29 Dec 2019
Dear church family
We praise and thank God for the five baptismal candidates on Christmas Day. One is a beautiful baby, representing the next generation. Another is a youth, rescued and saved by the Lord’s grace. Three are the elderly parents of two church members, mercifully experiencing the love of God. All glory to God for his gracious mercy and loving faithfulness.
As we come to the end of year 2019, may our hearts be joyful in praise of the Lord for who He is and be filled with gratitude to God for all His blessings in our life. May we sing like the grateful psalmist, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!” (Psalm 103:1).
As we reflect on all the issues, events and circumstances in our life, let us give thanks to God and “forget not all his benefits” (Psalm 103:2-5) of loving forgiveness, merciful healing, gracious redemption, steadfast love, faithful goodness and life renewal in the power of the Holy Spirit.
I know that for some brothers and sisters in our church community, this past year has been filled with difficult and painful situations in your life or that of your family and loved ones. May you find peace and rest in the Lord and be strengthened by the grace of our loving Shepherd.
Love in Christ