Robert Ballard was the explorer who found the famous sunken ships, the Titanic and the Bismarck, and led more than 110 underwater expeditions. He said, “We’re all explorers, traveling in uncharted territory.” Growth often involves navigating toward new horizons and exploring new possibilities. Discoveries await us.
We are living in a time of rapid, revolutionary change. A few years ago a new web page was created every two seconds and a new product every thirty seconds. At that time, world knowledge was doubling every eighteen months and probably continues to do so.
In the Bible, it takes multiple English words to translate the Hebrew word for sailing: “You who go down to the sea in ships” (Psalm 107:23; Isaiah 42:10, KJV). The ship’s captain was required to be one who was experienced in the ways of the sea, could perform all of the duties on board, could set and keep a true course and assume responsibility for the welfare of the ship.
I don’t claim omnicompetence; however, God has blessed our church with the collective wisdom and expertise of excellent pastoral, lay and professional leaders. God is helping us to navigate and innovate through new seas, utilizing Paragon 360 and BCB Construction. Beginning Monday, they will start to renovate our sixteen year old Worship Center. “Sing to the Lord a new song, His praise from the end of the earth, you who go down to the sea” (Isaiah 42:10). Our campus will be a whirlwind of activity this summer as we have a target date of completion at the end of August, improving seating, flooring, staging, audio and visual technology, sound treatments and aesthetics. Before the carpet is laid, we hope to have a “Standing on the Word” time.
The transition will demand that we fully utilize the maximum capacity of our Chapel and Commons. Fortunately, we updated technology there two years ago. Comfortable seating will be provided with large screens in the Commons, doing everything to help everyone feel connected. We will offer the same time periods and worship styles. In this more casual atmosphere, let’s cultivate friendliness, patience, intimacy, flexibility and sacrifice.
We give thanks for the wonderful memories of the past: “Give glory to the Lord and declare His praise in the coastlands, as He stirs up our zeal and shows Himself mighty” (Isaiah 42:12,13). Let’s claim the Lord’s promise for His sailor-saints: “I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know, in paths that they have not known, I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground. I do not forsake them” (Isaiah 42:16).