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Prayers

PRAYERS


We welcome prayers by church members. Please limit the number of words to 300. Please email your prayers to church@sthildas.org.sg. If it is in hard copy, you may deliver them to the Church Office addressed to Colin Chee and Linda Chee. We would also appreciate your name, age and service you attend.

– Prayer of Redemption. E1 Member. St Hilda’s Church

Father God. Thank you, LORD, for planting in our hearts the expectant hope of a joyous reunion with You. Thank You for the love you have showered on us and the promise of the return of Christ to restore us all who believe in You. Dress us LORD in obedience and humility as we prepare ourselves for You, in prayer, fasting and praise, in union with our family and loved ones, our friends, and those who have yet to know you. Kindle our hearts with the fiery purity of Your glory, power and graciousness. Forever and ever. In the name of Christ Jesus. Amen.

-Prayer of Gratitude. E1 Member. St Hilda’s Church


True giving is like rain on a parched land. It is quickly sucked in by the dry, shrivelled ground and the rain gives it life. The rain quenches an unquenchable thirst. Thank You, Father God, for the gift of Your Son. Once, when we were dry, You sent down Your Son, and He has given us life. Teach us, LORD, to be a giver like You. Put in us the spirit to give as did the poor widow with the two copper coins. Let us give and serve with Your reflected grace that everyone may know of Your greatness and love for them. In the name of Christ Jesus, amen.

– Prayer by E1 member. St Hilda’s Church


Father God, we come before You with distraught hearts. How can we ever live our lives that is always pleasing to You? Your standards are so high, we fall by the wayside ever so often. But we praise You Lord for You know us more than we do ourselves. We know you are always there to pick us up, not with fierce reprimands, but with Your consummate love. Help us, LORD, to live our lives in ways that will not only please You, but also testify to others of Your love, goodness, patience and righteousness. In the name of Your Son, Christ Jesus! Amen.

– Prayer of Gratitude. E1 Member. St Hilda’s


Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

– Song of Thanksgiving. Psalm 103:1-5. St Hilda’s Church


Who but You, Lord, could have created the heavens and the earth. Every generation we discover new stars and worlds that we never could imagine possible. Every decade we discover how complex a universe we each are ourselves. It is all beyond imagining. Yet we refuse to come before you Lord, clothed in humility, to confess You are indeed our Creator and to embrace You as our God. Instead, we walk about, chests puffed out, celebrating with unabashed pride our discoveries of science, of space, of nano-technology as if they were organic, self-starting, and self-evolving. Give us humility, Lord, that all may know You are God, the Aplha and the Omega, the Way, the Truth and the Life. Amen.

– Prayer of humility. E1 Member. St Hilda’s Church


Dear Christ Jesus.
How blessed are those who believe in You and live their lives as a hymn to Your goodness and love. Lord, give us the strength and perseverance to walk Your straight and narrow path. Life is so full of distractions and temptations. Always they draw us away from you in their silent insidious ways. Fill us, Lord, with Your Holy Spirit that we may successfully resist the devil’s delicious lies. Be our watchman, Lord, that we do not stray from You but remain always within the walls of Your holy fortress! Amen!

– Prayer by E1 member. St Hilda’s Church


Dear Lord Jesus,
May it be that my belief and trust in You will be as strong and persistent as that Canaanite woman. Even when it seems that everything is against me, and that You do not seem to care. Even when it seems You have rejected me, again and again, help me to realize, Lord, that you are standing beside me and loving me, and waiting for me to humbly come before you for help that only You can give. Do not let me walk away from You, Lord, out of arrogance, rejection, futility and disbelief! Teach me stubbornness in faith, Lord! Amen!

– Prayer of the humility. E1 Member. St Hilda’s Church


Heavenly Father,
Holy Father
The world is fractious. Not a day passes that we do not hear of quarrels far and near. How we yearn for Your peace to descend upon this world that seems continually torn apart by envy, greed, jealousy, ego, selfishness, and wickedness. We pray for Your peace, LORD, to rain down on us. Our faces and hands are lifted up. May it, through us, become streams of living water for those who have yet to know Your unconditional love. In the name of Jesus. Amen!

– Prayer by E1 member. St Hilda’s Church


Heavenly Father,
We come before You with a heart of gratitude and assurance of Your unfailing love. When we look at the uncertainties in the economy, peace and stability of the world, our souls are troubled. But we, your children, trust in Your Word of Truth: “Cast all your anxieties on Him because He cares for you” 1 Pet 5:7.

You are in charge and in control of all things. “If God is for us, who can be against us?” Rom 8:31

For the many financial stress and problems, we hold on to you. You own the cattle on a thousand hills. Jesus is the Prince of Peace for in You we live and breathe and have our being as we are your off-spring.

With the daily news of disasters of floods and earthquakes, we look to no one but Jesus who controls even the elements. He spoke and the storm calmed down. Matt 8:23-26.

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give you. I do not give as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27.

Let your prophetic Word come to fruition and we rejoice in spite of and despite the turmoil in the world because You care for us.

Amen!

– Prayer by FISH. St Hilda’s Church
FISH is a prayer group that meets every Tuesday at 9.00 am except when there is Corporate Prayer Night. They meet at the New Care Lounge.


Dear Father God
Thank You LORD for guiding us in the path You have chosen for us. Thank You for Your many assurances of grace in the face of hardships, deprivation and persecution. Grant us a stout heart, LORD, and the faith to carry on, no matter how the world assails us with hardships, with temptations of the easy life, and the lure of the flesh. Do not turn Your face away from us when we stumble. Lift us up, Father, that we may yet glorify Your name in all the things we do. In the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ, Your Son! Amen.

– A Thanksgiving Prayer . Member. St Hilda’s Church


Dear Father God
Please guide me in the way that is pleasing to You. Most times I know what is right and what is wrong in Your sight. Yet many times I am drawn to the world and not to You. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit, LORD, that I may gather myself up from the dust of sin and be set free. Liberate me O LORD that I may sing praises of You in Your kingdom forever more. In the name of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen!

– Prayer for Forgiveness. Member. St Hilda’s Church


Father God, in Your mercy, forgive all that is not right in me. I am sinful indeed and I know I will fall into sin again and again, much as I try not to. It is just so difficult to be like your son, Jesus Christ. But Your nature is to love as a father does his child. Forgive me LORD, and do not turn Your face away from me. I say this prayer in Jesus’ most precious name. Amen.

– Prayer for Forgiveness. E1 Member. St Hilda’s Church


As we begin this new day in the grace of God, may we know that our security is in Him who watches over us His beloved Church

Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem
Praise your God, O Zion!
For He strengthens the bars of your gates;
He blesses your children within you.
He makes peace in your borders;
He fills you with the finest of the wheat.

– Psalm 147: 12-14

Glory to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.


Dear God, our Heavenly Father,

We thank You again for our salvation and the joy that comes from full reconciliation with You. Thank You for the Cross, Your perfect Plan and the sacrifice of Your Son. Thank You Lord Jesus, for Your complete obedience at the cross, for the suffering and pain for our sake. Thank You Holy Spirit, for Your counsel and Your power, that we might live like true conquerors, over sin and shame and pain! Thank You, our Triune God, for Your great sacrifice and Your grace and mercy.

Lord we pray for more grace, to love, worship and honour You always for You are the living God! Thank You for this season that helps us focus on the great price that was paid for us and for our redemption. Help us live, love and radiate Your Light everyday of our lives, that others will want to worship You as well, for they may then see some evidence of the love, the power and the mystery of the One true God! Lord, reveal Yourself in us we pray. Help us to be Your salt and light in these troubled and dark times!

Thank You Lord, for redeeming us. In Jesus’ name, Amen

– Prayer by Chan Sam New, E1, St Hilda’s Church


Father God

We know all things are possible with You. Through all the seasons of our church life, you have been with us, always. From the time St Hilda’s Church on Ceylon Road was founded; through the war years; through the years of the boys-only and then mixed and then girls-only schools to the nursery and kindergarten; through the years of evangelistic revival; through the years of sundays to sundays; through the years of community service; and through the years of searching and rebuilding a shared spirit. We pray LORD for You to continue Your walk with us, as you have for over 80 years! Give us the wisdom to know Your will for us, and the faith, courage, determination and love to follow it. In the name of Jesus Christ, Your son, amen.


