Greetings in the precious name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who has blessed us to sit in heavenly places in Him. I wish above all that the year of 2019 will be a blessed and prosperous year for you, your family and your endeavors.
What a joy it is to greet you in the year of 2019. I am so elated to invite you to worship with us during our Sunday Morning worship celebration. I trust that you will be blessed beyond measure and that when you come you will not leave the way you came in Jesus name!
The entrance of a new year is always exciting, and we always approach it with great jubilation and expectations. We enter the new year with jubilation, because when we ponder the fact that many didn’t make it, but we did, it provokes us to give God praise. And as we also ponder the fact that it had nothing to do with our health, our wealth or our pristine lifestyles, because healthy, wealthy and honest people didn’t cross over into the new year, we turn up our praise to God, because we realize that the only reason, we made it is because of the Grace and Mercy of God!
We also approach the New Year with great expectations, because we know that the reason God has allowed us to see this year is because He has something more for us to see, do and accomplish. As people of faith, we know that there are blessings that are waiting for us to claim. There are souls that are waiting for us to win. There are obstacles and challenges that are waiting for us to overcome. And there are Victories that are waiting for us to celebrate!
With this thought in mind, our annual theme for 2019 is Unlimited Accomplishments through God’s Unlimited Power. God’s word is loaded with scripture that admonishes believers to do more, go beyond and achieve that which has never been achieved before. In fact, throughout the bible God often chooses ordinary people to do extraordinary things. We serve a God who is always forward thinking and progressive, whose thoughts and plans are revolutionary and on the cutting edge. There are many things that God can and will do by Himself, but there are some things He desires to do through His people. He created the horse, but he used man to invent the automobile. He created the birds to fly, but he used man to invent the Airplane so we can fly. He gave us His word, but He uses his preachers and messengers to deliver it with life and power to set one free!
The Apostle Paul delivered this message of Christian empowerment to many of the churches he planted and nurtured during his ministry. He told the Philippians, that I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me. He gives the reason for this boast, in 2 Cor 2:14 where he writes “Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place. KJV. Paul is simply giving all credit and glory to God’s unlimited Power for his unlimited accomplishments throughout the New Testament church and beyond.
It is this same message or Christian empowerment that I wish to promote and admonish throughout the year of 2019. I wish to encourage you and every believer to stretch your faith and ask God to give you the grace to achieve unlimited accomplishments for God, the church, family and community. In closing, I wish to echo the words of Paul once again as he writes in 1 Cor 15:58 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. KJV. This is our year of unlimited accomplishments! Let’s achieve them together through God’s unlimited power!
In His Service
Pastor and Lady Anastasia Richardson