I’m heading to the chicken farm.
Are you at City Station?
I can’t wait to see our SoHills family this Sunday!
During the move to our new facility, you would frequently hear statements like these. Without knowing it, at least among the staff, we made a clear distinction between the two locations and the body of believers who meets there.
I pointed this out to my husband and he thought it was awesome enough for a blog post. After a few days though, I started to refer to City Station as “the church,” and Corey would remind me the church is not the building. After he pointed this out several times, I wasn’t as enthusiastic about sharing my observation.
Since the beginning, Shannon has said City Station is a tool. We were not building something fancy to provide us comfort. We were not giving towards a facility that would meet all our needs and we would only use on occasion. We were sacrificing to show the community that love does. And now we are here!
And there are already holes in the walls. And the children’s areas don’t have the same feel. Parking is only going to get worse when the students move in. And the lobby is loud!
Maybe you need reminded like I did that this is just a tool. It’s not about the building.
No, things are not perfect for us. But it isn’t about us, right? It’s easy to forget when we don’t have Camille’s muffins on Sunday mornings, but City Station is just a tool. 421 people came to City Station last week, the majority of which had never stepped foot at our location on 113, and maybe had never even heard the name Southern Hills before.
And while God uses this tool to show people who He is and what His church is about, He is also using it to refine us. Paul says, “Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people” (Philippians 2:14-15). Do you need to check your attitude and thoughts about the move?
We are the church. We are the bride of Christ. We are His ambassadors and City Station is just one tool God has given us to manage. We have sacrificed a lot as a church to get here and God has blessed us. While the sacrifice looks different now, we must continue to put others before our selves. Let’s manage City Station well and continue to show the world love does!
Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. – 1 John 3:18