Arriving a bit early for the 11 am service, we caught the tail end of their morning Bible study time. After closing in prayer, several members came over to introduce themselves. Worship music began to play in the background and I immediately noticed some tambourines “resting” on a few of the chairs. I sensed they would not be resting for long! Pastor Mark Fowler came over to greet us with the same big smile he had when I first met him at an evangelistic outreach this past September.
After Pastor Mark opened in prayer, he introduced me and my friend Debby. He introduced us as “Donna from Albany” and Debby from Troy”, reminding me of Biblical introductions that include name and region. Then they asked if anyone had a “word” to share. Debby stood and shared how God had recently impressed upon her to have communion each and every day by herself in her home and referenced 1 Corinthians 11:25-26 – “In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”
The songs played were a wonderful blend of gospel, contemporary and traditional using background tracks. Pastor Mark lead the songs along with 2 other ladies … and this pastor can sing!!! Then we sang “How Great Thou Art” and I was taken directly into the throne room of heaven. Following this they played a really fun, energetic music video for the children’s sermon time prior to their dismissal. It was not only engaging, but rich in theology as the children danced and played instruments along with it. From my recollection, everyone had a smile on their face.
Then there was a brief time to openly share prayer requests prior to the message. As Pastor Mark approached the pulpit, he stated that “Debby from Troy” pretty much gave his whole sermon away with her “word” on communion. The title of his message was “Come Sit at My Table and Never Forget”. We may find ourselves doing things in life and not really knowing why. Many people recite the Lord’s prayer without knowing its real meaning. It is great to come and dine, but it is also a time to remember. “DO THIS IN REMEMBERANCE OF ME”.
We all have struggles with remembering things. Jesus invites each of His children to come and sit at His table. As often as you like, remember “ME”. Remember what’s important … to love, to put God first, His Word, to be thankful, our first love and that we are ONE in Christ. At the close of his message, he asked “Debby from Troy” to pray over the communion. Then we all sang “O the Blood of Jesus, it washes white as snow” a cappella. Then Pastor Mark posed the question, “What are we going to leave behind in 2019?” We are in the end times and we need to keep our eyes on Jesus. We need to REMEMBER HIM!
The Church of the Nazarene is the largest denomination in the classical Wesleyan-Holiness tradition. Organized in 1908, the denomination is now home to about 2.5 million members worshipping in more than 30,000 local congregations in 162 world areas. Johnstown Church of the Nazarene began about 30 years ago as a home church. They soon moved into a storefront where they met for about a year while they were simultaneously building the current church facility. Pastor Mark Fowler has been serving here as lead Pastor for approximately 7 years.
Sunday morning services are held at 11 am – 12:30 pm with the children meeting downstairs. Discussion / Bible exploration groups are held every Sunday morning before service, from 10 am until 11 am. They have a nursery for ages 1-4 which includes Jesus centered play time. There is also a ladies Bible Study and prayer group held on Mondays at 6 pm.
Come and remember Jesus with the family at Johnstown Church of the Nazarene. Pastor Mark Fowler of Canajoharie would love to commune with you.
Church Website – www.facebook.com/groups/121088964626200/
By Donna Hansen Munafo of Albany