COVID-19 Advisory

COVID-19 Advisory

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Church Advisory #19 dated 3 June 2020

  1. Encouragement from God’s Word

“fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)

By now you would have received news that our beloved sister Lay Kuan has been called home to be with the Lord. She has left us such a legacy of faith by being steadfast in the Lord despite suffering 6 relapses in her fight against cancer. Isaiah 41:10 is one of Lay Kuan’s favourite verses.

There are two commands here – fear not (do not be afraid) and be not dismayed (don’t look about you anxiously or in alarm). The two commands are accompanied by five reasons why we should neither fear nor be dismayed – I am with you; I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you and I will uphold you. The language is so personal – count the number of times the pronoun ‘you’ is used. The Lord’s righteous right hand is at work. He always does what is right and his right hand is a sign of his authority and power. He therefore possesses the authority and power to do what is right!

He is our God and we are his children. He will be with us. Someone can be with us but do nothing for us. But that’s not our God. I see a progression here – not only is he with us, he will also strengthen us, which means he will enlarge our capacity to face whatever challenges that come our way. While we must still exert effort on our part, we are not doing it on our own. He will help us, which means he is working alongside us. And should we ever falter, he is there to uphold us; if we think that we cannot go on anymore, he is there to sustain us, to prop us up, to carry us along.

Our days ahead may be uncertain, but know that we are embraced by such a wonderful God. No wonder we need not fear and we need not be dismayed. Just as Lay Kuan held this verse so closely to her heart, may we also be encouraged to do the same. Amen!

  1. Apostles’ Creed and the Lord’s Prayer

This Sunday, being the first Sunday of the month, we will be reciting the Apostles’ Creed to affirm our faith after hearing the preaching of God’s Word. We will also be rounding up our Intercessory Prayers by praying the Lord’s Prayer together. The U12 children are familiar with both the Apostles’ Creed and the Lord’s Prayer, so they will be able to participate in them.

  1. Online Cozy Corner after 11 AM Online Service

After the 11 AM Online Service this Sunday, we are going to have our first online Cozy Corner! You will have the opportunity to interact with the preacher over what you have heard in the sermon. You can ask questions or share how the Lord has spoken to you; we can also discuss the reflection questions. It’s an informal meeting and you can grab your lunch and eat while joining in the session.  Below is the Zoom link, and the same link will be provided on the PowerPoint slide after the Benediction, when the Reflection Questions are shown. We will start at 12.15 pm and finish by 1 pm. Everyone is welcome to join us.

https://ntu-sg.zoom.us/j/98596821416

Meeting ID: 985 9682 1416

Password: 181237

  1. Together Newsletter

Remember to check out the TOGETHER Newsletter on our church website. Look out for the blue banner entitled “Together – voices from the pandemic”. In this third instalment, you will hear more from our congregants on how Covid-19 has affected them, especially going to the end of circuit breaker.

 

  1. Synchronised Prayer Meeting

Please be reminded to gather in your homes for synchronised prayer meeting tonight at 7.45 pm. The materials have been sent to you via email and WhatsApp. If you have not received them, do contact Ps George and he will furnish you with the details.

 

Ps Kien Seng

 

 

 

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Church Advisory #18 dated 27 May 2020

  1. Encouragement from God’s Word

“I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1-2

Psalm 121 is a psalm of ascent. Three times a year, the Israelites would make a trip to Jerusalem to worship at the temple in conjunction with three festivals. Jerusalem was situated on a hill and its surroundings were also hilly, so pilgrims would sing as they ascended to Jerusalem. Perhaps they did this to boost their morale as the journey was difficult. And Psalm 121 would be in their repertoire of songs.

This journey that the pilgrims took can be a parable for the journey that we take for our lives as we make our way to the New Jerusalem. The hills can possibly be a place to be feared – they can look daunting especially when one is tired. In the same way, the journey of faith we take can be an uphill one, filled with all kinds of challenges. When we look at our hills, our challenges, we wonder: “From where does our help come?” The comforting response is that our help comes from the Lord. Who is this Lord? He is the Maker of heaven and earth. This is to stress that the whole creation is under his rule. God has universal and unbounded power. He is the one who is journeying with us as we make our pilgrimage. He will keep us, which means he will watch over us, attend to us, care for us, guard us, protect us and save us.

