Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Psalm 127:1
We are so thankful that the Lord gathered his people and inhabited our praises this past Sunday as west valley presbyterian church (pca) gathered for our first preview service. It was an unadvertised sacrifice of worship wherein we planned to give God our new expression of praise, unsure of exactly what it would be! The Lord was gloriously present in our worship and community – and he brought more than we expected… college kids, neighbors and friends in our target area… close to 100 people to hear his gospel, to offer our broken but made-beautiful selves in thankful worship. The text that resounded throughout the service was John 17, where Jesus prayed that we might share in both the GLORY and ONENESS of the Father and Son. And that, I think, we did! Through the gospel, we are glorious not grotesque. Through the gospel we are one with each other and the Godhead! What a gift.
It is clear, that like children, we at west valley pres are being cared for and fed by our Creator and Redeemer and Father. We are bruised reeds whom he holds and cherishes. We are conduits of his kingdom into our broken world. O God, may your kingdom come to the west valley as it is in heaven. May we receive your gracious gospel in your church even as you extend it through your church. O God, what is man that you are mindful of us? What is a new chuchplant that you would gather people to yourself through us? What is in store O God!
If you live in the lowermac and emmaus (west of allentown) region of the Lehigh Valley, come check us out! We long to be a “come as you are community where Christ is celebrated and brokenness renovated” www.westvalleypres.org