The news that District Apostle NE Barnes would conduct the first divine service for the New Year on Sunday 4 January 2015 in the Lotus River West Congregation, brought great excitement amongst the members.
After much preparation, prayers and anticipation the day finally arrived and with it a beautiful spiritual teaching from the heart of our Chief Apostle Jean-Luc Schneider out of the book of Habakkuk 3:18 with the theme Joy in Christ. The District Apostle outlined the Joy in Christ concept and encouraged the congregation to continue to have joy in fellowship, joy over their salvation and joy in working for the Lord amongst other things. The Apostle Walter Diedericks and Bishop Jacques Cronje also served along with beautiful inspired spiritual thoughts of remaining joyful in the Lord. The first opportunity was granted to the souls in the beyond for 2015 in our area, when District Apostle dispensed the Holy Communion to our loved ones from the beyond. A trio of musicians rendered “Beyond the sunset, o blissful morning”, which concluded and summarised the emotions of the congregation at that very holy moment.
To assist the Lord’s work in the Grassy Park Bishop Area, 8 priests were appointed as Rector Helpers to allow for further growth and development in the congregations.
Soon the long awaited occasion had come and gone, but the wonderful message, namely the Joy in Christ implanted into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, will remain with us and by giving effect to this, it will allow all to experience a blessed and wonderful year ahead.