As we navigate these strange times during the Covid-19 season, let us recognise that it is but a part of the whole pilgrimage we are making, and God our helper is with us at every step of the way. Amen!

  1. Gospel Sunday

This Sunday is our Gospel Sunday. Rev Dr Robert Solomon will be speaking at our online Gospel Sunday Service. He’s going to preach from the story of Zacchaeus and the title of the sermon is “The man who climbed the wrong tree.” We are all looking for significance and security but are we looking for them in the wrong places? The sermon will be very relevant for all of us, especially during this period that is filled with so many uncertainties. Where does our security lie?

Let’s make an effort to invite our family members and friends to join the online service. The link below will take them directly to the Online Service Banner but let them know that it will only be live at 10.55 am.

https://truewaypc.com/2020/04/04/11am-online-service/

 

  1. Together Newsletter

Eld Chung Horn and his team has been working hard to deliver the TOGETHER Newsletter to all of us online because church will likely remain closed for some time.

The theme of this issue of TOGETHER is the coronavirus. It will be delivered to you in weekly doses over the next few weeks. Each dose will be uploaded to the website every Wednesday by 8am. A blue banner entitled “Together – voices from the pandemic” has been created on the website so that you can easily access the page. The link is also provided below. This week, Belinda Tan, a PhD student, writes about her harrowing return home from Cambridge.

https://truewaypc.com/together-article/coming-home/

 

  1. Pastor’s Perspective

Do continue to read the pastor’s perspective which can be found in the e-bulletin or the following link https://truewaypc.com/pastors-perspectives/. This week I continue to ask the question: “What is God saying to you?” In my last perspective I asked: “What is God saying to you individually and as a family?” (Dated 10 May) In this week’s perspective, I ask: “What is God saying to us as a church?” Do check it out.

 

Ps Kien Seng

 

 

 

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Church Advisory #17 dated 20 May 2020

  1. Encouragement from God’s Word

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. (Deuteronomy 6:6-7)

Since I addressed the parents last week, let me continue to do so for another week. Children are a gift from the Lord and as good stewards of what the Lord has gifted us, we as parents are to disciple our children and to nurture their faith.

This can take place in formal settings where we intentionally and diligently teach our children God’s Word. It can also take place in informal settings where we bring God’s Word into our conversations as the opportunity arises. Even when Sunday school teachers and YZ DG leaders are around, parents are not absolved of this responsibility. And all the more during this period where we cannot gather physically as a church, do you realise that there is a mini church in each of your own homes where you can gather to sing and pray, to read and teach God’s Word?

If you have children 12 and under, you would have received resources from Ps Suet Fong to help you in your parenting journey and also in engaging your children in worship and in learning God’s Word. Do take some time to check out the links that Ps Suet Fong sends to you.

We also hope that you can worship together as a family every Sunday. Each week, a worksheet based on the sermon is prepared and sent out to the parents on Saturday.  It caters both to the younger and older children. For me, what I do with Gavriel, my youngest, is to read the preaching text with him on Saturday night and guide him in filling in the blanks during the sermon and then on Sunday night, go through the worksheet with him, highlighting one main take away that is relevant for him. For the younger children, after colouring the pictures, you can use the pictures as a talking point to teach them biblical truths.

Parents with teenagers in your homes, some of you may face challenges in getting them to join you for worship. Don’t be discouraged, pray for them, nudge them at appropriate times and continue to set a good example for them by you yourself being committed to worship God. And for those who are able to gather as a family, encourage everyone to participate in worship, take turns to pray during the intercessory prayer and after the service, linger a little longer to discuss the reflection questions with your children.

I hope that in the process of engaging in this spiritual discipline of worship, we will all continue to grow in the Lord, both you and your children.  I also pray that by the time we can physically gather together again for Sunday service, worshipping together as a family will be something that we are familiar with.

