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To build a God-fearing, Christ-centered and Spirit-filled Fellowship of Disciples, Committed to Worship, Prayer, Scripture, Evangelism and Church-planting, Blessing the Nations in Schools, Communities and Missions.
Bishop: Rt Rev. Rennis Ponniah
Vicar: Rev. David Lee
Clergy: Rev. Dr Timothy Chong (Hon)
Rev. Christopher Chan, Rev. Ian Chew
Rev. Jeremy Joe-Tan (On Study Leave)

Rev. Lee Kong Kheng (Chinese Congregation) 

COLLECT FOR 8-9 AUGUST 2020                  9TH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY 

Almighty God, who sent your Holy Spirit to be the life and the light of your Church: open our hearts to the riches of your grace, that we may bring forth the fruit of the Spirit in love and joy and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
THE CHRISTIAN MERDEKA
 
This Sunday, we celebrate Singapore’s 55 years of Merdeka – a Malay word which means “independent” or “freedom”. As Christians, we too celebrate our own Merdeka. The Apostle Paul writes in Galatians 5:1 – “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery” and in Galatians 5:13 – “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.”

Martin Luther, in his tract The Christian Freedom, wrote: “A Christian man is the most free lord of all, and subject to none; a Christian man is the most dutiful servant of all, and subject to everyone.” [Timothy F. Lull and William R. Russell, Martin Luther’s Basic Theological Writings, 404.]

Luther argued that true Christian freedom was found in the transformation of the inner man. A human being is made up of both the inner and outer person. The inner man – the righteous, free, and true Christian, that is, the spiritual, new and inner person – is brought about by the Word of God. When the inner man is renewed, the outer man, by yielding wholly to God, does works of service out of a spirit of spontaneous love, seeking nothing other than to serve God and yield to Him in all earthly labours.

For Luther, the application of Christian freedom was to serve our neighbours genuinely and freely, without any hope of reward: “I will therefore give myself as a Christ to my neighbour, just as Christ offered himself to me. I will do nothing in this life except what is profitable, necessary, and life-giving for my neighbour, since through faith I have an abundance of all good things in Christ” [Lull, 419]. In short, Luther’s concept of true Christian freedom hinges on two important facts: first, the Christian lives not in himself but in Christ; and second, in serving his neighbour. On this Merdeka Day, I pray that we will enjoy the freedom given us through Christ, by submitting ourselves to the will of God and in serving our neighbours.

Rev. Dr Timothy Chong
MEMORY VERSE OF THE MONTH

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
Psalm 32:8
PRAYER POINTS
 
Monday (10/8): COR - 1 Peter 4:7-9
Pray that we would live expectantly because Christ is coming. Getting ready to meet Christ involves continually growing in love for God and for others. Pray that we will help us to wisely invest our time and talents in God's kingdom and other people.

Tuesday (11/8): COR - 1 Peter 4:10-11
Pray that God will inspire us to more fully use our abilities, talents and gifts to serve and bless others.

Wednesday (12/8): Yemen
Pray for an end to war and violence in Yemen. Pray for justice and God's intervention to control the spread of Covid-19 in Yemen. Pray for hope in the midst of a very desperate situation. Millions of people face starvation and one child dies every 10 minutes. Ask the Lord to show you how you should pray for Yemen.

Thursday (13/8): World - Covid-19
Pray for all who are sick because of Covid-19. Pray for all who are suffering from the economic fallout of the pandemic. Pray for God's mercy to be upon those facing food insecurity. Pray that many will have a chance to hear the Good News.

Friday (14/8): World - Covid-19
Pray that God would send forth his Word to contain the spread of the coronavirus, and that He would graciously provide an effective vaccine through a country that would grant equal access to medical advances for both rich and poor nations. May God bless and empower all who are tirelessly serving humanity during these challenging times.

Saturday (15/8): The Sick
Pray for the sick and their caregivers that they may experience God's mercy, comfort and healing touch. Ask God to show you how you can encourage and serve them in their time of need.
If you have any confidential prayer requests, please email suatngoh@cor.org.sg
ANNOUNCEMENTS
  1. Notice on Intention to Seek Holy Orders
    Notice is hereby given that Chew Houng Meing Ian now residing in St. Andrew's Hall, 1 Sorby Adams Drive, RMB 0702, S(357689) intends to offer himself as a Candidate for the Holy Order of Priest within the limits of the Diocese of Singapore at the ensuing ordination to be held by the Right Reverend Rennis S. Ponniah, Bishop of Singapore.

    And if any person knows any just cause or impediment for which he ought not to be admitted into Holy Orders for the Diocese aforesaid he is now to declare the same or to signify the same to the Bishop.

     
  2. Zoom Service 5 & 6 September
    SPS, MSS and SWS will meet separately over Zoom. There will not be COR online service on this weekend. Stay tuned for more details.
SERMONS
THIS WEEKEND
 
8/9 August 2020
Our Help Is In The Name Of The Lord
Psalm 124

Rev. David Lee
NEXT WEEKEND
 
15/16 Aug 2020
Rev. David Lee
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