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

Pastoral Letter 30th May 2021

William Xu

Peace to you brothers and sisters. Today is a special day as we are celebrating the church’s anniversary. It is also special to me as I will be sharing my last pastoral letter to you. I thank God for the opportunity to share some thoughts with you in words. I have also benefitted from the encouragement of many brothers and sisters in past years..

My family have been at CPC for more than ten years, from newly married to having three children, from being a quiet participant to one of committed ministry. The memories of our church life in these ten years will be treasured for the rest of our lives.

In the last decade, CPC has been handed down several generations. Through joys and tears, we hope that the passing of years brings a consolidation of life. To many in the congregation, ten years might just be a brief interlude, but it’s sufficient to create many unforgettable memories. When we commemorate and celebrate the church’s anniversary, not only can we remember God’s abundant grace to our church, but we can also review our path and the church’s journey in the Lord.

In the coming July, my family will embark on a new journey: to move to an outer suburb of Melbourne and plant an evangelical ministry. We will need to adapt to new surroundings, which will be challenging. The gospel always challenges us to leave our comfort zone and follow God’s guidance to the unreached people.

Moving to another state is a headache, adding to the many hassles we have to deal with. But it also reminds us the benefits of “packing light”. It also brings me to ponder what should we carry with us as we run the race God has prepared for us.

Likewise, as we journey through life, God allows us to leave clear footprints, and reminds us to review the past and look towards the future, so that we can prepare our hearts well and forge ahead. Every party must come to an end, and our walk together will end for now. It’s often hard to let go when we part. But thanks to God, He has given us a great hope, for there is a greater gathering awaiting us. We may feel a bit distant, but we are already a lot closer compared to the Israelites in the old days or even the early Christians! Let us not lose our hope, but add to it through God’s promises!