Displayed within an urn in the narthex of St. Andrew’s Church in Little Rock, Arkansas, is a stack of stones. Inscribed below are biblical references to the Israelites’ commemoration of the crossing of the Jordan River in Joshua 4, praise of God’s continuing provision in Psalm 121, and the direction and promise of Jesus Christ to the Apostles in the great commission in Matthew 28.This year, St. Andrew’s is celebrating its 20th anniversary since God called fifteen laypeople with no experience planting a church to do just that. Though they would not call their first pastor, The Rt. Rev. Thomas Johnston, or meet for a Sunday morning worship service for another couple of years, those fifteen faithfully began seeking God through prayer and study of His word. Their aim was simple: “to honor God by being obedient to the Great Commandment to love God and love their neighbor and to the Great Commission’s call to go and make disciples (Matthew 18:19-20). They were committed to the authority of Scripture to help them see and cooperate with God in this call.”
The following video, created by St. Andrew’s, beautifully reflects on God’s presence and care for the church:
As we celebrate twenty years of St. Andrew’s in Little Rock, we are greatly encouraged by what God has and continues to do, and may it encourage you, too. As we look forward, the call for St. Andrew’s—as well as The Anglican Mission and God’s church globally—is not a new direction. As the stones stacked in St. Andrew’s narthex beautifully reference, it is to remember God’s past faithfulness—to trust in His presence and continuing work while seeking to make disciples of all nations.
For more information on St. Andrew’s history and ministry, click here.