Rather than kicking off the New Year with some grand vision morning, we decided to do something a bit more practical that will help us throughout the year and will be a tremendous blessing at the end of the year.
We're not against vision, far from it, but The Gathering's vision hasn't changed and our members are fully behind it, so rather let's move on in the things of God and see his Kingdom extended.
So this morning we looked at Psalm 103 and how David opens with a heart and spirit of praise, moves into thanking God for his benefits (blessings) and then lists them before returning to a heart & spirit of praise for our awesome God.
We also looked at how David’s chief concern in this Psalm is God’s forgiveness of sin v3 of His people v18 and his own love & respect for his God whose throne is in heaven v19, who will not “harbour his anger forever” v9, His forgiveness will come for His people, but only because of His great compassion v13.
David refers to his Lord 11 times in this psalm.
So going back to v2b "forget not all his benefits" we prepared a Blessing Jar for each of our regulars so that we could, in the words of the old hymn: "Count your blessings, name them one by one, Count your blessings see what God hath done!". We encouraged each member to record as many blessings as possible, no matter how big or small they may be and then towards the middle of the year we'll revisit them and at the end of the year we'll have a royal praise party as we share in the joy of all God's blessings throughout 2019.
It's going to be a great year!