We’re almost 151! I’m really looking forward to the celebrations next week. We have a great day lined up with anniversary speaker Rev David Cook, special combined service in Mandarin and English at 10am, followed by a barbecue lunch and celebrations in the chapel and then the 6pm celebration in the Chapel. The creative team, choir and orchestra have been working hard on special songs (some from the EP that was released last night). It’s a good opportunity for us to invite friends and family to celebrate with us.
Whilst we have a long history of seeing and knowing God’s blessing and faithfulness, there are many challenges before us. It is increasingly difficult to stand up as Christians in our culture. If we are to see more people come to Know Christ, Grow in Him and Proclaim him, we will need to open up and reach out more and more. Not just from our buildings here, but personally as we daily meet people who need to know Christ. We are living in a time of increased opportunity and openness, as the majority of people in our city know little or nothing of what is in the Bible or the good news of Jesus. It’s great that our chapel is now open 4 days a week (including Sunday), and there are more opportunities to invite people in to our services and programs. Let’s make the most of them, as we Open Up and Reach Out. Our aim through the Open Up Reach Out 151st project is to make our facilities more accessible and attractive for people to come to, and also to train people better for gospel ministry. An envelope is enclosed today for you to make your contribution.
Most of all, let’s all live lives that are open, so that people can see Christ in us, and let’s reach out at every opportunity. May God cause us to overflow with thanksgiving that spills into the lives of others.