Father God

We thank you for Your blessings of well-being, of good health, of close family and friends. We thank you for Your provision, Your love and protection. We pray Lord that You will give us the wisdom, patience, grace and love to know Your will and always to walk the path that you have lit for us, no matter in bright sunlight or in the dark of storms. Let us always feel Your presence in us and around us, in the name of Jesus! Amen.


We give you thanks O God for your gifts and grace in the year past. As we begin the new year 2017, we look to you as our Source of Comfort and Confidence. Form us into the likeness of our Lord Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our Faith. Bless us with the Peace and Joy of being found in You, serving the King by His strength for His glory. In Jesus’ name we pray.

– Prayer by Ven Wong Tak Meng, Vicar, St Hilda’s Church. 2017


Our dear Heavenly Father our hearts rejoice as we join millions of your children over the world in worship of your Son and our Saviour at this Christmas time. We thank you that He came down so that we might one day go up and join Him. May our lives reflect Christ’s words and works to glorify and bless others. We cry to you that amidst so much of bad news that good news of great joy will flood our media. We pray for faith in Christ, hope for a better tomorrow and love in our heats to prevail. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

– Christmas Prayer by Samuel Ratnam. SHC. E1


Holy Father

As we take each step forward towards the holy day of Your gift of eternal salvation, we repent of all our sins and ask for your forgiveness. Cleanse us Father God of our iniquities, our foul thoughts, our sensual hearts, and our evil intents. Instead, inure in us the joy of singing our praises to You, restore to us the love that is unconditional, and saturate in us the peace and restfulness that can only come from You. We give You glory Father God, even though we know our love for You is inadequate and imperfect. Reach out to us as You have always done Father God, for we know Your love for us is unconditional. In the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ, Amen!

– Prayer by a Member. SHC E1


We thank you Father God for seeing us safely through the year. We have had our ups and downs. But we know you have been there with us through them all. When we were sad – members falling sick and members dying – you were there all along to show us how we were to be a blessing to others and to bring glory to Your name! When we were glad, You were also there to celebrate our happiness with us – when pre-believers came to faith, when there was reconciliation, when healing came like a balm to all. Dear Heavenly Father, we thank You, in the name of Jesus, for Your abiding love of St Hilda’s Church. May we always be deserving of Your love and grace. May we walk the straight and narrow path You have assigned us and may we not waver from the Word. Amen.

– A Prayer of Thanksgiving for a member of SHC.E1


Holy Father,

You created the earth with all its seasons. For us, You mark the dry
months by turning the earth into a burnt brown. Then You bring along the monsoon rains and the earth springs alive with a fierce fecundity. St Hilda’s Church has seen many seasons in its 82 years. They loop among joyous years of glorious triumphs and slumbering years of deep disappointments. But, through it all, You have always walked alongside us. You have led us faithfully. You gave us wine that satisfied when we celebrated. You wiped away our tears when we grieved and were confused. Who is like You, Father God? Who is like You? We sense there is a new season come upon us, with all Your favour. A new day is dawning. A new creation is wakening. There is a lightness in our hearts and a skip in our steps. May we always be a blessing to you, Father, and may Your face shine on us all the days of our lives. Amen.

– Anniversary Prayer by Colin Chee. E1


Dear Lord, we pray a special prayer for new and young parents in St Hilda’s Church. We ask for more wisdom, love and grace. We pray that You will grant them more grace and help as they look to You their Lord and Counselor. We pray that parenting be made less unclear and experimental, for we have Your Word and Your statutes to model on. Help these parents to stand guard and watch over their young, for without help from You they will watch in vain. Help these parents to sharpen the arrows You have given them, that they will be ever ready to contend with the enemies at the gate. Help us, Holy Spirit, to use all the resources given us: Your counsel, the elders at our gate, Your Word, Your truths, the community You have put us in. Most of all Lord, be always present in our lives and the life of our families. Unless You build our house O Lord, and watch over our city, we will all be toiling in vain! We love and worship You, our Lord and King! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

– Prayer by Chan Sam Neo. E1


Lord,
You taught us that unless You build the house, its builders labour in vain (Psalm 127). So Lord, we ask that You continue to take the lead in all our families. We are so deeply privileged to be called by Your Name and so thank You dear Lord Jesus, that You are our cornerstone. It is You, Lord Jesus, who love little children and champion the poor and the oppressed.

We pray Lord for the children in St Hilda’s Church and even those we reach out to, in the neighborhood, in Love Cope or even Cambodia and elsewhere. We pray that You Yourself will love, protect and guide them in their proper growth and development. We hold up to You our young, from newborns to older children, even young adults who have just started their way in the world. We pray for our children’s ministries as well as our young people groups. Prosper them O Lord, as they hear, serve and obey You! Use them as Your salt and light in this dark world! We pray this in the name of our Lord Jesus. Amen!

– Prayer by Chan Sam Neo. E1


Our dear heavenly Father, we thank you for the love that you shower on us day by day. Amidst so much discouraging news, we know that you are still in control of all affairs. You know when a sparrow falls to the ground and that every hair on our head is numbered. Such thoughts ignite faith in us. May we not be buffeted by the storms around us but have our eyes on you. May your love and joy flood our hearts and minds. May such thoughts and feelings radiate from us to a joyless world. May the joy of the Lord be our strength. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!

– Prayer by Samuel Ratnam. Vicar’s Warden. SHC


Dear God our Heavenly Father,

We praise and worship You because of who You are and what You have done for us. Thank You for Your love and grace, that while we were yet sinners, You sacrificed Your Son on the cross so that we might live!

Today Lord, we want to pray especially on the behalf of those who are sick, frail and beset with infirmities. We thank You Lord that You have redeemed them and all of us from the pit, and so we are now more than conquerors!

Praying alongside with them Lord, we remember your Word in Psalm 103:1-5

Praise the Lord O my soul; all my inmost being praise Your holy name! We forget not Your benefits – You forgive all our sins, and heal us of all our diseases. You redeem our life from the pit and crown us with love and compassion. You satisfy our desires with good things so that our youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Lord, as Your church in St. Hilda’s, we pray that You continue to heal those who are sick, and to bring them to total wellness. We also pray Lord for Your protection over us against the mischief and harm of the Evil One.

– Prayer by Chan Sam Neo. E1. St Hilda’s Church


My dear heavenly Father, I am overwhelmed by the sea waves of circumstances that engulf me. The recent events of painful relationships, failing health and finances have left me in an emotional turmoil. I am confused and my spirit is disheartened. I dread to wake up each day. My heart cries out to you.

In all these experiences, you have not abandoned me. The choruses, hymns and your Word whisper hope and sustaining grace into my ears. I recall your past blessings. I recall the times you have delivered me. I pray, O Lord, that my eyes will not be fixed upon the tumult of waves but on Christ who walked on the sea to rescue me. You – who parted the Red Sea for the slaves, shut the lions’ jaws for Daniel, released Peter from prison, and raised your Son from the chains of death – will surely deliver me.
Such recollections overwhelm me, Father. My heart is warmed and my spirit rises. In Jesus name I praise You and submit to You. Amen

– Devotional Prayer by Samuel Ratnam, Vicar’s Warden. St Hilda’s Church


Our dear heavenly Father, I come to You worshipping You as the God of creation. Nothing happens to me that You do not know. I pray this day for a growing faith in You to face today’s challenges. When I falter, You are there for me. By Your grace may Your power in my innermost being increase my faith in You. Please give me wisdom and courage to be an overcomer. May my faith in You be a witness and an encouragement to others to also have a growing faith in You. Thank You. Amen

– PRAYER by Samuel Ratnam, Vicar’s Warden, St Hilda’s Church


Almighty God our Heavenly Father, we are grateful today to be able to celebrate our nation’s 51st birthday, for we know that it is You who is the architect, the builder, the Great Giver and Maker of all that we possess in this land.