  1. Gospel Sunday

 

On the last Sunday of this month, 31 May, Rev Dr Robert Solomon will be speaking at our online Gospel Sunday Service. He’s going to preach from the story of Zacchaeus and the title of the sermon is “The man who climbed the wrong tree.” We are all looking for significance and security but are we looking for them in the wrong places? The sermon will be very relevant for all of us, including the non-Christians, especially during this period which is filled with so many uncertainties. Where does our security lie? We therefore encourage you to invite your family members and friends to join in the online service. Feel free to let them know what the sermon is about and you can provide them the link below which will take them directly to the Online Service Banner. But let them know it will only come alive at 10.55 am.

https://truewaypc.com/2020/04/04/11am-online-service/

 

  1. Together Newsletter

 

Eld Chung Horn and his team has been working hard to deliver the TOGETHER Newsletter to all of us online because church will likely remain closed for some time.

The theme of this issue of TOGETHER is coronavirus. In the past, because TOGETHER was only published twice a year, it was almost NEVER hot-off-the-press – the events being covered would not be immediately current. But for this issue, the new coronavirus content is best read fresh, rather than three months later where the immediacy will be gone.

Eld Chung Horn is targeting to deliver the issue in 4, possibly 5 weekly doses. Each dose will be uploaded to the website every Wednesday by 8am. A banner has been created so that you can easily access the page. The link is also provided below. I hope that you will be blessed and encouraged by the articles.

https://truewaypc.com/together-article/voices-from-the-pandemic/

 

Ps Kien Seng

 

 

 

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Church Advisory #16 dated 13 May 2020

  1. Encouragement from God’s Word

“Children are a gift from the Lord;they are a reward from him.” (Psalm 127:3, NLT)

For this week’s devotion, I am addressing the parents, especially those with younger children as I know that the circuit breaker has been very tough for you. For those with very young children, they need your constant attention and even for those whose children are in primary school and above, now that they are having their holidays but they cannot go out, they tend to be very restless. I also understand that some parents are still helping their children in their studies. In the course of interacting with your children, parents can easily get frustrated especially when your children are not cooperative. You not only have to attend to them, you also have your fair share of work to contend with.

I hope it is in those moments that you remember that your children are gifts from the Lord. God can bless us in many ways, one of which is to give us children. Those times when we feel very flustered with them, let us take a deep breath and remind ourselves that our children are a gift from the Lord. When we attend to them – play with them or read to them or help them in their studies, we are actually fostering a closer bond with them, perhaps in ways we were not able to do so prior to Covid-19. I don’t deny that a lot of patience and self-control may be needed so as you take that deep breath, also say a quick prayer to the Lord for grace to be a good steward of the gift that God has so generously given to you. Amen.

  1. Gospel Sunday

On the last Sunday of this month, 31 May, Rev Dr Robert Solomon will be speaking at our online Gospel Sunday Service. He’s going to preach from the story of Zacchaeus and the title of the sermon is “The man who climbed the wrong tree.” We are all looking for significance and security but are we looking for them in the wrong places? The sermon will be very relevant for all of us, including the non-Christians, especially during this period which is filled with so many uncertainties. Where does our security lie? We therefore encourage you to start praying for your family members and friends whom you can invite to join in the online service. Do refer to the e-bulletin for more details.

 

  1. Counselling resources and helplines

Please reach out to the pastors, elders and DGLs if you have any pastoral concerns or needs. We would like to journey with you – give you a listening ear, encourage you and pray with you. There are also helplines and counselling services that you may find useful if you wish to seek external help and you can access the information in our website under the “Resources for Covid-19” banner: https://truewaypc.com/2020/04/15/covid-emergencies-helplines/

 

  1. Financial aid

The Emergency Relief Scheme is provided by the Presbyterian Community Services to both church members and the public. The scheme provides short-term relief to individuals and families in need of temporary financial assistance to meet their immediate needs while they seek long term help from other sources. Application form and more information can be obtained from: https://pcs.org.sg/services/community-support/ers/

Ps Kien Seng

 

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Church Advisory #15 dated 6 May 2020

  1. Encouragement from God’s Word

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1

In my last advisory, I asked the question: “What is God speaking to us during this time?” How is he speaking to us in the way we use our time? Some shared that the line between work and rest has been blurred while working from home and there is a tendency to work without resting. Others have so much time on their hands that they don’t know what to do with themselves. They end up watching a lot of TV or playing a lot of computer games or doing a lot of online shopping. There are of course those who have developed a certain routine for each day so that everything is very well planned out, including what to eat on each day of the week.

