From the Elders - December 2018
Dear members and friends of Trinity
‘In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. 6 And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.’ [Luke 2:1-7]
Luke, trained as a physician, was careful to record extensive details in his writing. In the opening five verses he identifies two key Roman officials, himself and his expecting wife Mary, David and five place names so everyone would be absolutely clear on who was involved and where, why and when these notable events occurred. He made no effort to be vague or misleading; he was making a record of a real event in real time in the real world. However, as momentous and spectacular as this event, the incarnation of God’s Son, was Luke lays it out without exaggeration or hyperbole and allows us to contemplate the profoundly humble nature of the coming of the God-Man into the world: ‘she gave birth’, ‘wrapped in swaddling cloths’, ‘laid Him in a manger’, ‘there was no room’. Who but God would orchestrate such a quiet beginning to One who would be the Saviour of the world? May we praise God for His wisdom and grace in the giving of His Son.
The SGF churches were very thankful for the warm hospitality shown by the Trinity family as they hosted the recent Annual Assembly. A special note of appreciation goes out to all those who organized and assisted with snacks and meals; the cheerful spirit displayed made everyone feel relaxed and cared for. The scheduled events involved a lot of informative participation by our member churches and the message given by Marc Bertrand, pastor of Walsh Baptist Church, was encouraging and uplifting.
Over the Christmas season there are a number of events to note: (1) the Christmas Extravaganza at 5:00 pm at St. George’s on Saturday Dec. 8th, (2) Carol sing and fellowship hour after the evening service Sunday Dec. 16th, (3) the Christmas Eve service from 7:00 to 8:00 on Monday Dec. 24th at Calvary Baptist Church. Perhaps there are friends or family members you could invite to the service on the 24th or to any of the Sunday services around Christmas. Please note as well that there will be NO prayer meeting on Wednesday Dec. 26th.
Construction / repair continues on Phase 2 at the church. Timetables are often hard to predict but we still hope to be back in fairly early in the New Year. Please continue to pray for safety, efficiency and soundness in all the work that is done, as well as the ongoing development of plans for Phase 3.
Many of our University and College students are writing term end exams and submitting final papers. It can be a demanding and exhausting time for them. They would appreciate your prayers and any words of encouragement you can pass on! Please pray as well for those who have graduated and are seeking employment in their fields of specialty. An opportunity to use what they have learned can sometimes be elusive in the short term.
The Lord wants us to be aware of what is happening in the world around us, so we can act/react/intervene appropriately. Sometimes it falls to simply praying, but sometimes the Lord leads His people into involved action. May He give us the wisdom to know what our role should be and the courage and strength to carry it out.
Christmas, though hijacked on many levels by the world for its own amusement, still gives us opportunity to speak to friends or family members about deeper issues; the heart, spirit and soul. He can use our simple and sincere witness to change lives and bring into their personal sphere the greatest gift yet given – Jesus Himself!
On behalf of the elders
Mark Hudson (Admin. Assistant)