FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK

18 Oct 2020

Dear family in Christ

In our church calendar, we commemorate St Luke the Evangelist on 18 October 2020. What a fitting day to hold the Consecration and Enthronement Service of Revd Canon Dr Titus Chung as the tenth Bishop of Singapore. The diocesan bishop is called to lead the church of God in evangelism and mission in the faithful proclamation of the gospel.

This historic Service will be held on Sunday 18 October at 4.00 pm at St Andrew’s Cathedral. It will be live-streamed via this weblink bit.ly/DOS-18Oct.  May I encourage all of us to participate meaningfully and prayerfully in this Service, together with the whole diocese in Singapore and in the six deanery countries.

Let us be in fervent prayers for Bishop Titus Chung and his family (wife Connie and sons Theodore and Thaddeus). May he be empowered by the Holy Spirit to lead the Church of Jesus Christ to be faithful to Jesus and to proclaim the gospel committedly. May he experience the sufficient grace of God and the bountiful wisdom of God in serving the Lord courageously during such challenging times.

Maranatha
Pastor John

11 Oct 2020

Dear family in Christ

The Covid-19 pandemic has been the central focus in this year 2020. It is on the news everyday and has affected the daily lives of millions of people in every country of the world. As at 8 October 2020, there were 36 million cases of infection globally. The number of deaths has just crossed 1 million recently. There is deep grief for the families who have lost their loved ones and also much anxiety for those still recovering from this infection.

I thought about the large number of deaths and a few reflection questions came to mind: How many of them had heard the gospel of Jesus Christ? And having heard the gospel, how many had placed their faith to believe and trust in Jesus as their Lord and Saviour?  Where are the souls of these 1 million people now – in heaven or in hell?

May this unprecedented pandemic spur us on to focus and press on urgently in the faithful proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ amongst our family and friends and also the countless millions of people in Singapore and all over the world who need to hear the good news of salvation.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”  John 3:16-17

Maranatha
Pastor John

04 Oct 2020

Dear family in Christ

Many countries in the world celebrate Children’s Day, a time we remember the worth, significance and dignity of children. In Singapore, it is celebrated on the first or second Friday of October when many happy children enjoy a school holiday. In the Church, children are God’s treasured creation and a great joy to all in God’s family.

Our Lord Jesus Christ taught his disciples, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.” (Mark 10:14).  Children are lovingly welcome in the kingdom of God because of God’s sacrificial unfailing love and for their trusting child-like faith in God.

Let us pray unceasingly for the children in the many households of faith at St John’s Chapel. May God’s Word take root deeply in their hearts and light their spiritual path in their life journey. May they grow into God-fearing godly men and women of God who love God deeply, walk with Jesus closely and serve the Lord faithfully all the days of their life.

Let us pray unwaveringly for the children whom our church is reaching out with the gospel through the various ministries such as the Children’s ministry, Boys Brigade, Girls Brigade, etc. May these children experience the love and grace of God deeply in their hearts. May they come to salvation faith in Jesus Christ, and also their parents and families.

(The Lord) established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children, that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments.” Psalm 78:5-7

Maranatha
Pastor John

27 Sep 2020

Dear family in Christ

In recent weeks, the whole diocese has joined together in common prayer for Bishop-designate Titus Chung. We are now going into the third diocesan prayer wave with the focus on the Lord sending His Holy Spirit to anoint BpD Titus to continue the work of renewal in the parishes and in the lives of God’s people in love, truth, wisdom and unity.

  1. Pray for the Holy Spirit to guide and lead the Church of Jesus Christ to be faithful to Christ through the servant-leadership of our new bishop.
  2. May the Holy Spirit grant BpD Titus every wisdom in guarding biblical doctrines and every grace to grow in Christlikeness of love, compassion and mercy.
  3. Pray for BpD Titus to be renewed in deeper faith in God and reliance on God’s Word, and having a true shepherd’s heart in caring for the flock of Christ.
  4. May God keep BpD Titus and his family (wife Connie and sons Theodore and Thaddeus) under His loving wings always.
  5. Pray for God to make our diocese one in Christ as BpD Titus leads the Diocese into greater unity in a loving community with a clear vision and mission to do the will of God.

Maranatha
Pastor John

20 Sep 2020

Dear family in Christ

Let us uphold Bishop-designate (BpD) Canon Dr Titus Chung in fervent prayers in preparation for his consecration and enthronement.

1. Pray for the Lord’s grace, strength and protection upon BpD Titus, his wife Connie and their sons Theodore and Thaddeus, against the spiritual attacks of the Enemy.

2. Pray for God’s anointing upon BpD Titus to have the spirit of wisdom, counsel and compassion to discern God’s will for the Diocese as God’s appointed shepherd, pastor, teacher and leader.

3. Pray for God’s provision of spiritual gifts upon BpD Titus to lead the diocese’s multiple ministry platforms in the parish churches, mission deaneries, Anglican schools and community services in the faithful proclamation of the gospel.

Maranatha
Pastor John

13 Sep 2020

Dear family in Christ

We stand at the threshold of a new season in our continual diocesan journey as we prepare for the consecration and enthronement of Bishop-designate (BpD) Canon Dr Titus Chung on 18 October 2020. At Bishop Rennis’ Thanksgiving service on 30 August, he commended BpD Titus to the diocese and asked for fervent prayers for him: “Titus has a warm pastoral heart, a well-formed theological mind, a steady pair of hands and a desire for the truth of the Gospel to be practised and be made known. I therefore commend him and his wife Connie to you, for your full support and fervent prayers.”

  1. Let us thank God for Bp Rennis and all the past Bishops who have served and led the Diocese of Singapore faithfully for their guidance, teaching, nurturing and nourishing the flock with the Word of God in the love of God.
  2. Pray for the Lord’s strength and protection upon BpD Titus, his wife Connie and their sons Theodore and Thaddeus, against the spiritual attacks of the Enemy.
  3. Pray for God’s anointing upon BpD Titus to have the spirit of wisdom, counsel and compassion that he may discern God’s will for the Diocese as God’s appointed shepherd, pastor, teacher and leader.
  4. Pray for God’s provision of spiritual gifts upon BpD Titus to lead the diocese’s multiple ministry platforms in the parish churches, mission deaneries, Anglican schools and community services in the faithful proclamation of the gospel.

And when (Paul and Barnabas) had appointed elders for them in every church, with prayer and fasting they committed them to the Lord in whom they had believed.”  Acts 14:23

Maranatha
Pastor John

06 Sep 2020

Dear family in Christ

In September every year, we commemorate Diocese Education Month. The diocese Education Board oversees 30 schools and preschool entities with a total estimated enrolment of 15,900 students. This enormous number present many exciting opportunities for the love of God and pastoral care which is expressed through chaplaincy work. Value your prayers for our church chaplaincy team (staff Florence, Fu Man, Yun Jing & Shirleen and tributers Gloria & James) in our outreach and pastoral care with the students of St Margaret’s Secondary school.

September is also the month where students all over Singapore appreciate their school teachers for their care, support and commitment. Teachers play an important role in shaping the minds and hearts of their students, especially during their growing up years. We remember our brothers and sisters in our church family who are called to work and serve in this meaningful teaching vocation. Let us pray for them to keep their passion and fire burning brightly for Jesus as they seek to make an impact in the lives of their students in the love of Christ for the sake of the gospel.

In God’s Church, those who teach God’s Word serve a significant purpose in building up the people of God to grow in spiritual maturity. Let us thank and appreciate all those involved in teaching God’ Word at St John’s Chapel in the various congregations and ministries: Children ministry teachers, Youth leaders, young adults leaders, Cell leaders, Bible teachers, Boys Brigade and Girls Brigade officers & helpers, Chaplaincy staff & volunteers. Thank you all for your love and labour in God’s kingdom. May we be found faithful in teaching God’s Word and walking in obedience to the Lord daily.

Maranatha
Pastor John

30 Aug 2020

Dear family in Christ

Our Diocesan Bishop Rennis Ponniah retires officially in September 2020. There will be a livestreaming Thanksgiving service this Sunday 30 August, where Bp Rennis will hand over the pastoral staff to the Vicar-General Bp Low Jee King. The consecration and enthronement of Bishop-designate Canon Titus Chung will be on 18 October.

At the August 2020 issue of Diocesan Digest, Bp Rennis shared these words from his heart:

I step down from office with a grateful and joyful heart….. but I will, in the grace of God, continue to minister under the authority of the new diocesan bishop and support his leadership as best as I can. Pray for me and Amir as we settle into a new role and a new season in our lives. We thank the Lord for each one of you and the marvellous run we have had over the last eight years. Thank you for your love and support and the joy of serving the Lord together. The race is not over yet. The Lord is worthy of a Church on the front foot. There is a world to win for Christ…”

We thank the Lord for the godly life and faithful ministry of Bp Rennis and his loving supportive wife, Amir. All praise and thanks be to God.

Maranatha
Pastor John

23 Aug 2020

Dear family in Christ

I had commenced on the sermon series “Living the Ten Commandments in the 21st century” in first quarter 2020. However, during the circuit-breaker period and phase two reopening, I had focused on sermon topics that addressed the spiritual, mental and emotional issues relating to this challenging Covid-19 pandemic that has greatly affected our family, work and social lives.

For the next two months, I will cover the remaining commandments four to ten. May we grow in our love relationship with God and live a life of total obedience to Him. Jesus told his disciples in John 14:15-16  “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever…”   How is your love relationship with Abba Father today?

Maranatha
Pastor John

Aug Preacher Sermon topic Bible texts
2
HC
Bp Rennis
Ponniah
Holy Communion –
A Provision Not to be Neglected
1 Kgs 19:1-8;
Lk 22:14-22
8/9    Rev John Lin Created for a Destiny and Purpose Dan 2:17-30
15/16   
HC
Bp Kuan Kim
Seng
Mary the Doule Lk 1:46-55;
Gal 4:4-7 
22/23 Ds Lena Lim If there is a tomorrow… Jam 4:13-17
29/30 Rev John Lin #4  Remember the Sabbath day to       keep it holy Exo 20:8-11
Sep      
5/6
HC
Rev John Lin #5  Honour your father & your mother Mt 15:1-9;
Eph 6:1-4
12/13 Rev King Chiew
Kwang
Open topic  
19/20
HC
Rev John Lin #6   You shall not murder                Mt 5:21-26;
Jam 1:19-27
26/27 Rev John Lin #7   You shall not commit adultery Mt 5:27-30
Oct      
3/4
HC
Enoch &
Shirleen Ng
Let the little children come to Me Mk 10:13-16
10/11 Rev John Lin #8   You shall not steal Lk 19:1-10
17/18
HC
Rev John Lin #9   You shall not give false testimony Prov 30:5-10;
Jn 8:39-47
24/25 Rev John Lin #10  You shall not covet Lk 12:13-21

16 Aug 2020

Dear family in Christ

We are thankful that diocesan bishop Rennis has granted a special dispensation for parishes and congregations in the Archdeaconry of Singapore to practise one or more of the following three forms of administering Holy Communion during the period 2 August to 31 October 2020 to address the extraordinary situation posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

1. Holy Communion to a congregation that physically gathers and safely distributes the bread and the wine in a manner that satisfy the safety standards specified by the national authorities for churches.

2. Holy Communion by extension from a common table, whereby diocesan authorised persons distribute pre-consecrated elements to dispersed households or small groups at their respective locations using a simple liturgy.

3. Holy Communion through an Online Service with good controls to a congregation that is electronically present and connected.

We praise and thank God that one powerful aspect of the Lord’s Supper is the communal experience of breaking bread and praying together. At our parish, we will celebrate Holy Communion on-site physically and online electronically on the first and third weekends at the following service timings:

  • Saturday 4.30 pm (English)
  • Sunday 9.00 am (English)
  • Sunday 11.15 am (Mandarin)

For those present electronically, pls view this video guide on preparing the bread and wine (juice) at home.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxjUp2Xik7U&feature=youtu.be )

May all things be done with faith and love and in good order to exalt the Lord and strengthen His church for missions and ministry. May we be nourished and strengthened by the Lord communally.

And (Jesus) took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”  And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.”   
Luke 22:19-20

Maranatha
Pastor John

9 Aug 2020

Dear family in Christ

On this National Day weekend, I was reminded of a very meaningful song written some years ago by bishop Robert Solomon, the former Bishop of The Methodist Church of Singapore. The song is entitled “From Many Shores”. You can view the song video clip by accessing our church website and click on the graphic icon “From Many Shores”. May I encourage you to take some time to reflect on the lyrics, give thanks to God and pray for our nation.

Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.”  Proverbs 14:34

Blessings
Pastor John

1 FROM MANY SHORES you gathered, Our fathers mothers all
And gave as home this island, So precious though so small
They toiled and built our nation, As You blessed them with grace
O God of our salvation, We seek Your holy face

Chorus:  Bless Singapore our home with peace, And make us a blessing,
   To the nations near and far, We worship You our King,
   May everyone know who You are!

2 We’re many tongues and colours, Teach us to live as one
Bless all our dreams and labours, In all Your will be done
Help us to honour cherish, All that is good and right
Let all Your people flourish, As we live in Your light

3 We pray for all our children, Our leaders workers too
That we would all be open, To trust Your word as true
Let righteousness and justice, Your mercy and Your love
Be found in home and office, As we each other serve

4 We know our strength is in You, Our future in Your hands
Our nation Lord come renew, Come heal and bless our land
Let every street and heartland, Echo the name of Christ
To every heart and home extend, Your love Your grace Your light

2 Aug 2020

Dear family in Christ

In view of the Covid-19 pandemic situation, diocesan bishop Rennis has granted special dispensation for ONLINE Holy Communion to be celebrated for the period 2 August to 31 October 2020.

For the combined Diocese Online Holy Communion service on Sunday, 2 August (10.30 am), and also for subsequent parish online communion, please prepare the following at home:

(1) Bread on a clean tray/plate
(2) Wine (or juice) in a clean glass/cup

All consecrated bread and wine (juice) will need to be fully consumed at the end of the service.

You are encouraged to participate in the Online Communion service as a household family, or in a small group gathering of not more than 5 visitors at a home. We should consider gathering in small groups to break bread together (especially the elderly who may be alone at home) because there is a Body aspect, a communal aspect in the breaking of bread. Hence, for this communal reason, you need to follow the service timing of the livestreaming, so as to break bread together with the Body of Christ. For example, at 10.30 am this Sunday 2 August. If you miss the official service timing, you can still view the recorded service, but the holy communion segment will have been digitally removed.

In his teaching video, Bishop Rennis emphasized the importance of spiritual preparation.

First, we want to prepare ourselves through “Repentance”. We are a people broken by the (Covid-19) adversity, totally dependent on God. We ask God in times of judgement to remember mercy, and to bring us through. So there is a repentant heart we need to bring.

Second, we also need to bring “Longing” because it has been about 3 months since we partook of Holy Communion. The longing to experience that communion with God, that solidarity with one another. We are the people of the risen Lord.

Third, we want to be “Expectant”. I want to ask you to prepare and to pray for the experience of Christ’ spiritual presence as we break bread simultaneously. I want to ask you to pray that there will be renewed joy and strength and hope, as we have that online communion.

May our hearts be spiritually nourished and strengthened by the Lord as we partake in the breaking of bread together as the redeemed people of God.

Maranatha
Pastor John

26 Jul 2020

Dear family in Christ

In view of the Covid-19 pandemic situation, diocesan bishop Rennis has granted special dispensation for ONLINE Holy Communion to be celebrated for the period 2 August to 31 October 2020.

For those who may have missed bishop’s teaching on this important matter, pls access this diocese weblink  https://www.anglican.org.sg/events/single/diocesan-online-communion-service  and watch the following videos:
a. Teaching video by bishop Rennis – “Do this in Remembrance of Me: Holy Communion during Covid-19 times
b. Demonstration video on “Preparing for Online Communion service

Online Holy Communion Service will have the following good controls:

  1. It will be led by a Priest.
  2. A congregation is ‘present & connected’ by remote means, who will partake of the breaking of bread together.
  3. It will be a simultaneous breaking of bread by the Priest, individuals or households, and small groups.
  4. There will be a suitably designed liturgy.
  5. There will be due preparation for reverent participation.

There will be no St John’s Chapel services for the weekend of 1-2 August. The whole diocese will be gathered together for the combined Online Holy Communion service on 2 August, Sunday at 10.30 am, led by bishop Rennis and bishop-designate Titus. Pls access this livestreaming link  https://bit.ly/DOS2Aug

In our preparations for this sacred time on 2 August and also subsequent parish online communion, you will need to prepare the following at home before the service starts: (1) Bread on a clean tray/plate; (2) Wine (or juice) in a clean glass/cup. All consecrated bread and wine (juice) will need to be fully consumed at the end of the service.

Let us draw near to the Lord’s table with reverence and fear of the Lord. Let us come with faith and repentant hearts to renew our covenant and experience the Lord’s presence.

Maranatha
Pastor John

19 Jul 2020

Dear family in Christ

For the past 6 months, the world has been grappling with the Covid-19 pandemic. Many governments, companies, businesses, hotels, airlines and hospitals have experienced such a severe shaking. Thousands of families have been affected in various ways and facing the future with uncertainty and insecurity.  

During such tumultuous times, we look to the Lord for His strength and grace as God’s beloved children. The Bible has many examples of God’s people experiencing pain, difficulties and struggles and how they find strength in the Lord. I share some portions of Scripture for our meditation to receive encouragement and peace from Abba Father.

