Dear church family

We warmly welcome our young friends from Vietnam at our Sunday English service today. They are in Singapore from 15 to 25 June for the Abba English Camp for the purposes of learning English and enjoying Singapore culture and hospitality. Appreciative grateful thanks to many church members who are serving as planning committee members (led by Yun Jing), homestay host families, group leaders, outing chaperons, logistics helpers, English lesson teachers and facilitators. Let us pray for a meaningful camp experience for our Vietnamese guests and may all the camp leaders & helpers be strengthened and encouraged in the Lord.

This past week has been exciting and historic when two well-known political leaders of USA and North Korea met in Singapore on a mission to discuss about world peace and stability. A joint statement was issued and things seem to look good on the surface. How will the promises and events turn out in the near future? Only time will tell. Besides this tension at the Korean Peninsula, there are many other places in the world with ongoing conflicts, political struggles and ethnic & religious tensions. When will peace come upon these troubled areas?

This pursuit of peace in the world reminds me of one very important matter of the need for every person to have peace with God, which is a matter of life and death. The apostle Paul wrote in Romans 5:1  “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Thanks be to God because of the death of Jesus Christ on the cross, we have peace with God, reconciled to God and enjoy this loving relationship with our Abba Father.

Do you have this peace with God in your heart today?

 

Maranatha

Pastor John

Dear church family

All praise to Almighty God for a fruitful, “fellowship-ful” and Spirit-filled church retreat. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, Canon Yee Ching Wah preached biblically & relevantly and the Holy Spirit ministered deeply in many hearts. We rejoiced greatly in the “I want to believe in Jesus” decision of Mrs Christal Paul’s mother. We were encouraged to see the work of the Holy Spirit in touching repentant and revived hearts to respond to the Lord at the prayer ministry after each teaching session. We were edified and strengthened in the Lord when retreat participants prayed for one another, some in tears and others with joy.  And we had great fun and games together.

Our grateful appreciative thanks to the church retreat committee, ably led by Gabriel Paul and Kevin Lee, and to all those who helped and served in the various areas of ministry. Your labour for the Lord has been a blessing to the church community. We also thank those who gave generously to help those with financial needs and many others who contributed in kind such as food and sponsorship of message recordings. You can access the recordings and sermon outlines at this weblink address  http://sjcp.org.sg/downloadpage/church-retreat-2018/

Strengthened in the Lord, we are excitedly preparing for the arrival of the Vietnamese students to Singapore on 15 June (till 25 June) for the Abba English Camp for the purposes of learning English, enjoying Singapore culture and experiencing the love and grace of God. Grateful thanks to many church members who are serving as planning committee members (led by Yun Jing), homestay host families, group leaders, outing chaperons, logistics helpers, English lesson teachers & facilitators. I invite church members to drop by the campsite if your schedule allows. Please contact Fu Man or Patrick for info.

I call upon the whole church to be in fervent prayer for the salvation of these Vietnamese students and their families. Please see the prayer requests at the Intercession segment below. On behalf of the deanery of Vietnam, thank you everyone for your ministry partnership in the gospel.

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

Dear church family

I am sure many are excited as we leave for our church retreat today. Such a joy to see the five congregations gathering together in community. Your presence is a great encouragement. For those who cannot come for various reasons, we miss you and hope that you may be able to attend the next church retreat in year 2020.

Our retreat theme is “Look, Walk, Rest”. Value all your prayers for our retreat speakers Canon Yee Ching Wah and Mr Darius Foo (children ministry). Please pray for journey mercies, meaningful fellowship, fruitful learning and spiritual revival.

My prayer for St John’s Chapel is expressed in these two words: “Revival” and “Community”.

Firstly, let us seek the Lord together for a spiritual revival in our lives and in His Church, as we consider the work of God’s eternal kingdom in the light of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. May these words “Revive us, O Lord” be the cry of our heart as we walk in obedience to God, and as we seek the power of the Holy Spirit to transform us to be more like Jesus.

Secondly, let us encourage one another to love God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength, and to love one another as God’s Community. We have a collective privilege, as well as responsibility, to be actively involved and mutually edifying one another in the Body of Christ.