Thank You Father for Your favour and Your gifts to Singapore: the missionaries You sent, the visionary leaders who planned and worked the ground, our tireless immigrant forefathers who toiled and tilled the earth.
Indeed Father, we can do nothing without You and Your loving kindness!

We continue to ask for Your presence and participation in our lives, and the life of our country; help us Father God to look beyond ourselves and our needs. Help us to know our roles, responsibilities and our special gifts, that we may go on to the next lap to fulfill the roles You have for us. Help us to be a blessing to those You have chosen for us to work with, as individuals and as a people blessed by You.

Take us through the next lap, Heavenly Father, as we navigate uncertainties and difficulties, as the days are evil. Protect us O God Almighty! Grant us more grace as we, Your children, desire to walk closely with You.

We love and worship You, our Heavenly Father and our God! Bless us and keep us, O King Eternal! In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ we pray, Amen.

– National Day Prayer by Chan Sam Neo, E1, St Hilda’s Church


Your word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path

Thank You, Lord, that Your Word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. How then Lord, can we not revere and love Your Word? Yet Lord, we need Your love and inspiration to avail ourselves to these Your resources.

Grant us more discipline, more love, for You and Your Word!

Give us more understanding and wisdom as we read, absorb and act out Your statutes in our lives; illumine us, Holy Spirit, and help us to be Your light in this darkened world; steady and empower us dear Lord, to be Your Salt in this difficult world.

We need more of Your grace, more and more of Your wisdom and much much more too, of Your love, that we might love others as You love us.

Teach us Your ways, O Lord we ask, in Jesus’ most precious name, Amen.

By Mrs Chan Sam Neo


May God bless me with discomfort at
easy answers, half-truths, superficial relationships
So that I will live deep within my heart.

May God bless me with anger at
injustice, oppression and exploitation of people
So that I will work for justice, equality and peace.

May God bless me with tears to shed for those who
suffer from pain, rejection, starvation and war.
So that I will reach out my hand to comfort them and
change their pain into joy.

And may God bless me with the foolishness to think that
I can make a difference in the world
So that I will do the things which others tell me cannot be done.

In Jesus’ Name. Amen

~ May God bless me. The late Halcyon Liew who attended E2 and served in Victory Kids wrote this Franciscan Blessing in her journal. The prayer is shared with permission from her family.

 

Prayer for healing

Father, as Jesus cured the sick and raised Lazarus from the dead, give comfort to those in our community who are sick.
We pray that your Spirit may heal their bodies and soothe their minds
leading them to find peace and hope in your grace.

– Adrian Porter (The Jesuit Institute)

We pray for courage to rise.
We pray for faith to abound.
We pray for comfort to soothe all who are sick in body, mind and spirit.

Let us see You in the midst of our earthly sufferings. Let Your goodness to be evident in our pain. Let us be more like You in Your suffering.

We pray we will not deter by sickness or pain in loving and serving. We seek that our lips will sing of Your praises, Your splendour and Your wonder. Indeed You are our Great and Mighty God !

We love you Father.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Prayer for the sick and the grieving

Lord, we live in a world subjected to pain and grief. Some suffer in sickness and disease. Some suffer from the loss of loved ones. Let all who suffer pain and discomfort and who are grieving turn to You, seeking Your healing and Your comfort.

Come to us Lord Jesus and be with us. Who else can we turn to but to You Lord, and Your everlasting grace? For You are faithful and Your love for us overflows our cup!

Lord, where there is doubt and confusion, bring Your clarity to our struggle. Where there is suffering for the sake of others, fortify our commitment. When we see only the shadow of disappointment, remind us that Your light will prevail and we will regain our bearings. And when those we love take their final breath and when our turn comes to bid this earth farewell, may we cross over into Your eternal light.

In this world of pain and grief, Lord, we know this is our Father’s world.
This is my Father’s world, should my heart be ever sad?
The Lord is King—let the heavens ring.
God reigns—let the earth be glad.
(Hymn: This is my Father’s world by Maltbie D. Babcock)

Because this world belongs to You, Lord, we want to praise You, we want to declare of Your greatness and goodness. We want to make Your Name known throughout the world. We want to exalt Your Mighty Name and we want to sing of Your wonderful deeds!

You reign Lord, You reign on high in this world. This world is Yours, our bodies are Yours, our love ones are Yours! We shall not fear sickness or death. But in You, we find courage and comfort.
(The Jesuit Prayer Team)

In Jesus Name. Amen

– Adapted Prayer for the Sick and Grieving. St. Hilda’s Church. April 2016


Prayer for Singapore

Almighty God,
bless our nation and make it true
to the ideas of freedom and justice
and brotherhood for all who make it great.

Be close to our president and our ministers;
give them vision and courage, as they ponder decisions
affecting peace and people.

Make me more deeply aware of my heritage;
realizing not only my rights but also my duties
and responsibilities as a citizen.

Make this great land and all its people know clearly Your will,
that we may fulfill the destiny ordained for us
in the salvation of the nations, and the restoring of all things in Christ.

– Adapted from Prayer of the Nations. St. Hilda’s Church. April 2016


Ian Poulier’s Easter Poem

The cobbled streets where mortal men trudged
Is now the path of the Chosen One
Blood and gravel mixed
With tears of anguish and tears of anticipation
The punishment befitting the blasphemous declaration
How could this supposed King of the Jews
Falter and bleed
And cry in anguish
If he was a Messiah?
A few days before the crowds were shouting with glee
According him honour and welcome
But today they shy away in guilt and shame
Feeling foolish, feeling betrayed
Angry that their faith has been led astray
By the teachings of a heretic
Spitting on him, they cry with delight when he is whipped
Deserving the sentence given
As Golgotha awaits
The harsh weather matched the harsh treatment
As the disciples cowered in fear
Their faith would be decimated
Their leader buried for eternity
But when Jesus breathe His last
The earth shook as the temple trembled
The veil torn in two
Sending the Jewish leadership in disarray
As the people scattered in fear
What was the heavens declaring?
The paranoia led them to entomb the Chosen One
Sealed with Roman fear
Nerves were calmed
Because treachery could not interfere
Addictions could thrive
Pornography would decide
Immorality could hiss into deceptive hearts
Or
Could
It?
Because the grave clothes weren’t holding a body
The tomb was too small
To encase Eternity
A Victor who obediently
Followed the Father’s plan
and became the Perfect Sacrifice
The Lamb led to the slaughter
To emerge with the Victor’s Crown!

– Easter Poem by Ian Poulier. E2. March 2016


Dear Heavenly Father,

We thank you for Jesus Christ, the Faithful witness, Firstborn of the dead, Ruler of kings on earth (Rev 1:5). We rejoice because Jesus has risen from the dead. He has overcome death.

Lord Jesus, You live, You reign, You are victorious ! Because of Your great love for us, we reign with You; we have life eternal. How marvellous ! How magnificent You are! Help us to arise this Easter in joy to proclaim the power of Your resurrection. By Your grace, this same power is at work in us to be Your light in the world, to bring others into Your eternal kingdom.

Thank You dear Lord for this privilege and honour. May Your Spirit anoint
St. Hilda’s Church as Your faithful witness to the Lamb of God who is seated on the throne.

We pray and stand as one body in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

– Easter Prayer by FISH. St Hilda’s Church. 2016
FISH is a prayer group that meets every Tuesday at 9.00 am except when there is Corporate Prayer Night. They meet at the New Care Lounge.


Ode to My Father

Immerse my mind in You O Lord,
My maker, my redeemer, my friend.
Capture my Spirit,
Saturate my soul.

How presumptuous that sounds, ‘my friend’!
But in You there is no hope that is false,
No joy unfounded!
Everything we might ever need is in You!

We know this, when we know You;
That Knowledge, founded upon Your statutes,
Embedded in Your ways
Told us in Your Living Word
Makes up Your living Truths!!

It will be presumptuous
NOT to depend on You and ONLY You
To open our eyes, hearts, minds, and Spirit.