There is a time for everything and it is good to develop a certain rhythm of work and rest, of time spent with family and with oneself. It is also good to carve out time for spiritual disciplines like prayer and reading God’s Word, corporate worship and meeting in small groups. These will not happen automatically so we need to be intentional in building these disciplines into our daily schedules so that we can practise the presence of God, being mindful that he is always there with us, his mercies are new every morning and his steadfast love never fails.

 

  1. Monthly Synchronised Prayer Meeting

Tonight at 7.45 pm, we will be having our monthly synchronised prayer meeting. The Prayer Committee would have already sent out the order of worship and prayer pointers via WhatsApp (those in DGs) and email broadcast. Let’s take this opportunity to pray together as a church and in our homes. Fathers, gather your family to pray. If you are on your own, you can pray with each other via Zoom or other social media platforms. Of course you can also use this time to commune with God alone.

  1. Postponement of ACM

We thank the communicant members who have responded and we have more than a 2/3 majority to postpone the ACM to 23 August. That’s the latest we can postpone the ACM to because we have to make submissions (based on the outcome of our ACM) to the Commissioner of Charities in September. If we cannot gather physically, we will have to conduct the ACM online, which will be another first for us.

 

  1. Worship Leading

From this Sunday onwards, in our online services, you will see our worship leaders leading us from their homes while the sermons continue to be recorded in church because only two people are allowed in the sanctuary (speaker and cameraman). We will also be singing a mixure of hymns and contemporary songs because we have bought the license to stream contemporary songs. Previously, the license was not available and we had to sing hymns in the public domain so as not to contravene copyright laws.

 

  1. Loving your Neighbours

A team of young adults have compiled some useful resources on different agencies/organisations that we can give to or volunteer with if we want to reach out to those in the wider community. Different sectors of our society which are in need have been identified and so have the agencies that have work and ministry in those sectors. This document is found in our church website http://truewaypc.com under the banner entitled “Resources for Covid-19”.

  1. Gospel Sunday

On the last Sunday of this month, Rev Dr Robert Solomon will be speaking at our online Gospel Sunday Service. We encourage you to start praying for your family members and friends whom you can invite to join in the online service. Do refer to the e-bulletin for more details.

 

Ps Kien Seng

 

 

 

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Church Advisory #14 dated 29 April 2020

  1. Encouragement from God’s Word

30 He lived there two whole years at his own expense, and welcomed all who came to him, 31 proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance. (Acts 28)

Paul was under house arrest for two years while he was in Rome. It was a lockdown but only for Paul. However, that didn’t hinder him from proclaiming the kingdom of God and reaching about the Lord Jesus Christ so for Paul, ministry continued even though his movement was curtailed.

I am thinking about our present situation. Because of the circuit breaker, our movement has also been curtailed. On one hand, we may be worse off because no one is allowed to visit anyone. At least for Paul, people could visit him and listen to him. But on the other hand, we have technology and we can speak to a person face to face and even a group of people face to face through various social media platforms so ministries can actually continue – worship services, DG meetings, committee meetings, counselling, sharing and praying. The Thai service has resumed the teaching of English to a group of Thai ladies as part of their efforts to do outreach. It will be good if we can continue to creatively think of ways to do Gospel work. The Covid-19 pandemic need not be a hindrance; it could even be a help, a stepping stone, for us to advance the kingdom of God.

Often when we think of kingdom work, it is the work out there which we do for God. What about the work that God wants to do in us? We too are part of the kingdom of God. Advancing God’s kingdom can also mean God maturing the saints. So what is God saying to us in such a time like this? What does God want to teach us? How is God using this crisis to mould us? Let’s not just merely look forward to life returning to normalcy and completely miss out the precious lessons that God wants us to learn in the mean time when we are not yet out of the woods.

