1 January 2017
“Glory be to God, our Father!”
My dear Brothers and Sisters,
For the year 2017, the Chief Apostle emphasizes one of the essential tasks of the Church of Christ: the praise and worship of God. He calls on us to glorify God, in other words, to proclaim His majesty and omnipotence. That is why the motto for 2017 is: “Glory be to God, our Father!”
This striking motto for the New Year is associated with three other tasks for us: namely, recognizing the greatness of the Father in His works, thanking Him for His gifts, and proclaiming His glory.
The glory of God is manifested in His radiance: God reveals Himself to mankind in that which He created. Jesus Christ glorifies the Father. Those who believe in Jesus Christ can recognize God, the Father, in His person and activity (Matthew 11: 27). We glorify the Father and give honour to Him by acting in a God-fearing and loving manner.
The Church of Jesus Christ is called upon to bring praise and worship to God (CNAC 6.2, CNAC-QA 370). In God’s eyes we are like children: we know very little and He knows everything. That is why we readily subject ourselves to His authority and thank Him for revealing His will to us. We do not see this as a restriction of our own freedom, but rather as a source of blessing. We glorify the Father by conforming to His will, even if this makes our lives more difficult (Matthew 5:10; 1 Peter 4: 14–16).
Let us therefore, this year resolve to: recognize the greatness of the Father in His creative activity, as well as in the salvation history; and to express gratitude for His gifts and to proclaim His glory.
Dear Brothers and sisters, may I take this opportunity to thank the Apostles, the ministers and all the brothers and sisters in our district church, Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe for your support to me and to the great work of redemption; your sacrifice and every positive contribution you make towards the work of God is highly appreciated; I do not take anything for granted.
In addition, as some of you may be aware, there is so much anticipation in 2017 as we prepare to host our dear Chief Apostle Jean-Luc Schneider in June. The Chief Apostle is scheduled to conduct a divine service on June 25, 2017, in Zambezi, and another service on June 27, 2017 in Mansa. Like always, we need to coordinate and work together as a team so that the Chief Apostle’s visit will be a great success and bring for us richest blessings from our heavenly Father.
Further, I also would like to thank all those who sent me Christmas and birthday wishes through sms, email, facebook and cards; I am unable to respond to you individually. I greatly appreciate and wish you God's richest blessings.
To this end, I wish you a great deal of joy and divine blessing in the New Year!
Charles S Ndandula