Zion Bishan Bulletin 16 August 2020 English Services
16 August 2020
16 August 2020
English Services & 10.30 am Livestream
Call to Worship
Meditative Hymn: Thy Hand O God Has Guided
Scripture Reading: Joshua 3:1-17 ESV
Message: Crossing the Jordan
Response Hymn: On Jordan's Stormy Banks I Stand
Corporate Life & Prayer
Note: Holy Communion will be served at all in-person services
We are pleased to welcome you to worship with us! If you are new to Zion Bishan, do drop us a note on our contact form and our hospitality team will get in touch with you in the coming week. Please use the same contact form if you want to find out more about our faith, or about our activities and programmes.
Our Sunday services at a glance
Speakers: Pastor Dev (10.30 & 1 pm) & Ng Zhiwen (3 pm & 5 pm)
Worship Leader: Elder David & Elder Sonny
AV: Goh Han Teck, Ewen Tjoeng, Yap Hong York, Matthias Lim & Melissa Leong
Pianist: Paul Low & Goh Su-ling
Songs for personal worship and reflection:
English Services: Faith & Patience Cluster
Pastor: Pastor Haoren
Elders: Elder David & Elder Sonny
Deacons: Dns Siew Choo, Dns Cerintha, Dn Chew Meng & Dn Joseph
Staff: Sharon, Tze Ming & June
|Pastors (more info)|
|Rev Dr Alby Yip, Senior Pastor||9844 9536|
|Rev Dr Dev Menon, Pastor||9829 6051|
|Rev Zheng Haoren, Pastor (Comm Dev’t)||6353 8081|
|Rev Ebinezar Mohan, Pastor (Tamil)||8198 9696|
|Rev Kew See Seong, Pastor (Mandarin)||9489 4967|
|Rev Lim Jit Thye, Pastor (Cantonese-Mandarin)||9182 6957|
|Rev Daniel Nge, Pastor (Mandarin-English)||8428 0525l|
|Rev Dr David Wong, Advisory Pastor|
|Rev Dr Quek Swee Hwa, Pastor Emeritus|
|Ministry Staff (more info)|
|Dn Paul Yeo, Hokkien Ministry||9751 1897|
|Mrs Emily Quek, Special Projects||9001 2926|
|Mrs June Tan, Children’s Ministry||8388 1883|
|Mrs Ruth Quek, Children's Ministry||9728 7145|
|Mr Vernon Quek, Y. Adults/Evang.||9796 0196|
|Mr Linus Koe, Family/Media||9728 9343|
|Mrs Sharon Quek, Trg/Mobilisation||9788 0195|
|Mr Quek Tze-Ming, Assoc Min Staff||9060 8340|
Speaker: Pastor Ps Dev Menon/Mr Ng Zhiwen
Crossing the Jordan
Joshua 3 - 4
Intro: The Promised Land
Joshua Gets Ready
The Ark Goes First
The People Follow
Conclusion: Memorial Stones
Reflection and Discussion
- What do you remember from the passage or sermon?
- What significance does ‘crossing the Jordan’ have for us today?
- What do we have today that can be a memorial to the works of God?
- How is God speaking to Zion Bishan through the message of Joshua?
Christianity Explored (12 Aug) – CE had 28 participants last week. Do encourage and pray for our table hosts. Running the course via Zoom makes engagement with participants difficult. Pray for the Spirit to work in the hearts of those who are hearing the truth of the gospel for the first time.
Annual Congregational Meeting – Pray for Session as they finalise the ACM papers for dissemination. Auditors have requested for more time to adjust the reports. God willing, we should be able to send out the reports by next week. Pray above all that our hearts and minds, united in prayer and in the Spirit, will come together on 26 Sep as a church family to listen and to work towards bringing Zion Bishan through these challenging times.
ACM Planning Team – Pray for the team comprising of Ps Alby, Eld Reginald, Dn Benson, Dn Benjamin and Dn Paul together with legal advisers Yong Yong and Wee Lee. Running a virtual ACM is very new and has many legal and operational matters to iron out.
Updates on the CV19 MRF support:
North India – Praise God for the financial aid that was provided to 155 families of gospel-workers here. They have been facing a shortage in their regular support. Pray for them to be encouraged to continue faithfully in their ministry amidst greater gospel openness in these COVID-19 times.
West Bengal, India – The fund will provide support to a children day-care centre. This will enable the staff to continue taking care of needy children and their families.
Central India – Thank God that the CV19 MRF was able to provide food (rice, dal, oil and sugar) for 3 months to 15 families affected by lockdowns and floods. Pray that our ministry partner will serve with the compassion of Christ as they bring this food relief to these communities.
Myanmar – Thank God the CV19 MRF was able to provide rice for 90 families, 3 education centres and small cash gifts for 30 needy families, identified by a local church, for the purchase of medicine and groceries. Pray for this aid to be a bridge to gospel conversations.
