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Vicar’s write 10/11 February 2018

posted 11.02.2018

It has been a while since I last wrote and I thought I would give you some updates and share some thoughts on the upcoming season of Lent. Our Christian life often involves paradoxes e.g. Jesus said “unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit” (John 12:24). Is it only by taking away that much fruit is borne? Or perhaps at times, by adding a new rhythm? Perhaps BOTH.

We are working with Mr. John Chong and his affiliates from the Centre for Spiritual Formation (CSF) for an intentional approach to focus on Jesus and “accompany” him on his 40-day journey to the Cross. The Lent sermon series is in the bulletin insert today for our reference and pre-reading.

The meditations for the Lenten sermons is taken from “On the Cross Road”; a devotional written by Mr. John Chong based on the Gospel of Luke. I encourage you to get a copy and use it for this season if possible.

In addition, we have planned 6 Wednesday Lenten Morning Prayer services starting on 14 Feb, Ash Wednesday. Service will start from 7.45am to 8.15am in the Chapel. Some light refreshments will be made available for those going off to work while others may linger and tarry longer in prayer. Why this addition? The posture we want to adopt in Lent is to enlarge the space where God can speak into our life. For that to happen, sometimes we need to set aside time to listen personally and also in community.

We are simplifying Sunday breakfast during Lent so as to make space for cells. The cell leaders were also informed that our sermon series during Ordinary Time in the 2nd half of 2018 will likely be focused on the theme of the Holy Spirit’s work and ministry from Luke-Acts. I commend us to read and meditate on these 2 books that will then take us from Lent through to the 2018 Church Camp “Empower” and into the year-end Mission Month 2018.

Finally, I covet your prayers for Fung and I from 19 Feb to 4 Mar. We will attend an overseas Christian conference and visit our son Asher who is currently on overseas study exchange in Israel. I will miss the St James’ Church family but will be with you in our prayers. Shalom.

Pastor Siang Guan

 

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