We measure our lives in milestones...
Some milestones are good, others bad, but one thing is certain... milestones mold us into who we are and who we become. Milestones change our lives forever. Many of these milestones are very personal... weddings, births, job changes, or personal decisions for Christ. Working in the church, and doing a lot of interviews, I have the awesome opportunity to see many milestones in people's lives and have conversations with a lot of our team members about those very milestones... conversations about the events that shape their lives.
The life of the church is the same in that it often can be measured by milestones. In the past 11 odd years that I have led the video team (and especially the last 8 being on staff and leading the entire tech team) I've been able to watch this place change and grow dramatically. It seems like just yesterday that we were in the midst of a construction project to build the space in which we now worship every single weekend. It truly has been amazing how much has changed and how many lives have been affected through the ministries in this place called Cypress.
This weekend marks another milestone in the life of this church. We are starting our additional service on Sunday morning. It would be easy to view this as simply another option for worship but it is much much more than that. With another service time, we have space available for another 1200+ people worshipping an ALMIGHTY GOD on the weekend. That's 1200+ people who may or may not know Christ right now. 1200+ people who are experiencing various milestones in their own lives... some of them good, others bad... but they are being molded and changed forever. 1200+ people who may eventually reach a milestone in their own lives where they turn everything over to Christ and become a follower of HIM.
Who are those 1200+? Your neighbor? Your friend? Your family member? Wife? Husband? Son? Daughter? Whoever they are, we will stand beside them no matter what milestone they are currently facing and open up space to provide opportunity for them to reach the ultimate milestone in a relationship with Christ. Many of those who are closest to us may very well be those who benefit from and are shaped by a milestone that we help create.
Thank you for being a part of the team and for serving to create what we do on the weekend. Thank you for helping to create milestones in the lives of those who call this place "home" and thank you for being a part of a ministry that will be creating space for those who have not yet found Cypress... and much more importantly, for those who have not yet found CHRIST.
Yes, we are in the business of creating milestones...
and GOD is working through us.
Cypress Church Alton Darby