“Give thanks to the one whose power has made us the children of God”
As we mark once more the mystery of the Word made flesh, let us join together with the songs of angels and saints and make this creation ring with our carols and hymns of praise.
While I was pondering with the theme of my message, I came to a renewal of spiritual appreciation that we should “Give thanks to the one whose power has made us the children of God.” Our salvation is an initiative God has planned for each and everyone of us. I also believe that God’s infinite goodness brings JOY to our lives. JOY has a much deeper meaning for it is a quality which originates in the heart and by the power of the Spirit. JOY is eternal. JOY is what Christians have.
I would like to invite you to express a deep appreciation to our loving God for making us His children through Jesus Christ. Let us give thanks to God through prayers, hymns of praise and by encouraging one another.
Give Thanks! These powerful words mean so much to me when I see you extend your stewardship to our faithful community to fulfill its mission. I am so grateful for all that you do to keep our parish congregation faithful to its calling and assisting me carry out the various ministry of our church.
Embracing an active participation in our Savior’s birth can profoundly change your perspective! May God continue to bless you and your loved ones.
Prayer: O God our Father, whose Word has come among us in the Holy Child of Bethlehem, may the light of faith illumine our hearts and shine in our words and deeds; through him who is Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Wishing you peace, joy, and all the best this wonderful Christmas season. May God bless you with a loving soul this new year.
The Venerable Louie Engnan
Saint Michael’s Anglican Parish
Archdeacon of Fraser
Diocese of New Westminster
Anglican Church of Canada
December 17, 2017