In the summer of 2016 we started an effort to meet, worship, fellowship and pray together at a time and place unrestricted by normal scheduling. Those times to “gather” have been fruitful hours of reflection, meditation and praise. We have also celebrated with those being baptized and committed ourselves to the support of our brothers and sisters as we seek emulate Christ more and more each day. Each of these events has refueled and realigned this local body of believers to go outside the walls of the church with His “good news.”
Yet, you may be wondering why we take the extra time to unite and focus on particular aspects of our corporate worship times. Why should you come to “The Gathering?”
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,
not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another
—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
God tells us we should be together! That is a pretty simple answer. The Gathering aims to give us more opportunities to meet together, not limited by time constraints of a Sunday morning or Wednesday night.
Why is this month labeled with a subtitle: Back To Our Roots?
Acts 2:42 summarizes the actions of the new believers in the early church.
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
These are our roots.
The Church began with these motivations in mind. This month we not only will fellowship and worship together, but we are emphasizing getting back to prayer. There will be a prayer walk arranged at Alsbury for us to participate in as we gather with believers from all over Johnson County. I am so excited about unifying as the family of God under the Alsbury roof this weekend. You do not want to miss The Gathering!