Passages and Prayers

In the life of any congregation, moments occur that signify opportunities for the church to be the church.

  • Watching one of our young adult women greet a new family that had just moved to Atlanta from New York, making them feel welcome, sitting with them in worship.
  • Seeing two young men standing with other ushers at the doors, offering worship guides to those walking in.
  • Observing the loving support and ministry given to the Cravey family over the difficult days of Randall’s passing and during his home-going service.
  • Hearing the excitement in a young mother’s voice when she learned that a spot had opened up in our Day School for her son.
  • Talking with a young couple who are looking for a church home and reading an email about how friendly their reception had been.
  • Watching kids race up the ramp to attend our After School Program.
  • Grieving with our sister church, Dunwoody Baptist Church, as they learn of the death of their beloved pastor, Mack Hannah, a man and family loved at Wieuca, too.
  • Greeters stationed around the campus on a rainy Sunday morning, attending and assisting people as they braved the awful weather.
  • Experiencing the handshakes and the hugs of a loving people.
  • Being led in worship by musicians who poured their hearts out in praise.

No, the church is not about the building. The church is about living and sharing life in the best of times and the hardest of times. The church is about each of us and all of us and all of those we can influence and help.

How did you do meeting the challenge of inviting someone to sit beside you last week? I am working my list! I hope you will do the same.

By now you should have in hand the devotional guide for our Season of Prayer. For the next forty days, we are calling our church to prayer. Thanks to those who shared their stories and thoughts in print. Thanks to those who will share their stories in worship in coming days.

Our deepest desire is to align ourselves with the heart of God as we seek to be faithful to His vision for us. We are having deep, significant, and hard conversations about who we are and who God wants us to be. I ask you to consider: “What do you think God wants us to do and be in the next three years?” “Are we willing to consider every option to be good stewards of our ministry here and beyond this campus?”

The famous missionary William Carey was noted for saying: “Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God.” I believe such a daring life begins with fervent prayer. We get to do that together in coming days. Lord, listen to Your people praying!

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About Mark Wilbanks

Dr. Wilbanks became Wieuca’s fifth senior pastor in February of 2012. Mark’s father, Oliver Wilbanks, served as Associate Pastor here from 1966 to 1982. Wieuca had a tremendous influence in shaping Mark’s call to ministry during his teenage and young adult years. A graduate of both Southern and New Orleans Baptist Theological seminaries, Mark has served churches in Kentucky, Florida, and Georgia. He pastored Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida for 17 years and Bradfordville First Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida for ten years. He and his wife, Kim, were married in 1979 and have two sons, Andy and Jordan. Andy is married to Lindsay and they have a son, Cade, a daughter, Ruthie, and welcomed their third child, Samuel, in October.

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