I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.” Psalm 16:8

The Lord is near to the broken-hearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear…” Psalm 46:1-2

For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.” Psalm 62:5-6

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.” Psalm 91:1-2

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.” Psalm 121:1-2

You need not walk alone in your pain and struggle. If you need prayer or someone to talk to, the pastoral staff, cell leaders and myself are available to come alongside to journey with you as we look to the Lord together.

Shalom
Pastor John

12 Jul 2020

Dear family in Christ

Thanks be to God that our church Safe Management Plan has been approved by Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY). We can resume essential office operations, necessary ministry activities and on-site congregational worship services (with Holy Communion).

  • English worship services resume on 18 July (Saturday, 4.30 pm) and 19 July (Sunday, 9.00 am)
  • Mandarin service will resume on 9 August (Sunday 11.15 am)

Pls note the following for Congregational worship service:

  1. Each service is allowed a maximum attendance of 50 people (excluding church staff and duty personnel).
  2. You need to book a “ticket” online at  https://www.eventbrite.sg/e/st-johns-chapel-church-services-tickets-112626528980
  3. Attendees must follow Safe distancing measures and clear SafeEntry procedures.
  4. Children’s Ministry will not resume physically yet, and will continue electronically over Zoom.
  5. Children are welcome at the church service with their family. The creche will be open.
  6. Livestreaming (and recording) of church services will continue to be available online.
  7. Holy Communion will resume in August and it will be celebrated weekly.

On another matter, in view of the Covid-19 situation, our diocesan bishop Rennis has granted special dispensation for an ONLINE Holy Communion service. Bishop will teach on this issue via a teaching video on 11-12 July. The Mandarin video will be available on 19 July. As a start, the whole diocese will be gathered together for a diocesan combined Online Holy Communion service on 2 August, Sunday at 10.30 am.

We look forward to see you in church together again in the praise and adoration of God and to hear His Word. For those who may not be ready yet to be physically present in church for various reasons, we understand your situation and hope to see in person at a later time this year. May the Lord watch over everyone with his grace and peace.

Blessings
Pastor John

5 Jul 2020

Dear family in Christ

Psalm 84 described a situation where a Levite (son of Korah) longed to be present physically at the Jerusalem temple for the worship of Yahweh. It expressed great delight to be in God’s dwelling place to experience His presence, to praise and adore Him and to rest in his grace and strength.  

For the past three months, the Church in Singapore has been unable to meet physically. I believe that there are many in our church community who miss being in community together praising the Lord and to be in fellowship with one another. We are thankful that under Phase Two, the church is now allowed to have congregational services, up to a maximum of 50 attendees at each service.

Before congregational services can resume, we need to obtain approval from the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) for our church’s Safe Management Plan (SMP). The SMP lists the multiple action plans and detailed safe distancing measures that our church will implement for our congregational services and church activities, with clear compliance to MCCY guidelines and restrictions (  https://www.mccy.gov.sg/about-us/news-and-resources/press-statements/2020/jun/resumption-of-more-religious-activities-in-phase-two  )

We are in the planning and preparation process to resume congregational services. Pls note the following key points:

  1. Tentative start date is 18-19 July 2020, subject to MCCY approval of the SMP.
  2. Children’s Ministry will not resume physically yet, but continue electronically over Zoom.
  3. There will be an online booking system to manage the “50-person” limit.
  4. Livestreaming (and recording) of church services will continue to be available.
  5. Holy Communion will resume in August 2020 and it will be celebrated weekly.

Thank you for your understanding and help during several safe transition stages these past few months. Value your prayers.

Blessings
Pastor John

28 Jun 2020

Dear family in Christ

We praise and thank God for his wisdom and help for our church virtual Annual General Meeting processes and meetings. Thank you, brothers and sisters in Christ, for your responses, participation, encouragement and prayers.

It is my joy to introduce the Parochial Church Council (PCC) for year 2020-21. We thank God for every PCC member’s faithfulness and heart in their latreuo worship in serving the Lord.

Vicar’s Warden:       Kenneth Sng
People’s Warden:    Hidehito Ie
Hon. Secretary:       Elly Chiu
Hon. Treasurer:       Tan Pei Ching
Synod representatives (2020-2023):
     Justin Chan, Elly Chiu, Ho Boon Sing
PCC members:
     Benjamin Kirk, Enoch Ng,
     Florence Ho, Gan Pak Lim,
     George Chen, Kevin Lee,
     Nellie Nam, Sheryl Sim
Sub-committee chairpersons:
     Hidehito Ie (Personnel),
     Benjamin Kirk (Property),
     Nellie Nam (Finance),
     Vicar (Missions)

We are very encouraged by the faithful ministry of brothers David Lui and Peter Soon. Both have been serving as Synod representatives and had requested to step down from PCC to encourage newer and younger members to serve. David was a faithful stalwart representing the Mandarin congregation at PCC for 13 years. Peter started serving in PCC in 1986 and experienced key church transitions such as the physical relocation to SMSS and St John’s (Jurong) becoming a parish. Our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to David and Peter for their exemplary and humble service unto the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Blessings
Pastor John

21 Jun 2020

Dear family in Christ

We thank the Lord for his help and guidance for our church AGM process as we culminate proceedings at the virtual AGM on 21 June (2 pm). A word of thanks to the AGM taskforce and to the 273 electoral roll members who submitted your AGM proxy voting form and to the 45 participants at the pre-AGM Town Hall discussion meeting. Let us continue looking to God for his gracious sovereign hand as we journey together in discipleship and serve God’s purposes in the work of his eternal kingdom.

Our grateful thanks to the committed team of brothers and sisters who had served faithfully in the Parochial Church Council (PCC). A great majority will continue serving for the new PCC term 2020-2021. This provides good continuity and stability in the lay leadership team. We welcome a new PCC member, brother George Chen (Mandarin congregation), to serve with us. A special note of thankful appreciation to brother Peter Soon and brother David Lui for their steadfast faithful ministry service for many years. They will “retire” as our church Synod representatives and will continue serving in other areas of church ministry.

As Singapore enters Phase Two of Safe Reopening, we have just received the latest advisory from Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth providing rules and guidelines for churches and also the advisory from our diocese Covid-19 taskforce. Together with the staff team and PCC, we will study both advisories carefully and implement safe and appropriate measures in the gradual resumption of church services, activities and meetings. Value your prayers for God’s wisdom and help.

Let us focus on our mission and purpose in the journey ahead as God’s people in his kingdom. Let us be God’s living church in these Last Days. As we see the gracious salvation plan in the missional heart of God, may we be a missional church of Spirit-filled committed disciples of Jesus Christ, always ready to take the gospel to the nations and eagerly awaiting the Return of the King, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Maranatha
Pastor John

14 Jun 2020

Dear family in Christ

Thank you for taking time to read the AGM reports. May it encourage your heart to see the Lord’s gracious leading at St John’s Chapel in ministry and missions. Thank you for submitting your AGM proxy voting form. For those yet to submit, the closing date is 14 June. Together with the PCC, we look forward to meet brothers and sisters who have registered for the Town Hall Webinar this Sunday 14 June (2 pm).

During this Safe Reopening Phase one period, all our church staff continue to work from home, as strongly advised by our government leaders. I thank the Lord for a wonderful staff team who continue to press on in the various ministries of administration, pastoral care, teaching, chaplaincy, outreach and ministry, with lay leaders and members coming alongside in serving with joy and commitment together.

We are in the planning process to submit our church Safe Management Plan (SMP) to the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth to seek approval for the resumption of allowable religious activities. When this approval is given, our church office can open gradually and we can open our church premises for private worship. Please pray along with us for SMP approval.

Many of you would be missing the spiritual nourishment in the partaking of Holy Communion for the past three months. In the recent weeks, diocesan bishop Rennis has been in sharing and discussion with the senior clergy and also all the clergy and deaconesses on this important sacrament. There is a possibility for a special dispensation to be given by bishop Rennis for Online Holy Communion in all our parishes. I will update our church community in due course.  

The Lord watch over you and your family during such challenging and uncertain times. For those who are struggling deeply in various areas, may you find shalom peace and comforting strength in God our Refuge and may you rest well in the arms of our loving Good Shepherd.

Maranatha
Pastor John

7 Jun 2020

Dear family in Christ

I pray that you are keeping well in the Lord, in your family and in your health during such challenging times. May you find peace, rest and strength in the Almighty God, our refuge and our strength, a very present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1).

We thank God for the coming Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 21 June, a time that we see God’s gracious sovereign hand upon our church in year 2019 in the transformation of lives and in serving Him in ministry and mission in the work of His eternal kingdom.

Our church constitution requires one third of Electoral Roll members to form the AGM quorum. Under Virtual AGM guidelines, your proxy voting form is important because it is counted as part of the quorum. As we cannot meet physically, your proxy form appoints the Chairman of AGM (the Vicar of St John’s Chapel) as your proxy to attend, speak and vote on your behalf. After you have read the AGM reports, thank you for submitting your (online) proxy voting form, latest by 14 June.

We are organising a pre-AGM Town Hall Webinar on Sunday 14 June (2.00 pm) to address any questions, clarifications or comments concerning the AGM reports. Please use this Town Hall platform to present your thoughts, as the virtual AGM on 21 June will not include any Question & Answer segment. Kindly email your questions to admin@patmos.org.sg. Upon receiving your email, we will contact you with the webinar details.

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.”  Isaiah 26:3-4

Blessings
Pastor John

31 May 2020

Dear family in Christ  

By now, you would have received the AGM report and the email notice explaining the virtual AGM processes. Please take time to read all the ministry reports and give thanks to God for his wonderful work of grace upon St John’s Chapel in discipleship, evangelism and missions. As you read the treasurer’s report, give thanks to God for his blessing and provision to enable us to return His tithes and offer freewill givings for the work of His eternal kingdom.

For the virtual AGM to be effective and to form the quorum, thank you for your help in submitting the electronic Proxy voting form by 14 June.

What a great joy that the whole diocese (27 parishes in Singapore and the churches in 6 deanery countries) can gather together as one Body of Christ on 31 May at 10.30 am to [celebrate] Pentecost Sunday, led by diocesan bishop Rennis and bishop-designate Titus. Let us pray and seek the Lord fervently that during this Pentecost, we might see:

  • God’s victory over Covid-19 and his purposes fulfilled through this pandemic.
  • People come to faith in Jesus through our personal testimonies and church online services.
  • Our diocese and the global Church arise with fresh zeal and power to minister to a lost and fearful world with God’s love.

Only the Holy Spirit can make this happen! Only the Holy Spirit can do a deep work of transformation in every heart to the glory of God. Let us devote ourselves to pray beseechingly, and prepare our hearts and homes for a fresh Pentecostal outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

Maranatha
Pastor John

24 May 2020

Dear family in Christ  

As announced, St John’s Chapel will hold our virtual Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Sunday, 21 June 2020 at 2.00 pm. In order to have an effective AGM by electronic means, it is necessary to communicate with church members on our Electoral Roll via Email. Appreciative thanks to a great majority who have confirmed their email addresses.

Nominations are open (from 17 May) for members to serve in our Parochial Church Council (PCC) for 2020-2021 and Synod representatives for 2020-2023. Till date, we have received 1 nomination for People’s Warden, 9 nominations for PCC and 3 nominations for Synod reps. If you wish to submit any nomination, pls request for a nomination form via email admin@patmos.org.sg.  Nominations close on 24 May.

In this coming week, we will email the agenda, AGM reports, audited accounts, budget 2020 and the nomination list. Pls make time to read these documents. As explained last week, the Vicar of St John’s Chapel as the Chairman of Meeting, will act as the member’s proxy to vote, speak and attend the AGM. This proxy shall form the quorum for the AGM. We will provide a weblink for you to submit your proxy form electronically, with the closing date being 14June.

We are organising a pre-AGM Townhall meeting Webinar on Sunday 14 June (2.00 pm) to answer any question or clarification concerning the minutes, reports, accounts and nominations. Pls email your question or clarification to admin@patmos.org.sg, latest by 7 June. After receiving your email, we will email you directly to provide details concerning registration for this Townhall webinar.

Electoral Roll members are welcome to “observe and listen only” to the proceedings of the AGM via Webinar. Please note that this participation is not compulsory, as your attendance is already counted in the quorum if you have appointed the Chairman of the meeting as your proxy. Further details will be provided concerning registration for the AGM webinar.

Thank you dear church, and value your prayers for PCC and myself as we conduct the virtual AGM with due diligence by the grace and wisdom of God.

Maranatha
Pastor John

17 May 2020

Dear family in Christ  

In view of the current suspension of church services and gatherings, the diocesan leadership is guiding all parishes to conduct their parish Annual General Meeting (AGM) by electronic means. For St John’s Chapel, our virtual AGM will be held on Sunday, 21 June 2020  at 2.00 pm.

In order to hold an effective AGM by electronic means, one important element is to have the email addresses of church members on our Electoral Roll. This is for the purpose of communications in sending the notice of AGM, relevant documents and the nomination of PCC candidates and Synod representatives. I want to thank all Cell leaders for your help in collating the email addresses. For those not in a cell group, you would have received a phone message request. Thank you everyone for your help on this matter.

From 17 May onwards, we will receive nominations for members to serve in our Parish Church Council (PCC) for 2020-2021 and also our Synod representatives for 2020-2023. Nomination forms can be requested via email admin@patmos.org.sg.  Nominations will close on 24 May 2020.

On 27 April 2020, the Government gazetted the “COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Alternative Arrangements for Meetings for Registered Societies) Order 2020”. We will endeavour to follow the key guidelines of the Order, which can be found on the website of the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth.

  • In sections 5 and 6, the Vicar of St John’s Chapel as the Chairman of Meeting, will act as the member’s proxy to vote, speak and attend the AGM. Those members who have appointed the Chairman of the meeting as proxy, shall form the quorum for the AGM.
  • In section 2, members will have an option to observe and listen to the proceedings of the AGM via an audio-visual broadcast. Please note that this participation at the AGM is welcome but not compulsory, as your attendance will be counted if you have appointed the Chairman of the meeting as your proxy.

We will inform of more details and processes in the coming weeks. Value your prayers for PCC and myself as we plan and implement the virtual AGM with due diligence by the wisdom and help of God.

Maranatha
Pastor John

10 May 2020

Dear family in Christ

In the Fifth Commandment, the Lord commanded his people to “honour your father and your mother” (Exodus 20:12). This weekend, Mother’s Day is commemorated all around the world. It is a day set aside to remember, honour and thank our mothers for all their labour, love and sacrifice.

As God’s people, what can we do to edify and encourage the mothers in our church community or in your family?

  1. PRAY:  Coming alongside the mothers in regular prayer support goes a long way to give renewal of strength in their mothering responsibilities. Through prayer, the mums look to God and depend on Him for His grace and wisdom. To know that someone is keeping them in prayer means alot to them as they toil faithfully.
  2. ENCOURAGE:  Appropriate words of encouragement spoken at the opportune time can uplift and strengthen the hearts of mothers, especially if they are experiencing struggles and stress in their life. To “encourage” means to “give courage”. Many times, mothers really need the courage to persevere on in the midst of their difficulties.
  3. LISTEN:  Be ready with a listening ear to hear the cry of their hearts for their children, elderly parents & marriage and their struggle to keep a healthy work-life balance. Their problems may not be solved immediately, but your presence and care will help to ease their pain and lighten their heavy burdens.
  4. HELP:  Do offer your help in practical ways. It can be giving a helping hand in church when any need arises. It can be looking after their young children, so that they can have a good rest at home or they can serve in church ministry. Being there for them in practical ways will be a great help and blessing.

Praying and wishing all mothers a Blessed Mother’s Day.

Blessings
Pastor John

3 May 2020

Dear family in Christ

During such challenging and difficult times of Covid-19 pandemic, some Christians have asked, “Is Jesus Christ returning very soon?”  Well, the short answer(s) to this very important question is this: “Yes and No”.

Why “YES”?  When we look at the trends and signs of the times, they seem to fulfil the prophecies of Jesus in Matthew 24. For example, we see earthquakes, famines, wars, violence, persecution, false teaching, lawlessness, drifting away from God, etc. In 2 Timothy 3:1-5, the apostle Paul taught that in the last days, “men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, …. lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God”.

Why then “NO”?  Because the preaching of the gospel in the whole world is yet to be completed. In Matthew 24:14, Jesus declared, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to ALL “NATIONS” (ethnic people groups), and then the end will come.”

According to statistics by Joshua Project (https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/statistics), there are 10,435 unique ethnic people groups across all the countries in the world. Out of these, 4,605 are unreached people groups, located at places where there are zero or very few people who identify as Christian, with little or no history of Christianity.  

Many churches, para-churches, mission agencies, Bible translators and missionaries are working hard to reach out to these remaining unreached people groups with the gospel. Let us be in fervent prayer and practical support for this important work. Meanwhile, let us continue in faithful evangelism and outreach at where God has placed us in our family, school, workplace, neighbourhood and nation. In times like this, people need the Lord, because in Jesus Christ, there is gracious merciful salvation and the hope of eternal life.

Maranatha
Pastor John

26 Apr 2020

Dear family in Christ

A grateful word of thanks to many of you who had responded generously to the following Covid-19 appeals for help:

(1)  Food delivery team to foreign worker dormitories, in partnership with Crisis Relief Alliance

(2)  Contribution of 110 used phone chargers for infected foreign workers at Ng Teng Fong hospital

(3)  Fund-raising collection for three groups of people:

       a. Welfare and needy cases amongst our church members

       b. Help for church members who lost their jobs or had their work income substantially reduced

       c. Financial help and encouragement support for foreign workers

As at 23 April, we have raised a total of $10,000. Quite a number of us have given away the $600 Solidarity payment from the government and also members who gave out of your savings. This amount will be used for the three purposes listed in point 3. A small team of four PCC members, together with the Vicar, will be involved in the process to disburse the funds.