So do Your work, O Lord,
In us,
Through us,
With us,
As we allow ourselves to be embraced
By Your Son, Spirit, and Word.

Do Your work, O Lord, in us!
Embrace us with more of Your Grace!
With grateful thanks
To our loving God and Heavenly Father,
Amen.

– Poem Prayer by Chan Sam Neo. E1. 2016


Dear Father Almighty, we come to you this day worshipping You as the God of Creation. You are our God, the Giver of Life. We worship You as the sovereign Lord of Grace and Mercy. You are the One who created our body, soul and spirit.

As we reflect on You on the cross, it is to You who we turn to for strength in moments of weakness and need. The Psalmist in 107:20 says that You send out Your Word and to heal. By Your grace, mercy and power, we receive Your Word of healing. In the name of Your Son, our Lord Jesus, we ask that all sickness of spirit, soul and body that plague us be removed.

Amidst the healing may our weakness be transformed into strength, sorrow into joy, and pain into comfort for others. May Your servant trust in Your goodness and hope in Your faithfulness, even in the middle of this suffering. Let us be filled with patience and joy in Your presence as we receive Your healing touch. Please restore us to full health, dear Father. Remove all fears and doubts from our hearts by the power of Your Holy Spirit and may You, Father, be glorified through our lives!

All this we pray in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ! Amen.

– A Lenten Prayer of Healing by Samuel Ratnam. Vicar’s Warden. 2016


Dear Lord, as we begin the season of Lent, help us to quieten our hearts from the distractions of the world and even from our daily routines. Help us to be steadfast in making time to draw close to you. In our prayer, fasting and meditation, help us to reflect on, and mourn, our lack in poverty of spirit in our walk with You and in our lack of obedience to what You have called us to do.

Where we have sinned and grieved You, and our transgressions are many, Lord forgive us in your mercy and compassion. In a world which teaches us to strive to get ahead by any means, regardless, help us to trust you in meekness and quietness of spirit. As we see the increasing ungodly ways and the violence of the world, of which we are a part, help us to hunger and thirst for your righteousness and lead us to walk aright for your own name’s sake.

Help us to remember and pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters in various parts of the world who are suffering intensely for the sake of the gospel, and strengthen us too to face adversity for the gospel’s sake when the time comes. Lord, please cleanse and purify our hearts where pride, evil and complacency constantly lurk that we may hear You speak to us. Help us to have a forgiving heart as You have forgiven us. Where there is strife and broken relationships, help us to be peace makers in your name to bring reconciliation and healing.

Who is equal to all these tasks unless we have your Holy Spirit. Praise God, we have the Holy Spirit living in us. Lord Jesus, we can never thank you enough for dying on the cross for us, and sending us this immeasurably great Gift from our Father God. Therefore we shall all meditate all the more this Lenten season on your death and your resurrection, which is our glorious hope. Finally, strengthen us to take up our own cross to follow you, remembering that You have said he who preserves his life will lose it, and he who loses it for You will save it.

Father, hear our prayer for Jesus’ sake. Amen

– A Prayer for Lent by Chak Siew Cheun. E2. 2016


Gracious Heavenly Father, we thank you for the peace and unity that abounds in our nation Singapore. We hear and see pestilences and disturbances all around us. Father, as we celebrate Chinese New Year, we pray for a time of bonding and reconciliation, of giving and forgiving our relatives and friends. It is more blessed to give than to receive. Let us emit the fragrance of Christ and “let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your father in heaven,” Jesus said. Let times of refreshing come from The Lord.

Even as we celebrate this joyous occasion, remind us to be grateful to what Jesus has done for us on the cross. As the Lent season will be upon us next week, let us reflect on the good gifts He has bestowed on us and our nation. “Unless The Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless The Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain”. We give You thanks and praise and exalt the holy name of Jesus. Amen!
– A Chinese New Year Prayer by Fish. St Hilda’s Church. 2016
FISH is a prayer group that meets every Tuesday at 9.00 am, except when there is Corporate Prayer Night. They meet at the New Care Lounge. All are welcome to join.

And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
– A Prayer for Healing. James 5:15


O LORD, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O LORD, you know it altogether.…Such knowledge is too wonderful for me…. Where shall I go from your Spirit?….
If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. For you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
– A Prayer of Comfort. Psalm 139:1-14


2 January 2016

Almighty God, Father of all mankind, as we usher in the New Year we give grateful thanks to You for the old one: for how You saw us through a chaotic and even evil time; for the Jubilee blessings in Singapore; for the life and legacy of our founding father Mr. Lee Kuan Yew and many, many blessings.

Father, we look forward to Your continued presence and participation in our public and private lives. We look to You, O God, as our guide and our Light from whom we have our direction and wisdom, and pray to You for Your grace and mercy in this increasingly difficult world.

We pray for peace in Singapore and with our neighbours, Father God.

Grant us, Almighty Father, the humility and strength to know our limits and to pursue all that is good and pure. Grant us more compassion to serve You by loving the poor and rescuing the lost.

Save us, Father, from our arrogance and deceit. Spare us the pain, the anxieties, the wearing down, and discomforts of our illnesses. Instead, Father, give us the glowing assurance of Your peace and love, and the knowing faith that you are always here with us, taking our hand in Yours, as we walk down any dark lonely path.

Father God, let Your Kingdom come, and Your will be done. Father, hear our prayer, for we ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, Your Son, and the Holy Spirit!
Amen.

– The New Year Prayer by Chan Sam Neo. E1. January 2016


Father God, we pray for the Christmas Eve service when friends and pre-believers are invited.

Father, even now prepare and soften their hearts. Father, replace with hearts of flesh all those with hearts of stone. Father God, anoint our speaker for the evening and fill Bethel Hall and the Chapel with the presence of Your Holy Spirit. Let us focus our eyes on Your son Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, and the significance that His birth has brought salvation to mankind.

Father, we pray for Your healing and protection over the team as we prepare for the Christmas services. Let Your healing come upon those who are unwell. Sustain and protect all from harm.

In the name of Jesus we come against the schemes of the evil one. Scatter your enemies attacking your beloved children Father God. Restore them to divine health as they prepare for this joyful event, declaring the arrival of the world’s Lord and savior.

Send Your angels to encamp around Your servants to protect and inspire them with words of wisdom and anoint them with a double portion of Your Spirit.

Father, we pray all this in the name of Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ!

We give You all the honor, glory and praise, in Jesus’ most precious and mighty name!

Reveal Your glory to us, Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, Your son, our Lord!

Amen!

– A Prayer by FISH. St Hilda’s Church. 2015

 

Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.

– A Prayer of Faith. James 5:13-18


Father God Almighty, pour your annointing on St Hilda’s Church through signs and wonders of healing, and for our church members to be powerful witnesses for our Lord Jesus Christ. Let our faith be built not on man’s will but on the foundation of Your son, Jesus.

Empower our members, Father, to be involved and concerned and to be encouragers to St Hilda’s many different ministries and associate organisations: Prayers, Kindergarten, Schools, LoveCope, Cradle, Children, Youth, Seniors, Breakfast, Flower Arrangement, Car Park Marshalls, Home Cells and so many more.

We want to speak life to the neighborhood too, Father. Please be the leader to go ahead of us to pave the way for us. This is a wealthy neighbourhood but it has yet to know life in You and our Lord Jesus!

LORD, teach us to live holy lives and to let Jesus be the centre of our lives. Let us not be infected by worldly treasures, but to worship and glorify You in all our ways, all the days of our lives.

– A Prayer by FISH. St Hilda’s Church. 2015

FISH is a prayer group that meets every Tuesday at 9.00 am, except when there is Corporate Prayer Night. They meet at the New Care Lounge. All are welcome to join.


Thank You Father for answering our prayers for the miraculous healing of our members’ ailments. But we continue to pray for your wall of protection around and over all our clergy and staff of the church and their family members. We pray the same for our leaders and congregation members of St Hilda’s Church and all their loved ones. Keep us all in good health that we may be used by You.

