Fill our church with over-flowing good response for the Next Step discipleship lessons, Christmas service and children’s party.
Steer them to the one true God and enable them to surrender their lives to you LORD.
Lead those who join these programmes to the particular ministry they have passion for and to multiply the believers to taste your goodness in their lives.
- A Prayer by FISH. St Hilda’s Church. 2015
Sunday, 14 November 2015
Story by Jeremy Sng
The Neighbourhood Blessing last year was - so I heard - a sultry, sweltering affair. I recall seeing photos of smiling church members in their red t-shirts, with beads of sweat on their foreheads as a reminder of the stifling conditions. Everyone was happy, of course, but it was so very warm and humid.
Two weeks ago my cell leader told us about the Neighbourhood Blessing to take place on 14 November. On hearing this, I checked my calendar, hoping to have had something scheduled during that time.
It's embarrassing to admit this, but I didn't want to spend a weekend afternoon walking around a housing estate when I could be at home resting, or doing whatever I didn't have the chance to do during the work week. It's selfish isn't it? To say that "weekends are for myself!" and to seek excuses just so that I can spend the weekend the way I want to!
In that way, my mind was already made up - I'll find an excuse, and I won't go. Yet, despite this plan, I found myself agreeing to go when I was asked again. And I am glad I did.
13 November 2015
As we read the Book of Job, with sympathy and trepidation, without a doubt we will pray that we will not end up like Job. Will we ever be able to bear the huge burden and scale of suffering that Job encountered?
However, Ecclesiastes 3 tells us that in our life there is a “time for everything, a season for every activity under heaven … a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance.”
When we fast-forward the story of Job, we see him emerge from his suffering a transformed man. With great humility and obedience, he turned what seemed bleak or a “better off to curse God and die” situation into a blessing. Despite the difficult circumstances, he climbed the ladder of humility. As Peter Scazzero wrote, “as Job followed the difficult path of allowing his losses to enlarge his soul for God, God blessed him super abundantly.” Not only was Job transformed spiritually, the Lord eventually made him even more prosperous than he ever was.