Monday, March 24, 2003

CCF Grad Dinner... typical of the fellowship: a couple weeks of hard work leading to many recent late/sleepless nights in preparation for the night that, in my opinion, epitomizes the essence of the Chinese Christian Fellowship.

Haha, also typical of the fellowship, I'm sure all of the hundreds of photos have already been transferred to computer and uploaded by now. =p [sorry for my untimely blog -- it's been busy...]

I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
—Philippians 1:3-6

Although main objective of night is to honour this year's graduates for their many different roles in our lives, in the end, it is inevitable that we direct our attention to the sovereign God who put us here, together, in the first place. God has formed this fellowship for his purpose, and as a body of Christ, we each play a different part in it. As a fellowship, we've stuck together through many things, and grad dinner is one of these perhaps rare nights when we just rejoice:

If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. —1 Corinthians 12:26

And so, we praise God for his providence, for his perfect plan, for having let us experience one another's lives, for developing some of our friendships that may soon dissipate, and others that will last a lifetime — all that will last an eternity. Although it is difficult to say whether we have successfully achieved what a fellowship should be, that has been our goal... and of course, that goal does not stop here, and we (grads) henceforth challenge the undergrads to carry on the vision and the good news... =)

To make this night possible, *many* people were behind the scenes [literally, behind the camera, behind the computer workstations]... and I think they were extremely underappreciated... so many thanks to:

Pearl — amazing job... aren't you glad the chaos has come to an end??

Dennis, Yu-ling — very good directors, both of you! and excellent job on the movie! Dennis: sorry if us actors drove you crazy with our silliness [well, especially Tim, haha] during filming =p

Alexis, Johny, Mike, Patty, Waiki, and other honorary residents of the Westcourt house Grad Dinner headquarters — I know you all practically lived there last week! Hope you guys finally caught up on sleep. =)

Alex, Candy, Dan, Deb, Genuine, Jeff, Raph, Sophia, Steph, Tania, and many many more that I'm sure I missed — I know how busy everyone has been this term, and all of your time is greatly appreciated! =)

"I thank God each time I think of you..."

Soli Deo Gloria.