Church Advisory #10 dated 2 April 2020
Dear True Way family,
I hope you are keeping well in the midst of all the changes and uncertainties. Here is this week’s advisory. Do take some time to read through it.
- We will NOT be physically meeting in church for corporate worship from now to the end of April.
- We encourage all of you to join in for our online service at 11 am every Sunday. Our mother Church has decided to close the church premise on Sunday so that office staff can be given a day’s rest. Our worship services will thus be pre-recorded on Saturday mornings.
- To participate in the online service at 11 am, please go to the church website and click on the banner titled “TWPC-EC 11 AM Online Service”. Do note that the link will only be made available each Sunday at 11 am.
- Let us make an effort to gather for worship at 11 am as if we are going to church on a typical Sunday for worship. This means that we ought to be punctual for service, participate actively in the singing and prayers, listen attentively to the sermon and tune out only after the benediction.
- We will not be serving Holy Communion until we gather physically again for corporate worship. Some churches may be conducting virtual communion via their online service and their worshippers have been asked to prepare the communion elements at home. We are not doing that.
Consider 1 Corinthians 10:17: “Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.” Communion enacts and even seals the church’s unity as we share the one bread and one cup. In some traditions, they literally share one bread and one cup but for us, the ordained minister will break a big wafer and raise a big cup to symbolise the one bread and cup. Thereafter, the elders would distribute the elements of bread and wine to the baptised Christians who are gathered physically. If we have virtual communion, the theological significance of 1 Corinthians 10:17 will be missing.
Communion is a means of grace for the spiritual nourishment of believers and a commemoration of the Lord’s sacrifice for our redemption. We have other means of grace like the Word and prayer to sustain believers’ faith and we can also remember the Lord’s sacrifice through the songs we sing and the Word that is preached. Therefore, we shall postpone Holy Communion until we gather physically again.
- However, if families would like communion to be served, please contact any of the pastoral staff and an ordained minister or elder will gladly come to your home where there is a physical gathering of God’s people to administer communion to God’s beloved.
- For Holy Week Convention (8-10 April, including Good Friday), please tune into epholyweekconvention.org to listen to the sermons preached by Rev Dr Simon Chan. This year’s theme is “Jesus: A King beyond our wildest imagination!” You can also go to our church website and click on the banner titled “EP Holy Week Convention 2020”. The sermons and sermon outlines will be uploaded on Tuesday, 7 April, one day before the start of the Convention. As families gather, heads of households can lead in a short time of worship before tuning into the sermons.
- For Easter Sunday, we will participate in the 11 AM Online Service. Baptism will be postponed to a later date.
- Do your very best to stay at home as much as possible in a bid to stop local transmissions, and if you really have to go out, please observe social distancing as much as possible.
- Encouragement from God’s Word
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
Due to the Covid-19 crisis, we have to do church differently. I thank God that in his providence, he is working for the good of the church in spite of the disruptions we face. Through the online services, parents and children are able to worship together. In last night’s synchronised prayer meeting, I would envisage that spouses as well as parents and children had the opportunity to pray together, something which they might not have been able to do in the past. I had the privilege of having my daughter, Gracia, pray for me because one of the prayer pointers following Eld Lawrence’s devotion was to pray for pastors just as the apostle Paul had asked the Roman Christians for prayer. I also received a WhatsApp message from a sister, expressing her thanks to those who put together the Prayer Guide as she was able to worship and pray in the quietness of her home. It is my prayer that we will carve out time to pray and read God’s Word either individually or with others in the family so that our faith can be nourished and we can stay close to God as we wait for him to deliver us from this crisis.
Ps Kien Seng
Church Advisory #9 dated 26 March 2020
Dear True Way family,
Many of you may have heard the news that all religious services and congregations will be suspended from this Friday (March 27) to 30 April. As such,
- We will NOT be physically meeting in church for corporate worship from this Sunday to the end of April.
- We encourage all of you to join in for our online service at 11 am every Sunday. The services will be mostly live-streamed but may also be pre-recorded should any unforeseen circumstances arise. As such, we think it is more appropriate to call it an online service, which can encompass both situations.
- We will not be gathering for Good Friday and Easter Sunday Services. For Holy Week Convention (including Good Friday), please tune into epholyweekconvention.org to listen to the sermons preached by Rev Dr Simon Chan.
- For Easter Sunday, we will tune into the online service. Baptism will be postponed to a later date.
- Let’s make an effort to gather in our homes on Sundays at 11am for worship, and parents, do encourage your children to join in!
- As for DGs, if you are able to limit your meeting to not more than 10 people, do continue to meet but please take the necessary precautionary measures – those who are unwell should not come; don’t stay too close to one another (1 m spacing is the guideline); don’t serve refreshments/food. Otherwise, think of creative ways to stay connected. I know some are using Zoom to facilitate Bible studies.
- Do your very best to stay at home, and if you have to go out, observe social distancing as much as possible so that we can all play our part in helping to stop the spread of this virus.
- Exhortation from God’s Word:
“Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!” Ps. 27:14
In such a difficult time like this, let us wait for the LORD. Let us wait for the LORD to deliver us from this pandemic. Let us wait for the LORD to restore normalcy so that we can gather again for corporate worship. Let us wait for the LORD to work out his very good purposes in our lives, in the lives of those around us, in the different nations including our nation Singapore, and in the world. To wait for the LORD is to hope in the LORD and we can do so because the Triune God whom we worship is sovereign, powerful, good and wise. So be strong take courage and wait for the LORD.
Ps Kien Seng