Father, Your love is as wide as the oceans, as deep as the seas, and as high as the heavens. May Your spirit rise like a mighty wave and come and restore those of us who are ill. You are the water of life. You are a fresh spring. You are healing rain to all those who are in need. You are the all-conquering light that will banish any shadow of illness in our bodies and minds. Come Lord! Come Lord!

– A Prayer for Protection and Healing. 2015


Fill our church with over-flowing good response for the Next Step discipleship lessons, Christmas service and children’s party.

Steer them to the one true God and enable them to surrender their lives to you LORD.

Lead those who join these programmes to the particular ministry they have passion for and to multiply the believers to taste your goodness in their lives.

Teach us Lord to develop a good programme to attract new believers to want to seek Your Word of truth, and for us to set aside our time to spread Your love and peace to glorify Jesus.

Scatter Your enemies and bind the unbelief of our loved ones and relatives when we speak forth Your truth to them.

Lord, we pray these in Your son’s loving name, our intercessor Jesus Christ. Amen.

– A prayer by FISH. St Hilda’s Church. 2015

FISH is a prayer group that meets every Tuesday at 9.00 am except when there is Corporate Prayer Night. They meet at the New Care Lounge.


Dearest Heavenly Father,

Thank You for being our comforter, our encourager, and being always there beside us in times of need.

We thank You for the lives we have touched during the neighbourhood blessing, and also for the renovations that are taking place in church.

We pray that our church will grow in numbers as we tell more people about You and Your great work. We pray, too, that You will continue to use the people of St. Hilda’s to reach out to and to touch the lives of others in our nation and around the world. We pray that many more will have a close encounter with You.

We pray that there will be a revival in this generation and that our church will grow closer as the body of Christ.

In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

– A prayer by Kyle Koh,15, and Isabel Koh,14, on the 81st Anniversary of our church on 17 November 2015.


I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come?
My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade on your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.
The LORD will keep you from all evil; He will keep your life.
The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore.

– A Prayer from Psalm 121. 2015


Father, You have already opened the heavens. Help us your Church, Oh Lord, to receive the resurrecting power of Jesus to extend Your kingdom. Help us, Oh God, to exude the aroma and fragrance of Jesus wherever we go and to reject every negative attitude. Forgive our complacency, Father, and create in us a grateful heart that we will praise You and thank You for both the good times and the bad times all the days of our lives.
“I lift up my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip – He who watches over you will not slumber.” Ps 121: 1-3

– A Prayer by FISH. 2015


Concerning Alpha in St Hilda’s, Lord, open the spiritual eyes of all our participants to see You. Purify their hearts with faith and the knowledge of the true and living God. Anoint the speakers and facilitators and let the fire from the Holy Spirit fill the seekers with incredible peace and joy. Saturate them and melt away all bitterness, darkness, unforgiveness and unbelief. Lord, let your glory be seen by all! We pray for the seekers who have been hurt, who are in pain, and who feel rejection to be washed by the shed blood of Jesus. To heal and build them up with confidence and acceptance of God’s love. Let them put their hope in You, Lord Jesus, and not in humans or idols.

– A Prayer by FISH. 2015


Lord, You invite all who are burdened to come to You. Allow Your healing hand to heal me. Touch my soul with Your compassion for others.
Touch my heart with Your courage and infinite love for all. Touch my mind with Your wisdom, that my mouth may always proclaim Your praise. Teach me to reach out to You in my need, and help me to lead others to You by my example. Dear Jesus, bring me health in body and spirit that I may serve You with all my strength. Touch gently this life which You have created, now and forever. Amen.

– A Prayer for Healing of Body and Soul. 2015


O God, the creator and preserver of all mankind, we pray for men of every race and in every kind of need: make your ways known on earth, your saving power among all nations.

Especially we pray for the refugee crisis in Europe – the surge of desperate migrants from the Middle East and Africa because of war and persecution in their home countries. Lord, you left your heavenly home and dwelt among men hostile towards you. As a child, you fled to Egypt seeking refuge when King Herod was seeking to take your life.

We pray for wisdom amongst the international and EU leaders to resolve this humanitarian crisis; we pray for provision of resources for the various countries providing shelter to the refugees. Protect them from human traffickers and other forms of exploitations. Let your abiding presence be with them in their travel to safety.

Lord in your mercy,

hear our prayers.

Your word reminds us “that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”

We thank you for appointing the new government in Singapore. Grant wisdom to our leaders and nurture in them a heart of compassion that they may connect with the people especially the needy in Singapore. Move their hearts to work on national policies that consider those without a voice.

We pray for unity in Singapore as we move into the next 50 years. We pray for a peaceful environment where the Gospel can be preached and all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of your truth.

Lord in your mercy,

hear our prayers.

We thank you for the 60 registrants for The Alpha Course.

We pray that you may work in the hearts of these friends as they embark on a journey of discovery. May they come to the saving knowledge of our Lord

Jesus Christ as they seek you with all their hearts. We pray for unity amongst the team of helpers. May we demonstrate the reality of your love and presence as we serve our new friends on this Alpha Course.

Lord in your mercy,

hear our prayers.

We commend to your fatherly goodness all who are anxious or distressed in mind or body: comfort and relieve them in their need; give them patience in their sufferings, and bring good out of their troubles

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Amen

– 2015-9-20 General Intercession @ E1 and E2 Services


The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. – John 10:10

Over the last two years as SHC entered a new season of refreshing and unity, filled with a renewed purpose and desire of advancing the kingdom into the community and our short-term mission fields, our joy has been severely dented frequently by afflictions of serious illnesses among our brothers and sisters. Both our elderly and young have been affected.

Our Father, why is this happening? Have we transgressed and sinned against you in a way(s) that we do not know? If so, reveal to us that we may repent. In Your mercy, forgive us for Jesus’ sake.

We pray for your grace and mercy on our sick and afflicted. No matter what, we refuse to walk by sight, but we walk by faith. We stand on your promise that our Lord Jesus has come to give us abundant life in every sense of the word, including vibrant health.

Therefore, we pray, let Your mighty healing power be poured out, through Your Holy Spirit, to heal, restore and renew. Accordingly, by the stripes of Jesus, we speak healing into the spiritual realm, even now, to our sick brothers and sisters, who you know by name.

We pray for our church to be a zone of safety and protection and for good health for our whole congregation through Your promise of abundant life. Let all manner of sicknesses and afflictions and the spirit thereof be gone in Jesus name! And we forbid this spirit to return because the Holy Spirit has sealed St Hilda’s as a place of safety, dwelling in the secret place of the Most High and overshadowed by the Almighty.

We pray not only for ourselves. Because of your abundant grace, we ask, Father, that You anoint St Hilda’s to be a healing place for the community. Let all who seek healing; and all who do not know the name of Jesus, come and be healed and saved. Let the Spirit of the Lord be upon Your servant, St Hilda’s, to be the beacon of faith, hope and love according to your word in Isaiah 61:1. In name of Messiah Jesus, our Lord. Amen.

– A Prayer by Chak Siew Cheun, E2. 2015. This is a Prayer for the Sick and for SHC to be a Healing Place to the Community


My Dear Brothers and Sisters-in-Christ

Time flies and our sojourn in St Hilda’s Primary School is almost over! As the contractors finish their final touches to the renovation and repair, we are preparing ourselves to return to Ceylon Road on 30 August. Gratitude, joy and anticipation overtake me as I reflect on God’s faithfulness and His favour on the St Hilda’s Family. The renewed and refreshed facilities point to a new season the Lord is leading us into. God is going to do great and mighty things in our midst!

Since our 80th Anniversary Celebration last year, we have witnessed a new sense of togetherness in St Hilda’s Church. Joy and laughter have returned, evident in Malam Katawa and The 80th Anniversary Lunch; young and old joined hands to serve the community through the Neighbourhood Blessings and The JoyFair. And our Church Family Camps of the past two years have only served to bring the parish closer together spiritually and closer to our Lord. Indeed, the renovation and repair of our premises signify the renovation and renewal of our hearts. God is preparing St Hilda’s for what He has in store ahead.

