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Hi COA family,

Psalm 78 reminds us: “He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our ancestors to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands” (v5-7).

It is crucial for us to continually give thanks so that we will not forget his deeds of mercy towards us. This, in turn, is so that we can continually put our trust in God.

What are the blessings that the Lord have blessed us with these past 70 years?

We give praise to God for giving birth to us even before our founding in 1952. We started off as a worship service for the staff and students of St Andrew’s School in 1946 and have grown since. No one could have imagined where we have come today. 

Therefore, God says to us: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5).

We also give thanks to the Lord for the shift to our current building from 1958 to 1962. At that time, it was not easy to raise funds because there were only 100-120 working adults. But the vision of building a church on the hill was compelling. Every member was involved. Even the youths were involved in fund-raising activities, resulting in many other people outside of COA contributing to the building of the church.

More recently, we give thanks to the Lord for leading us through a difficult season of the pandemic. The 70th anniversary committee have led us on the Gratitude Challenge, Prayer Walk for Potong Pasir and last Sunday’s thanksgiving service and dinner to remember God’s goodness to us in this season.

Yet there is second part to this psalm. We are reminded of our need to refrain from committing the mistakes of our past.

One special aspect is the need to preserve the unity that the Lord has given to us.

Ephesians 4 tells us that we have a responsibility to keep this unity: “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace” (Eph 4:2-3).

May the Lord help us in both giving thanks to him and heeding his warnings.

Revd Ian