Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The Apostle Paul began his Epistle to the Philippians with the following comment:
I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
As Elders and Deacons who have been called to serve you in the gospel, we can honestly say that we write this letter with that same thanks and joy. Your partnership as a church is truly humbling and encouraging,
We are writing this letter for four reasons:
Firstly, we want to thank you for your faithfulness in the Explore mission. We know how hard you prayed (and are praying) for your friends and family; we know how many people you invited to the mission; we also saw how you came to the mission and welcomed the large number of guests who attended, we are truly filled with joy because of you. Thank you for being willing to obey the Great Commission.
Secondly, we want to ask you to join us in prayer. We have seen many people come and hear the gospel faithfully preached over the last month, and continue to see many more coming. However, we know it is God alone who can save, and so we are calling a day of fasting and prayer on Saturday, December 11th. Please mark the day in your diary and join us in begging the Lord for the Salvation of our friends and family and those we do not know. Thank you for joining us in prayer.
Thirdly, we would like to remind you about Christmas. As you know, we have a lovely array of events in December, and we’d like to list them for you:
12th 10:30am Nativity service with the Sunday School (and special guests) and Wyn Jones speaking at Amman Valley School
12th 6pm Darganfod Y Nadolig. Our Welsh Carol Service with Jonathan Thomas speaking. Come for some special festive treats. Held in the Church building.
19th Our annual Silver Band Carol Concert. This event is going back to the Ammanford Pensioners’ hall by popular demand. Llandybie Male Voice Choir and Peter Jackson will also be playing and Mince pies and hot drinks will be served.
24th 11pm Candle light Carol service with special guest Peter Jackson on the piano held in the Church building.
25th Christmas Morning service in the Church building
25th Christmas Day Meal for those who would otherwise be alone, held in the Ammanford Pensioners’ hall
Please invite your friends and family and come along to enjoy and celebrate Emmanuel.
Finally, many of you have been asking where we will be meeting on Sunday mornings after Christmas. The church elders and deacons
have decided that it is necessary to remain in Amman Valley School until our extension is completed. As you know our attendance has grown over the last 2 months to an average of 100 adults per Sunday and around 20 children and babies. This means that it is now impractical to return to the church building until it is extended.
However, please note we will meet in the church building on:
Sunday December 26th and January 2nd
Thus our last service in the school for 2010 will be Sunday December 19th and our first service in the school for 2011 will be January 9th
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you as a church for you willingness to move and adapt. It is a joy to see a church that puts the gospel and Kingdom of God first. It is a true privilege to serve you and partner alongside you. We would like to give a special thank you to the large team of dedicated people who come early to set up, and those who help with the tea and coffee, welcome desk, Sunday school, Crèche, tech and setting down. Thank you for serving.
Going back to the words of Paul, we are ‘confident of this’, that God is at work and He will continue to do so.
In the following chapter of Philippians we are reminded that Jesus Christ:
6 Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
7 but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
Let us have that same attitude.
In Christ Alone,
The elders and deacons of Ammanford Evangelical Church