As we celebrate our 70th church anniversary this weekend, we recognise that our Lord has been so good to our church family and days like this remind us of how special and important this body of Christ has become to this community. 70 years ago, a small group of believers came together to share a vision to spread the message and love of Christ with the people of this shire, and here we are still going strong. Never take occasions like this for granted, for they are gifts from God Himself. The Bible presents us with a mission to reach the lost with the message of salvation and it’s an amazing feeling to have spent time sharing life and ministry together.
For those of you who have invested time, energy and financial resources in this church, be assured that your sacrifices are deeply appreciated and received in love. Things don’t happen by accident. It takes hard work, prayer, and commitment. However, it doesn’t happen unless the Lord is in it, and we respond to the guidance and empowerment of His Spirit.
Today also represents a new beginning. This church celebration gives us the chance to not only look back at how far we’ve come as a church community but also to look forward to all the blessings the Lord still holds for us as we continue to do His work. How fortunate we are to have been called to this life of ministry. We’re only getting started. This ministry is possible because of the mercy and grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. It’s been my pleasure to serve him alongside you for the past year and I can’t wait to witness all that He holds in store for you in the year to come and beyond. We look forward to identifying whom God is calling to provide pastoral leadership and for you to become partners in the Gospel.