The Vicar Writes …
27 Nov 2022
“Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.” 1 Peter 1:13
Dear St Hilda’s Family,
As 2022 draws to an end, the new year in the church calendar begins with the season of Advent. This is God’s provision for us.
In many ways, this year has been even worse compared to the past two years. Who would have thought? Most of us couldn’t wait to see the light at the end of the Covid tunnel. Many – including myself – thought that once the Covid measures are lifted, we would soon be back to normal, even dismissing the talk about “new normal”. And though 2022 allowed us to freely congregate, even to travel again, our excitement seems short-lived.
The war in the Ukraine has affected us greatly, even though it is so far away. Inflation has sky-rocketed, many economies are in recession. In addition, and closer to home, there are rising tensions between China and Taiwan, ever increasing military provocation by North Korea, and political instability in Malaysia. Our little red dot still seems to be unaffected, but the questions is ‘How long?’
At St Hilda’s, we had many of our friends passing on to glory, and others falling ill, even with serious illnesses like Ps Allison. Covid seems to have taken a higher toll on our general health and strength than we thought.
With all of this, why are we encouraging the church to share the gospel more boldly in these times? Are we neglecting the realities of the people in Singapore and focussing on the spiritual instead?
When we look at Advent as God’s provision for us, we must allow the Holy Spirit to transform us.
Weekly Holy Communion Church Services
- Saturday Evening Service (SES) at 5pm in the Church Sanctuary.
- Sunday (E1) at 8am in the Church Sanctuary.
- Sunday (E2) at 10.15am in the Bethel Hall.
Saturdays at 2pm in the Bethel Hall.
Online (Non Holy Communion) Services
Available on Sundays from 3pm instead of 8am.
YouTube channel: bit.ly/shconline
The podcast (audio of the sermon only) will be available each Tuesday.
The church sanctuary is open for prayer and worship during the week.
You may book your time slot by calling the church office at 63443463.
Reference materials and resources for Home Cells, Bible Study Groups and Christian Education Ministries may be found in this link to Ethos Institute’s website.