Crestview Sanctuary
Categories: Spiritual Growth Opportunities

A New Season for Crestview

If you are like me, you don’t much like unexpected change. When things seem to be going well and on an upswing, I want to ride the wave and keep on going. And it seemed like that’s where we were at Crestview just a couple months ago until we learned of Shawn and Amy Jo’s departure. Like me, I’m sure people are a little saddened, naturally concerned and perhaps worried about our church’s future. At the same time, we thank God for Shawn and AJ’s wonderful ministry here and know that their new congregation will be similarly blessed.

Whether we like it or not, change is inevitable in this world and a new season for Crestview is upon us. In times like this, we can have the confident hope that Paul often spoke about. We embrace confident hope for the future because, as much as things may change in our individual and corporate lives, God does not change and His perfect plan moves ever onward. We find hope and peace in all those scriptures that speak of God as a mighty fortress, a strong tower and a firm foundation that is never shaken. We believe and trust as Jeremiah did that God’s plans for Crestview are good, plans to prosper us and give us hope for a beautiful future. And we learn from the wise King Solomon that “for everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven.”

We can also take hope by looking back at Crestview’s beginnings and remembering the wonderful people, vibrant worship, stirring music, good missions, many discipling opportunities and strong Biblical instruction that God has blessed us with over more than 60 years. We remember a young pastor and his wife knocking on doors and inviting people into their humble home for worship and fellowship. We remember the wonderful church staffs and members of the congregation who have passed through these doors. Many of our family and friends have passed on and others moved away, while new folks join us in ministry. Over the years, we sacrificed and sweated to build the chapel, fellowship hall, the education wing, and two beautiful sanctuaries. All this time and led by the Spirit, Crestview has continued to move forward through many seasons—some of turmoil and questioning, but mostly seasons of love and promise.

Recalling the current sermon series, we at Crestview can raise our own Ebenezer and confidently proclaim that “thus far the Lord has helped us.” We know that the Spirit is always with us and that good plans and an inspiring future await. The grace and mercy bought at the Cross opened up eternity through Jesus Christ, who is the same yesterday, today and always. When we celebrate the wondrous sacrament of the Lord’s Supper this Sunday, we affirm Paul’s ringing declaration that “Now is the day of salvation.”

Bruce Fairbairn, Elder