At PCC meeting on 21 April , the PCC made the decision to give $5,000 towards our Anglican diocese outreach project to foreign workers in three specific areas:

  1. Providing 2 months’ supply of multi-vitamins
  2. Providing 2 meals daily for 14 days for 1,000 workers
  3. Developing media content in 3 languages (Tamil, Mandarin, Bengali) for 6 months

Thank you for your generous and compassionate heart. You may continue your giving through our church internet-banking digital giving (pls indicate “Covid-19 help fund”).

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”   Matthew 5:14-16

Love in Christ
Pastor John

19 Apr 2020

Dear family in Christ

St John’s Chapel family welcomes Rev King Chiew Kwang and his family warmly into our church community. Pastor Chiew Kwang is married to Sor Lay, a school teacher, and they have three wonderful children. His family of origin is located at Kuching, where his mother and eight siblings currently reside.

After his professional training and work as a land surveyor, the Lord called pastor Chiew Kwang to full-time ministry in 1989. He received his theological education both in Sarawak and also at Trinity Theological College, Singapore. Upon graduation, he started ministry at All Saints Church Chinese Congregation (1996-1999) where he served at young adults ministry, Mainland Chinese Ministry and chaplaincy ministry at Anglican High School. Subsequently, he was posted to Church of the Good Shepherd Chinese Congregation (2000-2004) where he served at the youth ministry, bilingual service and community outreach.

Rev King was made a deacon in 2004 and ordained as a priest in 2005. He was posted to Marine Parade Christian Centre as Priest-in-charge of the Mandarin Congregation (2005-2009). Subsequently, he was posted to Anglican Care Centre (at Hougang and at Yishun) to pioneer and grow the mental health chaplaincy (2010-2020) and also served as honorary priest at Yishun Christian Church. The mental health ministry has helped him develop his strengths in pulpit preaching, Christian education, counselling, contemplative spirituality and theological reflection.

Pas Chiew Kwang enjoys many personal hobbies, such as reading, movies & documentaries, doing house chores, appreciating nature, arts, music &  dance performances and cross-cultural immersion. I ask for your prayers for God’s grace and wisdom for Pas Chiew Kwang and his family in this period of adjustment and for his focal ministry overseeing the Mandarin, Hokkien and Cantonese congregations.  

I ask for your prayers for God’s grace and wisdom for Pas Chiew Kwang and his family in this period of adjustment and for his focal ministry overseeing the Mandarin, Hokkien and Cantonese congregations.

Love in Christ
Pastor John

5 Apr 2020

Dear family in Christ

We commemorate PALM SUNDAY today. Our Saviour Jesus Christ had set his heart to walk the way of the cross to Calvary. He rode into Jerusalem city on a humble donkey (Matthew 21:1-11). The excited Jewish crowds carried the expectant hope of the conquering Messiah and king who would come to liberate them from the tyrannical Romans.

As they followed Jesus along the city streets, they shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”  But five days later,loud voices cried out, “Crucify him! Crucify him!”.

As we go into Holy Week, let us keep our focus on Jesus Christ and His sacrificial obedience to the will of God the Father. As we remember the series of events during this significant week, may our hearts be filled with gratitude and may our wills be resolved to walk the way of the cross.

  1. Washing the disciples’ feet (John 13:1-17): Servanthood, humility and love for one anothermust be the hallmark of a committed disciple of Jesus.
  2. Passover meal (Matthew 26:17-29): Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper (body and blood) as an important remembrance of God’s new covenant of His grace and mercy.
  3. Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:36-46): Jesus was in deep agony and sorrow, yet He was fully obedient to the will of His Father.
  4. Betrayal, arrest, trial (Luke 22:47 – 23:25): Jesus was mocked, beaten and humiliated, yet He was meek, “like a lamb that is led to the slaughter”.
  5. Crucifixion, death, burial (Luke 23:33-56): In great suffering and painful shame, Jesus gave His life sacrificially on the cross in atonement for our sins and the sins of the world.
  6. Resurrection (Matthew 28:1-10): Hallelujah. He is Risen. Praise and thanks be to God for the victory over sin and death, and the blessed hope of eternal life in Jesus Christ.

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”  Galatians 2:20

Maranatha
Pastor John

29 Mar 2020

Dear church family

In the midst of many challenges and difficulties in his life and kingship, King David trusted in Yahweh and kept his eyes on the Lord. In Psalm 16:8, David declared, “I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.”  Why was David able to make this declaration with faith and confidence?  

Firstly, the Presence of God (“I have set the Lord always before me”). King David was a man after God’s heart. As he remained faithful and obedient to God and loved the Lord with all his heart, he was comforted by God’s presence. He experienced the fullness of joy and the blessing of God.

Secondly, the Power of God  (“because he is at my right hand”). As king of Israel, David faced tremendous challenges. Because David set the Lord continually before him and took refuge in God his Helper, he received God’s counsel and experienced the power of God helping him in all his difficulties.

Thirdly, the Peace of God (“I shall not be shaken”). Despite David’s many struggles, he was not shaken by them, but remained steady and secure. He had shalom peace and rest in God, trusting God and dwelling securely in the Lord.

We are all experiencing tremendous challenges and uncertainties in this worldwide Covid-19 pandemic. You may be going through struggles and heartaches in your life now. Let us keep the Lord continually before us, with childlike faith and whole-hearted dependence upon God. May you experience the presence, power and peace of our sovereign loving Abba Father deep in your heart.

Shalom in Christ
Pastor John

22 Mar 2020

Dear church family

As announced on 9 February, diocesan bishop Rennis Ponniah will be posting Revd Bernard Yee to serve at Chapel of Christ the Redeemer wef 1 April 2020. On the same date, Revd King Chiew Kwang will be posted to St John’s Chapel, where I will assign him to serve as pastor-in-charge for the Mandarin and dialect services, amongst other responsibilities.

We thank the Lord for His love and goodness for pastor Bernard, his wife Dorcas and their wonderful children in being God’s gracious blessings in our church community all these years. Bernard started attending St John’s Jurong in 1985 when he was five years old, together with his three siblings, as brought by their mother Julian, who was invited to church by Bernard’s auntie Florence Hou. Although he believed in Jesus at a Children’s camp, it was at a youth camp in 1995 that Bernard became serious in following Jesus Christ and began his spiritual journey of committed discipleship.

Growing up as a BB boy with the 64th Boys Brigade company had a tremendous impact in Bernard’s life. As he grew in physical age and in spiritual maturity, he learnt to serve the Lord in various church ministries and developed a passion to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. After being on the church staff team for several years, pastor Bernard began the discernment process in the call to the ordained ministry. As the Lord led and called him, pastor Bernard was ordained in May 2016. Glory and praise to the Lord for his sovereign hand upon his son, Bernard.

Let us uphold Rev Bernard, Dorcas and their children in prayer as they transit to another field of faithful ministry unto the Lord. Many will know that they have a heart for gospel mission in Thailand. May the Lord lead and guide them in their ministry ahead and in their family life together in His love and grace.

Maranatha
Pastor John

15 Mar 2020

Dear church family

This current Covid-19 health situation has impacted millions of lives all around the world and also in Singapore. It is a well-known fact that the manner in which people respond to crisis situations reveal their true colours and their true character. As I observe and think about the responses of our church members to Covid-19, I am encouraged and thankful to God for the grace, strength and love shown by God’s people in our church community.

Let me share these examples for your encouragement.

  • Some church members took initiative to contribute face masks, sanitizers, thermometers, etc for church use.
  • Almost 100% of members were understanding on the precautionary measures needed and rendered full cooperation.
  • Members understood that extra specific precautionary measures and procedures are needed because we are located within a school.
  • Members were generally calm, steady and composed during this period of many adjustments.
  • Our church staff team and duty usher teams served in many ways to ensure that precautionary measures are done well.
  • The church lay leadership were fully supportive of diocese guidance and our staff team’s labour of love.
  • Various church ministries made the necessary adjustments and continued to function as normally as possible.
  • Parents continue to bring their children to church for praise time, Bible learning and community fellowship.
  • Church members who felt unwell (even mild symptoms) took it upon themselves not to come to church service for that weekend.

During this Covid-19 health situation, let us continue to look out and help one another and love one another with the love of Jesus Christ.

Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”  Matthew 22:36-40

Maranatha
Pastor John

8 Mar 2020

Dear church family

At the Ash Wednesday service marking the beginning of Lent, the priest places some ash on our foreheads and he says “you are dust, and to dust you shall return” (Genesis 3:19b). This is a clear reminder that our bodies are frail and mortal. Because of sin, man has fallen short of the glory of God. But thanks be to God for the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In Christ, we are set free from our bondage to sin and death.

During this Lent season, firstly, let us reflect and give thanks to God for the life and sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Jesus walked the way of the cross in submission and obedience to His Father’s will. May our hearts be ever grateful to Jesus and follow his example of humble obedience.

Secondly, let us repent of our sins as we open our hearts to the powerful work of the Holy Spirit. God will forgive us when we truly repent, having a transformative inward change of heart. May we seek to live a life of holiness and godliness.

Thirdly, let us renew our first love for God and our commitment to the kingdom of God. Take time to slow down during Lent and spend time with Abba Father in the Word and in prayer. Be restored in your soul and inner being. May we grow daily in our relationship with God and in Christlikeness.

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.”   Psalm 51:10-12

Maranatha
Pastor John

1 Mar 2020

Dear church family

In Matthew 5:13-16, Jesus taught his disciples to be salt of the earth and the light of the world. During this season of Covid-19 health situation, how can Christians shine brightly for Jesus Christ and bear a good testimony for the gospel in practical ways?

  1. Be socially responsible. If we are feeling unwell, take the necessary precautionary measures and stay away from crowded places.
  2. Be supportive of healthcare workers. Let us show care and encouragement for those whom we know who work in healthcare.
  3. Be helpful to those under quarantine or leave of absence. We can offer practical help and call them regularly to encourage them.
  4. Be watchful of our neighbours who may need help. This is a good opportunity to offer friendship and practical help.
  5. Be understanding to those feeling anxious. We can comfort them with kindness and words of Scripture.
  6. Be sensitive to those affected economically. Let us extend a helping hand in finance and practical support as needed.
  7. Be ready to share the hope we have in Jesus Christ. Let us share the good news of the gospel to colleagues and friends feeling fearful.

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

Shalom
Pastor John

23 Feb 2020

Dear church family

On 26 February Ash Wednesday, we begin the 40-day season of Lent. Lent is a season of spiritual preparation when we remember the temptation, ministry, suffering and death of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is an opportune time for disciples of Jesus to seek God and draw closer to Him through fervent prayer, personal reflection, regular fasting and sincere repentance.

Let us take time to slow down during Lent. Here are some practical suggestions in walking through Lent.

  • Reflect on the cross and the power of the gospel of Christ.
  • Set aside extra time for prayer each day.
  • Fast regularly to devote time for prayer and Bible reading.
  • Keep a journal of your thoughts, prayers and reflections.
  • Give time to serve others in need in church or community.
  • Give money as freewill giving for missions and to the poor.
  • Forgive others and make things right in your relationships.

As we seek the Lord earnestly, may we experience a close personal encounter with our Abba Father through the powerful work of the Holy Spirit. Praise God for His merciful forgiveness when we truly repent of our sins, having a transformative change of heart and a definitive change in our way of life walking in holiness and godliness.

Shalom
Pastor John

9 Feb 2020

Shalom church family

We thank the Lord for his gracious sovereign hand upon His Church in Singapore and in our Anglican diocese, particularly in raising up good and godly men and women in the work of God’s eternal kingdom. I would like to share two important announcements.

1.  Tenth Bishop of Singapore

The Provincial House of Bishops has appointed Rev Canon Dr Titus Chung, aged 55
years, as the tenth Bishop of Singapore. Canon Titus is currently the Priest-in-charge of St Andrew’s Cathedral Mandarin Congregation. He is also the Convenor of Continuing Ministerial Education for Clergy & Deaconesses and a member of the Senior Clergy Planning Team. Canon Titus will be consecrated and installed on Sunday 18 October 2020. Value your prayers for Canon Titus and his family as they prepare for his new appointment and heavy responsibilities.

2.  Clergy postings

The Bishop’s office has announced the following clergy postings wef 1 April 2020.

  • Revd Bernard Yee will be posted to Chapel of Christ the Redeemer

  • Revd King Chiew Kwang will be posted to St John’s Chapel

We look forward to welcome Rev King Chiew Kwang into our church community. Let us uphold Rev Bernard, Dorcas and their children in prayer as they prepare for this transition to another field of faithful ministry unto the Lord.

Then (Jesus) said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.”  Matthew 9:37-38

Marantha
Pastor John

2 Feb 2020

Dear church family

As we experience some anxiety and uncertainty due to the “Wuhan Coronavirus” health situation in Singapore and around the world, may the Lord grant you His peace and strength to cope with your daily routines and general concerns for your family. In accordance with health advisory guidelines, our church will implement the following measures:

  1. Children ministry – The teachers will be doing temperature-taking and hand-sanitizing for the children.
  2. Hand hygiene – We will refrain from handshake greetings at usher welcome, exchange of peace, etc. Hand-sanitizers and soap dispensers will be placed at the church entrance and the toilets respectively.
  3. Holy Communion – Intinction will be strictly practised. Pls refrain from drinking from the chalice. Pls dip your wafer lightly and avoid having your fingers to be in contact with the wine.
  4. Sick and unwell – If you feel unwell with a fever and having respiratory symptoms (cough, runny nose, etc), pls rest at home and not attend church services and Cell or ministry meetings.

Let us join our hearts to pray for God’s mercy and protection for all peoples of the world, especially those in the provinces of China. Pls remember our brothers and sisters in China in prayer that they will find peace and strength in the Lord and be God’s help and blessing to all those around them.

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.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.”   Psalm 91:1-6

Shalom
Pastor John

26 Jan 2020

Dear church family

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.”   Eph 1:3-4

In Ephesians chapter 1, the apostle Paul encouraged God’s community at Ephesus about their joy and privilege of having bountiful spiritual blessings in Jesus Christ:

  • Adoption as sons (and daughters) of Abba Father because of His agape love (1:5-6)
  • Redemption through His blood for the forgiveness of our sins because God’s grace (1:7-10)
  • Inheritance of the hope of eternal life because of God’s mercy (1:11-12)
  • Holy Spirit’s presence and power for living because of God’s faithfulness (1:13-14)

As we receive and enjoy these spiritual blessings in Christ, may our lives “be holy and blameless before him”, to the praise and glory of God our heavenly Father.

May we continue to labour for the gospel and pray for many others (especially our family and friends) to believe and trust in Jesus Christ, so that they also can enjoy all these spiritual blessings in their lives.

Shalom
Pastor John

19 Jan 2020

Dear church family

During Chinese New Year season, there will be opportunities to meet up with family relatives, good friends, work colleagues and friendly neighbours. As you enjoy the yummy food and casual conversations, do make use of every opportunity to shine brightly for Jesus in the midst of the festivities.

  1. Pray – As you share in conversation, silently commit your family and friends to the Lord in prayer for God’s grace of salvation.
  • Respect – It is important to give due honour and respect to our elders in our immediate and extended families.
  • Listen – Take time to hear their life stories and understand the heart and struggles of our family and friends.
  • Care – As you sense some needs of your family and friends, may the Lord use you to minister help and concern to them.
  • Invite – Be courageous to invite them to know Jesus and welcome them to our church services or ministries.

Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison.”   Colossians 4:2-3

Blessings
Pastor John

12 Jan 2020

Dear church family

In Matthew 24:14, Jesus told his disciples that “this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”  To hasten the return of our Lord Jesus Christ, the gospel must be proclaimed to every people group in the world. In our modern world, various people groups are found within each country. Many people groups have yet to be reached with the gospel. In view of this great urgency, let us join our hearts to pray for them to hear the gospel, believe in Jesus and be saved by the grace of God.

For the past one year, I have been using an app that provides information prayer pointers from “Operation World” to guide me in my daily prayer for the nations. You can download this free app on your mobile phone or laptop using this weblink  http://www.operationworld.org/prayer-app/     I find the information very useful to understand each country and the various people groups, which guide me to pray specifically for each nation of the world everyday. It has helped me to see the power and grace of God at work in all these nations.

Currently, this app is only available in English. There is a printed version of “Operation World” in Mandarin. If you need help to buy a copy, pls speak with the church staff for assistance.

May we grow in our prayer life daily. May the Lord open our eyes and heart as we pray for the nations, especially for the unreached peoples.

Maranatha
Pastor John

5 Jan 2020

Dear church family

As we begin the new year 2020, let us trust in the sovereign Lord’s grace and goodness and let us rest in the eternal God’s love and power. The Psalmist declared confidently, “Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.” (Psalm 90:1-2)

The hymn-writer Isaac Watts faced difficult circumstances and uncertain times in the 18th century. As Isaac Watts read the Scriptures, Psalm 90 ministered deeply in his heart. Expressing the thoughts of Psalm 90:1-5, he composed this wonderful hymn “Our God, our Help in ages past”. In the first stanza, Isaac wrote such words of trust and comfort, “Our God, our Help in ages past, our Hope for years to come, our Shelter from the stormy blast, and our eternal Home.” What a wonderful reminder that God is our faithful Help, our secure Hope, our strong Shelter and our eternal Home. God does not change and He stands above human time, for He is the everlasting God. May this hymn encourage and strengthen your heart.

