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A multi-generational church?!

One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts.

Psalm 145:4

Church isn’t the building, the structures, or even the gatherings…it’s the people, WE are the church.

And one of the most precious things about being the church, is being a family of God with genuine relationships across the generations. There’s nowhere else in the world that a 14 year old and a 74 year old can share deeply and pray for each other in perfect mutuality!

I loved hearing my 5 year old ask questions of a 26 year old guy about communion as we took it together a few weeks back…I love that multiple generations will be represented at Park Days…I love that we’re still in church with the couple who spent time preparing Heather and I for marriage (15 years ago!), and now I'm playing futsal with their son on Monday nights…I love that those who have walked a few more steps in life have made themselves available to walk a few more alongside others. I LOVE these things…it’s part of what it is to be a multi-generational church!

Sometimes these connections and relationships happen organically, at other times there will be events to jump in on…either way, our heart is that we truly would be a multi-generational church where every generation is not just honoured and invested in, but also investing in others.

Psalm 145 (quoted above) is an acrostic poem and was written by David, whose life we’re looking at over the next 8 weeks.

David longed for God’s people to encourage each other in praise…that an older generation might inspire a younger generation to praise by remembering God’s mighty acts in the past, and that a young generation might stir praise in an older generation by declaring the fresh and new things God was doing.

Commenting on this Psalm, Charles Spurgeon said“The generations shall herein unite: together they shall make up an extraordinary history. Each generation shall contribute its chapter, and all the generations together shall compose a volume of matchless character.”

It was said of David that he had served God’s purpose in his own generation (Acts 13:36)…let’s together ensure sure that our generation contributes its chapter, and the generations of those around us, do the same!



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