Can You Hear It Yet?!

Posted by Marc Schwichtenberg, Senior Pastor on

There’s about to be a lot of noise in the neighborhood and I can’t wait to hear it! At times it will be a loud repeating crunching sound. At other times it will likely resound more like a continuously deep thumping and pounding percussion. And of course, there will also be the grinding and buzzing of gears and valves turning and churning.

It’s a sound that’s going to create quite a stir in the neighborhood!

Cars will be stopping to see. Walkers will be gathering to gape. Strollers will be pausing to peer and perceive.  

If you haven’t guessed it, I’m talking about the extensive Campus Master Plan site work that is finally set to begin this summer as part of the ONE Legacy Initiative! If my past experience is an indicator, I know it will create quite a commotion in the neighborhood and the excitement building around it will go way beyond brick and mortar!

It reminds me of the commotion created by another attention-getting noise that resounded in history as the disciples gathered in Jerusalem some fifty days after Jesus rose from the grave. It was that day, Pentecost, that the sound of the Holy Spirit of God came upon them.  And what a sound it was!  Notice what happened in their neighborhood:

When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language.  Utterly amazed, they asked: “Are not all these men who are speaking Galileans?  Then how is it that each of us hears them in our own language…we hear them declaring the wonders of God!” (Acts 2:6-11)

God used the disciples to proclaim the love of God in the sound and language of the people surrounding them so each person could understand it.  It was the sound of the Gospel! 

And isn’t that what we are doing?  We are sacrificially reworking our campus to match the needs (language) of our community so they might hear and come to know they matter to God.  To the sound of jack hammers, cement trucks and earth movers, our neighbors will be hearing and seeing that we care so much about people that we would go to great extremes to make our church and school campus more accessible and welcoming to everyone.  That we care so much about families that we would redesign and update spaces around them.  That we care so much about experiencing community in the presence of Jesus, that we would make plans to bump out our walls to draw each other closer. 

What an amazing opportunity we’ve been given to share what really matters! 

Do you hear it?  It’s the sound of the Gospel going out into our world as God’s people follow His Spirit’s calling! These are great days to be part of all the Lord is doing among us to make us one and reach many!

In Jesus I am so thankful to be yours,

Marc Schwichtenberg
Senior Pastor

IMPORTANT NOTE: Beginning on Sunday, June 16 and continuing through July and into August, all weekend worship services will be moved temporarily offsite to Lutheran High Northwest (1000 Bagley Ave, Rochester Hills). As we have an opportunity to come together uniquely as one congregation during this time of construction, the offsite worship schedule will be temporarily reduced from five to two services on Sundays: 8:30 AM Traditional Praise & 10:30 AM Modern Praise (no Saturday worship during this time). 

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