Celebration of the Centenary of the Church Edifice
13 September, 2009 – 13 September, 2010
“The Real Light which enlightens every man was even then coming into the world” (John 1:9); “It is you who are the witnesses to it all” (Luke 24:48)
173 years of existence as a worshipping community in this ancient and historic city, growing in His grace, experiencing His faithfulness in abundance, meeting the challenges the time and the tide held and overcoming them through His grace is a compelling reason for the members of this parish to praise the Lord from the depths oftheir hearts.
To the parish the Lord grantedvictories, successes, achievements, gains and
progress and He sustained it in the midst of its failures, shortcomings, mistakes,
frustrations and disappointments.
The past generations placed their trust and faith in the Lord, while crossing the deserts of life’s problems and its uncertainties; and they strayed not from their
path. That is thenoble heritage and legacy ofthepresent generation.
Itis only His all-pervading, amazing grace that has sustained this parish in the past. We thank the Lord for His mercy in enabling the people of this church more than five generations of us-to worship Him in this church edifice for the last 100years.
The key verses: “Therea/light which enlightens every man was even then coming into the world” (John 1:9) and “It is you who are the witnesses to it all” (Luke 24:48) andthe theme song “AmazingGrace!How sweet thesound that saved a wretch like me” adopted for the centenary year of the church edifice beautifully manifest God’s revelation in His Son and the redemption granted to us by His grace. This isthe history ofthis parish.
Let the Lord’s name be praised for all His mercies.
Amazing grace !How sweet the sound
Early American Melody
John Newton & Austin C. Lovelace
1Chronicles 17: 16 & 17
Amazing grace! How sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,was blind, but now I see.
‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, and grace my fears relieved; How precious did that grace appear the hour I first believed!
Through many dangers, toils, and snares, I have already come;
‘Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home.
The Lord has promised good to me, His word my hope secures; He will my shield and portion be as long as life endures.
Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail, and mortal life shall cease, I shall possess, within the veil, a life of joy and peace. Amen (Courtesy: The Methodist Hymnal1966)