pastor-chris-coppernollI entered the Mission Community Church at around 9:00 a.m. Many people remembered me from when I had lead worship there a few months ago.  It was a nice time of fellowship, coffee and breakfast prior to the 9:30 am service.  I was excited about connecting them with their musical guest that day, Dave Pettigrew.  I love how Pastor Chris Coppernoll invites guest musicians to lead worship as part of what they call the “Visiting Artist Series”.

My friend and ministry partner Michael noticed a man instructing a boy regarding his role as a greeter. After a brief talk, the boy proceeded to the front door with a younger boy of about 5 years of age.  The older boy began to instruct the younger in the same fashion he had been instructed by the man…and with the same serious face and tone. Discipleship was happening with this next generation of greeters.  Michael addressed them, “Good morning. What time does the service begin and where should I sit?”  The oldest boy looking slightly shaken replied, “Church is in there and the concession table is to the left”.  The younger one turned to him with a glare realizing he had not answered the question. Michael then asked their names.  One boy replied, “Raiden (slowly spelling it), and this is Kyle. We’re the greeters”.  What a blessing to see these two young men of God so eager to serve.  The best sign of a successful work of God can be measured by the involvement of the youth.

Pastor Chris’ message was entitled “Unwavering”. He started off  by asking if we had ever been in a season where we felt there was no hope, and then read Job 8:13…”So are the paths of all who forget God; And the hope of the godless will perish”.  When we get so busy with life we can drift away from God.  And when a culture or nation gets too busy, it too can drift away. Hopelessness is not God’s idea.  He went on to explain that God is not the God of emergencies but the God of everything in our lives. God wants to be a part of everything we do.  He is the God of hope.   Pastor Chris meticulously described three types of hope ending in Gods hope which anchors our ship, the hope of glory.

(1) Wishful hope – winning the lottery; not likely
(2) Expectant hope – most likely will happen; a planned event
(3) CERTAIN HOPE – This comes from God alone. God doesn’t lie.  There are thousands of promises in scripture, and they will all come to pass.

Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

He went on to share some of the most common reasons for hopelessness including being alone or abandoned, having no purpose, grieving a loss, being deeply wounded, hounded by fear, or certain of defeat. Then he recited the Lord’s Prayer, and stated how it is the answer to any hopelessness we have in our lives.  God’s promises are bigger than any problem we have.

The sermon was fastidiously prepared and eloquently executed. At the close of the message, Pastor Chris encouraged everyone to spend time alone with God in silence and to communicate with Him through prayer.  He stressed the importance of God’s Word.  Then Dave Pettigrew offered a brief time of silence before closing with the song “God with Us”.

I felt a great deal of warmth in this little church. Here is a place to belong, a place to grow, a place to serve and a place to advance in the Kingdom of God. You can’t help but recognize the positive attitude and the expectation that something wonderful is about to happen.  You will not go wrong if God plants you in this dynamic work.  This is a church family of ordinary people following an extraordinary God.  I know I’ll be hearing about it in the future, along with the two mighty men of God, Raiden and Kyle.

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By Donna Hansen Munafo
(contributing writers Michael and Pat Frati)
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