Weekly Church Bulletin 15 Feb 2015

St Andrew’s Cathedral
Your prayers and support will be much appreciated for the following
trainers who will soon travel to Cambodia to serve at PKH’s three
locations in Kampong Speu. The new training year starts on 2 March
2015.
PKH Centre, Chbarmon (Vocational Training for 125 Youths)
Headed by : Miss Susan Goh
Hospitality Skills : Miss Susan Goh, Miss Kimberly Neo
Industrial Skills : Miss Audrey Tay
English Class 1 : Mr Jonathan Carino, Mr Lim Keng Boon
English Class 2: Miss Caroline Lim, Miss Choo Beng Geok, Miss Kang Beng Gek
PKH Centre, Aoral (English Tuition and Computer Classes for 80 Youths and Children )
Headed by : Miss Yvonne Chew
English and Computers: Mr Lawrence Wee, Mrs Lyn Wee
PKH Centre, Trang (Education for 364 Village Children)
English Co-ordinator : Miss Deborah Teo
English Classes : Miss Deborah Teo, Miss Audrey Choong
For further enquiries: Email [email protected], phone 63376104-112, or visit
www.livingstreams.org.sg/pkh
If you wish to make a contribution, kindly make your cheque payable to “ST ANDREW’S CATHEDRAL”. On
the back of your cheque, please mark PKH and write your name and address (for receipt purposes).
You can deposit your cheque in the offertory bags at Service or mail it to :
Project Khmer H.O.P.E.
c/o St Andrew’s Cathedral
11 St Andrew’s Road
Singapore 178959
We warmly welcome you to St Andrew’s Cathedral.
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T he D iocese O f S ingapore
www.livingstreams.org.sg
BISHOP: The Rt Revd Rennis Ponniah
DEAN & VICAR: The Very Revd Kuan Kim Seng
ASSOCIATE VICAR: The Revd Canon Dr Louis Tay
ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE
15 February 2015
QUINQUAgesima
sunday NEXT BEFORE LENT
• The Ash Wednesday Commination and
Holy Communion Service will be held at
6.00pm this Wed, 18 February 2015.
COLLECT FOR TODAY
Preacher : Rt Revd Rennis Ponniah
Topic : Lent - A Time for Confession
& Fortification
Almighty Father, whose Son was revealed in
majesty before he suffered death upon the
cross: give us grace to perceive his glory,
that we may be strengthened to suffer with
him and be changed into his likeness, from
glory to glory; who is alive and reigns with
you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God,
now and for ever. Amen.
• In view of this year’s Chinese New Year Eve
falling on the same day as Ash Wednesday
(i.e. 18 February 2015), over and above
the usual evening Ash Wednesday service,
we will have another similar Service at
7.00am on 18 February.
SCRIPTURE READINGS
I) 2 Cor 4:3-6, Church Bible, NT, pg 316.
II) Mark 9:2-9, Church Bible, NT, pg 77.
PSALM FOR: 5.00 pm
Ps 2, Church Bible, OT, page 875.
HYMNS FOR: 8.00 am : 396, HP216, 513, 578
11.15 am : 396, HP216, HP127, 513,
578
5.00 pm : HP49, HP279, HP390,
HP273
This is to provide an option for those who
want to attend the Ash Wednesday service,
but are unable to do so in the evening.
All are welcome.
COLLECT FOR ASH WEDNESDAY
Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing
that you have made and forgive the sins of all
those who are penitent: create and make in
us new and contrite hearts that we, worthily
lamenting our sins and acknowledging our
wretchedness, may receive from you, the God
of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who
is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the
Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
11 St Andrew’s Road (S. 178959) • Tel: 63376104 / 90022455 (emergency after office hrs) • Fax: 63376107 / 63391197
announcements
WHAT IS LENT?
OUR LENTEN OPPORTUNITY
Character requires discipline even as we depend
on the power of the Holy Spirit. There are seasons
in the Christian Calendar when we give ourselves to
growing in Christlikeness both in depending on God
and mastering ourselves as we concentrate on all
that Jesus went through to purchase our salvation on
the cross. Hence it is a marked by repentance, self
discipline and self-giving as we meditate on the cross
and the finished work of Jesus Christ our Lord. Lent
(from Old English “Lencten” meaning Spring) refers to
the fast of 40 days before Easter. The first mention of
such a period occurs in the Canons of Nicea (AD 325
Canon 5).
