“I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” — Psalm 27:13-14
Before COVID-19 devastated our city—before it was even much of a reality—the Hell’s Kitchen Community Church launch team gathered together to envision what the future might hold. We talked about hopes and dreams, our concerns and worries, and even started talking about when we might “officially” launch with a weekly worship service.
Then, on March 17, New York City shut down. As of June 23, 22,343 Image Bearers have lost their lives due to the coronavirus.
Though the darkness that has descended upon our city, country, and world, has made certain things related to HKCC uncertain, what has only become clearer and clearer is what God is already doing in Hell’s Kitchen, and what he will do with this church. Prayer, lament, grief, and gratitude have all shaped HKCC tremendously over the last few months; as Chuck has said on a number of occasions, “If the only thing we ‘accomplish’ in 2020 is mobilizing more and more people to pray for this church and for Hell’s Kitchen, we will have started better than I could have ever imagined.”
What does the future look like?
We are praying through the future, relinquishing much of our control and expectations and doing all we can to rely on the Holy Spirit. We continue to meet weekly for our virtual prayer call for HKCC and Hell’s Kitchen; our launch team spent several weeks unpacking the vision and mission statements, as well as the core values; our launch team is taking an antiracist class; we are actively striving to grow our launch team; and we are prayerfully seeking out a potential space in the neighborhood for a weekly worship gathering. Obviously that last point is very unclear at the moment, and it also will no doubt partly determine when it is that we officially launch.
Will you pray for these things? Would you prayerfully consider joining the launch of HKCC, or inviting friends in your life who might be called to the neighborhood or vision? Ultimately, though, please pray that any pride or expectations would be stripped away and destroyed. Whether our launch is delayed or the entire plan for HKCC has to change, pray that we would be completely and desperately dependent on the Holy Spirit in the face of COVID-19, and beyond.
If you would like to talk with Chuck about the future of HKCC, please email him and he’ll be in touch as soon as possible.