22 Dec 2019
Dear friends, guests and church family
A very warm special welcome to all our friends, guests and visitors. We are so glad that you are with us today for our special Christmas program. We hope that you will have an enjoyable and meaningful experience that will bring deep peace and great joy in your heart this Christmas.
There are times when we go through painful struggles in areas in life such as ill health, financial debt, family quarrels, marriage issues, disobedient children, work stress, job loss, etc. Our hearts feel deep pain and we experience great anxieties. In such times, we can only pray that the painful situation will have a happy turnaround as we cling on to the hope of a clear solution and a good change.
Hope is so important in every area of life. The unemployed person hopes to get a job soon. Students hope to pass their exams. Parents hope their child will grow up well. Families in conflict hope for restoration in their relationships. Struggling families hope for enough food and finances. There is a popular Mandarin song that expressed the hope in every heart that “Tomorrow will be better” ( 明天会更好).
Christians all over the world celebrate the joy of Christmas because of the blessed hope we have in Jesus Christ. In Jesus Christ the Son of God, we experience the love, joy and peace of God. We receive the grace and mercy of God. We receive forgiveness for our sins. We have purpose and meaning in life. We have the joyous hope of eternal life.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13
Love in Christ