On the 5th of April 1959, the Hampstead Gardens Church of Christ Chapel was opened. It could be considered an extravagance to have a facility such as this to meet together for ministry, praise, worship, teaching and encouragement but then it is hard to put a price on things that are used in God’s name and for His purpose. Friday the 5th of April this year marks 60 years since the opening which means a total of 3,120 Sundays that people have gathered here to remember Jesus and to share in communion. We thank God for the building and we are reminded that it is to be used in the spirit of generosity as is shown in the verses from John 12 where Mary anoints the feet of Jesus with expensive perfume.
“Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany where Lazarus was, the one Jesus had raised from the dead. So they gave a dinner for Him there; Martha was serving them, and Lazarus was one of those reclining at the table with Him. Then Mary took a pound of fragrant oil—pure and expensive nard—anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped His feet with her hair. So the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.” – John 12:1-3, HCSB