13 June Newsletter
11 June, 2021
What a great celebration it was last week. For me one of the great things was to see the diversity of ages and generations that were present at the afternoon tea, and at worship. It reminded me of the passage from Hebrews 12:1 that speaks of the great cloud of witnesses. The strength of the Girl’s Brigade are the lives that it has shaped and transformed since its beginning 40 years ago. Similarly for the Boys Brigade, and to be honest similarly for Emmanuel. Our strength and our legacy are the hundreds and even thousands who have gone before us whose lives have been changed by meeting Jesus in the people and the activities and programs that we have hosted and provided. Girl’s Brigade, Boys Brigade, and Emmanuel have all made a difference and people’s lives have been transformed and changed. And as they have been drawn closer to Jesus it is not only, they that have been transformed but the world in which they live have been enriched. They have made a difference to their world. As I served and watched over the weekend, I saw the spark in people’s eyes reflecting a joy and a hope. For not only do we have a proud history we have an exciting future. We do not exist to remember a great past but rather to live an exciting future. As much as last weekend celebrates the past 40 years it encourages me with hope for the next 40 years and what God will do and achieve through you, and me and the other members of Emmanuel. God has a plan and a purpose my hope and prayer is that we can discern and listen to God and live into that future. What does God have in store for your future?