Worship the LORD with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs. Know that the LORD is God. It is He who made us and we are His; we are His people, the sheep of His pasture.
Give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the LORD is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.
(Psalm 100:1-3, 4b-5 NIV)
A number of special worship services highlighted our worship program for this year. 2012 began with the new staff to Faith being installed and commissioned at the College’s Opening Services (Middle and Senior School and Junior School).
A special time of worship was also held to commission our student leaders, to pray for them and ask God’s blessing on their respective roles. Other highlights included our Anzac worship, a number of very special worship times led by staff and students following their return from Vanuatu, the farewell service for our graduating Year 12 class and our Senior School and Middle School Closing Services.
2012 saw a change in structure to our sub-school worship program with the inclusion of a regular Senior School worship time once a fortnight and House Worship for both Middle and Senior School scheduled at the same time. These changes have resulted in a regular worship time for both sub-schools and the opportunity for a combined House Worship experience. With a high level of student involvement supported by the Middle School and Senior School Heads of House, there have been many highlights as a result of these changes.
MAINTAINING OUR FOCUS
Worship continues to be a central element of the weekly school program at Faith. Why is that important? Worship helps our community to grow by maintaining our focus on the Word of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ as the Holy Spirit is at work among us. It also helps us to maintain our focus on the Christian values by which we endeavour to live, serve and thrive. As a Lutheran School, we continue to face the challenges of making the Word of God and in particular, the Gospel and worship meaningful and relevant for our students.
A huge thank you is extended to all those who have contributed to the worship life of the College this year. Without the wonderful contributions from students and staff, including those who work behind the scenes, setting up the worship space, operating sound and visual technology, preparing Powerpoint presentations and so on, our worship life would lack the richness and depth with which we are currently blessed.
Ultimately, we give glory and thanks to our loving and gracious God who continues to bless us through His Word and the work of the Holy Spirit as we grow in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ and are strengthened through faith in Him.
Pastor Brenton Altmann