“ Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, the make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.  Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.  Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others." - Philippians 2 v1-4 

 

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

          It has been an interesting two weeks at St Paul’s Church.  I had my first Holy Week Services at St Paul’s and this was followed closely by my first Annual General Meeting on 27 April 2014, after coming on board as Vicar.



          I believe the Holy Week services and activities, including watching the movie, “Son of God”, gave us an opportunity, both as individuals and as a Church family, to focus on the work of Christ on the cross.  We were reminded of the suffering He endured, willingly and lovingly, to reconcile us to our Father God, and make us whole again.  We felt again the love of God in a very personal and real manner.  Another lesson we were reminded of was the humility and servant hood that Christ epitomized.  In a world and time, where “our rights” are emphasized and demanded, we were reminded how Christ gave up His divine rights for our sakes.  Whether at home or at St Paul’s or the whole Christian family, we need to bear this lesson close to our hearts; the love of God and the love for our brothers and sisters is much more important than the assertion of our rights and/or demands for the wrongs we perceive to be set right.

          With this backdrop, we embarked on our AGM, which helped us to focus on our response as the body of Christ at St Paul’s, to the love of Christ.  This is indeed a new season at St Paul’s and I reiterate my call to each and every one of you; “return your heart to God, return your heart to St Paul’s”.  God has spoken in a clear and precise manner to me concerning my ministry here, and I am certain that He has something new and precious for His children at St Paul’s.

          In today’s world we tend to “love things and use people”.  Reminded of the attitude of Christ, we need to learn to instead, “love people and use things”.   In the months to come we will further enhance this theme, as we revive our cell groups or pastoral care groups in the Church.  I am determined that, embracing the spirit of Christ, we will serve one another and thereby glorify God in our lives and at St Paul’s Church.

           God bless you all.

           Revd Ng Koon Sheng