Our God wants you to remember.
Remember your past. Remember His goodness. Rejoice in the plans He has for our future.
We see this illustrated several times in the Bible. When the people of Israel were brought out of Egypt they were told to pile up twelve stones. Then Joshua said to the people, “When your children ask their fathers in times to come, ‘What do these stones mean?’ then you shall let your children know, ‘Israel passed over this Jordan on dry ground.’. . . so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the Lord is mighty, that you may fear the Lord your God forever.” (Joshua 4:21, 22, & 24)
In the New Testament, we have the most famous command to remember, given by Jesus on the night he was betrayed: “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” (Luke 22:19)
This month of October is a time for us at New City to remember. We remember that Sunday on 7 October 2012 when ten adults and a few children first gathered at St. Stephen’s Hall to worship Jesus together. There have been times of laughter and tears over the past five years. We have welcomed new faces and said goodbye to many. But all along, God has been faithful to our church family.
I hope you can join us next weekend to celebrate God’s goodness over these five years. Join us on Saturday, 7 October as we eat together and reminisce about those early days in Shepherd’s Bush. We will see pictures and hear a few people give testimonies of their time with us. Then on Sunday, 8 October, we will be taking membership vows for the first time during our 5th anniversary worship service.
God has been good! It’s time to remember and it’s time to rejoice in the plans He has for us as a church family.