Many of us will face challenges, uncertainties, struggles and fears in the new year ahead. In the midst of the heavy storms of life and the restless turmoil of this world, may we rest secure in the Lord God Almighty, who is our dwelling place in all generations. Let us hope in God and trust his loving grace, because from everlasting to everlasting, He is the eternal mighty God.

Maranatha
Pastor John

29 Dec 2019

Dear church family

We praise and thank God for the five baptismal candidates on Christmas Day. One is a beautiful baby, representing the next generation. Another is a youth, rescued and saved by the Lord’s grace. Three are the elderly parents of two church members, mercifully experiencing the love of God. All glory to God for his gracious mercy and loving faithfulness.

As we come to the end of year 2019, may our hearts be joyful in praise of the Lord for who He is and be filled with gratitude to God for all His blessings in our life. May we sing like the grateful psalmist, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!” (Psalm 103:1).

As we reflect on all the issues, events and circumstances in our life, let us give thanks to God and “forget not all his benefits” (Psalm 103:2-5) of loving forgiveness, merciful healing, gracious redemption, steadfast love, faithful goodness and life renewal in the power of the Holy Spirit.

I know that for some brothers and sisters in our church community, this past year has been filled with difficult and painful situations in your life or that of your family and loved ones. May you find peace and rest in the Lord and be strengthened by the grace of our loving Shepherd.

Love in Christ
Pastor John

22 Dec 2019

Dear friends, guests and church family

A very warm special welcome to all our friends, guests and visitors. We are so glad that you are with us today for our special Christmas program. We hope that you will have an enjoyable and meaningful experience that will bring deep peace and great joy in your heart this Christmas.

There are times when we go through painful struggles in areas in life such as ill health, financial debt, family quarrels, marriage issues, disobedient children, work stress, job loss, etc. Our hearts feel deep pain and we experience great anxieties. In such times, we can only pray that the painful situation will have a happy turnaround as we cling on to the hope of a clear solution and a good change.

Hope is so important in every area of life. The unemployed person hopes to get a job soon. Students hope to pass their exams. Parents hope their child will grow up well. Families in conflict hope for restoration in their relationships. Struggling families hope for enough food and finances. There is a popular Mandarin song that expressed the hope in every heart that “Tomorrow will be better” ( 明天会更好).

Christians all over the world celebrate the joy of Christmas because of the blessed hope we have in Jesus Christ. In Jesus Christ the Son of God, we experience the love, joy and peace of God. We receive the grace and mercy of God. We receive forgiveness for our sins. We have purpose and meaning in life. We have the joyous hope of eternal life.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13

Love in Christ
Pastor John

15 Dec 2019

BISHOP’S LEADERSHIP LETTER (Advent 2019)

GOD SHINES FORTH FROM HIS CHURCH

Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth.” (Psalm 50:2, ESV)

Dear Church Family,

With thanksgiving to God, I look back on 2019 as the year of God’s great victories. I praise Him for –

  • triggering a new movement of personal evangelism and discipleship through the Celebration of Hope rallies.
  • granting significant growth in membership and qualitative change for the Diocese as a whole.
  • making possible a robust unity among orthodox Anglicans globally through the adoption of the Covenantal Structure for the Global South Fellowship of Anglican Churches (GSA) in Cairo this year.

What God begins, we must continue in the power of the Holy Spirit. Only then will His good purposes be fully accomplished. So let us not take our hands off the plow or our feet off the pedal. With faith, humility and love, let us keep our respective ministries “pressing on”. This will enable the Diocese to remain in gear for Kingdom advance even as we prayerfully await the appointment of the new Diocesan Bishop. I am expecting the announcement of the Bishop-designate to be made in February 2020 and look forward to working with him to effect the leadership transition by the time I step down from office on 30 August 2020.

ADVENT is the time of waiting for God (Isaiah 25:1-9). We look back on Christ’s first coming and we know God will always deliver on His promises ‘from of old, faithful and sure’. We gain a deep and joyful confidence of Christ’s coming again with His saints in glory. This gives us new strength to keep shining forth His glory and proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ. We do so with the Spirit’s power until that Day when Christ returns as King and the new universe is fully bathed in the morning light of God’s glorious presence. May the Lord bless all our specially-prepared occasions this Christmas for bearing witness to Him in our parishes and deaneries.

May the glory of the God who saves shine forth from our hearts, our homes, our churches and our Diocese. May we, His redeemed people, bring HOPE to our land.

As Isaiah says, This is our God and we rejoice in Him! (Isaiah 25:9)

Warmly in Christ,
Bishop Rennis

8 Dec 2019

Dear family in Christ

I request your prayers for the nation of Vietnam, a dynamic growing country with a population of 96.8 million. Young people are pre-dominant, with 60% of the population below age 40. There are 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam, with the majority group being Vietnamese Kinh (84%). The main religion is Buddhism (52.5%), while those professing to be non-religious is at 23.3%. The number of Protestant Christians is at 1.8%.

The mission of the Deanery of Vietnam is to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ and to plant the future Diocese of Vietnam. Our strategy and goal is to plant ten congregations in the major cities of Vietnam, and for them to grow into parishes, led by indigenous clergy and lay leadership. Currently, there are two Anglican congregations. Church of Christ our Hope was planted at Ho Chi Minh in 2009 and Church of The True Light planted at Hanoi in 2012.

Praise God for an increasing openness to the gospel among a people with deep spiritual allegiance to ancestor veneration and worship. Pray for the gospel to reach every people group in Vietnam, for the clergy to shepherd God’s people lovingly and for the lay leaders and church members to grow in committed discipleship and proclaim the gospel faithfully. Leadership training and development is vital. Do pray for a generation of young people to be godly committed disciples of Jesus Christ.

Maranatha
Pastor John

1 Dec 2019

Dear family in Christ

Today is the first Sunday in Advent, the liturgical season which focuses on the coming of the Saviour Jesus Christ. It is a season of spiritual preparation marked by prayers of humble devotion and times of quiet reflection. Advent is an opportune time to involve our children in devotion activities at home that directly connects with the worship of God in church. I encourage all parents to use the Advent-Christmas Devotional Guide (available at the reception table)  to teach and transmit the Christian faith to your children by involving them in reading the Scriptures, lighting the Advent wreath candles, in interaction and prayer.

There is a double focus in Advent. Firstly, it is the joyous celebration of the birth of Jesus the Messiah in his First Advent. Secondly, it is the anticipation of His impending return as King in his Second Advent. We celebrate the revelation of God’s redeeming love in Jesus Christ in his First Advent for the purpose of reconciling our fallen world to God the Father. Having known God as Father and walking in obedience with Him daily, we now look forward eagerly to the hope of eternal life in the Second Advent, where God the King will come in power to judge and rule the world.

As we live in between the two Advents, we are called to live godly & holy lives and be faithful stewards of the gospel entrusted to us as God’s people. In our spiritual journey as disciples of Jesus Christ, we have an important responsibility to live a life bringing glory to God and sharing about Jesus through the gospel message and our loving deeds.

Maranatha
Pastor John

24 Nov 2019

Highlights from Diocesan Synod November 2019
‘A RENEWED VOICE, A NEW SOUND’ – By Bp Rennis Ponniah

We praise God that our Diocese has found a “renewed voice” to proclaim the Gospel and that a “new and winsome sound” is going forth from our Churches both in Singapore and our six Deanery countries. All praise and thanks be to God who has built us up over the years to where we are today, with a hunger for more of His glory!

As we gathered in Synod this past week, we experienced the presence of God in our midst. It was such a blessing to have the full attendance of our Deanery field clergy and delegates. We finished our Synod meeting with joy and the following three imperatives:

  1. Give thanks to the Lord
  2. Grow as disciples of Jesus
  3. Go forward in Kingdom Advance

SUMMARY

  1. Give thanks to the Lord for the spiritual victories our Diocese has experienced in proclaiming the Gospel, growing the Church, and uniting orthodox Anglicans
  2. Grow as disciples of Jesus by laying down at the Cross: your life, your load, and your ‘lead’ (wanting to be ahead of others)
  3. Go “up and on” in Kingdom Advance even during this time of transition by:
  4. Trusting God with the process of appointing a new Bishop
  5. Engaging intentionally in grassroots evangelism and personal discipleship
  6. Stepping up in Deanery and world missions
  7. Making your church community bold and beautiful in its witness –

            “A renewed voice, a new sound.”

CONCLUSION

Let us take to heart God’s destiny-shaping word for our Diocese:

“And now the LORD says, He who formed me from the womb to be his servant… I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”  Isaiah 49:5a, 6b.

May we in our generation and for many generations to come fulfil God’s destiny for us in the power of the Holy Spirit and for love of Christ.

A PRAYER FOR THE Process of Appointing A New Diocesan Bishop

Almighty and everliving God, ruler of all things in heaven and on earth: Look graciously on your Church and send your Holy Spirit to enlighten and guide those who shall choose a Bishop for this Diocese. Grant that they will choose a faithful shepherd, a steward of your Word and Sacraments, who will drive away all erroneous and strange doctrine, and vigorously promote missionary work and the spiritual growth of those entrusted to his care. Grant that we may receive a faithful pastor who will equip the saints for ministry in all that they undertake, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

17 Nov 2019

Dear family in Christ

This weekend, we commemorate Diocesan Missions Sunday. Praise the Lord for his loving grace and merciful forgiveness in his salvation rescue of mankind from sin and darkness. We give thanks to God for people from every tribe and language in Singapore and in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Nepal, Thailand and Vietnam coming to salvation faith in Jesus. Let us pray for the continual faithful proclamation of the gospel in these six deanery countries and for growth in spiritual maturity of God’s people in committed discipleship.

As the Lord enables, pls give unto the Lord for the diocesan “Give Him a Hundred” (GHH) missions giving in support of church planting work in these six deaneries. I am grateful for the Lord’s provision that the 2017 GHH giving had enabled the deanery of Vietnam to purchase an office space property at Hanoi to be used as a place of worship for Church of The True Light and the outreach platform of Abba English centre. We will be having a consecration service for this new property by bishop Rennis on 7 December at Hanoi.

Praise the Lord for his goodness and faithfulness to the St Margaret’s School family as she celebrates her 177th anniversary on 16 November. The Lord has given St John’s Chapel a wonderful harvest field right at our doorstep. Our grateful thanks to brothers and sisters who serve faithfully in the various areas of school chaplaincy work. May we always be found faithful in the proclamation of the gospel.

Maranatha
Pastor John

10 Nov 2019

Dear family in Christ

As a follow-up to Celebration Of Hope in May 2019, there will be five  HOPE YOU COME  (希望你来)  dialect Gospel rallies held across Singapore simultaneously on 16 November, Saturday, 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm. Free admission. No registration needed.

May I encourage us to prayerfully invite our family members, neighbours and friends to the relevant dialect gospel rally, so that they can hear the gospel of Jesus Christ in their heart language and respond to the love and grace of God.

  1. HOKKIEN Gospel rally: Evangelist Rev James Lim, Special guest Mr Moses Lim
    Bukit Panjang Methodist Church, 496 Upper Bukit Timah Road, S’pore 678099
  2. CANTONESE Gospel rally:  Evangelist Rev Oh Beng Khee, Special guest Mr Allan Moo
    Kum Yan Methodist Church, 1 Queen St, S’pore 188534
  3. TEOCHEW Gospel rally: Evangelist Rev Tan Yew Kheng, Special guest Mr Chew Chor Meng
    Newton Life Church, 16 Newton Rd, S’pore 307995
  4. HAKKA Gospel rally: Evangelist Rev Chong Soon Fah, Special guest Ms Wang Lizhen
    Singapore Hakka Methodist Church, 1-B Evelyn Rd, S’pore 309298
  5. HAINANESE Gospel rally: Evangelist Rev Roy Koh, Special guest Mr Peter Yu
    Holy Grace Presbyterian Church, 408-B Upper East Coast Rd, S’pore 466484

For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”  Romans 10:13

Maranatha
Pastor John

3 Nov 2019

Dear family in Christ

This coming week is significant for our diocese as the Synod meets from 6 to 9 November. On 8 & 9 November, there will be an extraordinary Synod meeting for the purpose of nominating our next diocesan bishop, who will take over from bishop Rennis when he is constitutionally due for retirement in September 2020. We value all your prayers for God’s gracious leading and wise guidance for the whole nomination process.

We are having our annual missions month this November and have invited guest preachers with varied missional experiences to share God’s Word and their particular areas of ministry in missions. I pray that the various messages will help us to see what the Lord is doing in Singapore and in the nations of the world in the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Let us uphold our church missionaries in fervent prayers: (1) Gerry and Yahui serving at ChiangMai with Deanery of Thailand in church planting work; (2) The Goslings serving with a missions agency and their outreach to refugees; (3) Deborah Loh (currently on compassionate leave) serving amongst the urban poor at Bangkok with Overseas Missionary Fellowship; (4) Preparation of mission teams ministering at Batam (Nov) and ChiangMai (Dec).

Our church have a Mission Fund which is used to fund the above-mentioned missionaries, plus missional work such as Komering outreach, Karen Anglican mission and the six deaneries of our diocese (Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam). You may use the “Freewill giving” envelope available at the church entrance table. As the Lord enables, may I encourage us to give cheerfully, generously and sacrificially for the work of God’s eternal kingdom.

Maranatha
Pastor John

27 Oct 2019

Dear family in Christ

It was encouraging to see the leaders of the Mandarin, Cantonese and Hokkien congregations gathering together on Sunday 20 October with one heart and mind to discuss, plan and set the ministry direction for the year ahead under the spiritual leadership of Rev Bernard. They have envisioned to be a Christ-centred discipleship church that impact lives. The mission is to preach the gospel and lead people to Jesus Christ into the Kingdom of God, shepherding and equipping them as disciples of Jesus who live out the Lordship of Christ in their lives.

The proclamation of the gospel amongst the Mandarin-speaking and dialect-speaking people in Singapore continues to be relevant and important, especially in the current trend of an ageing population. Let us join our hearts to pray that the work of the gospel will take root and bear fruit in salvation faith in the hearts of hundreds and thousands of lives.

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.”  2 Peter 3:9

Maranatha
Pastor John

20 Oct 2019

Dear family in Christ

Since February 2013, sister Elizabeth Joseph has been an integral part of our school chaplaincy staff team, being seconded to us by her sending church ACTS centre (St Andrew’s Cathedral). ACTS centre is embarking into a new season in their church life and plans to recall Elizabeth back for church ministry from 1 November 2019 onwards. We are very thankful to God for his gracious provision through the kindness and generosity of the clergy and lay leadership of ACTS centre these past seven years.

Elizabeth has been God’s blessing to the school chaplaincy work and to the church staff team. Many young lives in the school have been ministered by her faithful ministry through her teaching, counselling, helping and befriending. Many girls in the Girls’ Brigade have also been blessed by her leadership and fellowship. Our church staff team have received help, fellowship, encouragement and friendship from Elizabeth over the years.

We give thanks to God for Elizabeth and we pray for God’s continual grace, strength and wisdom upon her as we wish her every joy and fruitfulness in her life and ministry for the Lord.

Blessings in Christ
Pastor John

6 Oct 2019

Dear family in Christ

Last Sunday afternoon, I received the sad news that our brother in Christ, Peter Lee Chye Nguan, had gone home to be with the Lord after a short period of major illness. Chye Nguan and his family were faithful church members at St John’s Church (Jurong) at the hilltop. They have been living in New Zealand for many years. His passing brought deep grief and sorrow to his family and friends.

Tributes were written by fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, which were shared at his funeral. Many appreciated Chye Nguan for being such a blessing, encouragement, help & support to them, always cheerful, humble & kind, and loving & serving with Lord with joy, commitment and purpose. We thank the Lord for his grace and blessing upon our brother Chye Nguan, for a life well-lived and much well-loved. May we be encouraged by his love for God and the example of his life in Christ.

Let us live our life with joy and purpose in the Lord, always seeking to be God’s blessing to our family, friends, colleagues, neighbours and fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. May we grow as God’s koinonia community to love, serve and encourage one another, even as we see the Day of the Lord drawing near.

Maranatha
Pastor John

29 Sep 2019

Dear family in Christ

A few days ago, several staff and myself experienced a pastoral situation which reflected the full spectrum of life. We attended a funeral at Mandai crematorium in the early afternoon, where there was sorrow and grief for the bereaved family of one of our church members. Then we proceeded to a local hospital to visit a church couple and their new-born baby, where there was celebration and joy for God’s grace and love for the family. On that same day, we witnessed both birth and death, life at its beginning and life at its ending.

At the crematorium, as we sat quietly through the rituals, I grieved in my heart as I thought about the destination of the soul of the dearly departed elderly person, and offered a prayer to God that many in his big extended family will experience salvation in Jesus Christ one day.

At the hospital, as we rejoiced with the couple and their families, I thanked God for his gracious lovingkindness and had the opportunity to pray for the new-born baby that she will grow up to know and fear God, to love and follow Jesus Christ all the days of her life.

All of us will take this same journey, from birth to death, a beginning and an ending. What will be different is how we live our life and for whom or what purpose do we live for. The writer of Ecclesiastes reflected on life and realised that life is meaningless without God. All the things of this world (money, possessions, pleasures, toil & labour, achievements, knowledge) will not give true and purposeful meaning in life. The writer made this godly conclusion in Ecclesiastes 12:13-14  “The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.”

Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;

Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies;

Heav’n’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee;

In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

Maranatha
Pastor John

22 Sep 2019

Dear family in Christ

We thank the Lord for our church missionaries, called by God to bring the gospel of Jesus our Messiah to various ethnic people groups. Pls remember them regularly in prayer, give them a call, write an email or send a card to encourage them in their ministry.

