What a joy it is for our congregation at Sembawang BP Church to celebrate her 46th anniversary! The psalmist proclaimed, “It is good to give thanks to the LORD, and to sing praises to Thy name, O Most High!” (Psa. 92:1).
Church anniversary is also a time of remembrance. Again the psalmist reminds us, “Bless the LORD, O my soul; and forget none of His benefits” (Psa. 103:2). It is important then that we remember what the Lord has done for us both individually as well as corporately.
To add spice to our celebration, our choir will be singing, “I Will Sing Your Glory and Praise.” In three stanzas, this song reminds us of God’s work in filling our lives with His beauty, wonder and meaning.
Yes, when Jesus comes into our lives, He fills it with beauty - not the outward adorning but the inner beauty of the heart. As one of the new members expressed in her testimony, “I am far from being perfect but I know the Lord is watching over and protecting me, moulding and shaping me to be a better follower of Christ.” Yes, when we are saved, we become a work of the new creation, the old life is gone; a new life begins. Yes, God is stamping the beauty of Jesus in us.
Second, when we see what God has done in our lives, we will marvel at His grace. God sometimes engineers circumstances in our lives to show how much He loves and cares for us. Another new member testified how God drew her nearer to Himself by answering her prayers.
“One Friday night in 2014, to my horror I left my work laptop in a taxi and I felt so helpless. The only thing I could do was to pray and hope some kind soul would return it to me. On Monday when I arrived at my workplace … I received a call from the taxi driver who was on the way to return my laptop! The kind taxi driver was a Christian and refused to accept my small token … I was also touched that my mom and her friends from church prayed for me. From that day, I decided to return to church with my mom.” What a God we have!
Finally, God fills our lives with meaning. Without God, our lives are quite empty and meaningless. We get caught up in the relentless routine and busyness of life. But since Jesus came into our lives, He gave us hope and purpose to live. We now can echo Paul’s words, “For me to live is Christ, to die is gain.”
Let us join together to render praise and glory to our God. May our church continue to grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ! Blessed 46th Anniversary to all.
Rev. Mark Tay