that I really love birthdays because they are natural time to remember, reflect and refocus. Leading up to this birthday party, a guy in our church who is really gifted in media and film interviewed some people to make a movie about Covenant, just chronicling Covenant’s story and how God has been at work in our body. He interviewed me and Tim, among others, and while it was quite awkward to have a camera in my face as if I was on 20/20, it was fun to rehearse Covenant’s story from our perspective, where we have been and where we are going and have a chance to recount God’s faithfulness every step of the way.
- In the same way, our lead pastor/planter Daniel stepped out of our normal series preaching through the book of Matthew on our anniversary Sunday, in order to remind us of why we are doing what we are doing. His sermon was a powerful reminder of what we already knew but tend to forget: that our mission is to enjoy and spread the glory of God in the gospel of Jesus. He unpacked what this means and how it would look. I greatly encourage you to listen to the sermon here.
- I was struck throughout the morning at how gifted our church family is. God has truly given our church a multitude of varied and exceptional talents and skills, resources and wisdom, that He has in turn used in amazing ways in service to our small church body and the wider community of Pearland. Really, that’s a whole separate post. Hopefully, I can get to that soon.
All in all, it was such an amazing day to just celebrate all that God has done. With each passing day, month and year, I am more and more thankful for Covenant Community Church, and I am more and more aware of the fact that God is active and moving, busy doing His incredible work of redeeming and saving that which is lost…. And I am so grateful He has graciously invited our church family to be a part of what He is up to.