Nine years ago when Luke and I were dating he was asked to come lead worship at a fairly new church in the town where we were attending college.
Because I was his girlfriend I went with Luke that Sunday, before that we hadn't attended church together and each went to our own individuals churches.
However after that Sunday we began going to church together. We started attending that church together and nine years later we haven't been to another church.
That sounds so weird to even say. I can't believe it's been nine years. Shortly after that Sunday Luke joined staff and that church, where he still remains on staff today.
Nine years. A lot has happened in those nine years. I've made some amazing friendships, I've had moments where I wanted to leave and go to another church and moments where I couldn't imagine myself anywhere else.
There have been moments of frustrations and then on the same hand moments of true joy and celebration for all that God has done.
Currently aside from Sunday worship, our church meets every Wednesday night where we eat dinner together and then the adults participate in a bible study while the youth and kid's meet separately.
A group of individuals meet at our church at 10am every Wednesday morning to begin preparing dinner. I am so thankful for their sacrifice and their service to our church and the Lord. We are able to get a home cooked meal every Wednesday and I don't have to lift a finger. It is so nice.
I love the time together and fellowship we get with varoius members of our church. Most of whom I would never have a realtionship with if it wasn't for our church and our weekly gatherings.
Ministry isn't always easy, and it's not always fun, but seeing life change is worth every bit of it.
Tonight I am so thankful for our church and our community. For the people who were once apart of our community but left for whatever reason and for the people who are there now, all of it has helped shape us and mold us.