I am surprised this news didn’t receive greater attention in the media, but it might just be old news. It’s important to me because this is the church that Lauren and I attended when we were dating and newly married. It continues to hold a special place in our hearts because it is such a loving and faithful congregation. I have so many friends who have also served there, or are currently serving, as clergy and am glad to be in gospel partnership with them.
When the Falls Church was forced to vacate their property in downtown Falls Church (the town gets its name from the church), they had a tabernacling period around the D.C. suburbs of Virginia. On a trip to D.C., Lauren and I decided to attend on that Sunday morning and made our way to the auditorium of a Roman Catholic high school where the Falls Church was meeting. Both Lauren and I were anxious because we were afraid it wouldn’t be the same Falls Church that we knew. After 15 minutes into the service, with tears streaming down our faces, we knew that nothing had changed. We weren’t in the building we loved, but it was the Falls Church in that auditorium.
I share all of this because it is an encouragement in our day and age to think the church is floundering. In many ways, it is, but here we see gospel faithfulness and the Lord never forsaking his children, but providing for them all along the way. And, just because they have a new building, it is not as if they have arrived. No, only that they now have a base of operations for a more effective gospel ministry to the D.C. area.
This is not a commentary on the decades long battle in our denomination, but a beautiful demonstration of God’s faithfulness and the importance of trusting him in the most difficult of times.
May the Lord bless them in their new building. (You can see more of the new facility here: https://www.tfcanglican.org)