Today's Message

Our dear heavenly Father, on this 84th anniversary of St Hilda’s Church,

we recount with gratefulness to you our heritage. We thank you for sowing into the heart of Archdeacon Graham White that SHC will be a place for worship, church and education. Amidst a  war and limited resources ,the premise gave rise to buildings that were used for these purposes. We thank you for providing the vision and resources.

Over the years you raised many workers [both laity and clergy] who served in this parish.Today we stand on the shoulders of those who came before us.May we and the following generations stay convicted and committed to your Word. May we all be the expression of God’s love. May we be disciples of Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit.

Over the years you have led us to build your kingdom into the community,local and overseas. We pray that each  worshipper will be a light in a world of darkness.Bring hope where there is hopelessness,healing and peace where there is suffering and pain.

As we look to the future, prepare us for your  return. We look to you heavenly Father to counsel and guide us. We echo the Words from Philippians 1:6 ..I am sure of this,that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ


- Samuel Ratnam

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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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A parent’s anxiety and God’s peace.

21 Oct 2018

For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groaning too deep for words. Romans 8:26 ESV

As a young boy, my son Marcus Tow was often admitted to hospital due to lactose intolerance. When he was seven years old, one night he felt nauseous and started vomiting and as usual, both my wife, Lily and myself were extremely worried and anxious because the continuous vomiting will result in him being dehydrated and having to be admitted again as it had been for the past seven years. After both he and Lily had gone to bed, feeling helpless  and frustrated, I went to take a shower. While bathing, my spirit was strongly prompted to pray for him. I came out from the bathroom still wrapped with only a bath towel, knelt at his bedside and prayed. When I left his room, I was greatly surprised that it was past midnight as I recalled before entering his room, I glanced at the wall clock and it was approximately 10.45pm. I changed and went to bed with a sense of inner peace. For the first time, throughout the night, Marcus did not get up feeling sick. When Lily and I got up early the next morning, the first thing Lily did was to check on him and interestingly, I told her that Marcus will be alright. She asked me why I am so sure, and I told her what happened the night before. True to God’s faithfulness, he recovered!

The evening after, while we were having dinner together as a family, not knowing that I had prayed for him the night before, Marcus recollected to us that during the night he was sick, he dreamt he saw Jesus with outstretched arms. Amazingly, at seven years old, he was able to provide a clear, detailed description of Jesus as recorded in Revelation 1:13-16. When asked what happened next, he said he responded by stretching out his arms and was awaken. Both Lily and myself were dumbfounded! We knew he had a personal encounter with the risen Jesus and we were prompted to claim that healing had taken place. That special personal encounter changed his life! He became very committed to reading the  bible and he read the whole Bible four times during his primary school years.

God is true to His Words; the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groaning too deep for words. What a faithful God we serve!

David Tow

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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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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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