TODAY we are blessed to welcome you to rejoice with us as we celebrate Moriah’s 18th anniversary.
We trust that you will heartily join us to praise His love for us, and to pray with us for His loving guidance to continue to sustain us in all the years ahead. Let’s meditate on the prayers of the psalmist:
For you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me. (Psalm 63:7-8)
May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations. Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. (Psalm 67:1-4)
We thank God also for the joy granted to us today to witness the admission into His visible church new members from the English and Mandarin congregations.
We rejoice with those who came forward to declare their faith in Jesus as their Savior and Lord.
Jesus tells us, “there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Yes, indeed! We join in the rejoicing of The Great Shepherd who, even today, continues to seek his lost sheep. When lost sheep are found, His joy is so exuberant that He could not keep it to Himself but “calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.'” (Luke 15:6)
The sacrament of baptism was instituted by the Lord Jesus Christ as a covenant sign and seal for his church. He uses it to signify the solemn admission of the person who is baptized into the visible church. Baptism depicts and confirms the ingrafting of that person into Himself and inclusion in the covenant of grace. The significance of this rite also applies to those reaffirming their faith.
We would like to invite you who are baptized to reflect on your own baptisms and renew your pledge, so that together with those baptizing and reaffirming their faiths today, we can all dedicate ourselves “to walk in newness of life.”
The practical implications of walking in this new life are for us to show our obedience to our Savior by:
- Regularly attending the services of the church.
- Living a consistent Christian life.
- Seeking opportunities to share the faith with others.
- Supporting the church with tithes and offerings.
These are godly resolutions we can reaffirm on this anniversary. May God bless you all.
Pastor Robert Chew, for and on behalf of the Session of Sembawang/Moriah BPC