  1. Ian & Alison Gosling – They have been serving faithfully and strategically under a foreign missions agency. Ian provides significant IT training and development for this agency’s mission outreach around the world. At the Goslings’ current ministry station, they are reaching out to displaced refugees with the love of God. Pls pray for Ian and Alison’s health as they serve the Lord’s purposes.
  2. Gerry & Ya Hui Gan – Having served faithfully in church planting work for 7 years at ChiangMai under the deanery of Thailand, praise the Lord that they had a good sabbatical rest and reflection in Singapore recently. They have resumed ministry work on 1 September. Pls pray for God’s grace, wisdom and strength upon Gerry & Ya Hui as they persevere on in their missional ministry among the Thai people.
  3. Deborah Loh – She had been back home in Singapore since October 2018 under Overseas Missionary Fellowship Admin Leave of Absence to care for her father, who went home to be with the Lord last month. There is a tentative plan for Deborah to return to the OMF mission field at Bangkok in early 2020. Pls pray for her to receive the four clearances required by OMF, especially in the area of financial support.

Our church practises the two-envelope giving system. The first is the Tithing envelope. All tithes returned to the Lord go to the General Fund, which is used to pay staff salaries, ministry expenses, diocese quota, giving to parachurch organisations like Singapore Youth For Christ (for support of Wang Qiu Yue and Chloe Ong) and Youth Guidance Outreach Services (for support of Goh Boon Siong and Tan Xing Wei), etc.

The second is the Freewill giving envelope. This giving goes to the Mission Fund, which is used to support the above-mentioned missionaries, Komering outreach, plus ad-hoc giving to diocese deanery work and other missions work as led by the Lord. Our Mission Fund currently stands at $11,667 as at 31 August 2019. As the Lord enables, may I encourage us to give cheerfully and generously for the work of God’s eternal kingdom.

Maranatha
Pastor John

15 Sep 2019

Dear family in Christ

A very warm welcome to Dr David & Mrs Deborah Miller to be with our St John’s Chapel community. We are glad and privileged to hear the teaching of God’s Word at the teaching seminar “Why Israel? And why does it matter?” and also his preaching at both English services.

Dr Miller has recently published his new book “Lord of the Nations: The Big Picture of Scripture”, which is available for purchase after the church service. This book addresses the critical issue and significant question of how every believer should read the Bible. Dr Miller shows how the Bible is one glorious narrative of God’s unchanging character and his merciful hand working throughout history till the present and to the end of time, as demonstrated through his relationship with the nations of the world, especially Israel.

Dr David & Mrs Deborah Miller have been a wonderful blessing to the Diocese of Singapore through their teaching and fellowship, especially for their missional teaching ministry at the deaneries of Thailand, Nepal and Vietnam. I am so glad and appreciate their multiple trips to both Anglican churches at Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh this year to teach God’s Word and edify the Body of Christ at Vietnam.

As we grow deeper in understanding God’s Word and know intimately the God of Scripture, may our hands continue to plough in the harvest of souls and may our hearts be ever ready for the soon and coming Return of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Maranatha
Pastor John

8 Sep 2019

Dear family in Christ

Today we commemorate the annual Diocese Education Month. The diocese Education Board currently oversees 30 schools and preschool entities with a total enrolment of approximately 15,890 students. This enormous challenge also presents many exciting opportunities. This year, the Education month video highlights the work of the Boys’ Brigade and the Girls’ Brigade in our Anglican schools. We also thank the Lord for the opportunity to serve the community of children and youths through the activities of BB and GB in the government schools.

It is such a great joy to see St John’s Chapel serving in six companies in four schools: Boys’ Brigade (64th, 52J, 59J) and Girls’ Brigade (31st, 52nd, 59th). This ministry has really stretched our church human resources to the full. We are so thankful to the Lord and very encouraged by the commitment, sacrifice and love of our church members who have served or are serving faithfully as officers, volunteers and helpers over the years.

We live in challenging times in today’s post-modern world. It is our joyful privilege and trustworthy responsibility to inculcate important life values and build excellent moral character in these precious young lives. We value your prayers for the BB and GB ministries. We also need more volunteers. I would like to make an appeal for church members to consider serving at BB and GB. If you would like to find out more, pls have a word with Rev Bernard, Pas Fu Man, Pas Florence or myself.

For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45

Maranatha
Pastor John

1 Sep 2019

Dear family in Christ

As the school chaplain, I will be attending the annual Teachers’ Day Appreciation Tea this coming Thursday to fellowship and encourage the teachers of St Margaret’s Secondary school. Teachers play an important role in shaping the minds and hearts of their students, especially during their growing teenage years.

Similarly, in God’s Church, those who teach God’s Word serve a significant purpose in building up the people of God to grow in spiritual maturity. Let us thank and appreciate all those involved in teaching God’ Word at St John’s Chapel in the various congregations, ministries and families.

  1. Children ministry teachers – Your committed teaching of God’s Word will bear a significant impact and influence in the children’s lives.
  2. Youth leaders and young adults leaders – Be grounded in the Word of God and guide fellow young people in the study of God’s Word.
  3. Cell leaders and Bible teachers – Press on in teaching God’s truths in encouraging group members to walk obediently with God.
  4. Boys Brigade and Girls Brigade officers & helpers – Communicate God’s truths faithfully as you touch young lives with the love of God.
  5. Chaplaincy team – Your life and ministry in God’s Word will bring good comfort and encouragement to many students.
  6. Parents, grandparents and godparents – Deposit a godly spiritual legacy in the young generation by your teaching and modelling of Christ.

Thank you all for your labour in God’s kingdom. May we be found faithful in teaching God’s Word and walking in obedience to the Lord.

Maranatha
Pastor John  

25 Aug 2019

Dear family in Christ

We rejoice with the 32 brothers and sisters in Christ who were confirmed last Sunday. We give thanks to Abba Father for his merciful grace in receiving them as His beloved children. We thank God for those who have journeyed and disci25pled them in their Christian faith and spiritual growth. Each one of them has a wonderful story to tell of the Lord’s gracious hand upon their life. Let me share a few stories.

  • One came to know Jesus during her time with 52nd Girls Brigade. She is now serving in both 52nd and 59th GB.
  • One heard the gospel and experienced the love of God at 64th Boys Brigade. He is a good role model to the younger BB boys.
  • One had objected angrily many years ago when her daughter became a Christian. Now she finds joy and peace in Abba Father.
  • One had faced many difficulties at work and family. Coming to faith in Jesus has given him peace and strength to cope well.
  • A couple came to faith in Christ after many years of prayers and hearing the gospel. They are now filled with joy in the Lord.

For all the confirmands, just like all of us in God’s community, our life is in God’s hands. Our Abba Father continues to write a beautiful story in our life, as we grow more and more into the image of His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Let us rejoice with hope and confidence like the Psalmist in Psalm 23:6, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

Maranatha
Pastor John

18 Aug 2019

Dear family in Christ

We extend a very warm welcome to all our invited guests present today as family and friends of those who are confirmed.

(Dear guests, we hope that you will have a meaningful service. Please join us for fellowship lunch after the service.)

We rejoice with the 32 brothers and sisters in Christ who are confirmed today. We give thanks to Abba Father for his bountiful grace and mercy in calling them to Himself as His beloved children and faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. We thank God for those who have shared Jesus with the confirmands and also those who have discipled them in their faith journey.

In the Anglican Church, the rite of Confirmation is significant for three reasons.

  1. It is for the strengthening of the believer for Christian life and witness and for ministry and service, by the empowering of the Holy Spirit through the laying on of hands by the bishop.
  2. It is an opportunity for those baptized as children to confess their faith publicly and declare their baptismal vows personally, as previously undertaken on their behalf by their parents and godparents.
  3. It is the receiving into full membership in a particular parish of the Diocese of Singapore and a declaration of their discipleship commitment together with the church community at St John’s Chapel.

As we witness the Confirmation today, may we be reminded of the baptismal vows that we promised God at our baptism. Let us honour our vows to live a Christ-centred godly life and to trust in God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, let us walk close to Jesus and serve God faithfully in the work of His eternal kingdom, even as we await eagerly for the Return of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Maranatha
Pastor John

11 Aug 2019

Dear family in Christ

This is a very special year for Singapore. It is the 200th anniversary of Sir Stamford Raffles’ arrival in Singapore in 1819, an important milestone in our nation’s history. It was Sir Stamford Raffles who allocated a piece of land along North Bridge Road in his Town Plan of 1822 to build and establish the first Anglican church in Singapore, St Andrew’s Church.

At St Andrew’s Church on 25 June 1856 Whitsunday (Pentecost), Revd William Humphrey, the Residency Chaplain of the East India Company, preached a stirring sermon that exhorted the congregation to support the gospel mission to the Tamil, Chinese and general local Malay population. His gospel appeal led to the establishment of St Andrew’s Church Mission in 1856. Many gave towards missions and evangelism work and Christian workers were recruited from India and China for church planting work in Singapore. 16 years later in 1872, church planting work in Jurong was initiated by Revd William Gomes and Mr Cheok Loi Fatt, which eventually led to the building and establishment of St John’s Church (Jurong) in 1884.

We praise the Lord for His sovereign guiding hand – from Stamford Raffles to St Andrew’s Church, to church planting work, and to St John’s Church (Jurong) and the other current 25 parishes in Singapore. As we celebrate Singapore’s 54th National Day, let us thank God for His sovereign hand in placing us and our families in this nation and be grateful to God for peace and stability. Let us be faithful to God’s calling to be His loving witnesses sharing the grace and love of God to every people group in Singapore and seek to be God’s blessing to many for the glory of God.

All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations shall worship before you. For kingship belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations.”    Psalm 22:27-28

 

Maranatha
Pastor John

4 Aug 2019

Dear family in Christ

Praise and thanks be to God for a joyous 135th anniversary family service and celebratory lunch & program last Sunday. It is so wonderful to see all five congregations giving thanks to the Lord together for his grace, goodness and faithfulness throughout the generations. It is a joy to welcome guest visitors and family members and also some church members returning in community.

Grateful thanks to everyone who served and helped in planning & coordination, logistics, sound/media and ushering. Joyous thanks to the children, congregations and cell groups who contributed dance and song items and led the ice-breaker games. Praise God for his grace in the lives of those who shared their heartfelt testimonies.

Let us walk faithfully in God’s calling for his Church from generation to generation. We are called to fulfill the purpose of God in Christ. May the presence and love of Christ dwell in our hearts as we reflect the likeness of Christ in our lives. We are called to walk in community as one in Christ. May we walk in a manner worthy of God’s calling and stand in unity on the Church’s one foundation, Jesus Christ.

May the community of St John’s Chapel continue to grow in purpose and unity for the majestic glory of God and the eternal kingdom of God.

 

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus, throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21

 

Maranatha
Pastor John

28 Jul 2019

Dear family in Christ

As we gather today for our church 135th anniversary service and celebratory lunch, we have so much to be thankful for as we reflect on God’s grace and faithfulness over the years. Psalm 100 is a wonderful psalm of thanksgiving unto the Lord for reflection on such a special occasion.

  1. Let us make a joyful noise unto the Lord and come into his presence with glad singing (v1-2).
  1. Let us unite as the created people of God and grow in our relationship with our Abba Father (v3).
  1. Let us give thanks to God with grateful hearts and bless his holy name (v4).

Like the psalmist, may we rejoice always, “For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.” (v5)

May the community of St John’s Chapel continue to grow in unity and purpose for the kingdom of God and the glory of God.

 

Maranatha
Pastor John

21 Jul 2019

Dear family in Christ

All over the world today, just like in the book of Acts, Christians are persecuted for following Jesus Christ.

Let me share a short article from OPEN DOORS ministry.

Christians remain one of the most persecuted religious groups in the world. While Christian persecution takes many forms, it is defined as any hostility experienced as a result of identification with Christ. Christian torture remains an issue for believers throughout the world, including the risk of imprisonment, loss of home and assets, physical torture, rape and even death as a result of their faith.

Trends show that countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East are intensifying persecution against Christians, and perhaps the most vulnerable are Christian women, who often face double persecution for faith and gender. Every day we receive new reports of Christians who face threats, unjust imprisonment, harassment, beatings and even loss of family because of their faith in Jesus.

Every month, on average:

  • 345 Christians are killed for faith-related reasons.
  • 105 Churches and Christian buildings are burned or attacked.
  • 219 Christians are detained without trial, arrested, sentenced and imprisoned.

Our research found that 245 million Christians experience high levels of persecution in the countries on the “World Watch List”. Islamic oppression fuels Christian persecution in 8 of the top 10 countries. North Korea is ranked #1 for the 18th consecutive year as the most dangerous country for Christians.”

Let us remember our brothers and sisters in prayer as they face persecution and suffer for the gospel. May they experience God as their Refuge and Strength, find rest in the sufficiency of God’s grace, and trust in the sovereignty of God’s power.

Maranatha
Pastor John

14 Jul 2019

Dear family in Christ

We thank the Lord for pastoral staff Lawrence Mun, who retired from church employment on 30 June 2019. Pastor Lawrence has served faithfully as a full-time staff since March 2006 across three congregations at the Hokkien, Cantonese and Mandarin services. The church held a Thanksgiving lunch on 7 July in appreciation for his ministry. We wish him every spiritual blessing in Christ and a restful retirement.

Praise the Lord for His faithfulness to the community of St John’s Chapel (St John’s Church, Jurong) for the past 135 years. Let us gather joyously for a Thanksgiving worship service and lunch celebrations on Sunday 28 July (10 am to 2 pm). As we see the Return of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ drawing near, let us press on as God’s beloved people to grow in unity and purpose in the work of God’s eternal kingdom in the proclamation of the gospel.

There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”    Ephesians 4:4-6

 

Maranatha
Pastor John

7 Jul 2019

Dear family in Christ

Youth Day is celebrated on the first Sunday of July in Singapore. In this complex post-modern age, the young generation face many challenges in their growing years, such as the pressure of education, dysfunction of family, pleasures of life, diversity of temptations, shifting moral values, etc. Parents, teachers and religious leaders are concerned for the rise in the number of youths and young adults struggling with mental illness, work stress, depression, pornography, gambling, etc.

As God’s people in community together, it is important to come alongside the youths and young adults in our church in their discipleship journey. Let me suggest some practical ways for our action and involvement.

  1. PRAY: Remember the youths and young adults in fervent prayer at our personal devotions and corporate prayer times. May they have the fear of the Lord and committed discipleship in following Jesus. At our monthly church prayer meeting since May 2019, we have begun praying for the youths in our church by name and by family.

    There will be a special prayer meeting this month to pray for our church young people. It will be held on 14 July, Sunday 11.30am to 12.30pm at IT Conference Room. Parents of youths & young adults and all members of the church are welcome to gather to pray.

  2. ENCOURAGE: Youths need lots of love and encouragement as they grow in their Christian faith and Christlike character. They need spiritual guidance in coping with the struggles of life. Where opportunities arise, do give them a word of encouragement.
  3. MODEL: Youths learn best when they see godly Christian life examples in the church and in the family. By God’s grace and help, let us model the life of godliness and committed discipleship as an exemplary encouragement to the youths.
  1. DISCIPLE: Let us make time to disciple a group of youths to help them grow in their discipleship journey and also train them to disciple others. We are thankful to God for those serving as youth leaders and young adult leaders in being a spiritual friend and impactful influence.

Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth …”   Ecclesiastes 12:1

 

Maranatha
Pastor John

30 Jun 2019

Dear family in Christ

We thank the Lord for our brother Lawrence Mun, who retires from official church employment on 30 June 2019. Lawrence has served faithfully as a full-time pastoral staff since March 2006 across three congregations at the Hokkien, Cantonese and Mandarin services. God has used Lawrence in his pastoral ministry to touch many lives through his evangelism, pastoral care, preaching & teaching and his mission trips to ChiangMai, Batam and MaeSot. Two key highlights of his ministry life were (1) the pioneering of the Cantonese service at SJCp in 2002 as a lay leader (together with sister Janet Woo), and (2) his pastoral care support for the Chinese outreach work at Kuwait (2009-2014).

Upon his retirement, Lawrence plans to devote more time with his wife Jemimah and family (especially his grandson), spend time on his hobbies and volunteer work and also continue serving in church lay leadership and teaching ministry. There will be a Thanksgiving Retirement lunch after the Mandarin service on 7 July (Sunday) in appreciation and thanks for the ministry of pastor Lawrence. We wish him every blessing in Christ and a blessed restful retirement.

Some of you would have met our church missionaries, Gerry and Yahui Gan, and their children at our church services in the past two weeks. Having served faithfully for 7 years at ChiangMai in church planting work under the deanery of Thailand, they are now on a three-month sabbatical from 1 June to 31 August. The month of June was spent mainly on physical rest and family time. For July and August, Gerry and Yahui will undergo three sabbatical components: (1) missionary life coaching by former missionaries and professional coach-couple John & Song Lim, (2) missional vocation reflection with Bp Kuan, (3) ministry training at St James’ Church Kindergarten. Value your prayers for a restful, fruitful and meaningful sabbatical for Gerry and Yahui.

 

Maranatha
Pastor John

23 Jun 2019

Dear family in Christ

We give thanks to God for a fruitful and blessed Abba English camp. Praise the Lord for the seed of the gospel planted in the lives of these precious souls from Vietnam. 18 campers responded to the altar call at the Good News sharing. Three said “Yes” to believe and trust in Jesus. Fifteen wanted to know more about Jesus Christ. We had good follow-up conversations in several small groups. Let us pray for many to experience the joy of God’s salvation.

