Last Sunday, our brothers and sisters in the Mandarin congregation prepared a special Sunday service to celebrate Christmas. The program was totally different from the past services. Many brothers and sisters contributed, from planning and organising, preparing the script, choosing the hymns, rehearsals, editing and producing the video. Every step and every detail were the result of someone’s dedication of time and effort. I am really thankful to see everyone working in unity for God, especially after the COVID-19 lockdowns. I was very touched by the tireless and wholehearted service of our brothers and sisters. Inevitably, there were some causes for concern. For example, with the short preparation time, maybe the brothers and sisters will be overtaxed? Or under the shadow of COVID-19, it might not be safe to practice together physically? However, with each step we take, God has protected and led us. When we were filled with joy and contentment in our worship, we knew that God was with us, and the Spirit was in our midst, performing His amazing and wonderful work. We give thanks for God’s blessings, and for the church to have a group of humble and faithful brothers and sisters. The same is true for the Christmas day combined service. It is also a special service, with many brothers and sisters from different congregations spending extra time and effort, working together on stage or behind the scenes, to proclaim the joy and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
The church is a group of different peoples gathered together because of Jesus Christ. When we do our best in unity to serve God and fellow Christians, we can experience God’s grace and blessings. For if we don’t believe in God, how can we serve together and work together? Undoubtedly, it was hard for some to spend a lot of time and effort after work to serve, and perhaps sacrificing time with family, or rest and recreation. Much of it was behind the scenes, so not many will know about their contribution. But thankfully, God is all-knowing and all-powerful, and He will remember His faithful servants. Through these ministries we have more opportunities to experience God’s providence and faithfulness. As 2021 draws to a close, let us give thanks for God’s mercies and blessings on our church, and for God to prepare a group of faithful and God-loving brothers and sisters to be with us on our walk in Him.