New Stone Gathering, a different kind of Christian community for all of God’s people, meets Sundays, 8:30 a.m., Fellowship Hall.
What is New Stone Gathering?
New Stone Gathering at Cork and Loudoun is a community where both Christian believers and seekers experience the grace of God in Jesus Christ through song, Bible reading, and teaching, fellowship and prayer.
New Stone takes its name from two verses of scripture. God, through the prophet Isaiah, declares:
I am about to do a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert. [Isaiah 43:19]
Jesus of Nazareth concludes his Sermon on the Mount with these words:
Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise person who built his house on rock [stone]. [Matthew 7:24]
In the sixth century BCE, God, through the prophet Isaiah, called the exiles of Israel in Babylon to see the new thing God was doing and return safely home. In the first century CE, Jesus of Nazareth turned conventional wisdom on its head and challenged his followers to see the world with the eyes of the godly wisdom he articulated in his Sermon on the Mount so that their life’s foundation would be as solid as stone. In the twenty-first century, the New Stone community seeks to embrace the new thing God is doing in calling persons home to a relationship with God and to live wise lives whose foundation is the words of Jesus of Nazareth in scripture.
What might I expect when I participate in New Stone Gathering?
You will meet casually attired persons who are seeking to experience God’s grace in Jesus Christ through new songs and ways of reading scripture and exploring Scripture’s meaning together. You will be welcomed for who you are and what you value. You will be invited to explore who God is and what God values. Young children are welcome to remain with their parents or may go to Wee Ones’ Worship at the appropriate time.
New Stone Gathering involves many people with many different talents. Would you like to serve as an usher, a greeter, a song leader, an accompanying instrumentalist, a worship leader? Please contact Amy Bowman, firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.