 

  1. Postponement of Holy Communion

This Sunday is supposed to be communion Sunday if we were meeting in church physically. The church leadership has decided to postpone the partaking of the Holy Communion until we resume our physical gathering and I have explained the reasons a month ago but I would like to urge you to read this Sunday’s perspectivewritten by Ps Eng Keat where he will explain at length the reasons why we have taken this decision so that if friends from other churches ask you, you too will know how to respond to them and not just say: “Don’t know la. My church doesn’t conduct lor.”

  1. Proposal to postpone ACM

As for the proposal to postpone the ACM, can I appeal to communicant members who have not responded to do so by 30 April? If you are a communicant member and have not received the email that I have sent you, can you give Ps George a text so we can resend the email to you?

 

  1. Memory verses for 2020

Although we have taken out this segment from the order of worship, I hope you will spend the 5 minutes before service starts to review the verses. They will be displayed on a PowerPoint slide. This Sunday being the first Sunday of the month, we will have another verse added to the existing ones. The target is to memorise Colossians 3: 12-17 by the end of the year.

 

  1. Tithes and offerings

There are 3 ways to give to the Lord just in case people are still wondering how they can present their tithes and offerings:

 

  • PayNow
    • Launch your mobile banking app
    • Scan the QR code using the app or key in UEN: T12SS0173B
    • Indicate whether it is ‘tithe’ or ‘offering’ in the narrative field “Enter UEN/Bill Reference No.”

 

  • Internet Transfer to DBS 1629002650. Kindly indicate your name and purpose (tithes/offerings) while making the transfer.

 

  • Write a cheque payable to “TWPC – English Congregation“. Kindly indicate your name, contact number and purpose (tithes/offerings) behind the cheque. Mail the cheque to 156B Stirling Road Singapore 148947.

 

Ps Kien Seng

 

 

 

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Church Advisory #13 dated 22 April 2020

 

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. (Colossians 3:12)

Do you find this verse familiar? Yes, this is the first verse we have memorised for 2020.

5 minutes before the start of the 11 AM Online Service, the link will come alive and we will have the opportunity to review our memory verses individually or as a family. This can be part of the preparation we make to get our hearts ready for worship.

As Christians, we are to put off the old self and put on the new self in Christ. We are God’s chosen ones. We are holy. We are loved by God. This is our identity – chosen, holy and beloved of God! Taking on this new identity means we also embrace certain qualities. We put on compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness and patience.

We are half way through the Circuit Breaker (CB) but we have also received news yesterday that the CB will be extended for another month. For many of us who are confined at home with our loved ones, there will be many opportunities for us to exercise patience. If we adopt a posture of humility, not insisting on our own ways, if we are meek, not lording over each other but be willing to serve one another, there can definitely be more harmony and peace within the family. Let’s show kindness to one another beginning from the home.

Moving beyond the home, I hope that we can also look out for one another in the church family. Give someone a call or a text to ask how they are doing and allow God to use you as a channel of his compassionate love to bless others. You may not realise how timely your call or text is for the person whom you are connecting with.

What about beyond the church family? You have heard so much about the plight of the migrant workers. Many groups have sprung up to come alongside the government in extending care to them. One of those groups is the Providence Project (PP) and they are looking for befrienders who can connect with these workers and feedback to PP their needs so that PP can look for resources to meet those needs. What is needed is a compassionate heart that is willing to journey with these migrant workers. If you are interested, please text me or go to https://tinyurl.com/ThePassoverProject (it has since been changed to The Providence Project).

During the present Covid-19 pandemic, let’s spur one another to live out this verse which we have been memorising. I pray that we will do so in our homes, in the church family and in our society.

Two important announcements:

1.  Postponement of ACM

Our ACM is supposed to be held on 17 May 2020 but due to Covid-19, Session is proposing for it to be postponed to 23 August 2020. We need to seek the consent of our communicant members to postpone the ACM. Later, you will receive an email from me and I appeal to you to click the link immediately to make your response. We need a 2/3 majority for the postponement to be effected.

