Sisters and Brothers,
With God’s help, we have come through another year of difficulties- testing and trials, another year of triumphs, all through grace. We have been through difficult times, and despite this reality, we have experienced God’s abundance.
Indeed, as we reflect on our District theme Trusting God in Difficult Times: transforming obstacles into opportunities, we can look both backwards and forwards, hopefully, in full assurance of faith. The many ebenezers we have experienced must now serve as motivation to move forward in the sure knowledge that God is well able to supply the energies- physical, emotional, mental and spiritual- that we need to give towards the transformation of difficult situations we encounter. Life is not meant to be easy; but God supplies the strength we need to fulfil the mission which we have been assigned.
Ours is a multi-faceted calling. We fulfil it, when, in response to the gospel we have heard and declare, we
- Meet human need
- Commit ourselves to teach and preach biblical truths,
- Call all persons to salvation through faith; and when, individually and collectively, we
- Accept Christ’s call to mission and discipleship.
There is work for every one of us to engage in, as we share our specific gifts assigned by God’s Spirit. What God requires of us is that we play our part, each one. As we do, we discover that the work of ministry is fulfilling. The church is really meant to be that family where every member is valuable and also feels valued. When we do what the Lord helps us to, we prove to ourselves and others that we are indeed the children of God. This is good for us and for those whom we seek to encourage and inspire.
We might have noticed how some were able to rise to the occasions presented in difficult times, with the reward of helping themselves and others cope with trouble and rise higher than ever before. Let us keep on expecting that through good times or bad, the Lord will enable us to press on with our calling. We are not alone as we start another Connexional Year. God, our inexhaustible source of energy- physical, emotional, mental and spiritual- is with us to the end. Let John Newton’s words encourage us:
His love in time past forbids me to think
He’ll leave me at last in trouble to sink
While each Ebenezer I have in review
Confirms his good pleasure to help me quite through.
(VIP 265 3rd stanza)
Yours in God’s service
Joan Delsol Meade, Pastor