Holy Father, you desire nothing but the best for us. On bended knees, we come to you humbly asking you to cover us with the cleansing blood of Jesus Christ our Saviour. The precious blood that cleanses us of all impurities, that gives us new life to live in the power of the Holy Spirit, that transforms us and the community. We ask to be cleansed and made whole, inside out to be a holy vessel to glorify you. As you cleanse us, we pray for your healing in our bodies and our spirit. Lord Jesus, touch the sick and infirm in our church and make them whole. As we prostrate before you, answer our cry for your great mercy. Strengthen our feeble arms and weak knees, that we may arise and shout in joyous victory to glorify your holy name. We claim your promise as we bow before you, to be filled with all the fullness of God.
- A Prayer for our infirm, sick and ill in spirit. Wai Fung Cranfield. E2. 2015.
All asbestos ceiling boards, scheduled for removal under Phase 1, have been safely taken down. Tests for asbestos particles have all passed the Ministry of Manpower’s strict standards.
Hence internal works and interior décor works have commenced. Going forward, all M&E testing and testing of new equipment to be installed in Bethel and Joshua Halls will take place between 15 August and 23 August. After this, all renovated areas will be cleaned and tidied up between 24 August and 29 August.
E1, E2 and E3 services will resume in 41 Ceylon Road on Sunday, 30 August, 2015, as planned.
In the meantime, Mandarin and Hokkien services will resume on Sunday, 19 July in the Lower Sanctuary. Car parking will be limited to the open field and only one toilet is available for use. No meals and refreshments will be served as Manna House and Daniel Room will not be ready till early August at the earliest.
In the familiar incident recorded both in Luke 18: 18-30 and Mark 10: 17-31, I have often focused on the rich ruler’s wealth that seemed to be the hindrance in his entering the kingdom of God.
On closer reading, I realize it was not just wealth that the rich ruler could not let go, and lest I sound judgmental of the young man, I must confess that his plight resonates with me. For what we both have in common is a mindset of achieving (“What must I do?”) rather than receiving (“like a child”).
Interestingly, just before the rich young ruler approached Christ, Jesus had told his disciples, “anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a child will never enter it” (Luke 18: 17).
What is the difference between the rich young ruler and the children Christ was referring to?