Dear All, I have no doubt that we have all taken the time to reflect upon the year that has passed and with resigned contentment gladly acknowledged once more the unerring faithfulness of God in His dealings with us and His precision interventions in our lives. As I took the opportunity to tidy up my study at the manse I came across this little poem I wrote a few years ago and as it remains relevant I thought I would share it with you.
Another year has passed us by and here we are again By providence divinely brought through wind, and sun, and rain. The goodness of our God unfolds as year flows into year And with each passing moment tells us that the Lord is near.
Our fellowship around God’s Word has brought us to the place Of personal meditation on His mercy love and grace His bounty has been multiplied and with each passing hour Our spirits yearn that He might move in sanctifying power.
Each Lord’s Day finds us gathered here around God’s Holy Word United in our love for Him we meet with one accord His blessings on our lives abound as round His Word we meet His Spirit guides us into truth while sitting at His feet.
We are forever thankful for His leading every day We give Him praise for many joys received along the way And as His love unfolds to us the proven path ahead With quickened pace we follow in the steps where He has led.
While Satan hurls his fiery darts at unsuspecting souls We know he aims to take God’s Word and fill it full of holes With “Has God said?”, he undermines the message God has told Our challenge then must always be that what we have we hold.
The principles of gospel truth must never from us part But we must bind them to our mind and write them on our heart For if we err in judgment and fail to keep His Word Not only will we sin, but we will grieve our sovereign Lord.
Our thanks must once again be given to those who served the Lord In leadership or Sunday School, in music, or the Word. To cleaners, crèche, and also those who greet folks at the door We know you served your master well and could we ask for more.
To Father ,Son,and Holy Ghost all glory must be given All praise to Him whose sovereign reign extends to earth from heaven. By grace alone God calls us on to faith, and hope, and love And at the ending of our day, our Father’s home above
So as we face another year yet hidden from our view Our hearts like Paul would echo, “Lord, what will you have us do”? With courage unabated we nestle in His hand And by His grace sufficient spread his word throughout the land.