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Church Secretary's Address

Dear friends,

What does 2018 hold for us, I wonder. In 2016 we had the 200th anniversary of the church and in 2017, the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. But there does not seem to be anything for the church of quite that significance in the coming year. It is, perhaps, a reminder that most of life is not full of great and exciting events. Day to day life is generally quite low key and routine, some even disparagingly refer to it as "humdrum". Of course it was right to give thanks for 200 years of God's goodness to the church here and to remember the wonderful impact across the world of events 500 years ago, yet every day is a day to thank God for and to remember his goodness in. To simply be alive is a wonder in itself. Furthermore, although there may be something lurking in us that longs for fame and glory, most of us will not go down in history. Yet this should not discourage us. Think of what the apostle Paul wrote to the Philippian church: Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, (Philippians 3:13). One thing was enough for him to be satisfied. Or think what our Lord Jesus Christ himself said: And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward. (Matthew 10:42). Life may not be full of momentous events. The world (and indeed the church) may not be full of great people, yet it is so often the small events and the quiet people that make a meaningful difference. This island desperately needs the gospel. It might be easy to give up and think that nobody is interested or wants to hear. But don't think that any small work or deed that you may be able to do this year will be insignificant, it could make all the difference.

-Church Secretary.