Time: 11.00 hours
Venue: EBC Church Delhi, Nasirpur
Worship in Hymn:
1. Aw Don Zel Ni Bethlehem Tang
2. Mial in Lei a Tuam Lai in
3. Khovel Thukhen
4. Mangpianni Lenmual
5. Toupa Hon Pii Dan
6. Aw Jesu Tui Hing Lui Nahi
7. Tung Thangvan Gamnuam Ah
The worship in offering was dedicated to God by Upa Thianzakham. Pastor Nenglian then took the stand to thank God for the birthdays, anniversaries, other success stories and pray for the challenges ahead of the Church and its members.
Brother Samson Peter from the India Sunday School Union spoke at length about the Union and upcoming schedules in its endeavor to bring about a holistic and harmonious growth and development of persons, facilitating them to make Christian responses to life, to become active participants in the Church and in human history, and to extend God’s rule in human society.
The youth wing of the Church sang praise as a part of rehearsal, of the all time favourite John Newton’s masterpiece, “Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound” which earned them INR 200,000 later in the day being in the second position of the competition organized by the Tangkhul Christian Charitable Society, Delhi.
The pastor talked about ‘The Bond Between Believers and the World” on the basis of the scripture 1 John 2:15-17 which states in NIV Bible thus-
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.
He highlighted the changing trends in the history of humanity. First man was steep in certain beliefs, then the craze for empirical evidence to confirm genuineness of one’s faith had reigned. In the post-modern period we experience something like ‘nothingness’ where there is no absolute right. No one- parents, leaders, teachers, etc. seem to hold supreme authority. In such situation which is experiencing the literal perishing of matters of the world, the relevance of the role of believers as ‘light of the world’ holds an unprecedented prominence as stated in Matthew 5:14. The monastic life as a more or less accepted conduct of the 15th century had long been redundant. The Bible uses the analogy of ‘salt’ as a Christian’s role in the society. In fact even as salt dissolves in water, its saline effect is homogeneous and active throughout the water. In the same way the presence of a Christian is not necessarily visible. But the impact thereof is potent and highly active. On the other hand to love the world is to subscribe to its ways.
The faithful are being extended the honor of making contribution towards the ongoing construction of the Gospel Centenary Hall in Lamka, in the coming Sunday Worship Service.
Then the congregation rose to the hymn, ‘Pathian in Hon Itna a Lamdang Mah Mah’ and thereafter proceeded to the tea stand with the blessings of Upa Thiankhanmuan.