Pastor's Message

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.

As 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.

More 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.

In 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).

Therefore, 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.

In 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 CBD community.

Secondly, 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.

Although 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!