Today's Message

In the night time, the stars sing Your praises, O God. The hills whisper their prayers to You. The streams skip in joy for You. How great is Your love for us! In our ugliness, You see only beauty. In our misery, You stand quietly by our side. In our despair, You give us courage. In our weakness, You give us strength. Holy of Holies, may we worship You like the stars, the trees and the streams in their total exuberance and adoration of You! In Jesus’ name. Amen.

- Prayer by E1 Member. 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

27 May 2018

Because of renovations, the Sanctuary and parts of church premises will be closed from Monday, 28 May to 3 August 2018. During this period:

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
I Am Not Ready Yet

1 Jul 2018

We have heard this refrain many times from those we invite to serve in church ministries: “Please give me time. I am not ready yet.”

In our worldly reckoning, it is a very natural and reasonable response. Who in his right mind will say “Yes”, when he is not prepared for a task. We all want to do our best. We all want the best planned outcomes. But for ourselves, isn’t it? We are concerned what others may think of us if we fail. We want others to know we are the best at what we do. Isn’t it?

Why can’t we be like the prophet Isaiah? In Isaiah 6:8, he recounted these famous lines:

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

This was Isaiah’s commission. He was then a young man. He was inexperienced in the ways of the world, having been raised in the temple all of his young life. He had no inkling what God was going to ask him to do. He was only ready to serve God.

Our commission, on the other hand, is rooted from the days soon after Christ was crucified. In Matthew 28:18-20, Christ had instructed His eleven disciples to meet Him at Galilee. When He appeared to them, He gave them the Great Commission:

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Were any of the disciples prepared for what our Lord Jesus had commissioned them to do? They were not.

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