Gracious Heavenly Father, we thank you for the peace and unity that abounds in our nation Singapore. We hear and see pestilences and disturbances all around us. Father, as we celebrate Chinese New Year, we pray for a time of bonding and reconciliation, of giving and forgiving our relatives and friends. It is more blessed to give than to receive. Let us emit the fragrance of Christ and "let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your father in heaven," Jesus said. Let times of refreshing come from The Lord.
Even as we celebrate this joyous occasion, remind us to be grateful to what Jesus has done for us on the cross. As the Lent season will be upon us next week, let us reflect on the good gifts He has bestowed on us and our nation. "Unless The Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless The Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain". We give You thanks and praise and exalt the holy name of Jesus. Amen!
- A Chinese New Year Prayer by Fish. St Hilda’s Church. 2016
We have just published a 24-page mini-book on St Hilda’s Church. It is a snapshot of what our church is, our members, our services and our ministries. This will be used primarily to welcome our guests and first-time visitors. You may also obtain copies of it from our office to invite friends to St Hilda’s or to our special services.
4 February 2016
Loyalty is a trait of a good soldier that is found in the biblical character of Naamen (2 Kings 5). Naaman was another foreigner (like Uriah the Hittite), a particularly powerful foreigner, commanding the army of Israel's enemy, Aram.
We know how the story goes: the slave girl suggests that Naaman calls on a Jewish prophet to heal his leprosy; Elisha prescribes seven washes in the Jordan, which Naaman initially scoffs at because of its simplicity; but he obeys and is healed.