2.  New preaching series

We have just concluded our preaching series on the Gospel of Matthew and we will be preaching a new topical series for the next 5 weeks entitled “Hope in the midst of suffering”. When we assemble the pulpit calendar last year, Covid-19 wasn’t even in the horizon so it is under the providence of God that we are looking at the topic of suffering during this time. You can go to the church website to look at the sermon titles that will be featured in this series.

The peace of Christ be with you.

 

Ps Kien Seng

 

 

 


Church Advisory #12 dated 15 April 2020

 

Dear True Way family,

 

We are in the Easter Season which begins with the resurrection of Christ. Because Christ resurrected from the dead, the bondage of sin and death is broken. The same power that raised Christ from the dead is now at work in us to raise us up as a new creation. When we are weak and about to give in to temptation, focus on the empty tomb. We too are overcomers! The victory has already been won. Hallelujah!

 

  1. Let’s continue to encourage each other to participate in the weekly 11 AM Online Service. Please go to the church website truewaypc.com and click on the banner titled “11 AM ONLINE SERVICE”. Five minutes before 11 am, there will be a link for you to click on and you will be asked to spend some quiet moments to prepare your heart to worship God.

 

  1. For intercessory prayer, the worship leader will give us three minutes to pray on our own or with our family or in our virtual groups according to the prayer pointers flashed on the screen. Thereafter, the WL will continue to lead us in prayer for other concerns. We hope that this will make the worship even more participative.

 

  1. Those who are not comfortable with using PayNow can now give their tithes and offerings through internet banking into the church’s digital account. The account number is DBS 1629002650.

 

  1. At the end of the online service, some reflection questions will be given for us to think a bit more about the sermon and how we can apply God’s truth into our lives. I really encourage you to do the reflections individually or as a family or in your small virtual groups.

 

  1. Please take some time to read through the weekly worship bulletin and pastor’s perspective.

 

  1. For those who need pastoral care, a listening ear or someone to speak with, please do not hesitate to contact the pastors, the elders or your DGLs. We will be very glad to connect with you.

 

  1. We have also compiled a list of helplines for various kinds of emergencies. Please click here .

 

  1. Every morning, you are most welcome to join us for a short time of worship and prayer. The 7.50 am session is led by Ps Eng Keat and the 9.00 am session is led by Jakin Heng. I will be there for the 9.00 am session too. Each session lasts between 20-30 mins. For those who are interested, please contact Ps Eng Keat or myself respectively.

 

  1. As much as we want to build community within through online services, weekly advisories, daily morning prayers and virtual DG meetings, we also want to engage community without. Ps George has compiled a list of online outreach resources which you can browse and send to friends whom you think can benefit from them. Please click here.

 

  1. Emma Lee, our young adult, and her friends have also compiled a list of agencies/NGOs that reach out to migrant workers, the homeless and other marginalised groups. In her list, there are prayer pointers for you to intercede for various groups of people. You can also consider giving financially or volunteering your services as the Lord leads you. Click here for more information.

 

  1. Meanwhile, do your very best to stay home and stay healthy. If you have to go out, remember to put on a face mask.

 

  1. Encouragement from God’s Word

 

On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” (John 20:19-21)

 

The disciples of Jesus chose to stay home behind locked doors. It was not due to a pandemic but because they feared for their lives. They were afraid that the Jewish leaders might come after them as they had gone after Jesus. Jesus came into their midst in spite of the lockdown and said: “Peace be with you.” We have been asked to stay home and to stay safe even as the number of Covid-19 cases is climbing. While some are taking this circuit breaker in their own stride, others are finding it really tough to be alone at home or to be with their family members 24/7. Some are also grappling with financial and emotional woes. Jesus comes to us and says: “Peace be with you.”

 

When Jesus showed his disciples his hands and side, his intention was to show them that it was really him. But for me, it is an affirmation that his sufferings were real, very real. Jesus was nailed to the cruel cross, a spear was thrust into his side and I imagine that he had lost lots of blood. We have a Saviour who can empathise with our sufferings because he himself went through immense sufferings on the cross. Where is he when we suffer? He is right there with us. His nailed pierced hands are mighty to save. He says to us: “Peace be with you.”

