I used to have “butterflies in my stomach” about AGD. Not just about the faith target but also about how the morning would go. This last AGD was different. I felt God say “leave it to Me”! And so for me it was the best AGD ever!
Here are five reasons why. The first is that we had our biggest attendance: more than 1200 people including children came. A great turnout! Secondly the whole celebration service was outstanding. The Worship team (now known as Creative) was stellar. Supporting teams were awesome. The media clip was crisp and sweet. The orchestra performed admirably. The skit was fun! Time keeping was perfect and the emceeing in two languages went really well. So organizationally it couldn’t have gone better!
The third reason? There was so much joy in the atmosphere. Even when I announced a figure that fell far short of our expected target, the wild celebration that followed felt more like one where we had exceeded our goal! Unbelievable! You are an amazing church Skyline! The joy was in that we GAVE and we GAVE CHEERFULLY, SACRFICIALLY and TOGETHER! That was what AGD is all about!
Fourthly, a spirit of generosity flowed. As a church, we gave something to everyone who came. “Slingshots” is a special book compiled from the best of bulletin postings over 17 years of our journey together in Skyline. So, we gave something that is part of us. Visitors had an extra gift too. Lunch was on the house. Everyone was blessed!
But it’s the fifth reason that gets me. Each AGD we have closed with a giving that is only slightly short of our faith target and “top up” in successive months have been a yawn. This year we are well short! Now, here comes the good and the great news. The good news is that we are more than halfway there! The great news is that these next two months is now an exciting journey of faith! The focus is never on our target. The focus is on God who leads us to give, and who provides exceedingly abundantly beyond all we ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). So keep our eyes fixed on Him!
Philip Lyn 医生牧师