Looking back at the year in review, it is with much sadness that we remember the passing of Betty Heisig and Alan McCarroll. Many of you experienced sicknesses and personal losses. Many people have experienced a challenge of faith resulting from sickness, financial problems, family problems, loneliness, and inability to connect with one another because our congregational worship has been suspended since last March. Let’s do a little personal assessment here: have you veered off the narrow path? Has your love for God remained unmovable, and your passion for evangelism remained strong? Surely, our Bible study was resumed in September, and it has been maintained by the faithful who came together on Wednesday mornings and our Saturday morning prayer meeting has continued. God has been the ever-constant sustainer and provider for our church and we have never been without our basic necessities to do ministry. Praise God!
Don’t overlook the blessings that 2021 brings. What is your vision for the New Year? God needs us for various kinds of ministries this year. The big questions are: “How will your life’s schedule fit into all of this?” “What needs to change for you in order to become a faithful servant of Jesus during 2021?” “Where in your life do you sense a need for change and growth?”
My first appeal for you is to allow God to affirm the positive things in your life and change what needs changing (2 Cor. 5:17). We are all a work in progress and we all grow in Christ at different rates. However, my prayer is that God’s intervention in our lives will manifest itself in our love for Jesus. Whenever we resume regular congregational worship and the other ministries, I look forward to regular church attendance, serious and sustained evangelistic efforts, sacrificial financial giving, and an overall commitment to the weekly programs of our church. I am hoping to see an influx of new members and visitors. Get ready for the new things that God will be doing in and with our church, which will involve all of us.
Our weekly service that may be accessed on YouTube, Facebook, and our church website has given us lots of visibility. Please build on this new outreach program for our Church -- reach out even this early to your family members, co-workers, neighbors, and friends through Facebook, WhatsApp, Messenger, Telegram, Texting, Viber, Instagram, Snapchat, WeChat or any other social media platforms at your disposal with weekly conversations about what will happen when we resume weekly public events at church. Share with them our church’s heartfelt singing and a practical and lively message from God’s Word every Sunday. My prayer for all of us during 2021 is reflected in the verse of this hymn below and I strongly urge you to make it your prayer too.
Take my life and let it be consecrated Lord, to Thee,
Take my moments and my days; let them flow in ceaseless praise.
Take my will, and make it Thine; It shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is Thine own; it shall thy royal throne.
Rev. Dr. Peter E. Grinion, Pastor