It is that time of year again when every company is sending out their year-end annual reports and shareholder information. Some of these present strong results and optimistic futures. Some of them use coded language for anxiety and uncertain futures. All of them try to project how things will go in the year ahead and offer a vision for the work they are undertaking. It feels strangely familiar as we send out our annual report and call the church together for its 239th annual meeting this Sunday.
This gathering is an opportunity to review our work and a chance to look ahead but more importantly it is a chance to give thanks to God. The Psalmist writes, “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.” We firmly believe that any growth or fruitful ministry we have done in the last year has come because of God’s blessing. We labor for the sake of the kingdom and give praise to God when those labors appear to not be in vain. Our annual report reflects much labor and good works done in the name of God’s Son. We have had a remarkable year of growth, vision, and faithful ministry. Praise be to God!
It is a true honor and privilege to serve this congregation – to join together with you to build God’s house. Thank you for being a part of the body of Christ here in this place.