In Mark 2:18-22 we see critics of Jesus who observed
that His disciples didn’t go without food and drink
from 6am to 6pm. The Pharisees were proud that
they fasted (but often for the wrong reasons). What
Lenten discipline will you be practising these 40
days in Lent beginning this Wednesday, 18.2.15 as
we focus on Jesus’ fasting and being tempted in the
wilderness (Mt 4:1-11; Mk 1:12-13; Lk 4:1-3)? Which
of the following do you think is the best reason for
praying, worshipping, fasting or doing good works
and attending Ash Wednesday Service, 7am or 6pm
this Wed, 18.2.15 (Mt 6:1, 16-18)? So that:
[ ] Other people will think you are good?
The custom may have originated in the prescribed
fast of candidates for baptism and the number forty
suggested by the 40 days’ fast of Moses (Deut 9:9),
Elijah (1 Kg 9:8) and especially our Lord himself (Mt
4:2, Mk 1:12-13; Lk 4:1-13). The Western Church
normally left out the Sundays and the practice
commencing from Ash Wednesday is first attested to in
the 7th Century Gelasian Sacramentary. The period of
Lent ends with Holy Week (Good Friday). Apart from
fasting, this time of penance is observed by abstaining
from festivities, by almsgiving, and by giving more to
religious exercises.
[ ] God will realise that you are a little better than most
people?
[ ] God may enjoy you and the time you spent with
Him, and, that others may know Christ through
your prayers and witness?
POSITIONS AVAILABLE
1. The Ascension Kindergarten has vacancies for:
A. CHINESE TEACHER B. DOMESTIC HELP
For Post A, please send your resume with recent photo
to [email protected] For Post B, please call Ms
Angie at 63821110, Mon to Fri (8am -4pm).
The practice of omitting the Gloria and floral
arrangements; and the reciting of the 10
Commandments are part of the tradition to emphasise
God’s hatred of sin which culminated in the Lamb of
God being the vicarious sacrifice for our transgression.
Violet/Purple, the Liturgical colour signifies penitence
and mourning.
2. Jurong Anglican Church (Mandarin) has a vacancy for
the position of ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER.
Please email your resume to Revd Ang at
[email protected]
More details are posted on the Notice Board.
THE SEASON OF LENT
is the 40 day period leading up to Easter. It begins on
Ash Wednesday (18.2.15) and recalls these events:
As such Lent is a time of preparation:
Esther: The Providence of God
7/4- 28/4 (4 Tues, 7:30pm – 9:30pm @ PHA-C)
Dr Philip Satterthwaite (Principal, Biblical Graduate School of Theology, Lecturer in
Old Testament, Biblical Hebrew & Hermeneutics)
Becoming a Contagious Christian
11/4 – 25/4 (3 Sat 9:30pm -12:30pm @ PHA-B)
Facilitator: Revd Peter Chen
For more info on the other courses, check SAC’s CE website: www.livingstreams.org.sg. Call or email CE
staff at 63376104 or [email protected]: • James Tan (Ext 177)
Complimentary car-park exit tickets will be made available for those who attend the courses. They can be collected in
class at the registration table.
CATHEDRAL FAMILY
CAMP 2015
ISRAEL STUDY
TOUR
The Holy Spirit
A fresh Outpouring on God’s People
The Cathedral is organising
an Israel study tour with CMJShoresh Study Tours, from 23
Nov to 4 Dec 2015. We will be
doing a programme entitled ‘The
Life and World of Jesus”.
Date:
7-10 June 2015 [Sun - Wed]
Venue:
Thistle Hotel, Johor Bahru
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL
The invitation briefings cum Q&A
on the details of this study tour
would be presented on Sat, 28
Feb and 18 Apr 2015 (wouldbe participants need to attend
only one of the two briefings),
3.00pm to 4.30pm at the Chapel
for All Peoples.
Early bird discount ends on TODAY.
Registration forms available at Information Desk.
Please register with Jowenna
Quek at [email protected]
org.sg if you wish to attend the
briefing and participate in the
study tour.
The gate will be shut from 8.00pm on Wed, 18 Feb
15. All vehicles must be removed from the Cathedral
compound.
An early bird discount of $50 per camper
will be applicable to all except
for Non-Cathedral members.
Please do not leave your handbag or other valuables
unattended during Services, as the Cathedral is open to
the public.
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COMING UP IN APRIL
Camp Speaker:
Bishop Rennis Ponniah
BE CAREFUL....
