All Methodists and friends, come join us at the Celebration of Praise and Thanksgiving Service, the culminating event of The Methodist Church in Singapore’s 130th anniversary (MCS 130) celebrations!
Organised by the Methodist School of Music, it will be held on 28 Nov 2015 from 4 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. at Paya Lebar Methodist Church.
The event will showcase the top winning entry from the Song-Writing Competition held from May to July this year. Leading the worship will be the Methodist Festival Choir, which performs during major Methodist events, and worship teams and ensembles from the Annual Conferences.
The service will intersperse Wesleyan hymns among contemporary Christian pieces.
A video montage featuring highlights of the MCS 130 events held over the past year will also be shown. Since the launch of the MCS 130 celebrations themed ‘Moving Forward in Service’ on 22 Feb, we have seen the biennial MethodistWalk in March, a video series uncovering ‘Our Unsung Heroes’ serving in the Methodist community, a special edition of the annual Aldersgate SG Convention and the Wheels for GOOD fund-raiser by Methodist Welfare Services (article on P1 and P9 of this issue).
These events indicated areas in which Methodists in Singapore have been of service to the nation.
Bishop Dr Wee Boon Hup, in his video message to the churches for the MCS 130 launch, said: “Over these years, we established schools; we provided community services; we have many local congregations spread over the island. And these congregations, especially those in the vernacular languages, served to provide an anchor and hope for many.”
He used the analogy of salt, which, when sprinkled on food and blended, improves its taste: “So too all of us, who bear the flavour of Christ, when we blend into society, participate in its life and give of ourselves, we make this place a better place to live in.”
As we close this year of SG50 and MCS 130 celebrations, let us respond to Bishop’s call to “continue to be faithful to be ‘salt and light’ in Singapore.”
So come to this service, where we will not only be a thousand tongues singing our Great Redeemer’s praise, but also be inspired to move forward in service to our God and our nation!
Chia Hui Jun is Editorial Executive at Methodist Message and worships at Foochow Methodist Church.