We Gather Together
We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;
He chastens and hastens his will to make known;
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing,
Sing praises to his name: He forgets not his own.
Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining his kingdom divine;
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, wast at our side, All glory be thine!
We all do extol thee, thou leader triumphant,
And pray that thou still our defender wilt be.
Let thy congregation escape tribulation;
Thy name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!
–Traditional Thanksgiving Hymn
(A translation by Theodore Baker: 1851-1934)
This has been an amazing year, UNTCI Family! Â We praise God for His divine providence in all things. We have seen tremendous growth this year – not in breadth, but in depth of Association in and among the precious Membership of UNTCI. Growth in quality. Growth in Spirit. Growth in Fellowship. Growth in Love.
The vision and prayer for this organization remains that Ministers can gather here as peers to make lifelong connectionsÂ in service to our King. Â We are grateful to have the honor and privilege of seeing this come to fruition on a daily basis. Â It is so beautiful to watch such a varied collection of souls from points across the globe gather under the banner of Christ alone, and find real relationship as the Body.
ThisÂ year’s theme was “winnowing”. God let us know early on that what remained would be our “Gideon Number”, through which our membership would find depth and breadth of fellowship as never before.Â Â We have only just begun, UNTCI Family. Â The Lord has so much more in store for us in the year ahead. Let us be thankful for the ground we’ve gained, and praise the Giver of this wonderful relationship we share together.
May the love and grace of our amazing Father simply overtake you this Thanksgiving Holiday!
By His Grace Alone,
Dr. Nicole Weyant
President of the Association, and the UNTCI Board of Directors