Zion Bishan Bulletin 9 August 2020 English Services
8 August 2020
9 August 2020
English Services & 10.30 am Livestream
Call to Worship
Meditative Hymn: Every Promise
Scripture Reading: Joshua 2:1-24 ESV
Message: Proceeding with the Promise
Response Hymn: Trust and Obey
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 Alby (10.30 & 1 pm) & Pastor Ebi (3 pm & 5 pm)
Worship Leader: Elder Say Chiang & Elder Jeffrey
AV: Ravi Shankar, Abraham Lee, Nurman Kusanda & Benny Ling
Pianist: Paul Low & Goh Su-ling
Songs for personal worship and reflection:
English Services: Faith & Patience Cluster
Pastor: Pastor Dev
Elders: Elder Say Chiang & Elder Jeffrey
Deacons: Dns Sherena, Dn Mervyn, Dn Benjamin & Dn Timothy
Staff: Linus & Zhiwen
|Pastors (more info)|
|E-mail: user ID followed by @zionbishan.org.sg|
|Rev Dr Alby Yip, Senior Pastor||alby|
|Rev Dr Dev Menon, Pastor||dev|
|Rev Zheng Haoren, Pastor (Comm Dev’t)||haoren|
|Rev Ebinezar Mohan, Pastor (Tamil)||ebi|
|Rev Kew See Seong, Pastor (Mandarin)||sskew|
|Rev Lim Jit Thye, Pastor (Cantonese-Mandarin)||jtlim|
|Rev Daniel Nge, Pastor (Mandarin-English)||daniel|
|Rev Dr David Wong, Advisory Pastor|
|Rev Dr Quek Swee Hwa, Pastor Emeritus|
|Ministry Staff (more info)|
|Dn Paul Yeo, Hokkien Ministry||paul|
|Mrs Emily Quek, Special Projects||emily|
|Mrs June Tan, Children’s Ministry||june|
|Mrs Ruth Quek, Children/Y. Adults||ruth|
|Mr Vernon Quek, Y. Adults/Evang.||vernon|
|Mr Linus Koe, Family/Media||linus|
|Mrs Sharon Quek, Trg/Mobilisation||sharon|
|Mr Quek Tze-Ming, Assoc Min Staff||tzeming|
Speaker: Pastor Ps Alby Yip/Ps Ebi Mohan
Proceeding with the Promise
Joshua sends and God works
Rahab trusts while Jericho melts
Man promises but God saves
Reflection and Discussion
- Are we looking for ‘out-of-the ordinary’ experiences or are we willing to step out in the normal situations of life and count on God?
- Do you think Rahab was right in lying to save the Israelite spies?
- What was there in Rahab’s life that God found worthy to choose her to be in the genealogy of Christ His Son?
- Do we observe the hidden hand of God working through our life and others (like in the spies, in Rahab and in the people of Jericho)?
Christianity Explored (5 Aug) – Last Wednesday, CE had 42 participants. Continue to uphold our facilitators and tables hosts in prayer. Pray also for the non-Christians to be open to the gospel message and to find out more about what the Bible says about God and Jesus.
Food Aid Meals – We continue our food aid deliveries to families under the assistance of Comcare through the month of August. We will be providing lunch and dinner for 3 days each week. Thank God for some good friendships that have been formed through this initiative. Pray for cheerful hearts, wisdom and sensitivity to the Holy Spirit’s leading for both volunteers and coordinators as they engage these households, many whom are elderly.
Safe Sound Sleeping Place – Pray that our 4 guest stayers will make progress in their search for more stable, long-term accommodation. Pray that each will find Jesus to be their comfort, peace and strength in tough times. Thank God that one of them has committed his life to Christ and has requested for baptism.
Session – As the church makes preparations for the upcoming ACM, pray for our Pastors and Elders to have a clear vision for our church in this unprecedented post-pandemic time. May the work of the Spirit, through His Word, equip the saints to build one another up, until we all attain to the unity of faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God. (Eph 4:11-13).
