The annual report before you provides some measure of the fruit the Lord is allowing us to bear as a Gospel-centered community of faith. We also remember that growth is not always captured in numbers but in what the Lord is doing deep in our hearts. So as you peruse through the reports from our various ministries, ask yourself, how have I grown in my personal relationship with the Lord this past year? How have I reached out to my neighbors and co-workers? How have I grown in the Knowledge of His Word and in communion with Him? Take the time and allow yourself to “ponder anew what the Almighty can do” in and through us, for His glory.
In 2019, several families were ‘sent out’ to minister in other parts of the country and the world. We rejoice and pray for them as they serve the Lord in the marketplace, at school and on the mission field. Transitions also occurred in Facilities with the departure of Luis Lozano and the hiring of Tiberius Maghear as our new Facilities Manager. Sadly, we also witnessed the passing of several beloved long-time members of our community that we will miss dearly. At the same time, momentum in the air at TCC, as witnessed by capacity crowds in the sanctuary at the 9:30am service and about 20 participants in new members classes, with about half already been received in 2019 with the rest scheduled to be received this January. We rejoice and give glory to God for this incremental growth, and we are asking and trusting the Lord for many more souls to be added to the Kingdom as we enter into the decade of our bicentennial (in 2028).
Let me conclude with the vision Isaiah the prophet in chapter 2:1-4, which seems to check several key identity markers for us:
It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be lifted up above the hills; and all the nations shall flow to it, and many peoples shall come, and say: “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. (Isaiah 2:1-4)
In 2020 and the years ahead, we too will center our ministries on the “Word of the Lord.” We too will witness the “flow” of peoples to the Lord Jesus. Trinitarian Congregational Church, our ‘house of blessing,’ is where the Word equips us so that we in turn can “go forth” to bring the good news of forgiveness of sins and eternal life to those around us. God the Father, through His Word—the Lord Jesus Himself—and by His Spirit, equips us and sends us out, whether to the ends of the earth or across the street or in our workplace (or all of the above). By His design, God has positioned us in a world class town that attracts many nations and walks of life. Wayland (New England ‘crossroads’) and our strategic location on the historic “King’s Highway” (Boston Post Road/ Route 20) enables us to shine the light of the Gospel in the darkness around us. The stage is set and we cannot wait to see what He will do!
– Pastor Tom