English Congregation

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This is the view of our church annex in end of June 2017. Our church hall will be kept intact as it has been designated as a Heritage Conservation Site. Please commit this project to our Heavenly Father for His blessing.

For a very long time I have struggled between getting down to the job of serving quickly over spending more time with reading, meditation and thoughts centred on the teachings of the Bible. How to resolve that? Revisiting the account in Luke 10 on Martha and Mary entertaining Rabbi Jesus as their guest raises a couple of questions rather than a simple answer.

Firstly, was Mary supposed to be sitting there at Jesus’ feet in the first place? Only the men get to have the privilege of entertaining guests. Sitting down to the meal – that was the men’s prerogative. The women’s role was to be in the kitchen. Also, if Martha sat down like Mary did, who would have prepared the meal for the invited guest? Secondly, I felt Martha’s pain – feeling the stress in serving and not get Rabbi Jesus to support her for what was expected of women.

From Jesus’ response, one thing was evident. Being is more important than doing. This lesson was evident from two observations of the account in Luke 10. Mary loved and adored Jesus. Nothing exceeded that. Does Jesus want to teach Mary and elaborate on ideas and details? She would be very excited to learn these ideas which come from Him. Jesus was a regular guest in the home of Martha, Mary and Lazarus in Bethany, very near to Jerusalem. Mary as an ardent disciple of Jesus must have spent long hours learning from the Master. She was spiritually hungry and her Rabbi and Master was ever keen to feed a hungry soul. Jesus as guest in the Bethany home was granted the best of adoration and service. Mary chose the one good thing, the good part, which shall not be taken from her. We often hear of lives being transformed by Christians who spent time in personal worship, reading and meditating on God’s Word, the Bible. Time spent in solitude with God and His Word can never be taken away from us. It will be like the proverbial ant that lays up its store for winter (Proverbs 6:6-8).

When Martha came to Jesus with her question, she heard His teaching exposing the thoughts and intentions of her heart. Observing Mary’s “slack” in hands-on service she harboured her unhappiness while going about her hands-on work. Really, Mary should know better. in giving hands-on service to Jesus. Impatient, Martha blurted out, revealing her smugness and anxiety. She came to Jesus and was honest in her plea with her question. Jesus replied to her and she heard His teaching about “the one thing” that will meet her real need. Jesus pointed to the distinction between religion and faith. Martha and all who hear Jesus’ teachings will realise He was clearing the notion of religiosity. God’s grace and mercy are not defined by our personal virtues and/or Christian service and work. What matters is God’s grace and mercy in the Gospel of Jesus. Once we do “the one thing” in worshipping Jesus, everything else we do in Christian service to Him becomes an overflow of love and worship as we abide daily in Him.

  1. CHIA ENG CHUAN: Pray for our Elder Chia Eng Chuan who gives us the ministry message on Sunday, 17 December 2017 with the topic: “Only one thing is needful” – Jesus at the home of Martha and Mary (Luke 10:38-42). Pray that we will have attentive hearts to this message given to us.

  2. GOD CARES FOR US: Abba Father, we rejoice that You have filled us with the spirit of thankfulness and praise. Although You know us utterly and completely, You still love us, care for us and welcome us into the joy of your presence. We often leave the path and wander off on our own but You are still there with arms of love, care and mercy to welcome us home. Thank You that we do not have to go in search of You, because You are the loving and caring Father who comes looking for us. You call us to be friends of Jesus and the sons and daughters of Your love. We thank You for Your extravagant love that goes on forgiving us again and again. Every time we look at the cross of Jesus we know that though there are times when we sink very low You still come down to rescue us. We are filled with gratitude that the death of Jesus on the cross is the length to which You are prepared to go to deal with our sin, to heal our wounds, and to restore our hope. Heal us, Abba Father, and bring us home. We pray in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

  3. CHURCH LEADERSHIP: “Remember your leaders, who spoke the Word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith” (Hebrews 13:7).
    Pray for all our Elders, Advisory Elders and Deacons (listed below) as shepherds of the Living God, to have a vital and vibrant relationship with the Chief Shepherd, our Lord Jesus Christ
    Elders: Khoo Teng Cheong (Chairman), Paul Chan, Chia Eng Chuan, Robert Chua, David Lee, Loon Sum Loon, Richard Tio, David Tan, Lee Chee Kwang, Loo Choo Woon, and Yew Kok Chee.
    Advisory Elders: Eric Ang, Charlie Chan, Gan Teck Chuan and Francis Maniam.
    Deacons: Lim Huey Sheng (Chairman), Burton Chia, Dr Jonathan Choo, Oh Shih Ming, Margaret Tio, Simon Wong, Leong Che Yeong, Benjamin Pang, Billy Foo, Ruby Foo, Ee Gek Meng, Anthony Koh, Chai Yoong Choi and Wong Hong Ting.

2017 THEME

2016 theme

SUN SERVICE STARTS AT 8.00 AM

 Date: 17 December 2017

TOPIC
“Only one thing is needful” – Jesus at the home of Martha and Mary
(Luke 10:38-42)

SPEAKER: 
Elder Chia Eng Chuan

WELCOME TEAM
Koon Seng and Annie Ong

MUSICIANS
Pianist: Andy Lee
Organist
: Christina Chua

PRAYER REQUESTS
Elder Paul Chan & Elder Khoo Teng Cheong will gladly spend time with you in private prayers after the morning service.

SUN SERVICE STARTS AT 8.00 AM

 Date: 24 December 2017

TOPIC
“My eyes have seen Your salvation” – Simeon’s prophecy at the presentation of baby Jesus in the temple (Luke 2:22-35)

SPEAKER: 
Rev Dr David Wong
(Zion Bishan Bible-Presbyterian Church)

WELCOME TEAM
Gloria Loh & Sharon Tio

MUSICIANS
Pianist: Andy Shi
Organist
: David Mitchell

ANNOUNCEMENTS

SENIOR CITIZENS MINISTRY
Thu, 21 Dec | 10.00 am
CHRISTmas Evangelistic Service
Speaker:
Mr Yeoh Seng Eng


PRAYER MEETING
Fri, 22 Dec | 7.45 pm
Jesus: Everlasting Father
(John 10:25-30; John 14:9-11)
Speaker: Jonathan Choo
Prayer Focus: Nehemiah Care Group


CHRISTMAS SERVICE
Mon, 25 Dec | 9.00 am
“Where is the one who has been born King of the Jews?”
(Matt 2:1-12)
Speaker: Rev Dr Robert M Solomon
(Bishop Emeritus of the Methodist Church in Singapore)
Chairman: Simon Wong


YEAR END DINNER
Sun, 31 Dec | 6.30 pm
Venue:
Qian Xi @ 29 Carpenter Street,
Singapore 059923
Those taking the transport, please be in church by 5:25 pm.


WATCHNIGHT SERVICE
Sun 31 Dec | 11.00 pm
Theme: Thanksgiving
Speaker: Khoo Teng Cheong
Chairman: Leong Che Yeong
Let us come together as we usher in the new year with thanksgiving and gratefulness to our Lord for 2017.


THANK YOU NOTE FROM
THE SILIGURI MISSION TRIPPERS:

Thank you for your prayers for the Siliguri Missions Trippers and God’s work there. As a token of their appreciation, there are tea bags and butter biscuits at the refreshment table for all of us to enjoy.

VERSES FOR THE WEEK

“But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to Him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

LUKE 10:40-42

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