Thus says the Lord: “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls.”  Jeremiah 6:16

 

 Maranatha

Pastor John

Dear church family

Life can be overwhelming at times. We may face difficult circumstances in the different seasons of life. It may be in our family situations, at our studies, at our work, in our health and finances, or in our relationships. During those periods of pain and struggle, we look to the Lord for his grace, comfort and strength.

In recent months, I had experienced challenging circumstances in my family life (in particular, the health of my wife and my mother), and also in my ministry work, especially the work in the Deanery of Vietnam. One day during a moment of quiet reflection before the Lord, our loving Abba Father spoke to my heart, “John, I will give you grace and strength that will be sufficient and enough for each day to sustain you”. Thanks be to God for His sovereign goodness and grace.

King David faced numerous struggles and difficult circumstances in his life. In Psalm 27, David expressed confidence and hope in the Lord as he seeks the Lord and find refuge in God in the midst of challenging situations. David trusted in the goodness of the Lord and find strength and courage in God as he waited upon the Lord.

I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” Psalm 27:13-14

 

Maranatha

Pastor John

Dear church family

After the Day of Pentecost when the presence and power of the Holy Spirit had come upon the Church, the people of God preached the gospel courageously and they prayed in community fervently. They were “continually devoting themselves to … prayer” (Acts 2:42). They prayed after the release of apostles Peter and John and “were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness” (Acts 4:31). They prayed when apostle Peter was arrested and put in prison (Acts 12:5,12). They were praying and fasting when the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them” (Acts 13:1-3).

It is my prayer that St John’s church community will be a people of prayer, individually and corporately. I encourage all to meet for corporate prayer monthly – on second Fridays for the Mandarin/dialect congregations, and on the last Friday for the English congregations. Come and pray together as a Cell group. At the English congregation prayer meetings, I am doing a devotional teaching series on “Church as a Community of Prayer”.

Please keep the following in prayer:

  1.  52/59 Boys Brigade and Girls Brigade Camp, 26-27 May: For a fruitful enriching camp; for strength and joy for the officers and   volunteers in their service; for the boys and girls to know and experience the love and grace of God.
  2. Church retreat: For fruitful learning in the Word and edifying fellowship in the Lord; for camp speakers Canon Yee Ching Wah and Mr Darius Foo; for the camp committee in all their hard work; for all retreat participants to experience a deep spiritual revival in their hearts.
  3. Abba English Camp, 15-25 June: For the Vietnamese youths to experience the love of God and come to salvation faith in Jesus; for the camp committee and volunteers in their planning and labour; praise God for all the church volunteers and host families.

 

Maranatha

Pastor John

Dear church family

Despite the commercial hype surrounding Mother’s Day, it is good to remember and appreciate all mothers (and fathers too) for all their love, care and sacrifice. The recent serious illness and hospitalisation of my mother brought some reflections concerning growing old and reaching the end of life’s journey. In the Fifth Commandment, the Lord commanded his people to “honour your father and your mother”.

SPEND TIME with your parents: A church member sent me a video this week about a daughter who was too busy at her work to spend time with her elderly father. She arranged for a time to meet a month later. A few weeks passed and one day, she received a call. She rushed to the hospital emergency, but was too late to say her goodbyes to her father. The best expression of love and honour is to spend time with those whom we treasure and love, for tomorrow may never come.

FORGIVE your parents:  It is a reality of life that our parents are imperfect, just as we ourselves are imperfect. Everyone needs the grace and mercy of God. If you are still holding hurts, resentment and bitterness in your heart towards your parents for what they had done (or what they did not do), may you find grace and strength in the Lord to forgive them. Let restoration, peace and joy come upon every parent-child relationship.

PRAY for your parents’ Salvation:  The greatest “gift” we can share with our parents is the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, and God’s gracious gift of eternal life. Some of you have been praying and sharing for many years. Press on, do not lose heart and keep on praying. By the grace and mercy of God, we look forward to that joyous day of salvation in the hearts of your parents.

 

Maranatha

Pastor John

Dear church family

I like to highlight three church events, which I pray and encourage the whole church community to join our hearts and hands together.

