The Scripture I am quoting in the title means nothing unless it is tested and proven in our church life’s experiences. Of course the “church” is not a building but a collection and family of people that constitute its role in the body of Christ. The testing of the storm waves upon the foundation of the church establishes in our spirits what you and I are at “A Place To Meet Jesus.”
When my mother Marilyn Gazowsky came to San Francisco in 1966 and founded this church, she did it to build a family of Christians that would serve God in purity in the city of San Francisco. At first she rented Grace Cathedral at 21st Street, which could seat nearly 1000 people. Her little church group met on the first three rows of the huge building and that began our church. We used this building for two years.
Then, through a series of miracles, God provided us with a building that used to be Central Baptist Church at 150 Eureka St. Its sanctuary could seat about 250 people and within a few years we were having multiple services on Sunday morning in order to accommodate the crowds that wanted to come to church. Sister Marilyn was a dreamer and she asked me to tag along with her as she dreamed for a new, larger building in San Francisco.
Together we visited many buildings and finally one day Sister Juanita found the El Rey Theater on Ocean Avenue. The building at that time was rated to seat 2200 people in small theater seats. Many in our congregation felt the building was too big for us and we would never fill it. But Sister Marilyn believed. Then God gave her multiple signs that this building was to be our future home for the church in San Francisco. The year was 1977. The miracle happened and God gave us the building we now occupy.
Today we are facing a remodeling project that will affect the entire future of the city of San Francisco because the Lord is giving us a church building that will accommodate the families of San Francisco who desire to worship the Lord Jesus Christ. As I now hold in my hand the first rendering of the plans for our church, my heart is ecstatically rejoicing to God as I look at:
The new multilevel parking lot, the new gymnasium of the new school, the new youth auditorium, the new cafeteria and eating rooms, the new school classrooms, the new office complex, the new television studios and editing suites, the new green room, new space for the stage and truck ramps to load all the equipment for every performance that will be presented on our auditorium stage, and the appropriately accommodating men and women’s bathrooms that are placed strategically around the building.
I am well aware that something this wonderful may look impossible to our humble church in this great city of San Francisco. To the carnal mind it is inconceivable, but in God’s plan it is just normal business. You might hear things contrary to what I have just shared with you, but please listen to me as your pastor. Believe the report of the Lord. Everything that God has promised us SHALL come to pass.
Pastor Richard Gazowsky