My wife and I are truly thankful that God has allowed our paths to cross with such a wonderful body of believers such as GBC over these past 17 years of ministry. We wanted to express our thankfulness for your generous reminder of support and encouragement which you expressed last Sunday to our leadership here at GBC.
I was reminded of the following story behind the wonderful hymn, Blest Be The Tie That Binds. We are so blessed to serve you.
Centuries ago John Fawcett was the pastor of a poor church in Wainsgate, England. Since he was a talented and dynamic preacher, he received an offer to be the pastor of a large, affluent church in London. It was a great opportunity, but it presented a problem: He dearly loved the congregation in Wainsgate, and it was killing him to leave.
After he and his wife had packed away all their belongings, members of the church came to see them off. During their good-byes, Mary Fawcett said to her husband, “John, I cannot bear to leave!” He thought for a moment and said, “Neither can I. And so we won’t. This is our home and these are our people and this is where we’ll stay.”
John Fawcett spent his entire fifty-four-year ministry serving this one church. Shortly after making this decision, he wrote these words…
Blest be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love
The fellowship of kindred minds is like to that above.
That’s the verse everyone knows. Here’s one of the other verses.
We share each other’s woes, our mutual burdens bear;
And often for each other flows the sympathizing tear.
There’s a reason why things like Sunday Worship, Fellowship Time and Mid-Week Bible Study are still such a blessing. It’s not just about what we learn from the lesson. It’s about what we experience in community with others. It’s much more than just an advertising slogan: Life is better when we’re connected.
They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. (Acts 2:46-47)