National Day Thanksgiving Service

Aug 2007    

THERE will be a National Day Thanksgiving Service at St Andrew’s Cathedral on Aug 16, 2007 at 7.45 pm.
This is an opportunity for Christians of all denominations to gather to give thanks to God for blessing our nation and our leaders, to pray for the continued well-being and prosperity of our nation, and to join other Singaporeans in celebrating the Republic’s 42nd National Day.

Participating in the service will be the bishops, heads of churches and representatives from various churches and denominations in Singapore. It is organised by the National Council of Churches of Singapore (NCCS).

Bishop Dr Robert Solomon, President of the NCCS, will deliver the sermon entitled “The Nation That Is Blessed”. It is based on the text from Psalm 33.

Different choirs will enrich the worship by rendering special anthems of praise, including “From Many Shores”, a song composed for the nation by Bishop Dr Solomon.

Linking resources, bettering lives

The final instalment of the six-part series on the Methodist Welfare Services talks about how church members can help to reach out to the disadvantaged in society. In his reminiscences, Jin Han reminds Susanna how they were inspired to minister to others because of the blessings they received through the MWS.

MY BELOVED Susanna, I am writing my last love letter to you and I feel sad about it. In the past five days of our week-long celebration, you slowly and very carefully retrieved my letter from our mailbox, making sure the envelope did not get bent or torn.

You shut yourself inside our bedroom for two full hours after dinner to spend time alone, reading my love letter over and over again. How thrilling and fulfilling that was for me. It is as if you know that I may never be able to devote time and effort to writing such letters in future anniversaries! And so I will post this last one with much reluctance …

You know, I am very thankful to God that in our 15 years of marriage and despite the difficulties we have had to overcome, we continue to find time to reach out to church members and outsiders who are in greater need than us. The most encouraging advice I have ever received from Margaret after each of our ordeals is, “bless others as we have been blessed by God”.

This continually gives me the strength to overcome my shyness and approach people I know I can help. Sometimes, all I need to do is talk to them about the centres and outreach of the Methodist Welfare Services.

You don’t have such problems; you seem to know instinctively what a person needs and unhesitatingly direct them to the nearest family service centre, children or youth centre. Once you even helped to get a medical social worker’s referral to Bethany Methodist Nursing Home.

I cannot help feeling grateful when I glimpse the hope in the faces of disadvantaged people after such conversations. Even Charis, in her own small way, has become adept at connecting people with the MWS because of her experience with the Bursary Awards and D’Joy Student Care Centre.

Don’t you find it amusing that days before our wedding we were discussing how blessed we were to have joined a marriage preparation course in an MWS centre and now 15 years later, we are still talking about the MWS?

Mel Lee is the Senior Executive (Communications) of the Methodist Welfare Services.

The Methodist Welfare Services helps people from all walks of life regardless of race or religious affiliation. To find out more about our centres and outreach, please call 6478-4700, email admin@ mws.org.sg or visit our website, www.mws.org.sg


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