Gratitude and Anticipation
---- Ushering 2020
Rev Chua Ooi Suah
Our God is a God who creates and takes charge of history. The Christian faith is never-ending and the identity of God’s people is maintained because whenever Christians gather, regardless of the place and time, they “reflect, give thanks, and anticipate”. Collectively, God’s actions and words form the foundation of Christian worship.
we look forward to the New Year in anticipation, the church looks back in the
past year with gratitude and anticipation. Even though 2019 is now history, we
are left with many wonderful memories. For instance ─ the inspiring 130th
Anniversary thanksgiving worship, the heartwarming and joyous 130th Anniversary
thanksgiving lunch, the memorable trip to the Holy Land, and the exquisite
130th anniversary commemorative magazine that is filled many collective
memories, and so on. This year, we experienced an abundance of God's guidance
and help, and we are grateful.
importantly, the theme of Telok Ayer Chinese Methodist Church in 2019 is "Peace
with the World". The most important focus of our anniversary celebrate is evangelism.
Through the Gospel Sunday organized by the English and Hokkien congregations,
and the "Christmas Day" musical evangelism, we try our best to bring
people to church and lead them to the Lord.
short, 2019 is a bumper year, and we are very grateful. It is clear that God
"being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry
it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." (Philippians 1: 6).
we believe that God will take care of His own church. Although our church will
face new challenges in 2020, we look forward with confidence for the Lord's
protection and care.
2020, there will be a large-scale renovation project of TA. The renovation has
two missions. Firstly, the hardware aspect is to take care of and offer a perfect
home for God; while the software aspect is to present TA as a spiritual beacon
in the urban CBD by making good use of the church space and facilities by opening
it to the CBD community. This enables the church to make contact and serve the
the four congregations of TA and TA2 will worship under one roof. As the saying
goes, "It's easier to meet than to get along with each other", hence
it is foreseeable that groups of different language backgrounds and working
habits worshipping together at TA2 might be complex and challenging. We
anticipate that interactions could be sometimes joyful and sometimes difficult.
we might face some uncertainties and new challenges in 2020, we are convinced
that with the help and grace of the Lord, we can live in peace and look forward
to the experience described in Psalm 133: “How good and pleasant it is when
God’s people live together in unity!” How fabulous and beautiful!