Dear brothers and sisters of St Augustine’s,
On our final Sunday with you, Allie and I would like to say a deep, heartfelt thank you for the way you have welcomed us into your community. We are going to miss our Sundays together, and will take away many fond memories of fellowship.
It has been wonderful for us to be able to bring the kids along to church on Sundays. And thank you especially for your enthusiasm about having kids around and your insistence that they are just as much church members as anyone else!
We are very grateful to God for all of you and hope and pray that he will continue to work in you to sanctify and cleanse you through his word. God is working his purpose out through his great gift to the world: the new creation that has begun with Jesus’ death and resurrection. God will continue his work until everything is fulfilled at Jesus’ second coming.
Hold tightly to these promises. They may seem a bit other-worldly, but sometimes the busyness of life makes us quite myopic. We become unable to hope for anything bigger and better because we become so used to the hum-drum of our daily struggles. We forget that God wants much more for us than we even want for ourselves…
What does the future hold for St Augustine’s? I urge you to continue in prayer, open your Bibles regularly, and to prioritise the clear proclamation of the gospel. I will endeavour to pray for you myself over coming months.
In His Grace,