We Cry Out With Thanksgiving
Thinking back on 10 years of God’s faithfulness to us as a church family, we cry out with thanksgiving to God even as we look ahead to the next 10 years and ask him to work out his good purposes through our life as a church in this city and around the world.
Isaiah wrote it down, and Jesus quoted in proclamation the words: “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me because the Lord has anointed me.” Like our Lord, it is the working of the Spirit of God in us that fills us with an ever growing confidence that our lives are not lived in vain; rather, they fulfill good works which our Father in heaven prepared before hand for us to walk in.
Jesus fulfilled a prophecy spoken 700 years before he was born. And Isaiah and his contemporary prophets called on God to remember promises made to Abraham 1300 years previously. And today, we are asking Jesus to bring about through our lives the building of his church as he promised 2000 years ago.
We celebrate 10 years, and we envision another 10 years of God’s faithful work through us. And we give thanks that the Lord’s favor is upon us as his steadfast love to Abraham, to Isaiah, and to Jesus is displayed in his presence with us day after day. The number of years whether few or many, are celebrated, but it is the presence of God with us that is cherished.
‘Oh come, Jubilee, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker! For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.’ (Ps. 95:6-7)