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Today's Message

Thank you, Father, for sheltering us in the fold of Your mighty wings. More so now than ever before do we need Your love, protection and peace. We are assailed on all sides. The pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the world at large and our little private worlds, wave after wave. Stress batters our peace of mind and our health. Anxiety assaults us as we face job uncertainties and a livelihood. Keep us all, Father God, in Your presence. Thank You, LORD, for Your assurance that You are beside us in this storm. In Jesus's name. Amen.

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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


The Vicar Writes …

6 Oct 2021

Psalm 71
“For you have been my hope, Sovereign Lord,
my confidence since my youth.
From birth I have relied on you;
you brought me forth from my mother’s womb.
I will ever praise you.
I have become a sign to many;
you are my strong refuge.
My mouth is filled with your praise,
declaring your splendour all day long.”

Dear St Hilda’s Family,

This past week, the number of daily new Covid-19 infections have risen above 2,000 daily. We are all very concerned and in prayers for our nation, especially for those who have fallen ill. For the first time, the government is encouraging our seniors, age 60 and above, vaccinated, or unvaccinated, not to attend religious gatherings.

How shall we at St Hilda’s respond to this situation? We are a church where most of our regular worshipers are in this age group, even serving actively in church.

To those of you in this age group, you are contributing so much, and your service is greatly appreciated. We value the time and effort you give in service of Christ. Thank you for inspiring the younger generation to commit their God-given gifts in service and ministry in the church. As the psalmist says: ‘You have become a sign to many!’. At the same time, we are concerned for your well-being and the safety and protection of your whole family.

Should we ask you to stay at home? This doesn’t feel right. You are in the best position to take this decision. Should we rely on you to serve as volunteers during this time? This doesn’t feel right, either, even if you would be glad to serve. Some of you would still feel obligated because you are so conscientious in your service. For some of you, your family members would consider the church irresponsible.

We therefore took the decision to invite only those 59 and below to serve over the next few weekends until October 24. Having said this, all worshipers are warmly welcome to join our services in church, regardless of age or vaccination status! (except for E1 which is for the vaccinated, only)

I have learned during my years in church ministry that however careful I am in choosing my words, there is always room for misunderstanding. I hope and pray that you understand how difficult it is for me to take any decision that limits the way we worship, serve and fellowship together in church. I can’t wait to see all generations at St Hilda’s Church to joyfully serve the Lord and one another together.

“As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more.” May these words of the psalmist be an expression of our joy in worshiping together!

With much love!

Ps Martin

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Services from August 21/22, 2021

Starting from next Sunday Aug 22, only our E1 service will accommodate up to 100 worshippers.

Under the government’s Safe Management Measures (SMM), all those who wish to attend this service will need to be fully vaccinated according to MOH certification or be officially exempted.

Please bring your Trace Together App, your token, or your vaccination certificate to enable verification of your vaccination status.

As we are not allowed to record your vaccination status, we will need to validate it every time you come to worship at E1. Please bear with us. We appreciate your understanding.

However, all other services, E2, E3 and SES will remain the same ie. each capped at 50 worshippers subject to safe distancing requirements. Also, there will be no need to verify your vaccination status.

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WORSHIP SERVICES
Saturday
  • 2:00pm – E3 at Bethel Hall
  • 5:00pm – Saturday Evening Service (SES) at Church Sanctuary

Seats for these services are limited to 50pax.

Sunday
  • 8:00am – E1 at Church Sanctuary
    Seats for this service is limited to 100pax all of whom must be vaccinated*.
  • 10:15am – E2 at Bethel Hall
    Seats for this service is limited to 50pax.

Booking for all services is required.

Please click here or call the church office to make your service booking.

*An individual is considered vaccinated if he/ she has been: a) fully vaccinated, i.e. has received the full regimen of Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnatry, Moderna or WHO EUL vaccines, with an additional two weeks for the vaccine to be fully effective, b) recovered from COVID-19, or c) has obtained a negative result on a pre-event test taken in the past 24 hours before the expected end of the event. Refer to https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19/pet for more details.


Livestream Holy Communion Services will be available on Saturdays at 5pm

YouTube channel: bit.ly/shconline

Online (Non Holy Communion) Services is available on Sundays from 8am

YouTube channel: bit.ly/shconline

The podcast (audio of the sermon only) will be available each Tuesday.
Podcast: https://sthildas.org.sg/glory-to-god/podcasts/


Private Worship

The church sanctuary is open for prayer and worship (without singing) during the week for up to 45mins, alone or in groups of max 2 people. You may book your time slot by calling the church office at 63443463.

Schedule

  • Tuesday to Saturday, 9am and 10.30am (except Wednesday)
  • Tuesday to Friday, 2.30pm and 4pm


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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


Listening to Sermons

18 Jul 2021

In my conversations with Christians about sermons, I observe that most people have expectations of the role and responsibility of a preacher and the message. There is a wide spectrum of expectations.

They revolve around the length of the sermon, its relevance, applicability, whether it is attention grabbing, and its biblical accuracy. Then there are those who want an emotional uplift only. Then others look for more information and knowledge about God. Others want a pep talk on the power of positive thinking.

Hardly have I come across a person who expresses the responsibility of a listener. It is always the preacher’s responsibility.

For a sermon to be effective, the message together with the messenger and the listener have to each be responsible. In this article, the focus will be on the listener’s role and responsibility.

God’s story to us, unfolded in the bible, speaks on the role and responsibility of both. In Genesis, God gave a perfect set of instruction to Adam and Eve. They chose to violate it.

Later, we read about how In spite of relays of prophets warning Israel, the nation slides into idolatry. They come under the judgement of God and are exiled for 70 years.

Christ taught His disciples about the parable of the Sower. He spoke of the various types of soil ie ‘listener’. Finally in Revelation the message to each of the 7 churches ends with these words: “He who has ears, let them hear what the Spirit is speaking.” – Revelation 2:7,11,17,29;3:6,13,22;

How, then, should we listen to a sermon?

The sermon is only part of a worship service. The other key components are the confession, praise and worship, the reading of the Word, intercession, sermon, the sacraments of the Holy Communion and the dismissal.

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