•For God’s covenant with Noah
• For entry into the Promised Land
•For our fulfilling Jesus’ ministry in the power of the
Holy Spirit (Mt 24:14)
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION PROGRAMME (cont’d from page 6)
PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
The Cathedral office and the compound will be closed on
Thur, 19 Feb 15. And on Fri, 20 Feb 15, the church will
be open from 9.00am to 5.00pm, only.
•The 40 days and nights when the rains fell during
the time of Noah
• The 40 years of the Israelites’ wanderings in the
desert, and most of all
•The 40 days when Jesus was in the wilderness.
announcements
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SUNDAY SERVICES 15 FEBRUARY
QUINQUAGESIMA
SUNDAY NEXT BEFORE LENT
7.00 a.m.
Holy Communion
Revd George Tay
8.00 a.m.
Holy Communion
Revd Peter Chen
To Enter by the Wide or
Narrow Gate
9.00 a.m.
Contemporary Service
Cathedral New Sanctuary
Bishop Kuan Kim Seng
To Obey is Better…
9.30 a.m.
Service in Mandarin
SUNDAY SERVICES 22 FEBRUARY
FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT
Holy Communion
Revd Peter Chen
To Enter by the Wide or
Narrow Gate
2.00 p.m.
Filipino Service
Miss Joyce Carino
Bahasa Indonesia Service
Chapel for All Peoples
Mr Victor Effendie
2.30 p.m.
Service in Cantonese
4.30 p.m. Hokkien Service
Prayer Hall A&B, Basement 1
Revd Freddy Lim
5.00 p.m.
Holy Communion Bishop Kuan Kim Seng
5.00 p.m.
Service in Mandarin
Cathedral New Sanctuary
7.30 p.m.
New Life Service
Revd Dennis Lee
Holy Communion
Bishop John Chew
Israel: To Worship God Alone or
To Bow to Other Gods
9.00 a.m.
Contemporary Service
Cathedral New Sanctuary
Revd Lawrence Seow
Invest in Eternity
9.30 a.m.
Service in Mandarin
11.15 a.m. Holy Communion
Bishop John Chew
Israel: To Worship God Alone or
To Bow to Other Gods
2.00 p.m.
Filipino Holy Communion
Bishop Kuan Kim Seng
2.30 p.m.
Bahasa Indonesia Service
Chapel for All Peoples
Mr Victor Effendie
2.30 p.m.
Service in Cantonese
4.30 p.m. NO Hokkien Service
5.00 p.m.Evensong Ds June Tan
5.00 p.m. Service in Mandarin
Cathedral New Sanctuary
7.30 p.m.
New Life Service
Revd Ng Koon Sheng
Monday, 16 FEB
9.00 a.m. Morning Prayer
Tuesday, 17 FEB
7.30 a.m. Clergy & Leaders
Holy Communion
Wednesday, 18 FEB
7.00 a.m. Ash Wednesday Commination & Holy Communion Service
9.00 a.m. Morning Prayer
12.45 p.m. Holy Communion
@ Prayer Hall A&B
Revd Soon Soo Kee
6.00 p.m. Ash Wednesday Commination & Holy Communion Service
Thursday, 19 FEB
Public Holiday
Friday, 20 FEB
Public Holiday
Saturday, 21 FEB
9.00 a.m. Morning Prayer
2.00 p.m. NO LYnC Youth Ministry
No LYnC – CNY (19-20 Feb)
2.00 p.m. NO Young Adults’ Ministry
NO REGULAR YA
BE A VOLUNTEER AT
THE WELCOME CENTRE
Are you keen to meet people from all walks of
life? If you are looking for a place to contribute
your time, skills and services in the Cathedral,
we invite you to join us as volunteers in the
Welcome Centre in the areas of Reception,
Hospitality or Tour guiding. The scope of our
volunteering activities generally involves:
2.00 p.m. NO C3 (CITY Children Club)
2.30 p.m. NO Shalomkids Ministry
5.00 p.m. Saturday Contemporary Service
@ Cathedral New Sanctuary
EXTENSION CENTRES
10.00 a.m.
10.00 a.m.
10.00 a.m.
8.00 a.m.
2.00 p.m.Myanmar Worship Service
Cathedral New Sanctuary
2.00 p.m.Myanmar Worship Service
Cathedral New Sanctuary
2.30 p.m.
