Today's Message

"We give you thanks O God for your gifts and grace in the year past. As we begin the new year 2017, we look to you as our Source of Comfort and Confidence. Form us into the likeness of our Lord Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our Faith. Bless us with the Peace and Joy of being found in You, serving the King by His strength for His glory. In Jesus' name we pray."

- Prayer by Ven Wong Tak Meng, Vicar, St Hilda's Church. 2017

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Nothing from January 22, 2017 to January 23, 2017.



20 November 2016

Gathered on the lawn
A carpet of brown and auburn leaves
That turns what once was a green space
Into a hue of distinguishing colours
That arrest the eyes and not soothe them
Where did the time go?
Weren't the leaves a luscious green?
But have now they degraded to a rustic brown
Bleak and lifeless
Gathered in a heap of desolation
Time has progressed
Nature has evolved
Things may appear to seem at their tethering end
Yet nature isn't linear
But cyclical
And so is the cycle of life
Which every man and woman has to endure
There would be Seasons when we would be sprightly
With a spring in our steps

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One Thought – A Devotional
Simply Serving God
(Reflections On Servanthood)

1 January 2017

“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” - Galations 5:13

In the November just passed, calls to ministry descended on St Hilda’s Church. Did they awaken in us a spirit of servanthood?

I was writing a devotion to our Car Park Marshalls recently to wrap up the year.

It occurred to me then that serving the Lord in any ministry is not easy. There are of course, across the ministries, varying degrees of difficulties and inconveniences.

It could mean doing a thankless task week in and week out. It might mean, as one of our marshalls put it, having to extend “grace upon grace upon grace” when the same church members insist on parking their way even while knowing their way inconvenience other drivers. It would mean having to bear the pain of being belittled by jibes like “you are just a car park attendant” – although, yes, in many ways marshalls are car park attendants but only with the tender authority of God’s grace. It might mean preparing and reflecting on the Word to teach every week at home cell - which can become a chore if one’s spirit wanes. It might mean no one seems to know what we are doing. It might mean having to hear members discouraging other members from joining your ministry. It might mean….the list goes on.

Yet our Lord’s urging to serve is as clear as a clarion call: “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” (1Peter 4:10)

I am convinced each of us has been called by Him to serve in His ministries, for reasons only known to Him. Some will come willingly. Some others, like me, may have to be “dragged” to serve! But we will one way or the other serve the Lord.

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