Sunday, August 19, 2007
My old church celebrated her 40th anniversary today. We headed there for the occasion, as well as for our choral group's "debut". We just came up with a name for our group and this would be the first time we are appearing as Grace Notes. We did ok - Holy, Holy, Holy for introit and Leaning on the Everlasting Arms for anthem, both in accapella. The introit was a very lovely arrangement by Tom Fettke and the anthem was a very jazzed-up version of the old hymn.
The service was graced by our district superintendant, Rev Yau Kah Fatt and he spoke to us on John 21:15-19, an almost similar sermon to what we had in Life Methodist Church on Jul 15: do we love the Lord? The speaker calls the church to follow the footsteps of Peter - to be mission-minded and to spread the love of God (Jesus' call to Peter to feed the lamb) and to love God to whatever ends (Peter followed Christ till his death on the cross because of of the Gospel).
There was one point he brought up: when Peter and company were not successful in their fishing, Jesus told them to "cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some." There may be a lot of talk about this kind of strategies and that kind of strategies to reach the unreached. How simple can it get: just cast the net on the right side of the boat. As important as some of the strategies may be, sometimes it is just as simple as living a life of Christ, sharing the Gospel, and praying for the unreached.