Appreciative grateful thanks to many church members and staff who served purposefully and joyfully at this Abba camp: Planning committee members, Program Group leaders, Games leaders, Logistics team helpers, English lesson teachers and Homestay host families. On behalf of deanery of Vietnam, thank you everyone for your ministry partnership in the gospel in committed action, good encouragement and fervent prayers.

This weekend, our church mission team of 18 members (mainly choir members) are at Ho Chi Minh (19-24 June). Their presence and ministry is a tremendous encouragement and blessing to Vietnam deanery’s Church of Christ of our Hope and to Rev Hong Chi and his church leaders. May this mission trip stir up faithful commitment to the Lord in missions and be life-transforming in the life of each mission team member.

Praise the Lord for House of Joy’s “Parents Appreciation Lunch” this coming Saturday 29 June. It is a wonderful opportunity to thank and appreciate our parents for their love, guidance and sacrifice. We pray for God’s continual blessings upon our parents and for them to know, believe and trust in Jesus Christ in the depths of their heart and receive the gift of eternal life by the grace and mercy of God.

 

Maranatha
Pastor John

16 Jun 2019

Dear family in Christ

We gladly welcome the Vietnamese Abba English campers to our church services this weekend, accompanied by our church homestay host families. Pls extend to them our most loving Christian hospitality. We also welcome home our church missionaries, Gerry & Ya Hui and their children Elizabeth, Kathleen & Zoe, as they rest and replenish during their three-month sabbatical.

When we were young curious children, we may ask some questions about the world around us. For example, how is it possible for a big heavy plane to fly in the air, or how can a huge metal ship float on the water. Some of us may also ask, “How did life on earth begin?” or “Who created this world?”

When we grew older, we start to ask more important questions about life. There are three questions commonly asked.

Firstly, we ask about our IDENTITY – “Who am I?”; “Does anyone care for me?”

Secondly, we think about our PURPOSE in life – “Why was I born?; Why am I here on earth?”

Thirdly, we wonder about our DESTINY – “What is my future like?”; “Where am I going when I die?”

The Bible provides the answers to these three important questions in life.

Who am I?” – We are loved and created in the image of God. When we believe in Jesus Christ our Saviour, we become the children of God.

What is my purpose in life?” – We worship & glorify God and enjoy God’s love & peace, and we share the good news of Jesus Christ with others.

Where am I going when I die?” –  We have an eternal home in heaven in the presence of our loving Abba Father.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son (Jesus Christ), that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

Maranatha
Pastor John

9 Jun 2019

Dear family in Christ

We gladly welcome all the 32 students and 6 teacher helpers from Vietnam to our Sunday service today. They are in Singapore from 7 to 17 June for the annual Abba English Summer Camp. Let us pray for them to have a wonderful time of learning English, enjoying Singapore sights & culture and experiencing good Christian hospitality.

Our church missionaries, Gerry and Yahui Gan, have served faithfully for the past 7 years at ChiangMai in church planting work through education and community services under the deanery of Thailand. They are now on a three-month sabbatical from 1 June to 31 August 2019. The family will return to Singapore on 14 June. Pls pray for a refreshing time of physical rest, spiritual replenishment and missional renewal in their ministry focus and family life.

Time flies. We are already in the middle of the year 2019. It is good to take stock of our life regularly under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Let the Word of God and the Spirit of God examine our heart, align our priorities and direct our focus on the important matters of life. During this June school holidays, let us pray for the children and youths in our church community to have a good time of rest in the body and renewal in the soul, and for families to have a wonderful bonding time together, secure in the grace and love of Abba Father.

be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”  Ephesians 5:15-17

 

Maranatha
Pastor John

2 Jun 2019

Dear family in Christ

We look forward to the arrival of 32 Vietnamese students to Singapore on 7 June (till 17 June) for the annual Abba English Camp for the purposes of learning English, enjoying Singapore culture and experiencing God’s love. Appreciative grateful thanks to many church members who are serving as planning committee members (led by staff Yun Jing), group leaders, outing chaperons, logistics helpers, English teachers and homestay host families.

I call upon the whole church to be in fervent prayer for the salvation of these Vietnamese students and their families. May they know and experience the grace and love of God in many ways. On behalf of the deanery of Vietnam, thank you PCC and everyone for your ministry partnership in the gospel.

We are glad for our church mission team of 18 members (mainly choir members) going to Ho Chi Minh on 19-24 June. May their presence be a great encouragement and blessing to Vietnam deanery Church of Christ of our Hope, pastored by Rev Hong Chi. The team will be visiting orphanages, sharing the gospel at an evangelistic meeting and also ministering at Sunday worship service. Value your prayers for a fruitful and life-transforming mission trip.

All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations shall worship before you.” Psalm 22:27

 

Maranatha
Pastor John

26 May 2019

Dear family in Christ

We rejoice and give thanks gratefully to Abba Father for his gracious work of salvation in the bountiful harvest of souls at Celebration of Hope. Many made the life-changing decision to believe and follow Jesus Christ and entered the kingdom of God. Many others rededicated themselves to the Lord or had indicated interest to find out more about Jesus and explore the Bible.

Our church community gladly welcome all our new brothers and sisters in Christ and all our guests and visitors at our worship service today. We hope that the church service will be impactful and meaningful to you in experiencing the love of God. We warmly invite all our new friends to the special Welcome Tea after the service for a time of refreshment, conversation and fellowship.

It is very encouraging to see church members inviting and accompanying their family and friends to the various rallies. Praise the Lord for those who have responded to the gospel message of hope in their decision of salvation, rededication or exploration. Do continue to persevere in prayer for family and friends to respond to the grace and mercy of God in the near future.

Grateful thanks to the 130 church members serving together as Ushers at the Sunday morning rally. Your heart and commitment in the latreuo-worship of God in joyfully serving Him has been a great encouragement to the church family.

I pray that Celebration of Hope will not end with the public gospel rallies, but will continue in all our hearts in daily personal evangelism and a godly lifestyle of being a witness for Jesus Christ in every place we are and to everyone whom we encounter.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit, you may abound in hope.”  Romans 15:13

 

Maranatha
Pastor John

12 May 2019

Dear family in Christ

We are 5 days away from Celebration of Hope. There is an exciting expectancy of seeing God at work in the lives of thousands of people gathering at the National Stadium to hear the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Let us join our hearts and hands together to:

  1. PRAY: May the Holy Spirit minister deeply in every heart with the grace and mercy of God through the various evangelist speakers. May we rejoice greatly for the bountiful harvest of souls entering the kingdom of God.
  2. BRING: We give thanks to God for our family, friends, colleagues and neighbours who have responded “yes” to attend the rallies. May their hearts be open to believe and follow Jesus Christ our Saviour.
  3. SERVE: What a great joy to see 120 members of St John’s Chapel serving together as Ushers on 19 May Sunday morning rally. May our latreuo-worship of God in joyfully serving Him bring honour and glory to the Lord.
  4. WELCOME: We look forward with joy and excitement to welcome new believers joining our church community, especially at the Welcome Tea on Sunday 26 May after the service. May they feel at home and welcomed as they experience the love of God.

 

Maranatha
Pastor John

5 May 2019

Dear family in Christ

We are thankful to the Lord for a good Annual General Meeting (AGM) last Sunday. Thanks and appreciation to all who attended. For church members unable to attend for various reasons, I hope that you can be at next year’s AGM, scheduled for 26 April 2020.

The AGM is an opportune time to be encouraged by what God is doing in and through his church. As God’s people, we give an “Accountability to God’s Mandate” concerning the Great Commission and provide accountable stewardship of financial resources used for the work of God’s kingdom. I encourage you to request for a copy of the AGM report for a reading of the ministry reports and see how you can serve in the various areas of ministry.

We thank the Lord for the committed team of Cell leaders, Ministry leaders and everyone serving in various ministries in their faithful latreuo-worship of God. Praise God for the joyful service of Parochial Church Council (PCC) members. Value your prayers for the PCC team 2019-2020: Kenneth Sng (Vicar’s Warden), Hidehito Ie (People’s Warden), Elly Chiu (Hon. Secretary), Tan Pei Ching (Hon. Treasurer); PCC members – Justin Chan, Gan Pak Lim, Florence Ho, Benjamin Kirk, Kevin Lee, Nellie Nam, Enoch Ng, Sheryl Sim; Synod representatives (2017-2020): Ho Boon Sing, David Lui, Peter Soon.

As we see the gracious salvation plan in the missional heart of God, may we be a missionary church of Spirit-filled committed disciples of Jesus Christ, always ready to take the gospel to the nations.

 

Maranatha
Pastor John

28 Apr 2019

Dear family in Christ

As we gather for our Annual General Meeting (AGM) today, let us give thanks to the Lord for another year of his grace, wisdom and strength in our spiritual journey together as his beloved people at St John’s Chapel. We are called to be his ekklesia to the nations. We are called to follow Jesus Christ faithfully as his committed disciples, and being empowered by the Holy Spirit to be witnesses for Jesus to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8).

The AGM is an important time to give an account of what the Lord is calling his church to do in obedience to His will. Praise and thank God for the many brothers and sisters who have been serving the Lord faithfully in the Parochial Church Council (PCC), in the various church ministries, at the multiple evangelistic platforms and missional outreaches across all the congregations. May we continue to be found faithful in the worship (latreuo) of God by serving his will and purposes.

May our spiritual lives grow in godliness and maturity as we edify one another in the Lord. May our hearts be deeply encouraged to see children, youths, adults and the elderly coming to salvation faith in Jesus Christ. May our hearts rejoice to see brothers and sisters in Christ being restored in their relationship walk with the Lord.

Let it be our prayer and mission that as we see the gracious salvation plan in the missional heart of God, may we be a missionary church of Spirit-filled committed disciples of Jesus Christ, always ready to take the gospel to the nations.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”  Hebrews 12:1-2

 

Maranatha
Pastor John

14 Apr 2019

Dear family in Christ

We commemorate Palm Sunday today. Jesus Christ had set his heart to walk the way of the cross to Calvary. He rode into Jerusalem city on a humble donkey (Matthew 21:1-11). The Jewish crowd had the expectant hope of the conquering Messiah and king who would come to liberate them from the tyrannical Romans. As they followed Jesus along the city streets, they shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”  But a few days later, loud voices cried out, “Crucify him! Crucify him!”.

As we go into Holy Week, let us keep our focus on Jesus Christ and His sacrificial obedience to the will of God the Father. As we remember the series of events during this significant week, may our hearts be filled with gratitude and our wills be resolved to walk the way of the cross.

  1. Washing the disciples’ feet (John 13:1-17): Servanthood, humility and love for one another must be the hallmark of a committed disciple of Jesus.
  2. Passover meal (Matthew 26:17-29): Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper (body and blood) as an important remembrance of God’s new covenant of grace.
  3. Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:36-46): Jesus was in deep agony and sorrow, yet He was fully obedient to the will of His Father.
  4. Betrayal, arrest, trial (Luke 22:47 – 23:25): Jesus was mocked, beaten and humiliated, yet He was meek, “like a lamb that is led to the slaughter”.
  5. Crucifixion, death, burial (Luke 23:33-56): In great suffering and painful shame, Jesus gave His life sacrificially on the cross in atonement for the sins of the world.
  6. Resurrection (Matthew 28:1-10): He is Risen. Praise and thanks be to God for the victory over sin and death, and the blessed hope of eternal life in Jesus Christ.

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”  Galatians 2:20

 

Maranatha
Pastor John

7 Apr 2019

Dear friends

We are very glad to welcome all the children and youths from Girls’ Brigade (31st, 52nd, 59th) and Boys’ Brigade (52J, 59J, 64th) to St John’s Chapel for our annual Enrolment and Dedication service. We are honoured to have Mr Patrick Koh, Boys’ Brigade Vice-President, to grace this joyful occasion as our Guest of Honour. A warm welcome to all parents and family members, school principals and teachers, and officials from BB HQ and GB HQ.

St John’s Chapel is thankful for the opportunity to serve the community of children and youths through the activities of BB and GB. I am grateful and encouraged by the love and commitment of St John’s Chapel church members who serve as officers and volunteers, and also for the BB and GB alumni who help faithfully as volunteers. We are thankful for the wonderful support and help of parents, school principals and CCA teachers.

We live in very challenging times in today’s complex globalised world. We hope to inculcate significant life values in the process of building excellent moral character in these precious young lives. We hope that through all the experiences learnt and friendships built at BB and GB, the children and youths will grow in maturity and character and be wonderful blessings to their family and be good citizens of Singapore. May they grow up to be fine young men and women with integrity and compassion and make a significant difference in the world.

 

In Christ
Pastor John Lin

31 Mar 2019

Dear family in Christ

During my teenage years as a young Christian, I was privileged to be taught the importance of memorising Scripture. One particular Bible memory verse has impacted my life deeply all these years. Jesus said in Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

As I reflect upon my children’s lives in their respective life stages currently and consider what their future may hold, the Lord encouraged me with Matthew 6:33 as a guide for my reflection and as a significant focus and priority on how my wife and I should guide our children. Let me share three thoughts from the teachings of Jesus in Matthew 6:19-34.

Firstly, “do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven… (6:19-20). Let us live our life with the focus on laying up treasures in heaven. We have only one Master to serve – Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Let us do the work which our Master has called us to do and live in obedience to the will of our heavenly Father.

Secondly, “therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?” (6:25). A recent poll revealed that many Singaporeans are highly stressed, with a rising trend of depression and mental illness amongst the young generation. Let us trust in the sovereign Father, who holds our life and future in His loving powerful hand.

Thirdly, “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (6:33). Let us seek God in close relationship and grow in Christlikeness, trusting God to provide for our needs. May our life priority be on matters that concern the kingdom of God in the proclamation of the gospel. May our life be lived to the glory of God in our family, workplace or school, and among our friends and neighbourhood.

 

Maranatha
Pastor John

24 Mar 2019

Dear family in Christ

We thank the Lord for our church missionaries, called by God to bring the gospel of Jesus our Messiah beyond the shores of Singapore. Pls remember them regularly in prayer, give them a call, write an email or send a card to encourage them in their ministry.

  1. Ian & Alison Gosling – They serve strategically under a foreign missions agency, with Ian providing significant IT development and support for the agency’s mission outreach to many unreached people groups around the world. They also reach out to displaced refugees with the gospel. Pls pray for Alison’s health and for Ian to recover well from his cataract operation.
  2. Gerry & Ya Hui Gan – They have served faithfully for the past 7 years at ChiangMai in church planting work through education and community services under the deanery of Thailand. They will be in Singapore from June to August 2019 for a sabbatical. Pls pray for God’s grace, wisdom and strength for their family life and ministry outreach.
  3. Deborah Loh – She is currently in Singapore under admin leave of absence to care for her father as he recovers from laryngeal cancer surgery. She plans to return to Bangkok in May 2019 to continue her outreach to the urban poor community. Pls pray for her to receive the four clearances required by Overseas Missionary Fellowship, especially in the area of financial support.

Our church practises the two-envelope giving system. The first is the Tithing envelope. All tithes returned to the Lord go to the General Fund, which is used to pay staff salaries, ministry expenses, diocese quota, etc. The second is the Freewill giving envelope. This goes to the Mission Fund, which is used to support the above-mentioned missionaries, plus other regular and ad-hoc giving to missions as decided by PCC. As the Lord enables, may we give obediently, joyfully and generously for the work of God’s eternal kingdom.

Maranatha
Pastor John

17 Mar 2019

Dear family in Christ

Celebration of Hope is drawing nearer. 60 more days to go. Thousands of Christians in Singapore are undergoing training, making preparations, issuing invitations and praying fervently. Are you excited and ready for the mighty work of the Holy Spirit in the bountiful harvest of precious souls for the kingdom of God?

I call upon our church community to continue in committed actions and fervent prayers.

  1. Leadership: Pray for God’s protection and wisdom upon Bp Rennis, Rev Lewis Lew, Rev Tony Yeo, the organising committee and key team leaders.
  2. Unity: Pray for good brotherly unity among all the churches in Singapore as we gather and serve together for the Lord’s harvest.
  3. Speakers: Pray for God’s grace and protection upon the evangelists Canon J. John, pastor Kou Shao En and Mr Mohan Lazarus.
  4. Open hearts: Pray for the hearts of family, friends and colleagues to be open and willing to attend the rallies to hear the gospel.
  5. Resources: Pray for sufficient finances, coordinated planning and committed volunteers in the various areas of ministry.
  6. Ushers: Pray for our church community to respond in serving as Ushers (120 people needed) on Sunday morning rally 19 May.
  7. Personal evangelism: Pray for urgency, courage and wisdom to share the good news of Jesus Christ to our family and friends.

Let us kneel and weep before the Lord for the salvation of our loved ones, friends and the thousands in Singapore who need reconciliation and peace with God in Jesus the Messiah.

 

Maranatha
Pastor John

10 Mar 2019

Dear family in Christ

I call upon St John’s Chapel community to serve the Lord as USHERS in welcoming and guiding people to their seats on 19 May Sunday morning rally at Celebration of Hope. Your smile, help and welcome will bear a wonderful testimony for Jesus to many non-Christian invited guests.

Heartfelt thanks to the 70 church volunteers who have signed up till date. We need another 50 more, so that we can cover our assigned area effectively. It will be such a wonderful joy to serve the Lord’s kingdom work together.

You can register as an Usher at this weblink  http://cathedral.celebrationofhope.sg/register  You need to provide the following info during registration: St John’s Chapel; part of a group;  Lawrence Mun (group Leader); Usher (Interior).

