17 April 2014
…so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”
“No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”
Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”
– John 13:1-17
This evening, Pastors Wong Tak Meng and David Lee prayed and bent down to wash the feet of a cross-section of St Hilda’s congregation. At the foot of Bethel Hall’s stage, friends and families also prayed and washed the feet of their loved ones, and those of their friends and peers in Church, in a show of humility and servanthood. Only whispered prayers and grateful hearts broke the evening’s solemnity. The Lord‘s presence was felt all of that evening.
On 15 February 2014, Archdeacon Wong Tak Meng was inducted as the 18th Vicar of St Hilda’s Church.
The ceremony was well attended. Over 200 guests from the Diocese, sister churches in the east, partner organisations, St Hilda’s lay leaders and members were seated in the Sanctuary, which was built in 1949. At the same time, in the larger and newer Bethel Hall, well over 300 members from both St Hilda’s English and Chinese congregations came together to prayerfully follow the proceedings in the Sanctuary.
After the induction, Bishop Ponniah and Archdeacon Wong, accompanied by our external guests and lay leaders, proceeded to plant two olive trees close to the main gate of the church, as a testimony of God’s faithfulness and enabling presence.
Helping them to plant the trees were eight church members who represented a cross-section of St Hilda’s Church in age – from the young to the elderly. They were Hannah Cheong, aged 11; Kyle Koh, in his teens, and Sonia Yap, a young adult; Ivan Cai and Suan Phay Ling in their 30s and 40s respectively; Patricia Ow, in her 50s; Chan Tong, in his 70s; and Grace Boon, in her 80s.