Courtney, Me, Pastor Dave.jpgHave you ever wanted to visit a particular church, but just never got around to going? Well, we finally made it to Community Gospel Church and I was so glad that we did. As soon as we walked through the door, I saw a multitude of friends, some who I expected to see and some sweet surprises! Pastor Dave Harrington immediately came over to say hello and thanked us for visiting. Just inside of the sanctuary I met Ruth who was greeting people as they entered. Ruth shared how she had been attending there for over 40 years and how thankful she was for her church home. There are many longstanding members at CGC, a church that has been changing lives in our Region for decades. Formerly known as Full Gospel Tabernacle, CGC is affiliated with Elim Fellowship, an association of Pentecostal churches, ministers and missionaries seeking to serve the whole Body of Christ.

One of my closest friends, Sonia Higgins, was leading worship, so I already knew the music was going to be done with excellence!  With Fred Korkosz on guitar, Pastor Dave on the drums, Jodie Jacque on keys and several other voices, the worship was anointed and God’s presence was felt. Glorifying Jesus through worship is an essential part of Community Gospel, and it flowed perfectly around the message and throughout the service.

I had met Pastor Dave at various church and social functions, but had never heard him preach.   His sermon today was about being filled with the Holy Spirit and it was evident that Pastor Dave was filled as well. God was clearly speaking through him as he shared this revelatory message.   Being filled with the Spirit is so much MORE than we think. It is continual. God wants us to empty ourselves of ourselves so that we are “hollow” to receive Him. We know if we are full of the Holy Spirit because there will be signs and wonders that follow (Romans 15:19). In John 14:12, Jesus states that we will do even GREATER things than He! In order to fully proclaim the Gospel, we must utilize the power of the Holy Spirit. God has never lost the power to do miracles. A miracle is a supernatural act of God that instantaneously changes a prior condition. Miracles still occur today. Salvation is a wonderful example of a supernatural act of God (a miracle) that is still happening today.

On the last and greatest day of the Feast of Tabernacles, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink.  Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” (John 7:37-38). Jesus was making a prophetic statement, speaking to ALL people. He was describing a lifestyle immersed in the Holy Spirit that leads to day to day overflowing in every area; rivers of prayer … rivers of ministry … rivers of faithfulness … rivers of hope … rivers of joy … rivers of love. I’ve heard many teachings on the Holy Spirit, but this one was a RIVER of revelation.

Pastor Dave then called people to the altar asking if we needed to be filled with the Holy Spirit today. A multitude came forward as the worship team played. Some members stayed in their seats and prayed silently. As I prayed, I began to think about how God’s power is evident in the lives of those around us. Sometimes we don’t take the time to get to know one another, and I felt today I had gotten to know Pastor Dave a little better than before. As he spoke, I could see the heart he had for God and for the people. A seemingly conservative man, yet today he displayed the fire of God. The Holy Spirit was flowing through him like a river. May we all take the time to get to know one another better and begin to see the power of the Holy Spirit working through the entire Body of Christ. There is UNITY in the Spirit!

CGC hosts a variety of special events including their worship nights, men’s breakfasts, annual spaghetti dinners, conferences and youth events. The church serves monthly at the Capital City Rescue Mission. In addition to serving their local community, they also support missionaries and missions organizations in the United States, Mexico, Mali, Kenya and several locations in Asia. Sunday morning services are at 10:30 am. Youth Group (middle school – high school) is held on Friday nights at 7pm. They also hold prayer meetings the first Tuesday of each month at 7 pm.

“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8) Jesus promised that all who believed in Him would have living water flowing from them. Community Gospel is a church that believes in the power of the Holy Spirit and together they are moving in His power to reach the world.

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By Donna Hansen Munafo
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