We look forward to much tears of joy when we witness thousands responding to the gospel call to believe and follow Jesus Christ, in whom we have the joy of salvation and the hope of eternal life.

Let us continue to be steadfast and fervent in our prayers for the gracious salvation work of God in many lives.

 

Maranatha
Pastor John

3 Mar 2019

Dear family in Christ

We begin the 40-day season of Lent on Ash Wednesday, 6 March. At the Ash Wednesday service, the priest places some ash on our foreheads as a reminder that our bodies (sinful fallen nature) are mortal (“… you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Genesis 3:19b). By the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we are set free from our bondage to sin and death.

Firstly, let us Reflect and give thanks to God for the life and sacrifice of Jesus Christ during this Lent season. In submission and obedience to His Father’s will, Jesus walked the way of the cross, so that we can have peace and reconciliation with God the Father. May our hearts be ever grateful to Jesus and follow his example of humble obedience.

Secondly, let us Repent of our sins as we open our hearts to the powerful work of the Holy Spirit in convicting “the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment”. (John 16:8). God will forgive us when we truly repent, having a transformative change of heart and a definitive change in our way of life. May we seek to live a life of holiness and godliness.

Thirdly, let us Renew our first love for God and deep commitment to God. Take time to slow down during Lent and spend time with Abba Father in the Word and in prayer. Let the “searchlight” of the Holy Spirit examine our life for spiritual renewal, restoration and revival. May we grow daily in our relationship with God and in Christlikeness.

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.”  Psalm 51:17

 

Maranatha
Pastor John

24 Feb 2019

Dear family in Christ

Our Lord Jesus Christ taught his beloved disciples at the Upper Room on the night before being crucified on the cross, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this, all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35)

Having experienced the deep sacrificial love of God, we are called to love one another as children of God. This is the joy and privilege we have as God’s community in His Church. This is the powerful testimony to the watching world that we are true disciples of Jesus Christ, who walk in obedience to his commandments and walk according to the Holy Spirit.

As God’s community at St John’s Chapel, let us love one another, showing care, concern and help for each other. Amongst our church community, some are struggling with work difficulties, ill health, strained families, childcare issues, elderly care, financial concerns, deep grief, sad loneliness and life anxieties. Let us bear one another’s burdens and struggles. Let us make time for good listening and meaningful conversations. Let us pray with and for one another lovingly as we lean on the sufficient grace of God as a community.

“… those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.”  Proverbs 11:25b (NLT)

Love in Christ
Pastor John

17 Feb 2019

Dear family in Christ

Thank you, dear brothers and sisters, who have already registered to attend Celebration of Hope (CoH) “Andrew Initiative” Training on Personal Evangelism. In the case during the CoH rallies that the Counsellors are overwhelmed by the large number of people responding to the alter call, those trained by the “Andrew Initiative” will be called upon to serve as Counsellors.

I am making a final appeal and encouragement for many in our church community to attend this centralised training, which will help us in personal evangelism in our daily life. This 3-hour workshop empowers participants to engage their harvest fields and be effective “Andrews” in bringing their family and friends to Jesus (John 1:42).

  • Praying:       Praying for the harvest force and for the harvest field.
  • Engaging:    Building authentic relationships; Sharing your life story;
    Sharing THEFOUR; Handling objections Basic follow up
  • Gathering:  30-day challenge

You can choose to attend any ONE  of four training dates and venues (9.00 am to 12.30 pm, Saturday):

  • 23 February     Covenant Evangelical Free Church
  • 2 March            St Andrew’s Cathedral
  • 9 March            Lighthouse Evangelism (Tampines)
  • 16 March          St John’s – St Margaret’s Church

For registration, pls email by today to Rev Bernard Yee (bernard@patmos.org.sg ), with copy to Lydia Leong (dianalydia@patmos.org.sg ), to indicate your preferred choice of training date.

And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give knowledge of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”   Luke 1:76-79

 

Maranatha
Pastor John

10 Feb 2019

Dear family in Christ

During the Lunar New Year festive season, many families gather for a sumptuous meal and a joyful time together. Yet there are some families who do not wish to meet one another or they experience tension and pain when meeting up. Why are some families happy while other families are sad?  

1.      God’s Plan – Families are close to the heart of God. The family unit is God’s creation plan, as seen in Genesis 1 and 2. In the life of ancient Israel, who are God’s chosen people, families play a central role in society and in their relationship with God. In God’s creation design, the family is to live together in love and solidarity, in joy and unity, in peace and harmony.

2.      Man’s Brokenness – Because of human sin and disobedience to God, every family experiences brokenness and pain in some way. It is the strategy and deception of Satan to destroy and break up families and marriages. This results in deep sorrow and painful grief in the hearts of God’s beloved people. This family brokenness often caused emotional turmoil, mental anguish and societal disorder.

3.      God’s Restoration – Thanks be to God for his grace and mercy in Jesus Christ. In Christ’s death and resurrection, we are a new creation, redeemed by the blood of the Lamb and transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit. The Lord can bring about restoration to every family broken by sin. God can turn the brokenness into wholeness, from sorrow into joy, from hopelessness to a renewed hope.

Let us pray for every family to receive the grace and mercy of God that leads to restoration and wholeness, and to experience the love, joy and peace in Jesus Christ.

 

Maranatha
Pastor John

3 Feb 2019

Dear family in Christ

During the coming celebrative Chinese New Year season, there will be many occasions to meet family relatives and catch up with good friends. As you enjoy the delicious food and interesting conversations, make use of every opportunity to lift up the name of Jesus Christ and shine brightly for Him.

  1. Pray – In the midst of our conversations, silently commit our family and friends to the Lord in prayer for God’s mercy and salvation.
  2. Respect – It is important to give due respect and honour to the elders in our immediate and extended families.
  3. Listen – Hear life stories through the conversations and understand the heart and struggles of family and friends.
  4. Build – Build good family ties and grow in your friendships with genuine care and concern.
  5. Invite – Be discerning and courageous to invite them for Alpha course and Celebration of Hope.

And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.”  Revelation 21:5a

 

Maranatha
Pastor John

27 Jan 2019

Dear church family

Psalms 120 to 134 are a special group of psalms known collectively as the “Songs of Ascents”. Ancient Jews traveling to Jerusalem for the annual major Jewish festivals traditionally sang these songs as they ascended the uphill road towards the city. These ancient songs have been expressed in many hymns and songs of worship amongst Jews and Christians today. The songs teach us about our trust in God and our worship of God.

In Psalm 125, the psalmist expressed his trust in the Lord. He was assured of God’s sovereign protection from the wicked and felt the shalom and love of God surrounding Israel, the covenant people of God. “Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people, from this time forth and forevermore.” (Psa 125:1-2)

Sometimes in our life, we go through uphill struggles, difficult situations and painful times. May we grow in trusting God deeper in the midst of our pain and difficulties and learn to be steadfast and patient. May we look to the Lord and experience the grace and power of God and learn to rest in the sovereignty of our heavenly Father who surrounds His beloved children with His love, joy and peace.

 

Shalom in Christ
Pastor John

20 Jan 2019

Dear church family

As children of God, it is such a great joy and privilege to be in a close loving relationship with our Abba Father. In this intimate relationship, we listen to God through His Word and we converse with God in prayer. I pray that Word and prayer will always be an integral part of our spiritual walk with the Lord daily.

  1. Word – Let us encourage one another as God’s community to read through the whole Bible in one year for 2019. Our church is using the “Discipleship Journal Bible Reading Plan”. Pls collect a copy of this Bible reading plan at the resource table located at our church entrance. If you may need more than one year, pls feel to do so. The purpose is to read the Bible regularly for our spiritual growth and maturity.
  2. Prayer – Let us gather as God’s people to pray together at our monthly prayer meetings, in our cells and during church service. We pray for one another and for God’s work of the gospel in evangelism and missions. I would like to introduce the Operation World Prayer Guide which I am using for daily prayer. It is a useful prayer guide in praying for every nation of the world and helps us see God at work in all these nations. You can download the “Operation World Prayer Guide” App onto your mobile phone for free from Google store. May we grow in our prayer life and may the Lord open our eyes and heart as we pray for the nations.

Through Word and Prayer, may we grow in a close walk with the Lord and in spiritual maturity.

 

Maranatha
Pastor John

13 Jan 2019

Dear church family

We are very excited to see the Lord’s harvest of souls as God’s Church in Singapore gear up for Celebration Of Hope on 17-19 May 2019. There is a Training Workshop for PERSONAL EVANGELISM, which I am strongly encouraging our church community to attend.

This 3-hour workshop empowers participants to engage their harvest fields and be effective “Andrews” in bringing their family and friends to Jesus (John 1:42). The workshop will provide practical handles on:

Praying
  • How to set up personal prayer altars
  • How to pray strategically
Engaging
  • How to build genuine relationships
  • How to share your life story
  • How to share THEFOUR (the 4 Spiritual Laws)
  • How to deal with objections
  • How to follow up and offer counselling
Gather
  • How to integrate prayer, engagement, and gathering into a 30-Day Challenge

You can choose to attend any ONE of four official training dates and venues:

North Covenant Evangelical Free Church 23 February, 9am – 12:30pm
Central St Andrew’s Cathedral 2 March,      9am – 12:30pm
East Lighthouse Evangelism (Tampines) 9 March,      9am – 12:30pm
West St John’s – St Margaret’s 16 March,     9am – 12:30pm

All are welcome to attend this Personal Evangelism training. It will be great if you can attend together as a Cell group. (Cell leaders – you can register on behalf of your cell). We will collate our church participation responses together and send it to the CoH organisers. Acceptance of registration is dependent on the seating capacity of each venue. First come, first served.  Pls email Rev Bernard Yee (bernard@patmos.org.sg ), with copy to Lydia Leong (dianalydia@patmos.org.sg ), to indicate your preferred choice of training date by 27 January.

As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”   Romans 10:15b

 

Maranatha
Pastor John

6 Jan 2019

Dear church family

As we begin the new year 2019, we are drawing one year closer to the Return of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

May the last prayer found in the Bible at Revelation 22:20,  “Come, Lord Jesus”,  always be at the centre of our heart and prayers.

What is the Church (people of God) called to do in the light of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ?

  1. PREPARE herself as the glorious Bride to meet her Bridegroom, Jesus Christ.
    (Ephesians 5:25-27; Revelation 19:6-9)
  1. PROCLAIM the gospel and make disciples of all nations for our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
    (Matthew 28:18-20; Romans 10:12-15)
  1. PRIORITISE and live our life with vision and purpose for our Lord Jesus Christ.
    (Matthew 6:24-34; Acts 20:24-27)

 

MARANATHA – “Even so, Come Lord Jesus”

 

Love in Christ
Pastor John

29 & 30 Dec 2018

Dear church family

Praise be to God for the 12 persons who were baptised on Christmas Day. We thank our Abba Father for his salvation grace and bountiful mercy in calling them to Himself as his beloved children in the kingdom of God. Interestingly, these 12 baptismal candidates is a reflection of a beautiful multi-generational picture from the very young to the elderly: 1 baby, 2 toddlers, 1 youth, 4 adults and 4 elderly.

I spoke briefly with a Christian lady guest and saw the joy on her face and delight in her eyes as she witnessed the baptism of her elderly parents. It was also a great joy to witness the baptism of a father and his twin sons together. Every baptismal candidate has a wonderful story to tell of God’s love and grace in their lives. Indeed, “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13.

What a wonderful way to end the year 2018 with the joy and encouragement of the Baptism service on Christmas Day as we rejoice in the First Coming of Jesus Christ our Saviour. It reminds us of what the church is to BE as the redeemed people of God and what we are called to DO in the faithful proclamation of the gospel. As we move on to the new year 2019, remember the words that the whole church declared together: “Do not be ashamed to confess the faith of Christ crucified. Fight valiantly under the banner of Christ, against sin, the world, and the devil, and continue his faithful soldier and servant to the end of your life.”

Maranatha
Pastor John

22 & 23 Dec 2018

Dear friends, guests and church family

A very warm special welcome to all our friends, guests and visitors. We are so glad that you are here today for our special Christmas program. We hope that you will have an enjoyable and meaningful experience that will bring deep peace and great joy in your heart.

I often spend time at the hospitals, either to visit church members or to care for my family members. Last week, a church member went for surgery and I waited awhile along the corridor outside the operating theatre. I saw patients being wheeled into the operating theatre and also out of it, accompanied by their family members. Their faces were understandably filled with anxiety as they clung on to the hope that the surgery will go well, the recovery will be good and the illness can be cured.

Hope is so important in every area of life. Parents hope their child will grow up well. Students hope to pass their exams. Families in conflict hope for restoration in their relationships. Poor families hope for enough food and finances. The unemployed person hopes to get a job soon. There is a popular Mandarin song that expressed the hope in every heart – “Tomorrow will be better” ( 明天会更好).

Christians all over the world celebrate the joy of Christmas because of the blessed hope we have in Jesus Christ. We experience the love and peace of God. We receive the grace and mercy of God. We receive forgiveness for our sins. We have purpose and meaning in life. We have the joyous hope of eternal life.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13

 

Love in Christ
Pastor John

15 & 16 Dec 2018

Dear family in Christ

For many people living in countries that experience the four seasons, the melancholy of the Fall season deepens into the depression of Winter. Scientists and researchers agree that people who suffer from winter depression, also known as “Seasonal Affective Disorder” (S.A.D.), have one thing in common – they are particularly sensitive to light, or the lack of it. This winter depression is felt deeply even in the midst of busy Christmas festivities.

Some years ago, I had to provide emergency pastoral care for a church member who wanted to end her life. She felt very depressed and suicidal amidst all the Christmas festivities because of a very difficult family situation. Amidst all the bright lights, loud music and festive shopping along Orchard Road and the heartland shopping malls, I wonder how many people amongst the festive throng are depressed, lonely or even suicidal. Some may be grieving over a relationship loss, experiencing conflicts in their family, or feeling anxious about their health, finances and future.

During this Christmas season, may I encourage you to look out for those in your family, in our church, at your workplace and among your friends, who may be feeling down, depressed or lonely. Pray and ask God for a compassionate and discerning heart to care for them in several ways: (1) Share a word of encouragement; (2) Write a card to cheer them up; (3) Spend time with them over a meal or outing; (4) Invite them to your family meal or to your Home Cell Christmas celebration or our church Christmas service.

May the Light of Christ fill your hearts with God’s unfailing love, unspeakable joy and unceasing peace always.

 

Maranatha
Pastor John

8 & 9 Dec 2018

Dear family in Christ

This Advent-Christmas season is an opportune time for spiritual reflection. In what ways can Advent encourage us in our spiritual walk with the Lord?

Firstly, be Faithful followers of Christ. As we live in between the two Advents, let us live our lives with gratitude to God and with accountability to Him. We are called to holy living and be faithful stewards of what had been entrusted to us. In our spiritual journey as a Christ-following community, we have an important responsibility to live lives that bring glory to God. We have the joy and privilege to share about Jesus through the gospel message and our loving deeds. The lights in Advent are a reminder of our calling from Jesus to “let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16).

Secondly, be Ready for Christ’s return. This will be the Second Advent. “so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.” (Hebrews 9:28). In great triumph and with loud trumpet sounds, Christ will come again to bring his people to dwell in his presence for all eternity. We need to be watchful and alert spiritually in our daily living. Is the Lord pleased and satisfied with the way we are living our life? Is there true worship of God in the total surrender of our life to Jesus and His kingdom?

Are you ready for His Return?

 

Maranatha
Pastor John

1 & 2 Dec 2018

Dear family in Christ

In the church calendar, the liturgical season of ADVENT begins today. Advent comes from the Latin word “adventus” meaning ‘coming or arrival’. It focuses on the coming of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Advent is a time of spiritual preparation marked by prayers of humble devotion and for God’s deliverance. It is a time for calm and reflection in the midst of the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping and parties.

There is a double focus in Advent. Firstly, it is the joyous celebration of the birth of Jesus the Messiah in his First Advent. Secondly, it is the anticipation of His impending return as King in his Second Advent. It is a grateful celebration of God’s redeeming love for a fallen world. We celebrate the revelation of God in Jesus Christ in his First Advent for the purpose of reconciling the world to God the Father. Having known God as Father and walking in obedience with Him daily, we now look forward eagerly to the hope of eternal life in the Second Advent, where God the King will come in power to rule, save and judge the world.

As we live in between the two Advents, we need to live our lives with gratitude to God and with accountability to Him. As we live “between the times”, we are called to holy living and be faithful stewards of what has been entrusted to us as God’s people. In our spiritual journey as disciples of Jesus Christ, we have an important responsibility to live a life bringing glory to God and to share about Jesus through the gospel message and our loving deeds.

Joy to the world! The Lord is come: let earth receive her King!

 

Maranatha
Pastor John

24 & 25 Nov 2018

Dear family in Christ

The liturgical season of Advent begins on 2 December. I have written the Advent-Christmas Devotional Guide for our church community. It is written with two purposes in mind. Firstly, to help us transmit to our children “the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 1:3), from one generation to the next. Secondly, to share the good news of Jesus Christ with our friends and loved ones during this Christmas season. Please use this devotional at your family devotions and/or personal devotions. You can also use it in your Cell group as a teaching material or as an evangelistic tool to share the joy and meaning of Christmas.

We are glad to encourage the Cell groups in all our five congregations to participate in ‘I will Be Home For Christmas’. This is a home-based and cell-based intentional outreach program where opportunity is given to every cell member to invite our non-Christian friends and family for an informal relaxing fellowship meal and to hear the true meaning of Christmas and respond to Jesus Christ – ‘The Light Has Come’. Home cells may choose any day within the Advent-Christmas season to host this meal. You can also consider partnering with other Cell groups at a suitable location. Activities can include singing of Christmas carols, gift exchange, invite a carolling team, personal testimonies and a short Christmas message.