Holy Communion
Bishop Kuan Kim Seng
11.15 a.m.Mandarin Congregation
Cathedral New Sanctuary
11.15 a.m.Mandarin Congregation
Cathedral New Sanctuary
11.15 a.m. 7.00 a.m.
WEEKDAY SERVICES/MEETINGS
• tour guiding.
• attending to the requests and enquiries of
visitors and church members.
• assisting in general housekeeping of the
centre.
Revd Lawrence Seow
Invest in Eternity
SUNDAY SCHOOL ministries
Acts Centre Sunday Service
St. Margaret’s Secondary School
Performing Arts Studio
Westside Anglican Church (WAC)
Revd Timothy Chow
WAC Service in Mandarin
West Coast Recreation Centre
Volunteers can choose the area of their
preferences and training will be provided. The
schedule of volunteering will be work out in
consultation with the welcome centre staff.
Do contact Welcome Center at 63376104
ext 141/161 or email at [email protected]
livingstreams.org.sg for more details.
8.00 a.m. Sunday School
9.00 a.m. Sunday School
9.30 a.m. Sunday School (Mandarin)
11.15 a.m. Sunday School
5.00 p.m. Sunday School
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“Notes for 1st session will be given only to those who have pre-registered. For those who have pre-registered
but are unable to come for the course, kindly inform CE administrator to cut down on paper wastage.”
prayer highlights
Before You Say, “I Do.” (Marriage Prep Course)
DIOCESE OF SINGAPORE
Discipleship, Holiness & Revival
20/3 (Fri, 7.30pm-9.30pm);
21/3 (Sat, 9.30am- 1pm @ PHA-C)
Bishop Hwa Yung
(Bishop Emeritus of the Methodist Church in
Malaysia)
28/2 – 25/4 (9 Sat, 2pm – 4pm @ ST Hall)
Retreat 25/4, (Sat, 9:30am – 1:30pm)
Revd Michael Lim & Mrs. Judy Lim and
Pastor David Ng & Mrs Ng Siow Ing
The rate of divorce and marital breakdown among those
married less than 5 years is increasing sharply. The
couple’s pledge to stay together ‘till death do us part’
cannot be taken for granted. What is essential in building
strong marriages and relationships that last? The course
will look at critical and practical issues in a marriage
relationship. Topics include right and wrong reasons for
marriage, building your marriage on the foundation of
respect, faithfulness, commitment and love, the essential
3 A’s in a healthy relationship, effective communication
& conflict resolution, relationship with in-laws, financial
issues, roles and responsibilities and growing in
oneness.
The Gospel is the result of the work of the Holy Spirit in
revival on the one hand, and the prayers, holy lives and
faithfulness of God’s people on the other. The seminar
will focus on two movements in Church history and the
lessons we can learn from them today on discipleship,
holiness and revival.
• The Moravian community which sent out a total of
2,158 missionaries in its first 150 years. American
missiologist, A. T. Pierson, said this of the Moravians:
“Holy living, ceaseless praying and cheerful giving
constitute their conception of discipleship…”
The course is compulsory for those who want to marry in
the Cathedral.
• Early Methodism, under John Wesley, grew to almost
5% of England’s population in its first 100 years. Roy
Hattersley, a former Deputy Labour Party leader in
Britain, said Methodism “encouraged the working poor
to be ambitious, industrious and respectable…”
Christian Response to Gambling and Sex
3/3 & 10/3
(2 Tues, 7.30pm – 9.30pm @ PH A-C)
Mr. Liew Heng San
Cathedral Lenten Devotions
The Way of the Cross
31/3 (Tues) & 1/4 (Wed),
7.30pm – 9.30pm @ the Nave
Bishop Rennis Ponniah &
Revd Edmund Chan
(Prior to Retirement, Mr. Liew was Former CEO of the
CPF Board, Perm Sec (Law), MD EDB and CE of LTA.)
Is it okay for a Christian to go to the casino or to gamble?
What is wrong with pre-marital, extra-marital or deviant
sex? The talks look at the Christian response to:
31/3 (Tues) – The EXAMPLE of Jesus in Overcoming
a World of Raw Power and Self-Interest
– Bishop Rennis Ponniah
• Sexual Issues (10/3) – Why do professionals call
pornography the visual crack cocaine, and what
exactly are those addicted chasing after? The talk will
also look at questions like, can Christians be misled,
are penguins gay, and are the HPB Sexuality FAQs
medical, moral or mad? It will teach how we can turn
the tide from porn to purity and the importance of
disciplining the minds of our children.
