Dear First Church folk, Happy New Year!
I hope you have had a great Christmas and New Year break. It started well for us with Advent and Christmas services well-attended by people. Feedback from people have been most affirming, not only about how much they enjoyed our services, but also for the ways in which their faith has been impacted. I’m particularly grateful to the many folk (without mentioning names for fear of missing someone out) who helped to decorate our church and assisted in our services.
The prayer week services for our Cook Islanders’ community was also a success. From the 3rd Jan to the 10th, an average of sixty people attended the services every day. It was an opportunity to reflect and share thoughts on the theme “A new life in Christ” (based on Romans chapter 12) and the related text and questions for each day. Having friends join in from the PIC North East Valley and from other denominations was truly a blessing.
After the prayer I went on leave for two weeks in Auckland. It wasn’t a holiday as such since I ended up assisting in and leading services there. I guess that is the nature of ministry some times. Yet, despite the busyness of church work, instead of relaxation, there is a joy and contentment in serving the Lord. This is something I hope will continue to be manifest in our ministry together here at First Church of Otago. We are privileged to share in God’s work, and as we seek first the kingdom of God, God will continue to take care of everything else for us.
I look forward to what 2016 has in store for us all.
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