Singapore – As we celebrate our nation today, let us remember that all blessings come from our sovereign God. Let us be thankful to our Lord for peace and stability even in tumultuous times. Let us “seek the welfare of the city where [He has sent us], and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare [we] will find [our] welfare.” (Jer 29:7)
Let us not forget that this world is not our home, and we are here but for a little while. So, pray we will seek to love our neighbour and to share Christ with those in need.
Beirut, Lebanon – On 4 Aug, a large explosion happened at the city’s port killing at least 135 people and injuring more than 5,000. Our ministry partner’s church building was near the blast site and windows, ceiling tiles and gates were damaged. Thankfully the two staff who were in the church were not badly injured. Pray for the recovery and healing of all injured and for wisdom to manage the property damage and psychological trauma that has resulted from this accident. Pray that churches will keep strong in the Lord and respond with courage and compassion to the ministry opportunities that surface from this tragedy.
- Congratulations to Matthias and Jean Goh on the birth of their son, Isaac on 5 August 2020.
- Quek Tze-Ming recorded a message for Mount Carmel BP Church’s Service on 9 August 2020.
Friday, 14 August Praise & Prayer
8 pm: Zoom Prayer Meeting (Registration required):
Sunday, 16 Aug
English Services: Hope & Peace Cluster
Pastor: Pastor Zheng Haoren
Elders: Elder David & Elder Sonny
Deacons/Deaconesses: Dns Siew Choo, Dn Chew Meng & Dn Joseph
Staff: Sharon, Tze Ming & June
Sermon Series: The Book of Joshua
16 Aug “Crossing the Jordan”
Mr Ng Zhi-Wen (10.30am/1.00pm)
Ps Dev Menon (3.00pm/5.00pm)
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)
Such A Time As This
Written by Ps Zheng Haoren
“Blessed to be a Blessing” is a tagline associated with the late Canadian missionary, teacher, and author Don Richardson. He frequently referred to Genesis 12:1-3 and lectured on the concept of top-line and bottom-line blessings.
In the top-line, we receive God’s blessings. It is not limited to ourselves but encompasses our circles of influence such as our families, friends, and people of same culture, traditions, and language. In the bottom-line, we give and share God’s blessings with people cross-culturally. This involves going beyond our circles to reach out to people who are generally different from us culturally, traditionally, and linguistically.
God’s people in Singapore have been richly showered with top-line blessings. The Lord has entrusted us with much and we are well-placed to discharge bottom-line blessings. With access to global networks and with relevant skills and knowledge, the Singapore church as a whole has been a blessing to many communities around the world. Even so, perhaps God has in store for us a special purpose during this season of Covid-19.
A great trial is looming ahead of us. Who would have imagined the worldwide devastating impact of Covid-19? Did you anticipate it becoming a global pandemic when news of the coronavirus disease began surfacing in December 2019? Most were ignorant, thinking it would pass as did the SARs and bird flu episodes. It is not to be.
The control of Covid-19 is not within sight. But what we are certainly seeing is the decline of economies around the region and the world. Singapore is not spared. Our national reserves are not bottomless. Comparatively, we are surviving better as a nation for now. This is surely by the grace of God. So, do we hoard or do we give and share? What is God saying to us?
“… Freely you have received, freely give.” (Matthew 10:8) reinforces the teaching on top-line and bottom-line blessings.
We give as the Lord has given us, for He has blessed us abundantly and placed us where we are able to serve local and foreign communities in such a time as this. And as we do so in prayerful dependence and faithful stewardship, God is honoured. May our Heavenly Father guide us!
National Day Parade 2020
This Sunday, 9 August, is Singapore's National Day. The NDP will begin at 10.30am with an island-wide siren to call Singaporeans to stand up and sing together the National Anthem. As Scriptures exhorted us, "First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Saviour." (1 Tim 2:1-3)
Let us all join in singing the National Anthem at 10.30 am and thereafter begin our service.
Annual Congregational Meeting
Dear Zion Bishan Members,
This year, our ACM will be held over Zoom on 26 September, Saturday, 4.00pm-6.00pm. ACM documents and further information will be sent out soon.
Resumption of In-Person
Sunday Services in August
If you wish to attend a Sunday Service in person in July, please register by the Friday before that particular Sunday using the following links (choose from the 4 available time slots)
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.