We hope that through this warm and informal setting, our non-Christian family members and friends will feel welcomed in a church community and understand the true meaning of Christmas. This Christmas outreach will also serve as a good build-up of momentum in friendship evangelism in preparation for Celebration of Hope next year, 17-19 May 2019. Let us be in fervent prayers and active evangelism for the salvation of the lost.

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”  John 8:12

 

Maranatha
Pastor John

17 & 18 Nov 2018

Dear family in Christ

This weekend, we commemorate Diocesan Missions Sunday. We see the gracious merciful hand of God in calling people to Himself in reconciled relationship and transformed lives. We praise God for people from every tribe and language in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Nepal, Thailand and Vietnam, coming to salvation faith in Jesus. Please pray for the continual faithful proclamation of the gospel in these six deanery countries and for growth in spiritual maturity of God’s people in committed discipleship.

As the Lord enables, please give unto the Lord for “Give Him a Hundred” (GHH) missions giving in support of church planting work in these six deaneries. I am grateful for the Lord’s provision that last year’s GHH giving had enabled the deanery of Vietnam to purchase an office space property at Hanoi to be used as a place of worship for Church of The True Light and for Abba English centre. Thanks and praise be to God.

Praise the Lord for his faithfulness and goodness to the St Margaret’s School family as she celebrated her 176th anniversary on 16 November. The little seed of compassion planted by Mrs Maria Dyer in 1842 has blossomed into a strong huge tree that has provided the shade of education and character building, and borne much fruit of transformation and salvation in many lives. Our grateful thanks to brothers and sisters at SJCp who have previously or are presently serving faithfully in the Chaplaincy (lighthouse) ministry and the Girls Brigade ministry.

 

Maranatha
Pastor John

10 & 11 Nov 2018

Dear family in Christ

From 13th to 25th November, bishop Kuan Kim Seng will lead a team of 24 participants (13 from St John’s Chapel) to Israel for the Shoresh Israel Study tour. Pls uphold the study group in prayer for journey mercies and a fruitful time of good learning and spiritual growth as they focus on “The Life and World of Jesus, our Messiah”.

Romans chapters 9 to 11 are significant Bible passages for a clear theological and biblical understanding concerning the remnant of Israel and the salvation of ethnic Jewish people. Let me summarise the key points as follows:

  1. Israel, who was God’s sovereign choice and an elected people belonging to God, had received all the promises of God. (Rom 9:1-21)
  2. God had prepared Israel, through prophets Hosea and Isaiah, that belonging to God’s family was not simply a matter of biological heritage.    (Rom 9:22-29)
  3. God’s patient grief for Israel because of her unbelief (hardened hearts of unbelieving Jewish majority who pursued righteousness by works (Law), and her rejection of Jesus as the promised Messiah and divine Son of God (“stumbling stone”). (Rom 9:30 – 10:21)
  4. God remains faithful to His covenant and has not rejected his people, Israel. By the grace of God, there is a Jewish remnant, who by faith believed in Jesus, the crucified and risen Messiah of Israel. (Rom 11:1-10)
  5. Salvation has come to the Gentiles, so as to make Israel jealous”. With the Gentiles (“wild olive shoots”) being grafted into the cultivated Olive tree (Israel) by their faith in Jesus Messiah, this would provoke many Jewish people to think seriously, turn to Jesus and believe in Him too. (Rom 11:11-22)
  6. When the “fullness of the Gentiles has come in”, the “Deliverer will come from Zion” to bring restoration and salvation to the Jewish people (“all Israel shall be saved”). The broken natural branches (unbelieving Jewish majority) will be grafted back into the Olive tree because they believed in Jesus Messiah by faith. (Rom 11:23-32)

As we discern God’s sovereign timing and keep watch eagerly for the signs of the End Times and the impending Return of Jesus our Messiah, let us proclaim the good news of the gospel whenever any opportunity arises, especially during the coming season of Advent and Christmas. Let us pray for active outreach and evangelism ministries to Jewish people in Israel and many parts of the world, and let us uphold Messianic Jews in prayer for strong faith and spiritual maturity.

 

Maranatha
Pastor John

3 & 4 Nov 2018

Dear family in Christ

The theme for our November missions month are “None should perish” (English services) and “Light of the World, Light of Life” (Mandarin/dialect services). We have invited guest preachers with varied missional experiences to share God’s Word and their particular areas of ministry in missions. I pray that the various messages will help us to see what the Lord is doing in Singapore and in the nations of the world in the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

There will be a diocesan ‘Synod Plus’ Missions gathering on 8 November, Thursday 7.30 pm, at St Andrew’s Cathedral. The focus is on “Diocesan Perspective and Strategy on Church Planting in the Deaneries”. May I encourage us to make time to attend, so as to hear and pray for the growth and development of church-planting work in the six deaneries of Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Nepal, Thailand and Vietnam.

Pls uphold the following in fervent prayers: (1) SJCp missionaries Gerry and Yahui serving at ChiangMai with Deanery of Thailand; (2) The Goslings serving with a missions agency focusing on IT support and outreach to refugees; (3) Deborah Loh serving with Overseas Missionary Fellowship in church planting work at Bangkok, Thailand. Deborah is currently back in Singapore on special leave to care for her father undergoing cancer treatment; (4) Preparation of church Mission teams going to Batam (Nov) and Hanoi (Dec).

The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.”  Matthew 9:37-38

 

Maranatha
Pastor John

27 & 28 Oct 2018

Dear family in Christ

Caregiving for our elderly family members and our chronically sick loved ones is a tough and difficult responsibility. It can be stressful, frustrating and exhausting – physically, mentally and emotionally. Are you feeling tired by the endless task of caring for your loved ones? Do you sometimes struggle with guilt, resentment or bitterness? Do you find it difficult at times to keep on trusting God?

Many caregivers hope to find rest and respite in the unending cycle of caring for others. How do we replenish our strength? How can we press on with compassion and patience when we feel so drained with limited time, energy and resources? As Christians, we look to the Lord for his grace and strength in this long and arduous walk of caregiving. It is a journey in which we can take together with the Lord as He walks with us, guides us and helps us.

Our Daily Bread Ministries has produced a special devotional for caregivers, entitled “He Walks with Me: Devotions for Your Caregiving Journey with God”. It is a series of 30 devotions focusing on journeying with God, journeying with yourself and journeying with others. It offers both biblical wisdom and practical tips on coping with the challenges of caregiving. If you would like to have a copy of this devotional, pls approach the pastoral/admin staff, or pls collect a copy from the book table at the church entrance.

In this process of caregiving, let us grow in our relationship with God as we submit to the work of the Holy Spirit in transforming and shaping our hearts, and let us be God’s joyful channel of blessing and encouragement to others.

 

Love in Christ
Pastor John

20 & 21 Oct 2018

Dear family in Christ

An essential mark of spiritual maturity is the commitment to a life of prayerfulness. What happens when God’s people gather to pray together?

In his book “Praying together: Equipping small groups to grow their prayer potential”, Dr Allan Harkness listed six benefits of corporate prayer:

  1. Expression of community between God & people, and between people themselves.
  2. Sense of belonging where Christians know that they are “at home”.
  3. Provision of a setting to see God to work at transforming His people.
  4. Process of growth in spiritual maturity and committed discipleship.
  5. Careful and sensitive listening to God and to one another.
  6. Missional focus to see and respond to God’s heart of salvation for a fallen world.

I encourage everyone to gather for Church Corporate Prayer meeting on every second Friday (Mandarin) and on every last Friday (English). There is tremendous potential when prayer and the church (at congregation level and at Cells & small groups) are integrated. A church that prays together stands in unity together, love one another and reaches out with the gospel together.

I call upon God’s people to gather at our annual Diocesan Day of Prayer and Fasting on 3 November, Saturday 9am to 12 noon, at St Andrew’s Cathedral. The prayer theme is “Let the gospel light shine!”. Let us lift our eyes and see that the fields are white for harvest. Let us gather to pray to the Lord of the harvest to send forth labourers for the harvest. Let us seek God for a powerful work of the Holy Spirit in our lives and in His Church for the proclamation of the gospel in Singapore and the world.

 

Maranatha
Pastor John

14 Oct 2018 – Confirmation Service

Dear family in Christ

We rejoice with the 21 brothers and sisters in Christ who are confirmed today. We give thanks to Abba Father for his bountiful grace and mercy in calling them to Himself as His beloved children and as faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.

In the Anglican Church, the rite of Confirmation is significant for several reasons.

  1. It is for the strengthening of the believer for Christian life and witness and also for ministry and service, by the empowering of the Holy Spirit through the laying on of hands by the bishop.
  2. It is an opportunity for those who had been baptized as infants to confess their faith publicly and declare personally their baptismal vows, as undertaken on their behalf by their parents and godparents.
  3. It is the receiving into full membership in a particular parish of the Diocese of Singapore and a declaration of their discipleship commitment together with the church community at St John’s Chapel.

As we witness the Confirmation today, may we be strengthened in the following areas:

  1. Community: We are a community together as the Body of Christ. Let us encourage one another, especially those in our Cell groups, to walk close to Jesus and to serve God faithfully in the work of His eternal kingdom.
  2. Commitment: We have declared our baptismal vows to God at our baptism. Let us honour our vows to live a Christ-centred godly life and to trust in God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
  3. Communion: We have the communion of the Holy Spirit with us. Let us walk in step with the Spirit in obedience and faith, and proclaim the gospel of Christ faithfully, even as we await eagerly for the Return of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Maranatha
Pastor John

6 & 7 Oct 2018

Dear family in Christ

It is that time of the year again. Shopping malls are less crowded. Sales of vitamins increases. Playgrounds and parks are quieter. Anxiety levels of many parents go up. Yes, it is October exam fever in Singapore. Many children and young people experience great pressure and deep anxiety to perform well in school and get good grades.

How can we as Christian parents and the church family be an encouragement, support and help to our children to alleviate their pressure and stress and to help them grow into resilient, mature and secure adults?

  1. Teach our children on the value of hard work, perseverance and resilience, motivating them to do their best and learning to cope with failure.
  2. Encourage our children to look out for their classmates who need help, support and encouragement in their studies or family/friendship issues.
  3. Remind our children that academic exams cannot measure their good character, special gifts (talents) and their compassion and care for others.
  4. Assure our children that our love for them is unconditional and unchanging, regardless of their study grades or school performance.
  5. Anchor our children in the love and grace of God and find their true worth, deep joy and spiritual identity in Jesus Christ.

As we await eagerly for the Return of Jesus Christ, let us keep our children’s educational life with the right perspective and priority. Let us be mindful of the things that really matter in the light of eternity: (1) Relationship with God, (2) Salvation of souls, and (3) Glory of God.

 

Maranatha
Pastor John

29 & 30 Sept 2018

Dear friends, guests and church family

A very warm special welcome to all our friends, guests and visitors. We are so glad that you are here today to enjoy the Hymn Festival. We hope that you will have an enjoyable and meaningful experience that will bring much peace and great joy in your heart.

We are very thankful for the choir team from St Andrew’s Cathedral for their kind presence and good partnership with the St John’s Chapel choir in presenting these beautiful songs and hymns that bring delight to our ears and refreshment for our soul.

We are privileged to have Pastor Leon Stewart to share on the “The love story of God’s amazing grace”.  Pastor Leon’s life was changed and transformed wonderfully by the grace and power of God after his encounter with Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour.

Thank you once again for your presence with us today. May the love, joy and peace of God fill your hearts and minds always.

Wishing you every blessing in Jesus Christ.

 

Pastor John
Vicar, St John’s Chapel

 

22 & 23 Sept 2018

Dear family in Christ

Today we commemorate the annual diocese Education Sunday. This year’s focus is on the alma mater of our nine Anglican primary, secondary and college schools. Many had fond memories of meaningful fun activities, kind caring teachers and personal character growth. Some had returned to their alma mater as school teachers to continue this meaningful tradition and mission in educating future generations of students.

We are thankful to the Lord for guiding many graduates of St Margaret’s Secondary school to become members and friends of our church community. We thank God for their salvation in Jesus Christ, and also that of their families. We rejoice to see them growing in spiritual maturity and good character. We appreciate their love and heart for the Lord in serving Him in various areas of church ministry and also in local & overseas missions. We thank God for all of them for being God’s wonderful blessing and encouragement in our community.

For the past 26 years, St John’s Chapel has the joy and privilege of Education Mission chaplaincy work in this school. We thank the Lord for a committed chaplaincy team of church staff and volunteers as they serve God with a joyful purpose in sharing the good news of the gospel and in caring & helping the students. If you are able to serve in the chaplaincy ministry in the areas of music, befriending, tutoring and praying, pls approach our lead chaplaincy staff, Florence Hou.

But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.”   Luke 18:16

 

Maranatha
Pastor John

15 & 16 Sept 2018

The Diocese of Singapore

Pastoral Advisory on Penal Code Section 377A

Recent media comments by prominent figures have reignited the call to repeal Penal Code Section 377A. As you consider the matter, do note the following:

a.   It has been established by the Supreme Court in October 2014 that Section 377A is constitutional.

b.   Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in the Parliamentary Debate in Oct 2007 on Section 377A explained why the Government would retain Section 377A in the Penal Code but not enforce it. The Diocese, together with the National Council of Churches of Singapore, supports the Government’s carefully calibrated position on this.

c.   The evaluation of Section 377A goes beyond legal technicalities and pure logic. It is a boundary-stone marker for what Singapore society wants to hold as normative in its moral framework and in how people conduct themselves in the public square. 377A is a moral marker consonant with fostering strong families for the long-term well-being of our nation.

d.   The Government has stated that it will not repeal the law as long as mainstream society wants it to remain: “It is up to society to decide.”

It is heartening that the Government’s recent Penal Code Review did not recommend any change to Section 377A. As the Review is now open for public consultation until 30 September, before going to Parliament in November, it is timely for us to reaffirm that we want Section 377A to remain.

In the context of all the above factors, we would strongly encourage you to:

1.   Provide feedback to the Government by:

a.   Sending this simple message “I want 377A to remain” to REACH reach@reach.gov.sg, and

b.   Signing the petition at https://www.change.org/p/singaporegovernment-please-keep-penal-code-377a-in-singapore

2.   Remain respectful of persons with different views. Do not make disparaging remarks about anyone. Let your conduct be governed by love and “let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt” (Col 4:6).

3.   Pray fervently. Pray that the Church will learn and grow in its ministry to same-sex attracted persons. Pray for the ‘shalom’ (total well-being) of Singapore: “…seek the welfare of the city”
(Jer 29:7).

May the Lord bless and watch over Singapore from generation to generation!

 

12 September 2018

8 & 9 Sept 2018

Dear church family

One key distinguishing mark of the living church of Jesus Christ is to be a Koinonia Community. We have a common faith in Jesus, a common bond in Jesus and a common love for one another. We are called to build up and edify one another in the Body of Christ as we see the Return of the Lord drawing near.

The following “one another” actions and attitudes are expressions of true biblical koinonia:

  • Accept one another (Rom 15:7)
  • Be devoted to one another (Rom 12:10)
  • Be kind & compassionate to one another (Eph 4:32)
  • Bear one another’s burdens   (Gal 6:2)
  • Bear with one another in love (Eph 4:2)
  • Care for one another (1 Cor 12:25)
  • Comfort one another (2 Cor 13:11)
  • Do good to one another (1 Thess 5:15)
  • Encourage one another (1 Thess 5:11; Heb 3:13)
  • Forgive one another (Eph 4:32)
  • Honour one another (Rom 12:10)
  • Live in harmony with one another (Rom 12:16; 1 Pet 3:8)
  • Love one another (1 Pet 1:22; 1 John 3:11; 3:23; 4:7; 4:11-12)
  • Serve one another in love (Gal 5:13)

For the past two years, it has been such a joy and encouragement for me to see God’s people at St John’s Chapel edifying and encouraging one another in love. May we grow strong together as God’s Koinonia Faith Community.

Maranatha
Pastor John

1 & 2 Sept 2018

Dear church family

My son was very excited to have the opportunity to cook a meal for his teachers in school last Wednesday. As the school chaplain, I attended St Margaret’s school Teachers’ Day Appreciation high tea last Thursday. This is the time of the year where we remember and appreciate those who teach and influence lives, not only those in the public sphere, but also in our church family.

1. Teachers in our Children’s ministry

We want to appreciate and thank the many committed brothers and sisters who teach the Word of God to the children in our church faithfully and sacrificially. It is a vital and significant ministry in coming alongside the parents in building a strong faith foundation in the hearts of the children and in exemplifying wise godly values for daily living. We appreciate their labour and their love for the children.

2. Those who teach God’s Word at the various church ministries

We thank the Lord for those who study the Word of God diligently and share it joyfully with those amongst whom they serve, be it their Cell members, chaplaincy ministry, BB boys, GB girls, youths, young adults, elderly, etc. It is a labour of love which will bear much fruit in growing the spiritual life of the listeners and proclaiming the name of Jesus Christ.

3. Those who teach vocationally in the ‘Marketplace’

In our church family, we have quite a number of brothers and sisters who are teachers in heart, working and serving at various spheres and institutions such as childcare, pre-school, primary & secondary schools, tertiary institutions, special needs, etc. Let us remember them in prayer for God’s strength, purpose and wisdom in their teaching vocation as they influence and impact lives with the love of God and as they shine brightly for Jesus Christ in the marketplace.

 

Blessings in Christ
Pastor John

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