  1. Giving an account at Annual General Meeting (22 April): The church AGM is a good time to see the “big picture” of church life and also a spiritual time to understand what God is doing in and through St John’s Chapel for the past one year. We will review key activities in 2017, share goals & plans for 2018, give an account for the duly-audited finances and elect church members to serve in PCC. We look forward to your presence and ministry together.

 

  1. Seeking God together at monthly Church Prayer Meetings: I am praying for a spiritual revival in the hearts of God’s people at SJCp. This is the year of Prayer for our diocese. As we prepare for the ‘Celebration of Hope’ evangelistic outreach in May 2019, we pray for the souls of those who need to call upon the name of the Lord and be saved. “Prayer does not fit us for the greater work; prayer is the greater work.” (Oswald Chambers)

 

  1. Encouraging one another at Church camp 2018 (3-6 June): We gather every 2 years for the church retreat. This year’s retreat theme “Look, Walk, Rest” was chosen to remind us to walk in God’s ways and find rest for our souls. Let us spend time together as the Body of Christ to learn God’s Word, encourage one another and “stir up one another to love and good works … as you see the Day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)

 

Maranatha

Pastor John

Dear friends

We are very glad to welcome all the youths and children from the Boys’ Brigade (64th, 52J, 59J) and Girls’ Brigade (31st, 52nd, 59th) to St John’s Chapel for their annual Enrolment and Dedication service on 8 April. A very special 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 commitment and love of many 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 support and help of the parents, school principals and CCA teachers.

We live in very challenging times in today’s post-modern world. It is our joyful privilege and trustworthy responsibility to inculcate important life values and to build excellent moral character in these precious 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 bright shining lights in their family, school and society. May they grow to be a person who care deeply for others in the world, especially to those who are in need.

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

 

In Christ

Pastor John Lin

Dear family in Christ

In the Church calendar, we commemorate Palm Sunday today. We remember the triumphant entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem (Matthew 21:1-11). The large Jewish crowd had the expectant hope of the conquering messiah and king who would come to liberate them from the 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 that same week, the crowds would cry out, “Crucify him! Crucify him!”.

As we go into Holy Week, let us keep our focus on Jesus Christ and His road to Calvary. We recall the series of events that took place during this significant week.

  1. Washing disciples’ feet (John 13:1-17): Servanthood and love for one another must be the hallmark of a disciple of Jesus.
  2. Passover meal (Matthew 26:17-29): Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper (body and blood) as a remembrance of God’s new covenant of grace.
  3. Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:36-46): Jesus was in agony and sorrow, yet He was obedient to the will of His Father.
  4. Betrayal, arrest, trial (Luke 22:47 to 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): Praise and thanks be to God for the victory over sin and death and the blessed hope of eternal life in Jesus Christ.

“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

Dear family in Christ

Vietnam is a vast harvest field of 54 ethnic people groups in a population of 96 million, of which only 1.8 % are Protestant Christians. Vietnam deanery work began officially on 1 January 1993. The initial years were very challenging due to Vietnam’s political, religious and social situation. We are thankful to God for the gradual opening of doors, especially in the recent past decade, for the proclamation of the gospel and for active church planting of the future diocese of Vietnam.

On 9 August 2009, ABBA English Centre was officially launched at Hanoi as a platform for church planting work. This pioneering work in 2009 was anchored by St Andrew’s Cathedral and ably served by four young courageous tributors (3 sisters from St Andrew’s Cathedral and brother Tan Zong Ren from St John’s Chapel). For the past 6 years, ABBA have brought about 30 Vietnamese youths annually to Singapore for the English Summer Camp for the purposes of learning English, enjoying Singapore culture and experiencing the love of God.

This year’s camp is anchored by St John’s Chapel on 15 to 25 June 2018 at St Andrew’s Village. We need your ministry help and involvement in the following areas:

  1. Host family – Host one to two students for a homestay for one night and two days (23 – 24 June)
  2. Group leaders – Accompany the students on day excursions between 16 to 23 June
  3. Logistics – Help out in food, transport and other logistics arrangements
  4. English teachers – Conduct English lessons using a given curriculum
  5. English lesson facilitators – Facilitate discussion and activities in small groups

If you are available to serve in this meaningful outreach, please contact pastoral staff Yun Jing (office 64688425; email yunjing@patmos.org.sg ). Thank you for your ministry partnership in the gospel.

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