The Rev Dr Gregory Goh Nai Lat
President of the Chinese Annual Conference
It’s the year 2020! What a beautiful number. 2019 was marked with much turbulence, as it has been for much of decade, from the US–China trade war to the most unexpected violent demonstrations in Hong Kong. The impacts of these events are still unfolding and we have to be prepared to cope with them.
Regardless of our circumstances, we need to heed Paul’s words: “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 3:13–14)
Let us continue to press on for 2020. May this be a year we experience God’s goodness and transformation in our lives, families and ministries. Blessed New Year!
The Rev James Nagulan,
President of Emmanuel Tamil Annual Conference
“You crown the year with a bountiful harvest; even the hard pathways overflow with abundance.” (Ps 65:11)
Let the year begin with God’s promise for a bright New Year. May the Lord open our senses to witness what the Lord is doing in our journeys in the year ahead. As the Psalmist declares, may we experience God’s goodness even as we may have to walk on hard pathways. I pray that, as we step into a fresh new year, our lives will be filled with testimonies of God’s work in and through our lives.
The Rev Dr Gordon Wong
President of Trinity Annual Conference
“Now about your love for one another we do not need to write to you […] Yet we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more, and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders. (1 Th 4:9–12, NIV)
This year, MCS celebrates 135 years of God’s kindness in allowing The Methodist Church to exist as a channel of God’s love and hope. May the prayer of the apostle Paul for the church in Thessalonica be our prayer for MCS: that we not only celebrate the love shown to our communities in the past 135 years, but that we will “do so more and more”.
I pray this for my family, and yours, that together we may “make it (our) ambition to lead a quiet life” of showing “more and more” the love of God to all whom we live and work amongst each day. Amen.