When we return to the renewed facilities in Ceylon Road, we will launch out into the core business of the Church, getting down to the heart of God – saving souls and reaching out to God’s lost children. Using The Alpha Course as our major evangelism-vehicle, we want to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with those God has put within our social spheres. In the meantime, we are strengthening our pastoral structures and paving our discipleship process so that together as a church we can grow deeper spiritual roots and produce greater spiritual fruits.

As we prepare to embark on this new chapter of the Hildan’s Story, I believe the Lord has provided 1 Peter 5: 6-11 as an anchor for us. I would like to encourage us to pray these words and lay hold of them in our personal prayers and when we gather in our small groups. Three words, each starting with “A” will guide us forward:

Assurance

v.6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your cares upon him because he cares for you.

This is the assurance we have – we are under God’s mighty hand! Just as God had led us the past 81 years, He will continue to lead and guide us into the future. We may not be able to see what’s ahead clearly but we are assured of God’s hand upon us. Let us adopt a posture of humility and remember it is not men’s achievement but God’s grace and faithfulness that will establish us. Let us cast all our cares upon him because he cares for us.

Alertness:

v.8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary prowls around like a roaring lion.
v.9 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.

Peter reminds us that we have an enemy who is prowling around like a roaring lion. As we know, recently, several of our members or their loved ones have either fallen sick or are undergoing medical treatment. I thank God that many of you have shown much concern and provided practical care to these brothers and sisters.

The opposition may also come in other forms – temptation to go back to our former ways of life, grappling with our sinfulness and weaknesses. But let us not be overtaken by such opposition. Instead, let us be sober-minded and watchful as a community, standing firm in our faith through prayer and supplication.

Anticipation:

v. 10 After you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.

Assured under God’s mighty hand and alert of our enemy’s wiles, we can look forward with much anticipation in this new season. Any suffering is but for a little while. What awaits us is the revelation of God’s glory. God himself will restore, confirm, strengthen and establish us!

So my brothers and sisters, let us join hands as we unite our hearts to follow our Chief Shepherd. Let us march forward and witness the mighty things God is going to do in and through us. To God be the dominion forever and ever! Amen.

– A Pastoral Letter by Ps David Lee.13 August 2015


Our God and Heavenly Father,

We thank You with a heart bursting with love and gratitude for who You are and what You have done for us in Singapore. Thank You for the miracle of modern Singapore, for the achievements in these 50 short years. Thank You for the late Mr. Lee Kuan Yew and his legacy, for our pioneers, our political and community leaders. Thank You too for our church in Singapore and our church founding fathers, both local and foreign, like Rev. Graham White and many many others.

As we rest and reflect, in accordance with Your jubilee instructions, give us a heart of repentance and reconciliation, that we may be able to see the planks in our eyes before we see the speck in those of others. Help us to use this year, consciously and conscientiously, to take stock of our own journey with You, individually, corporately, and even as members of this nation in the way we play our individual roles, and as members of the community You have put us in.

Lead us O Lord, to return to You and give back to You even as You have blessed us so abundantly as citizens of this tiny nation, for we are a people in Your pasture, made for Your possession and pleasure. We plead for more grace, Lord! May the Beattitudes be our attitudes Lord! May Your presence always go before us, so that we will go where You go.

As we look into the next 50 years, we know Lord that times are likely going to be hard and uncertain; so Lord we pray for peace for Singapore, the region and the world. Have mercy, O Lord, and push back the darkness that threaten to overwhelm much of the Middle East and even beyond. While Your will be done, have mercy Lord we pray. We continue to pray also for the return of Israel to You, for their reconciliation with You.

And Lord, even as we navigate conflicts in these times over differences in values and lifestyles, may the things that divide us be clarified for us Your children, that we may not falter and fall. Help us bring up the next generation firmly in Your ways, that they may be anchored deep in You. May the generations prosper in Your ways, O Lord!

In the region Lord we plead for peace and stability. We thank You for the role Singapore has been blessed to play in the past, as the little red dot peacemaker and reconciler in the person of our late MM Lee. May his legacy continue as we step into a fractious era in East Asia. Let Singapore continue with this gifting in Asia.

In the ministry of peace and reconciliation that You yourself commissioned us to do Lord, we pray that You anoint and use us; may we as Your children be obedient, even as night is fast coming. So may Your salvation come into the homes of all the nations and communities You have marked out for us! May we live out our Antioch blessing as we ask for more of Your favour and anointing to do this at home and abroad.

Continue Lord, to help us spread Your love and compassion as we step up humanitarian efforts in the region. Thank You for the resources You have given us so that we can bless others. Let us Lord, be Your fifth gospel! Let Your aroma spread, and Your light, life and love fill our Earth.

Finally Lord, may You continue to favour us with good and righteous men and women as our leaders, in government, civil society, church, community and families.

Lead us O King Eternal, for we ask all these things in the name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

– A prayer for Singapore at 50 by Chan Sam Neo. E1. August 2015


He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”…….
Because you have made the LORD your dwelling place—
the Most High, who is my refuge—
no evil shall be allowed to befall you,
no plague come near your tent.
– Psalm 91

Heavenly Father, we thank You that You are our refuge and our fortress. We pray for our brothers and sisters who are suffering from various illnesses. Father, as they look to You, may You deliver them from the fowler’s snare. May You cover them with Your feathers and shelter them under Your wings. Let Your truth be their shield and buckler, so that they will not be afraid of the terror that surrounds them. Because You are their refuge and their dwelling place, no evil shall befall them. Lord Jesus, send Your angels to encamp around them that they shall not fall. For nothing can separate them from Your love. Because they set their love upon You, therefore You will deliver them. As our brothers and sisters call on Your Name, You will answer them and You will be with them in trouble, distress, anxiety and discomfort. Lord Jesus, You will deliver them and honor them with long life and show them Your salvation. Thank You Truine God for hearing and answering all our prayers. Amen.

– A Prayer for our sick and infirm. Magdalene Heng. E2. 30 July 2015.


For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
– Ephesians 3:14-19

Holy Father, you desire nothing but the best for us. On bended knees, we come to you humbly asking you to cover us with the cleansing blood of Jesus Christ our Saviour. The precious blood that cleanses us of all impurities, that gives us new life to live in the power of the Holy Spirit, that transforms us and the community. We ask to be cleansed and made whole, inside out to be a holy vessel to glorify you. As you cleanse us, we pray for your healing in our bodies and our spirit. Lord Jesus, touch the sick and infirm in our church and make them whole. As we prostrate before you, answer our cry for your great mercy. Strengthen our feeble arms and weak knees, that we may arise and shout in joyous victory to glorify your holy name. We claim your promise as we bow before you, to be filled with all the fullness of God.

– A Prayer for our infirm, sick and ill in spirit. Wai Fung Cranfield. E2. 2015.


Praise the Lord O my soul
All my inmost being praise His Holy Name.
Praise the Lord O my soul
And forget not all His benefits.
Who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases.
Who redeems your life the pit and crowns you with love and compassion.
Who satisfies your desires with good things
So that your youth is renewed like the eagles.
– Psalm 103:1-5

Lord Jesus Christ,
Let Your Healing Light shine on us.
Please speak Your healing into us Lord – body, mind, soul and spirit.
Heal our Spirit and our deep inner mind.
Please let those who suffer so deeply know that they are not alone.
Give them a sense of Your nearness, care and compassion.

We pray too for the caregivers: that You will grant them strength and love
As they look after the needs of their charges.

We pray too for all the doctors and medical staff to have Your wisdom
And skills to give the right treatment needed with great care and concern.

Let the Peace of God, which transcends all understanding, guard your
Hearts and your mind. We pray this in the name of our Lord Christ Jesus. Amen.

– A prayer for our sick and their caregivers. Iris Chua. E1. 2015.


“Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”
– James 5:14 -16. 9 July 2015

Dear Father

You know our brothers and sisters who are struggling with their illnesses. Better than they do. Better than we do. We pray Father that you will look at them with mercy and grace, and to touch each of them with Your healing hands. Give them Your comfort and strength, Father. Give them Your peace. Most of all, heal them, Father. We pray for this earnestly as Your Word tells us that if we pray in faith for their healing and with a righteous heart, You will save them. We have faith in you, Father, to heal our friends. We also trust in the plan you have for each of their lives.
We pray this in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ! Amen!
– A Prayer for our Ailing Brothers and Sisters in Christ. 5 July 2015


Behold, how good and pleasant it is
when brothers dwell in unity!
It is like the precious oil on the head,
running down on the beard,
on the beard of Aaron,
running down on the collar of his robes!
It is like the dew of Hermon,
which falls on the mountains of Zion!
For there the LORD has commanded the blessing,
life forevermore.

– A Prayer for Jubilee Day of Prayer from Psalm 133. 5 July 2015


A Prayer for St Hilda’s Church

I pray that church members will appreciate, respect and support all clergy, pastoral and other staff members to help and to encourage them fulfill their ministries.

– A Prayer by Foo Kok Huan, E1. 2015


I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
My help comes from the LORD,
who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, he who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD is your keeper;
the LORD is your shade on your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The LORD will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
The LORD will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore.

– A Prayer of Encouragement and Hope from Psalm 121 for those of us who are in need of the Lord’s comfort, grace and peace.


A Prayer for St Hilda’s Church
This I call to mind, and therefore I have hope

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.

“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in Him.”

The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him.

It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.

– A Prayer from Lamentations 3:21-26 as we mourn the deaths on Mt Kinabalu of seven Singapore school children, their two teachers, and adventure guide.


We Move With Faith

Our dear heavenly Father, we worship you as sovereign God. We thank you that over the decades you have been with us at SHC through transitions. We ask of you that as we move to SHPS, we will do so as a body of Christ, joined and coordinated under your authority. We pray that all arrangements will fall into place. We move with faith knowing that your presence will continue to be with us. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen

– A Prayer by Samuel Ratnam. Vicar’s Warden. E1. 2015


Learning to Walk by Faith

What do my eyes see?
heat shimmering from the sun above
baking the earth below my feet
What do my eyes see?
lifeless and dry land
with no hint of life
yet I represent life
I sit stubbornly in the experience of desolation
unfazed by what I see
but led by what I know
that even in the desolate ruins
God can make a highway
A living highway that defies logic
defies reason
but digs deep into faith
a faith that believes
that with God all things are possible
What do my eyes see?
It does not matter what my eyes see
because I am learning to walk by faith
not by sight
to surrender to the Eternal One
who placed the sand
who made the desert
not for me to suffer
but for me to cry out
for His Presence

– A Prayer by Ian Poulier. E2. 2015


Almighty God our Heavenly Father,

There is just so much we want to thank You for in Your church at St. Hilda’s: Your love, Your grace, Your mercy. Our hearts are filled with thanks, praise, love and gratitude, for it is You who have seen us through the ups and downs all these past 80 years. We thank You most of all for the unity that we see and enjoy today, for this, dear Lord Jesus, is so close to Your heart!

As we thank You for these years and blessings, we want to look forward to the next phase of our church life, and the need to run the race with endurance. Thank You for the effort to make our physical stay in the church so comfortable. As we prepare to do the necessary to enhance our premises, we ask for Your hand to continue to rest on us, Your people. May You continue to bless us with one heart, one mind, one body, one Spirit. Even as we set forth to grow, to enjoy the body of Christ in one another, may we always cling to You, our Captain and our Guide, and to constantly inquire of You what we might do to maintain and promote the precious bonds of peace and love.

As we prepare for the temporary move to St. Hilda’s Primary School, we pray for a smooth transition: that our preparations will go well, that You bless everyone involved, our leaders, our pastoral staff, our contractors. Grant the clergy wisdom and sensitivity, to hear You clearly and to lead the flock well. May we as a church come together, even in an unfamiliar environment, for it is in our united body that You will be most visibly felt! We look forward Lord, to a wonderful and refreshing time of bonding and worshipping You in a new environment.

So Lord, we ask that You draw us together, young and old and in-between. Continue to bless those who have stopped by our church to worship You with us. May they continue to feel welcome and so be a permanent part of this precious body of Christ, even on different premises.

We love You Lord, and the brothers and sisters You have given us in this church. May we all grow together in unity, maturity and in Your truth. For You are our Heavenly Father, our God and our Lord!

We worship You Lord, in Spirit and in Truth. Be always with us Lord, as we run this exciting race! In Jesus’ most precious name we pray, Amen.

– A prayer by Chan Sam Neo. E1. 2015


A Prayer for Nepal

Almighty God, have mercy on the people in Nepal. Speak your powerful word to bring swift relief to the suffering. Shine your light in this hour of darkness. Guide the rescue workers to find more survivors in the rubble and send provisions to the needy. Bring orderliness to the rescue operations, gently guide the able masses out of the crowded city and hold back the storms. Stay the threat of diseases with your mighty arm, for the arm of the Lord is not too short.

Let your comfort and compassion be experienced by all – the victims, the rescue workers and visitors staying to help. Let Jesus’ cross be lifted high and all idolatry be rejected. Jesus, call the people in Nepal to a personal encounter with you that they can enter into eternal Hope.

We also pray, O God, for the Dean, clergy and pastors of the Deanery of Nepal as they lead and care for the flock during this trying time. May they find great strength in You, our God of resurrection and redemption.

In Jesus’ Name we pray,
Amen

– A prayer by FISH. St Hilda’s Church. 2015
FISH is a prayer group that meets every Tuesday except when there is Corporate Prayer Night. They meet at New Care Lounge at 9.00am.


On the Cross

We carried Christ to the Cross,
But He carried our sins on the Cross.
We carried our anger and disdain on the Cross,
But He dealt with our shame on the Cross.
We carried our confusion on the Cross,
But brought us peace and order on the Cross.
We carried our insecurities on the Cross,
But He gave us a future that can never be cut off on the Cross.

– A Prayer by Ian Poulier. E2. 2015


In God We Trust

Dear Heavenly Father,
Help me to love You deeply,
Know You closely
And proclaim You clearly.
To serve and not to shout,
To do and not to doubt;
To serve You, not my needs,
To wait upon Your bidding
And pray for self control.
Amen.

– A Prayer by Chan Sam Neo. E1. 2015


Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession

Almighty and ever-living God, we thank you for the life and service of Mr. Lee Kuan Yew. Thank you for blessing our country with such a founding Prime Minister, and how You used him to lead this nation in the path of integrity, justice, peace & progress for all quarters of our society. Thank you that through his clear & dedicated leadership, You have enabled Singapore to become what we are today, a nation that can be a blessing to other nations in many ways, not least in the global proclamation of the Gospel of your Son, Jesus Christ. We have indeed been blessed so that You can use us to be a blessing to others.

Lord God, as we thank you for Mr. Lee Kuan Yew’s life and contribution to Singapore, we also remember those whom he has left behind. We pray for his family, his children and grandchildren, that during this time of bereavement, they all may experience deeply your shalom-peace, the peace that transcends all human understanding. Please help them to know Your lordship and your great love for them. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

– Prayer by the Anglican Diocese of Singapore. 29 March 2015.


St Hilda’s Church Remembers Mr Lee Kuan Yew (1923-2015)

The Vicar, clergy and members of St Hilda’s Church join the nation in grieving the demise of our founding father, Minister Mentor Mr Lee Kuan Yew.

We will always remember Mr Lee for his courageous vision, tireless efforts and resolute leadership. He led and guided our nation during her most precarious hours, laying the foundation for her security, success and social stability today.

Our thoughts and prayers are with our Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and the Lee family. May they know God’s peace, comfort and love amidst the sadness of parting.


The Banner of Love and Light

The beacon throws Light, Love and Life,
That those in its path might live
And those in its light might see.

Dear Lord,
Empower Your footsoldiers.
Stir, restore, rebuild.
Let Your Beacon burn bright;
Pull out the shadows of night!

In corners of darkness
Linger death and despair …
Ready to pounce, unnoticed.
They lurk where life should be.
They smirk where shadows be.

So lift up your banner
Look up, look out
And in confidence
Smite them with His love!

