18 Apr 2021
Dear friends, guests and church family
A very warm special welcome to all the special guests, honoured parents and BB boys & alumni at the 64th Boys Brigade Enrolment and Dedication service at St John’s Chapel. We are so glad that you are here with us for this important service. We hope that you will have an enjoyable and meaningful experience that will bring deep peace and great joy in your heart.
There are times when we go through painful struggles in life such as ill health, financial debt, family quarrels, marriage issues, disobedient children, work stress, job loss and especially the stress & worries caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Our hearts feel deep pain and we experience many anxieties. In such times, we can only pray that the painful situations we are facing will have a happy turnaround as we cling on to the hope of a clear solution and a positive 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 with good results. Parents hope that their child will behave and 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).
Because Jesus Christ lives, there is a blessed hope. Two weeks ago, Christians all over the world commemorated the death of Jesus Christ on the cross on Good Friday. This was followed two days later in the celebration joy of Easter (Resurrection Sunday) when Jesus resurrected from the dead. In Jesus Christ the Son of God, we experience the love, joy and peace of God. We receive the grace and mercy of God in the forgiveness of 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