Pastor’s New Year Letter

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I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart;

I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.

I will be glad and exult in you;

I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.

– Psalm 9:1-2

 

So David begins what we have as the ninth Psalm. He looks back on events and sings praises to the Most High!

As we start this new year, we look back and raise our thanksgiving to the Most High. Have we come through difficulties? Are we still being kept IN difficulties?! How wonderful, how marvellous if we can say “hitherto has The Lord been my help.”

 

When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,

When you are discouraged thinking all is lost,

Count your many blessings name them one by one,

And it will surprise you what The Lord has done.

– Johnson Oatman Jr.

 

Have we grown in grace? As we look around have others in our church family grown in grace? Then we give thanks to God, the Most High – for it is God that works in us, to will and to do according to His good pleasure!

How marvellous when we can look back and give thanks to The Lord for bringing salvation to a soul! Are there folks you know who have come to faith? This is the most remarkable event that occurs on planet Earth! Give thanks to Him, for “Salvation is of The Lord”!

The final church prayer meeting before Christmas was one at which I anticipated maybe 10 to a dozen to attend. We had already had “Carols at the Bay” and it was Christmas week. In the event around 40 gathered for prayer! – For this wonderful mercy, I gave thanks to The Lord. Just Wednesday night too, it was wonderful to hear of many at the home study groups.

Looking ahead into 2016, without Him, we can do nothing. Let us believe this and acknowledge this. Let us therefore together display our utter dependence on Him. Individually, let us begin each day with Him in prayer and in the word. As a church, let us each as members make every effort to be at a prayer meeting during the week. Sunday morning at 10am, Wednesday morning at 11.30 am or Wednesday evening at 7.30 pm. are the opportunities. For those late home from work on a Wednesday, can you make it for 8.30 perhaps?

 

“This Jesus the first and the last,

Whose Spirit shall guide us safe home,

We’ll praise Him for all that is past,

And trust Him for all that’s to come!”

– Joseph Hart, “No prophet, nor dreamer of dreams”

 

Written by: Andy Christofides, Pastor of St. Mellons Baptist Church

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