Onward Christian soldiers!

– A prayer by Chan Sam Neo. E2. 2015


“I praise the Lord for the Christ-centred messages and pray that such messages will continue throughout the ages.”

– A prayer by Mrs Alicia Len. 2015


“We pray that Christ will be revealed in us and that St Hilda’s Church will arise to be His aroma in our neighbourhood. Lord, please grant us grace and loving kindness to touch lives, such that when people see us, they see You, the hope of all glory. Remove our stubbornness and self-centredness, and grant us obedience. Let the year of Jubilee be the time You open the eyes of our people to see Your glory. All praise to God Almighty alone!”

– A prayer by FISH. St Hilda’s Church. 2015
FISH, one of St Hilda’s prayer groups, begins 2015 meeting at 9.00am on Tuesdays, except when there is corporate church prayer on the first Tuesday of the month.


Father in Heaven, we thank You for granting the desires of your children. Holy Spirit descend upon us and take captive of our minds to do Your Will, according to the gifting You have anointed each one of us to do, for the good of your people. Lord Jesus, spread Your peace in the world to let the people see every good thing You are doing. Lord, prune away our dross and let us remain as faithful as the five virgins who prepared the oil for their lamps to await the arrival of the bridegroom, as Jesus is coming again. LORD God, we look forward to a bountiful harvest of souls for your kingdom as we celebrate our Jubilee 50th anniversary, to reflect the attributes of Jesus in our lives.

– A prayer by FISH. St Hilda’s Church. 2015


We pray that the Glory of the Lord will cover St Hilda’s and its surrounding locations as the waters cover the oceans.

– A prayer by Mrs Lucy Soh. E1. 2015


For this time of the year, yet not only for this time but every time, we praise God for His faithfulness in answering our prayers, and from the beginning, for St Hilda’s to be a house of prayer for all nations and for the anointing of the Holy Spirit. He has blessed us exceedingly and immeasurably more than we can imagine!
We look forward to the new year with anticipation of more blessings to come – for when we ask, it shall be given; when we seek, we shall find; and when we knock, it shall be opened unto us!

– A prayer by FISH. St Hilda’s Church. 2014
FISH, one of St Hilda’s prayer groups, begins 2015 meeting at 9.00am on Tuesdays, except when there is corporate church prayer on the first Tuesday of the month.


I pray that the Holy Spirit will fill all our members with the spirit of Obedience, Unity, and Love, and bless us with a servant heart to serve our Lord as a beacon of Faith, Hope and Love to all mankind.

– A prayer by Foo Kok Huan, E1. 2014


Heavenly Father, we give You thanks and praise, that when we were still far off You met us in Your Son and brought us home. May we who share Christ’s body live His risen life; we who drink His cup bring life to others; we whom the Spirit lights gave light to the world. Send us out in the power of Your Spirit to live and work to Your praise and glory. Amen.

– The third prayer for Advent, 2014


Dear Heavenly Father, forgive us when our souls have wandered and our hearts have grown cold. Draw us back to You by Your grace and mercy. Revive us to live the life You have intended for us. Release us to serve You with holy passion. Purify every desire of our hearts that we may perfectly love You and worthily magnify Your Holy Name through Christ our Lord. Amen.

– The second prayer for Advent, 2014


Dear Heavenly Father, we thank You that while we were far away, You chose to come to us, love us, totally and wholeheartedly. Help us in this season, never to take Your love and Your grace for granted, but to always have a heart of gratefulness. Give us the grace to give our all to You as You have given Your all to us. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

– The first prayer for Advent, 2014


“Our Father in Heaven, as we at St Hilda’s Church celebrate our 80th anniversary, we want to thank You for your grace, mercy and faithfulness throughout the past 80 years…”

– An anniversary prayer by FISH. 2014. St Hilda’s Church


Our Father in Heaven, as we at St Hilda’s Church celebrate our 80th anniversary, we want to thank You for your grace, mercy and faithfulness throughout the past 80 years. We continue to ask for your wisdom, knowledge of your Will, and spiritual understanding for the next 20 years and beyond, as St Hilda’s continues in the spirit of our founder, Graham White, whose vision gave birth to St Hilda’s – a church dedicated to serve as a beacon of faith, hope and love.

For our future generations, may St Hilda’s always depend on the Holy Spirit to guide, lead and instruct her to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord Jesus Christ, pleasing Him in every aspect, and bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of Christ, being strengthened according to His might. May St Hilda’s be empowered with great endurance, patience and joyfully give thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.

We in St Hilda’s thank You for the privilege of working together with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, in our outreach in and through the schools, kindergarten, the community of Kampung Arang, the neighborhood of Katong, and beyond Singapore. May we also obey the call as part of the universal church of Singapore to be the Antioch of Asia and South East Asia. By your grace and mercy, St Hilda’s, as in Isaiah 54, has extended the place of her tent, stretched out the curtains of her dwelling, lengthened her cords, strengthened her pegs and spread abroad to Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Pakistan and China, so that her descendants may possess the lands and resettle the desolate cities. May the LORD bless the work of our hands, as we go out to plant churches, minister and disciple the people. Always to God be all the glory.

Lastly, may we in St Hilda’s be a people always seeking the presence of the LORD in our lives so that we can be a fragrance and aroma of Jesus Christ to those we meet and make a difference to the people around us. In the great, awesome and mighty name of the LORD Jesus we pray, Amen!

– A special 80th Anniversary Prayer by FISH (Faithful Intercessors of St Hilda’s) a prayer group which meets every Tuesday from 9am to 1030 am, except for the first Tuesday of the month when we have corporate prayer in Church at 8pm.


“I pray for growth in God and love among numbers.”

– A prayer by Charis Chong. Aged 22. E3, 2014


“I pray that, in all things, our members will appropriate and always remember our primary purpose is to Glorify God.”

– A prayer by Foo Kok Huan. E1, 2014


I pray that we all may be perfected in Christ.

– A prayer by Cheok Cheng Kiat, Aged 66, E1, 2014


Our prayer for St Hilda’s Church in 20 years’ time: A thriving, Bible-based, family-oriented, caring church, where our young are nurtured and grounded in their faith to be warriors for Christ.

– A prayer by Danny and Mona Lim. E2, 2014


May God bring forth a new season, a new day for St Hilda’s, as she enters into her 80th!

– A prayer by Sheena Seng. Aged 29. E3, 2014


Dear Heavenly Father, I pray earnestly for our St Hilda’s Church to continually grow in Love, Peace and Hope. In all things, Lord, you deserve the glory. Thank you Jesus. Amen.

– Christina Wu, aged 66, attends the E1 service.


Have peace with one another
As children of one mother
Let each defer to other,
And may our hearts be one.
Have peace with God our maker,
In Jesus be partaker
And spirit consecrator.
God, three in one, grant peace.
The peace of God possess us,
The love of God Caress us,
The grace of heaven bless us,
Peace Everlasting.

– Prayer by Dorothy Pike, Visitor from United Kingdom.


St Hilda’s is blessed with many people with a wealth of expertise and experience to help run our Church. I pray that this knowledge and experience will be passed on to our younger ones to take up the baton and continue the evangelism and great commission that Jesus has given to us.

– A prayer by Aileen. E1, 2014


Happy Church, big Church.

– A prayer by Noah. Aged 7. E3, 2014


I pray that the Church will grow and move in the Lord and that all will be united as one family.

– Rose Say. Aged 88. E1, 2014


I pray that the Church will grow and be ever more united.

– Samantha. Aged 20. E3, 2014


How wonderful it is to worship the Lord! Lord be with us!

– Peggy and Dan. Aged 50 +. Mandarin, 2014


I pray that every individual who comes through the door of St Hilda’s will come to know and experience the saving grace of Christ, and eventually to bring his family into God’s kingdom too!
“Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved – you and your household” – Acts 16:31.

– Chua Ai Lin. Aged 49. E2, 2014


I pray that the church will increase in population!

– Benjamin. Aged 13. E3, 2014


God’s blessing to all of us and more blessings to come!

– James. Aged 55. E1, 2014

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