Indonesia – The CV19 MRF was used to provide flood relief packages (infant milk powder, diapers and basic food necessities) for 25 families. Pray that this act of service for the neighbourhood will bless these families. Pray that good relationships will be built with the church ministering in this area.
West Asia – The CV19 MRF will provide 3 months of financial support for a missionary family of 5 living in West Asia. Praise God for how this family is seeking to bring the love of Christ to those who have yet to know it in this needy region.
- Heartfelt condolences to Xu Xiong Yi whose mother passed away on 1st August 2020 in her home town in China.
- Deepest sympathies to Tan Seng Chai and family on the Homegoing of Seng Chai’s father in Muar on 11 August 2020.
- Pastor Zheng Haoren will be preaching at Mt Horeb this Sunday at 5pm (over Zoom).
Friday, 21 August Praise & Prayer
8 pm: Zoom Prayer Meeting (Registration required):
Sunday, 23 Aug
English Services: Mercy & Grace Cluster
Pastor: Pastor Zheng Haoren
Elders: Pastor Ebi & Elder Roland
Deacons/Deaconesses: Dns Alice, Dn Danny, Dn Sunil
Staff: Dn Danny, Li Hui & Vernon
Sermon Series: The Book of Joshua
23 Aug “Covenant: Circumcision & Passover”
Mr Ng Zhi-Wen (10.30am/1.00pm)
Ps Dev Menon (3.00pm/5.00pm)
PULPIT EXCHANGE – One Service (10.30 Livestream Only)
30 Aug “God's Providential Care” Psalm 121
Rev Dr Yap Kim Sin (Zion Serangoon)
Written by Jacqueline Lie
Our new apprentice Jacqueline Lie shares what moved her to take this step towards full-time ministry:
Exactly ten years ago, I was embarking on studies in Science, initially certain of doing research professionally. Eventually, I signed on with MOE for practical reasons. If you told me then I would one day work in church, I’d laugh. A young Christian with worldly aspirations, church-work was unthinkable. In hindsight, God had His purposes when He put me in teaching – experiencing the joys (and frustrations) of working with youths and gleaning transferable skills.
More importantly over the years, He showed me more and more the riches of His glorious inheritance, and the great need of sharing this with the lost. I was increasingly unsatisfied spending much time getting students to hand in endless Math homework and to pass Physics tests – when what I really wanted to teach was how Science points to Creator-God. It took years of struggling to accept it – I must go into full-time Christian ministry. God very timely wrapped up loose ends last year, and I left MOE with fear and trembling; I didn't know what my next step was.
I spent the first part of 2020 waiting for a next step, thinking that I’d just “study first lah”, “explore more lah” – doubting sometimes if I did right in resigning without direction. Today, while still learning to trust Him fully, this much I know for sure – my “next step” to ZB’s apprenticeship was God-led. I was unknowingly being introduced to ZB through my best friend and even signed up for their Kairos course earlier this year. It was a pleasant surprise when I saw ZB’s publicity for youth ministry workers, with posters in my favourite colour no less.
My journey to this apprenticeship at ZB is thus a testimony of God’s faithfulness, bringing exactly the structure that I need in this season of serving while studying. I came on board, half-nervous, half-excited, but with peace knowing that my faithful Father has shown me a next step clearly. Excited – because I get to serve the Lord and study His Word more; nervous – because I know the work will not be easy. Nonetheless, I know He who has called us to our task is faithful and will see us through it.
If you are currently interested in exploring full-time ministry please contact
Ps Dev at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Starts 12 Sept, Saturday, 1-3pm
New in-person catechism class is starting in September. If you have been a regular worshipper with us and would like to consider baptism or transfer of membership to Zion Bishan, please contact Ps Dev by 25 August.
REACH Flag Day Show
22 Aug, Saturday, 11am & 1pm
REACH Community Services Society is organising an online "REACH Flag Day Show" to raise funds for the Least, the Lost and the Lonely in Bishan/Sin Ming/Shun Fu communities.
Do support our closest working community partner by registering for the show at tinyurl.com/FDshow2020!
Resumption of In-Person
Sunday Services in August
If you wish to attend a Sunday Service in person in August, please register by the Friday before that particular Sunday using the following links (choose from the 4 available time slots)
Sun 23 Aug (Mercy / Grace Clusters): https://zb-mercy-grace-23aug.eventbrite.sg
Please note that each Service time-slot is subject to a cap of 50 worshippers only.
Communion will be served at all services.
If you are unsure of which Sunday you should register for, or if you are a non-member who worships with us, do contact your AG leader or any of our pastors.
Visit www.zionbishan.org.sg/phase-2 to view our Safety Management Plan and to check which Cluster your AG is in.
There will be no ADC, CD, YD or other activities on Sunday.