Words of the Shepherd
With the grace of God, we celebrate this year the 88th anniversary of our beloved Church. As the prophet Samuel said, “Hitherto hath the Lord helped us.” With great joy in our hearts, we must thank the Lord Jesus Christ for having given us the privilege of working in his work, helping to maintain our Church to this day.
The existence of our Church reveals the concern and care of God for His people.
Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, in chapter 4, makes us reflect on some spiritual considerations to which we must pay special attention as we commemorate the anniversary of our Church.
First, we must strive to preserve our unity as one family (vv. 3-6), based on a solidly grounded doctrine on the Holy Scriptures. We must watch over peace in our midst and also for order, for God does not approve of confusion. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of all.
Secondly, we must exercise with seriousness and disposition the gifts that the Holy Spirit has given us at the time of our conversion to Christ. We should never be negligent in the work of the Lord. The victory of the Church occurs when the children of God roll up their sleeves and prepare to work energetically for the growth of the Kingdom of God (v 7-11).
Finally, we must realize that God’s goal for us is our spiritual maturity (vv. 13-16). We must grow spiritually, so that our fellowship with God through Christ is ever more fruitful and solid. Thus, God will be glorified in our lives. But in order to mature, we must concentrate on the study of the Word of God.
Therefore, in this 88 year celebration, let us remember the important task that the Lord has delegated to us: the perpetuation of our Church, so that our children can learn the way of salvation here in Christ, just as we learned from our parents in this Church. May our children see in this Church the continuation of their homes. May God be praised.
Rev. Roy Abrahamian
Pastor of the Church