Today's Message

In the depths of our confusion, Lord, lift us up! In the throes of our uncertainty, give us wing! The powers that be besiege us! But how can they breach the wall that You have built around us? You are sovereign over all! Your flags lead us forth! Put on us the full armour of prayer, Lord, that nothing can assail us. Inflame us with Your spirit of Hope and Love, that all who know us will know You for who You are - our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ! Amen!

- Prayer by a member. E1. St Hilda's Church

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Christian Education


Teaching Series on the Book of Jeremiah by Bishop Rennis Ponniah

April 2018

The Old Testament book of Jeremiah is a 2,500-year-old prophecy that is as relevant to our life today as it was to the Jews at the time.

It is message from and about God who works out his purposes through covenants.

Though more than 500 years before Christ, Jeremiah knew about the arrival of the New Covenant in Jesus that would change everything. The Jews in Jeremiah’s time were either longing for the Messiah to come or, the majority had given up hope and forsaken their God.

But God had not forsaken them.

In the same way, Christians all over the world look forward to Jesus’ second coming but most people in the world couldn’t care less. Jeremiah’s prophecy gives us great encouragement to live faithfully in a world that is in turmoil.

Bishop Rennis spent part of his sabbatical in 2016 to study Jeremiah at a deeper level. God powerfully spoke to Bp Rennis and he now passes the message on to the church in 10 sessions, delivered in five lectures at St Hilda’s Church.

– Ps Martin Jungnickel

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News


SERVICE TIME / VENUE CHANGES

24 Sep 2018

Because of extended renovations, the Sanctuary and parts of church premises will continue to be closed until further notice. Services will continue to be as follows:

English Services (Sunday)
8 am – Worship Service (E1) at Bethel Hall
10.15am – Worship Service (E2) at Bethel Hall
10.15am – Youths, Young Adults and Families Service (E3) at Joshua Hall

Mandarin (Sunday)
2 pm – Worship Service at Joshua Hall

Hokkien (Saturday)
3.30pm – Worship Service at Joshua Hall

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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.

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GLORY


One Thought – A Devotional
The Root of Bitterness

30 Sep 2018

See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. Hebrews 12:15

Very few of us can claim we have never had any bitter experiences in our lives. I am not one of them for I have had my fair share.

The seed of bitterness is usually planted from the hurts we received from someone, or from disappointments, shame and failures.  If we do not deal with them quickly, they can grow deep bitter roots into our psyches and spiritual lives.
We will become hard and cynical, overly sensitive, critical, fault-finding and subject to mood swings.  Hebrews 12:15 says such a person will no longer be able to walk in God’s grace, robbed of the joy of the Lord.

Sometimes, we may deny there is any bitterness in us.  Or, we may not even be aware there is bitterness in our lives because it has become too deeply buried in our psyche. Jeremiah 17:9 says: The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?

Some people may acknowledge bitterness, but will say, “I can forgive, but I cannot forget”.  What does it mean?  Hearing their tone and seeing the look in their eyes, most times, it means: “I cannot forgive completely.  Or, I’ll never talk or relate to that person again.”  In doing so, they retain a remnant of bitterness which may take root again and grow.

Some wise person says, “Ask God to reveal the bitter root; let Grace heal it; let Good replace it (by keeping on doing good).  Wise indeed but, for emphasis, I would add, surrender and forget it.

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