On January 22nd, 2017, SJR celebrated God's faithfulness on the Tenth Anniversary of the start of Sunday services. We heard many testimonies of God's grace and provision and heard of his faithfulness and prospects for the future from Deuteronomy 8.
A greeting from Canon David Short (St. John's Vancouver):
Congratulations in the name of Christ.
We are writing to express our love for you and our thanks for your faithful witness over 10 years in Richmond and beyond. We pray for you and rejoice in our fellowship in the gospel on this great occasion.
You were one of the first two ANiC churches. You were born at a time of great pain and upheaval within the Anglican communion, and that upheaval continues. Yet the Lord saw fit to create a new congregation and a new witness to himself in answer to prayer.
The path has not been easy or straight; there have been significant challenges; but God has proved faithful time and again. You have flourished through the ongoing proclamation of the gospel and the power of the Holy Spirit.
The Apostle Paul tells us that the church is central to his purposes for his world. He writes that God raised Jesus Christ from the dead and put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
This is a mighty statement which defies the 'ordinariness' of every local congregation. You are the body of Christ, the temple of the living God, the family of God and the dwelling place of the Spirit. Through you God demonstrates his manifold wisdom to the principalities in the heavenly places.
On this day of celebration we want to express hearty congratulations and prayers, looking to him for the next 10 years.
Canon David Short, Rector