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Let Us Adore Him

by John Crosby, Pastor Emeritus 

After almost thirty years, I’m writing my last epistle. What a ride it has been—and since I’m writing this from the heart of Africa, it clearly has not been a boring journey! This morning I preached in a church with no electricity and a tin roof, and they couldn’t stop thanking us for the classrooms we built that double as Sunday school facilities, where little ones learn English by hearing stories of the Bible. The honor of representing CPC’s compassion for the least and lost and left behind is just part of how Laura and I feel blessed by God; we’re also grateful for how CPC has shaped our daughters into global Christians, with hearts for God’s “rescue operation” throughout the world, all because you invited them to witness and be a part of God’s work.

Laura and I often say our time serving CPC has been the privilege of our adult lives. As we head into retirement, we want to honor Jesus as the center of our lives as we continue to learn to follow Him with heart, soul, mind, and body. As my life verse testifies, we proclaim that His grace alone is able to change lives: “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect” (I Corinthians 15:10).

CPC has always been far more than a beautiful facility. It is the people we have partnered with both inside and outside these walls that will leave a lasting impression on us. It is in people that we have watched the Spirit heal and inspire, attract and grow: in marking moments like baptisms, weddings, and memorials; on Sundays as we celebrate and worship, make relationships, and seek to become followers of Jesus; and when we go out to a world to where His voice is often lost in the bedlam. For thirty years we have had the privilege here of seeing “thy Kingdom come, on earth as it is in heaven.” And together we wait . . . for what?

Advent is our season of waiting. We look forward to the arrival of Jesus the King, come to rescue and restore His Kingdom “on earth as it is in heaven.” We tell again the story of the King who offers hope, love for broken hearts, peace for troubled souls, and joy, joy unquenchable, joy for the world!

O come let us adore Him, Christ, the Lord.

Thank you for letting us adore Him together!