by: Gillian Ford
CONTRIBUTOR: Ken Brown, Senior Pastor
Happy New Year! As we begin this year, let me share my gratitude for you making Christmas Eve spiritually spectacular. Over 3,400 people gathered in worship with a deep sense of joy and celebration for Christ the King's birth. Not only did we lift our praises by candlelight for this in-breaking of God, we were generous beyond words. To date, we have raised $115,000 (exceeding our Christmas Offering goal of $100,000) to support our missions and ministry work. Wow! Well done and thank you for investing in one more move Christ the King is making in the world to alleviate suffering and loneliest.
In the spirit of new beginnings for 2019, I want to invite you to think big as one blogger on resolutions suggests. Consider the larger impact you can have following Jesus to specifically accomplish your calling to serve God and others. For me, I know God wants me to embrace the enormity to serve as your pastor. This year, I aim to dig deeply into the plans God has for our shared mission together. I believe God is calling us to greater things in service to others so everyone is included in the Christ the King's movement to reclaim humanity. Read and reflect on these encouraging words by Jesus:
The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, "Hosanna!"
"Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!"
"Blessed is the king of Israel!"
Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written. -John 12:12-14 (NIV)
Remember, to think big isn't necessarily better - it is the humble pursuit of greater things that bring us vitality and new life in this new year.
I hope to see you Sunday in worship as together, we launch into the new year.