The last video was a source of pain for some members of the Douglas Blvd. UMC, which closed in January of 2017.
I can’t imagine seeing my church home disappear. People don’t leave church communities they love. How hard that must have been for them to relocate. But the Christian story is one of old things passing away to make room for the new, isn’t it? And I don’t just mean the 2 Corinthians 5:17 passage. Jesus allowed the Temple Worship system of the Old Testament and dependency upon impossible laws to die with him at the cross so that a new covenant could take it’s place.
But, while we can be excited about the things happening on the horizon of Wickline Douglas, we must not forget to honor what lies behind us. The prayer chapel of the building is not being changed during the remodeling for this reason.
There are two convictions that should reside within that space. First, the realization that there is a culture who is increasingly nonChristian. It challenges us to rethink what we’re doing, to take seriously our responsibility as a church who was told by Jesus to go love the world the way he did (John 20:21). We must do everything in our power (short of sin) to accomplish that end. The second conviction is that we at the Douglas branch are continuing the legacy that began in 1952 with the original Douglas Blvd. UMC congregation. That room, like a time-capsule is a reminder that real people’s lives were changed and their community was impacted by the thriving church that once was. It is a place to pray and ask God for a blessing that it may serve that purpose again.
We are at a stage in our launch where we could really use the help of some mature Christians who can help us get this thing off the ground and nurture those who have joined our community. It would be awesome to have some more Douglas Blvd. UMC members as part of our team – those who can ensure the legacy of their old church is renewed in the creation of the new one.
To get on board and become part of our text list (the main communication channel for the church), text the word “Douglas” to 84576 (and respond to the link that comes back) or click here to enter your information.