Wonderful First Service, Starting a Legacy

Thank you to all who prayed for the grand opening of Grace Anglican Community. We had a wonderful first service. Between the prayers of my fellow blogger and the prayers during our 24-hour prayer vigil, there is no doubt God heard and answered our prayers in a big way. The best part was the presence of the Holy Spirit. God was certainly right there with us in the service.

What struck me after the service was that we weren’t just praying for our opening service but for all of the future services of Grace Anglican Community. For those of us who were there, we were greatly blessed, but it goes far beyond us. We are part of planting a church that will be around to help transform lives for Christ for generations to come.

My small group is doing a Bible study called “Walking with God in the Desert” by Ray Vander Laan. This past week’s lesson was about trees in the desert. One of the trees is called a tamarisk tree. 

Genesis 21:33

Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba, and there he called upon the name of the Lord, the Eternal God.

A tamarisk tree is a very slow growing tree that requires more water than other trees found in the desert. “It must be cared for and cultivated, but the person who plants it will not live to enjoy its cooling shade. As one elderly Bedouin man explained, “We plant tamarisks for our grandchildren,” apparently meaning, “Because they grow so slowly and last for a long time, we will not enjoy them but our grandchildren will.” Abraham was planting a tree for his future grandchildren.

Grace Anglican Community is a church plant, much like a tamarisk tree, that will be a blessing for future generations. The difference is we who are part of caring and cultivating it are also able to reap the benefits of being part of it. I love the idea that starting this church is a way for us to leave a spiritual legacy for years to come.

We are all called to serve the Lord and our service may plant seeds in the hearts and minds of others that may impact the lives of their grandchildren. What are you doing in your spiritual life to plant seeds for future generations? 

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6 thoughts on “Wonderful First Service, Starting a Legacy

  1. Being Anglican for 13 yrs now I have been involved in three church plants and have now joined another who has gone from mission to parish in three yrs and is planting another. I feel your joy. God is alive and well. The harvest is plenty. Let’s get more workers!!

    Julie B Cosgrove Christian Author Speaker http://www.juliebcosgrove.com twitter@JulieBCosgrove Life without God is like an unsharp pencil – pointless.

    • Julie, how awesome to be part of numerous church plants. It is wonderful to be part of what God is doing in our community. Blessings to you and your ministry. May you touch the lives of many for generations to come!

  2. So glad that you were blessed, and thrilled that you see yourselves as a blessing to the future. May God richly reward your vision.

    • Ena, thanks so much for your thoughtful words. We all impact those around us and future generations. We have an opportunity to impact them for the Lord which is truly a blessing.

  3. This story of the tamarisk tree is so beautiful! I grew up in a non-Christian home and was saved when I was 25. I have 9 children and one day I realized that God has changed a whole generation and hopefully many generations to come. It is so important to think of our posterity. That concept seems to have been lost in the selfishness and materialism of the world we live in.

    “All your children shall be taught by the Lord,and great shall be the peace of your children.” Isaiah 54:13

    • Shadowlillies, thanks! Iove the image of the tamarisk tree being a legacy for future generations too. I didn’t become a Christian until I was 29 and I am so humbled to think of the changes it will have for my family for generations to come too.

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