1/4 (Wed) – The EFFICACY of Jesus in a Compulsive
World of Efficiencies and Effectiveness
– Revd Edmund Chan
cont’d on page 7
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• St George’s Church
Vicar: Revd Mark Dickens
Priests: Revd Dr Soh Guan Chin (Hon), Rev Timothy
Khoo (Hon)
• Clergy Movement
Bishop Rennis Ponniah has made the following
appointments:
- Revd Alan Wood as Associate Priest to All Saints’
Church, Jakarta, wef 01 Jan 2015.
- Canon Ong Chooi Seng as Acting Vicar Designate
of St Peter’s Church, wef 01 February 2015, and
then as Acting Vicar of St Peter’s Church wef 01
March 2015.
- Revd William Mok as Clergy Missionary to Church
of Our Saviour, wef 01 February 2015.
Pray for those seeking to alleviate physical suffering
by clearing landmines and rebuilding infrastructures,
homes, hospitals, schools and churches. Pray
for those who are suffering from the wounds
(physical, psychological, spiritual …) for healing.
Reconciliation is a painstaking process and the sheer
number of those hurting means that more counselling
and training are long-term needs. ‘Lord, we need your
grace and mercy …’ (Source: Operation World, 21st
Century Edition, pg. 105)
• Youth Pastors’ and Leaders’ Training,
SINGAPORE
ST ANDREW’S CATHEDRAL
• Chinese New Year This Thursday & Friday
(19 & 20 Feb)
As the Chinese community celebrates this festive
occasion, we pray for all Christians in their celebration
and visitation to family members and relatives, that
may they be the living testimonies of God’s wonderful
grace and the salt and light of the love of Jesus.
18 & 19 Mar (Wed & Thu)
The Diocesan Youth Board (DYB) is organising this
event to be held at St. James’ Church and we pray for
many to attend and be blessed. Speaker: Revd Barry
Leong.
• Ash Wednesday this Wednesday (18 Feb)
“Jesus told his disciples, ‘If anyone would come after me,
let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow
me…’” (Matt 16: 24). During this period of Lent, let us
reflect together on what it means for each one of us to be
distinctive in mindset, values, conduct and life in a world
that is in need of Christ.
• Gambling (3/3) – What the Bible says about the Grip of
Attraction, the Grind of Addiction, and the Grace from
Atonement. It will also look at how a gambler can be
‘rescued’ physically and spiritually and how we can
protect ourselves, our family, church and community
from the dangers of gambling.
were uprooted, their homes and churches destroyed
and hunger was used as a bargaining chip in the
power play for aid. One in 350 Angolans is a victim
of landmines and 70-90% of the population live in
proverty. Greater than the physical damage are the
psychological, social and spiritual wounds which will
require years to overcome.
Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent and marks the
beginning of the 40-day liturgical period of prayer and
fasting till Resurrection Sunday. Let us pray that it
would be a season for believers to set aside time to
meditate and reflect on God who gave us His only
Son, Jesus Christ, to be the sacrifice for our sins
and an example and standard of godly life for us to
endeavour to follow.
• Budget Statement for Singapore
The Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam will
deliver this year’s Budget Statement on 23 Feb (Mon).
We pray for God’s hand and guidance for every good
provision and goodness for our nation, for His praise
and glory.
• Jubilee Day of Prayer, 05 Jul (Sun)
In preparation for JDOP, let’s pray all churches in
Singapore to realign in a deeper measure with God’s
purpose for this SG50, to be ready to link hands &
hearts for His Kingdom to come upon our nation
(Psalms 110:3).
• ‘WHO?’ – Evangelistic Drama, 09-11 Apr (Thu-Sat)
This would be an outdoor interactive drama of
Jesus’ death & resurrection, to be held on Cathedral
grounds and in collaboration with Red Productions.
Preparation is on the way and we pray for God’s
wisdom, favour and blessing through it all.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK
Patrick Boyd, Chia Hearn Jiang, Terence Choo.
Amy Dang, Annie Dang, Khor Seow Hong,
Marjorie Lau, Nancy Li, William Ng, Alvin Oh,
Madeline Quah, Sylvia Wong and Lily Yeo.
WORLD
• Angola (Africa)
Forty years of almost constant war (1962-2002) have
devastated Angola. Innocent civilians suffered the
most – 90% of the casualties were civilians, millions
3