The church, as we know it today, has evolved over the centuries. It has morphed to meet the changing needs of the people and to keep them engaged in a very stimulated society.
We want to bring people back to the way God designed His house. Where people come for God and to be with God. The church isn’t about the preacher, the music, or even the social activities; it’s about you and God.
The Lord Jesus tells us In Isaiah and Jeremiah that He wanted His house to be a house of prayer. In the Gospel readings of Matthew and Mark Jesus, reminded everyone about the written word in Isaiah and Jeremiah and what He wanted His house to be. A house of prayer.
In a village called Thorburn, in the province of Nova Scotia, Canada, sits a House of the Lord where the Kingdom operates.
The church was completed after the cornerstone was placed by Rev. John N. MacLeod and served the Catholic community for as St. Ann’s Church.
St. Ann, the mother of Mary, as identified in the New Testament Apocrypha, is sometimes spelled Anne and is from the root word Hannah meaning favor and grace in Hebrew.
As a patron saint; St. Ann is a patron saint over Canada and for the following: carpenters; child care providers; childless people; children; equestrians; grandparents; homemakers/housewives; lacemakers; lost articles; miners; mothers; moving house; old-clothes dealers; poverty; pregnancy; seamstresses; stablemen; sterility; teachers.
Thorburn is a village in Nova Scotia, Canada. It had a few coal mines, and many of the residents were miners. Perhaps this contributed to the wisdom and revelation that Rt. Rev. Daniel MacGregor used when the original church was dedicated and named St. Ann. It was also during this time that he entered the church into The Apostleship of Prayer approved by Pope Pius IX.
St. Ann closed its doors in 2015.
In 2019 deeds were exchanged, and renovations began to restore and repair. At the turn of the decade starting in 5780, the doors to the storehouse opened. The doors to the house of prayer were opened during the festival of dedication in 5780 / 2020, and this church was re-dedicated to the King of kings and the Lord of lords for the Kingdom of God.
The Church of Thorburn is a house of prayer, and a storehouse built with spiritual stones.
Church History Through Biblical Analogy:
These are the words in 1 Corinthians 3:5-9 (GNT)
After all, who is Apollos? And who is Paul? We are simply God’s servants, by whom you were led to believe. Each one of us does the work which the Lord gave him to do: I planted the seed, Apollos watered the plant, but it was God who made the plant grow. The one who plants and the one who waters really do not matter. It is God who matters, because he makes the plant grow. There is no difference between the one who plants and the one who waters; God will reward each one according to the work each has done. For we are partners working together for God, and you are God’s field.
The initial seed was planted by Rt. Rev. Daniel MacGregor and watered by various priests. God provided the increase, and the original seed planted bore fruit seven years later. A seed from that fruit was planted by Rev. John N. MacLeod and watered until 2015.
In 2015, the well that watered the church was stopped, and for the next four years, the church stood against the elements and time.
Haggai 1:3-4, 9, and 14 (NIV) highlight the Spirit of the Lord moving.
Then the word of the Lord came through the prophet Haggai: “Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?”
“You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?” declares the Lord Almighty. “Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with your own house.
So the LORD stirred the spirit of Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, as well as the spirit of all the remnant of the people. And they came and began the work on the house of the LORD of Hosts, their God,
The spirit of the remnant was stirred, and the deeds exchanged hands in 2019. Then similar to the story of Nehemiah, the rebuilding and renovation work began.
Just like Issac reopened the wells in Genesis 26, so to was the well reopened, and the plant started to receive water again.
For as it says in 1 Corinthians 3:7, as the Church of Thorburn is watered, only God can make it grow.
The one who plants and the one who waters really do not matter. It is God who matters, because He makes the plant grow.