Today's Message

LORD GOD ALMIGHTY. We thank You for the year past. We thank You that you walked alongside us through the valleys and the mountaintops. You have seen to our needs and given us Hope. For the new year, LORD, sustain in us the Hope of salvation and the knowledge that You are always here for us. We pray, LORD, for full restoration of our Sanctuary, for the good health and safety of Your Church, for the security of our premises, and for wisdom for our Clergy, PCC and pastoral and admin staff. We pray too for our home cells, our ministries, and our efforts to bring Your Word to non-believers both at home and abroad. May we continue to be faithful to You and attentive to Your directions. Take away our in-born stubbornness and need for control, that we may always come before You with reverence and humility and be still in Your presence. Teach us to love and respect one another, LORD, that we may live peaceably in Your grace and, in so doing, glorify You. In the name of Christ Jesus, we pray. Amen.

- Prayer by an 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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What is Advent?

2 Dec 2018

The literal meaning of “advent” is “coming” or “arrival”. During this time, we look back to the first coming of Jesus Christ and look forward to his second coming. Jesus came to show us God’s Kingdom and to bring forgiveness of sins and eternal life to those who believe in him. He will come again in power and authority to receive the church and to judge the nations.
Advent marks the beginning of the Church Year. It lasts for four Sundays, ending on Christmas eve.

A Spiritual Journey

Advent is a spiritual journey that Christians take through passages of Scripture that point to the birth of the Messiah, to a reaffirmation that he has come, is here and will come again in glory. It mirrors the journey of faith that Christians take as we look forward to our own destination, which is to be in his presence forever!
We observe Advent as a time of reflection and anticipation that Jesus has already arrived and look forward to that great Second Advent of the Lord! You will find a short devotion for your meditation each week.

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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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“Rejoicing in God”
Advent Devotion Week 4

23 Dec 2018

Luke 1:46-55; Micah 5:2-5a

What does one think of immediately after a question like, “What’s your reason for thanking God?” This was posed to my children and husband during a family devotion a few nights ago. Without much hesitation, they cited how God had helped and provided for them in work, health, home and even choice of schools!

When Mary was greeted by Elizabeth with confirmation that the child she would bear was the Messiah ( Luke 1:41-45), she broke out in a praise song with many reasons to rejoice over. She started with the Lord’s personal and eternal impact on her (Luke 1:46-49),:

‘for He has been mindful of His humble servant…’
‘for the Mighty One has done great things for me…’

And moved on to the wonders of His Ways and impact on her forefathers (Luke 1:50-55):

‘He has performed mighty deeds…’
‘He has brought down rulers … and has lifted up the humble.’
‘He has filled the hungry with good things…’
‘He has helped his servant Israel…’

She rejoiced in the greatness of God by praising His merciful and just nature. This was in spite of the oppression during the Roman regime when the Jews were nothing more than second-class citizens. Even within her own community, Mary had faced possible ridicule and suspicion surrounding her pregnancy. Nevertheless, she held onto the testimonies of her forefathers and declared (in present tense) that God’s continuing ‘mercy extends to those who fear him from generation to generation.’

As prophesied in Micah 5:4, through the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ, God’s people will experience peace and security, as Jesus ‘will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God’.

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