Corner of Crown & Albion Streets, Surry Hills, NSW, Australia
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The stained glass windows of CPC's auditorium.

Pastoral Letter 17th October 2021

Pastor Esther Wang

This is the first week after Sydney's lockdown of more than three months was lifted.  Although the shadow of the pandemic still lingers, it is still evident that people are eager to return to their normal day to day lives.  I heard that some of the large retail stores that were previously closed, upon the first day of their reopening were flocked with people eagerly waiting to enter. These shoppers were looking forward to making their purchases. There were also queues at the gym as people wanted to re-experience the feeling of sweating profusely.  There was also a queue at the door of the nail salon. A customer claimed that she could not maintain her nails at home during the pandemic, as she could not make them look good, hence she wished to visit the nail salon immediately at the end of lockdown.

Perhaps when you see these news reports, you will smile to yourself because you may also be one of them.  Alternatively, you may find these stories difficult to understand. Is this what people really want to do after the lockdown, which lasted for nearly four months, has been lifted?  What is the most important thing in our hearts?  When we reflect upon this question, we may find that the important things that occupy our hearts may not seem truly so important.  Nevertheless, those things occupy important positions in our lives.  Our daily actions and choices reflect the reality of what is occupying our hearts.

God has repeatedly told us that loving him and fearing him and obeying his commands should be the most important thing in our lives. Three thousand years ago, the prophet Jeremiah of Judah issued a stern warning to the people at that time. He said to them: if you do not repent and turn to God, you will perish.  The warning was so severe that no one would listen.  What Jeremiah meant was that the most important thing in the Universe is to follow God who created all things and saves all things.  His message is still the same for us today. Do our daily choices and behaviour reflect that we are followers of Jesus? Do we consider God as most important in our lives?  Or are there many other matters that are taking away our hearts and preventing us from truly turning to and relying on God?




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