 

Jesus speaks those words again (when words are repeated we must pay attention). He told them he was sending them out to continue his mission of bringing salvation to the world, i.e. to preach the Gospel in word and deed. Are we able to do the same even as we are being holed up in our own homes?  Can we bear the presence of Jesus and enter into fearful hearts so that they too hear these words: “Peace be with you”?

 

Ps Kien Seng

 

 

 

Church Advisory #11 dated 8 April 2020

 

Dear True Way family,

We are journeying through the final week of Lent, which is known as Holy Week. It started last Sunday when we commemorated Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem and it will culminate in His death and resurrection, which stands at the very heart of the Christian faith.

 

1.       I strongly urge you to set aside time to attend the Holy Week Convention which will be brought to you online. Go to epholyweekconvention.org and you will find all the resources you need (Order of Worship, Sermon, Sermon Outline) for each day of the Convention.

Holy Wednesday @ 7.45 pm

Maundy Thursday @ 7.45 pm

Good Friday @ 10.30 am

We have encouraged all the EP churches to tune in at the designated time so that we can worship together as if we were attending the Convention. The True Way family can also join in and worship together just like what we do for our online services on Sundays.

 

2.       Easter Sunday’s online service will be at 11 am. Please go to the church website truewaypc.com and click on the banner titled “11 AM ONLINE SERVICE”. Five minutes before 11 am, there will be a link for you to click on and you will be asked to spend some quiet moments to prepare your hearts to worship God.

 

3.       You will find Thai words on the same banner. If you click on the link with Thai words, it will take you to the Thai Online Service. As the Thai Service is part of us, we have decided to host their online services as well.

 

4.       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.

 

5.       There will be a change in the background when the preacher comes on to speak because the sermon has been recorded at another location. We are thankful for the team who works faithfully to put everything together so that we can worship God Sunday after Sunday.

 

6.       For intercessory prayer, the worship leader will give us three minutes to pray on our own or with our family according to the prayer pointers flashed on the screen. You can pray silently or if you are with your family, you can take turns to pray aloud. Thereafter, the WL will continue to lead us in prayer for other concerns. We hope that this will make the worship more participative.

 

7.       Some reflection questions will also be given after the sermon for us to think a bit more about what we have heard and how we can apply God’s truth into our lives. We can do the reflections individually or as a family or in our small virtual groups.

 

8.       The church is on Instagram. You can follow us at @truewaypc_ec. Feel free to interact with us on this platform.

 

9.       Meanwhile, do your very best to stay home and stay healthy.

 

10.   Encouragement from God’s Word

 

“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)

 

I think this verse summarises the Christian faith very well. Right from the start when man fell, it was already in God’s salvation plan that his beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who is perfect and sinless, would eventually take on our sins so that we can take on his righteousness. This is the great exchange – our sins for his righteousness. It was made possible because of Good Friday and Easter Sunday. We were once alienated from God because of sin. Now that we are clothed with the righteousness of Christ, we have been reconciled with God and this wonderful relationship we have with him lasts forever. It is called everlasting life!

In the midst of Covid-19, when many are suffering, including Christians, what hope do we have? Our hope is anchored in the relationship we have with God. He is a faithful God who stays true to all the promises he’s given; he is a wise God whose thoughts and ways are higher than ours; he is a loving God and his love is most vividly demonstrated on the cruel cross. If he has given us his Son, how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things that are necessary for us to grow in Christ-likeness? God deals with us according to who he is. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. He will hold us fast. The Saviour loves us so and he will hold us fast!

Ps Kien Seng

 

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.

  1. We will NOT be physically meeting in church for corporate worship from now to the end of April.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.

  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. For Easter Sunday, we will participate in the 11 AM Online Service. Baptism will be postponed to a later date.
  1. 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.
  1. 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,

  1. We will NOT be physically meeting in church for corporate worship from this Sunday to the end of April.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. For Easter Sunday, we will tune into the online service. Baptism will be postponed to a later date.
  1. 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!
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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



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