It has been quiet here these past few months, but it has been anything but quiet in my head and my heart. I feel like I’ve been on a roller coaster of emotions with my brain barely getting a chance to slow down before heading into another loop or twist. Throughtout these past months my wife Tiffany and I have come to the conclusion that we are about to start on a new adventure. With that in mind, this past Sunday I announced to my church that I am stepping down as the campus pastor in Nutley.
One of the things I have loved most about being the campus pastor in Nutley was that I had the privilege of walking along side of men and women who were taking their next steps in their journey of faith. We’ve said all along that faith is a journey, not a guilt trip. And I believe that to be true! I have loved watching people step into our church for the first time to then find their spiritual home at Liquid Nutley. One of my favorite things to hear people say about our church has been that the Nutley campus feels like family. Welcoming people home has been a privilege of mine for these past few years. But I have enjoyed watching as people learn what their next step is in their journey of faith.
Nine months ago, Tiffany and I began to pray and ask God to show us what the next step would be in our journey of faith. We were waking up early every day and praying, and asking God to show us. Through several months of praying, reading, and listening, I am excited to share with you that we are about to set out on this next leg of our journey. God is leading our family to Florida.
It is a bittersweet transition for us here in the Gowesky household. For Tiffany and I, we are leaving behind many great relationships here in NJ. We are leaving a church that we love and that has loved us well. We are leaving the taxes of NJ behind (okay, that’s more sweet than bitter). Our kids are saying goodbye to their school and friends that they have really grown to love over these past few years.
But we are confident of this… God has been faithful in the past, and He will be faithful in the present. We know that we are in good hands.
So these next few weeks are going to be filled with adventure. We will be making the 1200 mile journey over the course of several days and then we will begin the process of settling in. Stay tuned for more info about the journey!
Recently at my church, we celebrated our 1,007th baptism since our initial launch! That’s right. That’s One Thousand and Seven people who stepped into a portable hot tub to publicly declare that Jesus is their Lord and Savior. It’s been a privilege of mine to baptize 58 of those 1007. Every number has a name, and every name is attached to a story, and every story matters to God! At Liquid we believe that a baptism service is a reason to celebrate, and a celebration is a call to be loud. So we pull out all the stops, and go crazy for each one of those people who go under the water, and come out again! We are celebrating life change, and the story that God is writing in their lives.
We have been singing some great music here at my church recently. I wanted to share a list of some of my favorite songs that we’ve been using during our worship times. There is something about music that stirs me deep inside and these are a few of the songs that do that! Our worship pastor, Jason Yost said that music is a sort of mobile theology. I love that… We get to take these songs with us and play them over and over again in our heads… reviewing theology!
Here’s my top 10 favorite worship songs right now…
What songs are on your list?
I recently wrote about what you do when you are waiting and asking why God is allowing something to happen. You can read that over here… Recently our church, Liquid Church has been doing a series called Crossroads. It is a series where we are taking a look back in order to know how we go forward. At some point in time we all face a crossroads moment in life. It’s one of those decision points that impact our future in a way that we can scarcely imagine when we are faced with that decision. Should we sell the house? Should you go back to grad school? Should you have a baby? Those are Crossroads decisions.
Jeremiah 6:16 says, “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.”
Check out our series Crossroads.
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Last weekend Liquid Church’s Morristown Campus gathered together to partner with New Jersey Aids Services to totally ‘makeover’ their house. It was an incredible weekend. You can read more about it in a post I wrote last week.
We had well over 300 people serve more than a total of 1000+ man hours. I am completely amazed at what has been done in our community by Liquid Church Volunteers. In our staff meeting this past week someone mentioned that they were talking to one of the residents of the New Jersey Aids Services home and they said this:
I know that God loves me because of what you guys are doing.
WOW! That is incredible. I am proud of our Church. Liquid Church, thanks for taking seriously what Jesus said in John 13:34-35
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.
It was good to see Christ on display for the community in Morristown, NJ. It doesn’t stop here either! Liquid New Brunswick and Liquid Nutley are each doing a weekend of serving this weekend too! I can’t wait to hear about the stories from their outreaches too.
Here is a Highlight Video from this past weekend here in Morristown. To check out some of the pictures taken that weekend click here.
Check out an article that the Daily Record wrote about what Liquid did last weekend.
Here is an article that the New Brunswick Patch has on what Liquid New Brunswick is doing.