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The following blog is the newest installment in our Classics Series, where we revisit posts from days gone by. This blog was originally posted in June of 2013.
How many services have we had in 120 years of existence?
On Wednesday, June 5th , our church will mark 120 years since her first public worship (1893) as Gross Park Congregational Church. That means, barring snow or other acts of providence, the lineage of this assembly has gathered 6, 240 Sundays. It all started with the vision and initiative of a man, William H. Hopkins, to reach this “outlying” community of Chicago that had only 3,000 residents at the time and not one church or Sunday School. Four women and 5 other men embraced Hopkins’ vision for the community.
Now, two church names and 120 years later, the community has evolved a couple of times and between the neighborhoods of Roscoe Village and North Center—our church is right smack in the center of the 2 neighborhoods—there are over 40,000 people surrounding our church. Numbers can be important especially if they represent souls who have not yet heard the gospel of Jesus Christ. The book of Jonah ends with God’s statement about the residents of Ninevah, that city the prophet Jonah went to: “And should not I pity Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also much cattle?” (Jonah 4:11). While I’m grateful for the number of Sunday services our church has enjoyed over her storied past, that number of precious souls means a whole lot more for our church. May the Lord Jesus see fit to rekindle Addison Street Community Church to embrace and reach our parish like never before.