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AGM 2015

Notice is hereby given that this year’s AGM will be held on Wednesday, 29 April 2015 at 7pm at Church of Our Saviour – Auditorium (130 Margaret Drive, Singapore 149300).

Ministry reports, Audited Accounts & Financial statements are now available. Baptised & confirmed members may collect a set of these at the admin counter. Questions may be e-mailed to sharonclarke@coos.org.sg or faxed to 6278-0130, attention to Sharon Clarke no later than 26 April 2015.

Submission for Nominations for Parochial Church Council (PCC) members and the People’s Warden has already been closed.

 

Remembering Mr Lee Kuan Yew (1923 – 2015)

Church Of Our Saviour would like to thank God for the life of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, a man who will be remembered fondly for his great contributions towards our nation and the legacy that he has left behind. Please join us in upholding our Prime Minister Mr Lee Hsien Loong and his family in prayer in this time of grief.

The Day The Sun Stood Still

Joshua 10:6-14

Possibly the most notable battle in the conquest of the promised land was the battle to save the Gibeonites from the five Amorite kings that was fought in the valley of Aijalon. What was remarkable about this battle was the miraculous intervention of God in causing the sun and moon to stand still for a day.

“Then Joshua spoke to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the sons of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, “O sun, stand still at Gibeon, And O moon in the valley of Aijalon.” So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, Until the nation avenged themselves of their enemies. Is it not written in the book of Jashar? And the sun stopped in the middle of the sky and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day.” (Joshua 10:12-13)

Putting aside discussion about the book of Jashar (which I will try to do in a separate video series), what this particular narrative brings up is the question of how we read biblical texts, or if you like – the question of hermeneutics. The passage above clearly states that the sun and the moon stood still for a whole day. Do we take this reading literally – that is, were the sun and moon arrested in their celestial passage? Well, here’s the problem – even if the sun and moon were stopped dead in their tracks, they would still “rise” and “set” because the rising and setting of these celestial bodies are primarily the result of earth’s rotation. We know this from our current scientific understanding of our solar system.

So, when the writer of the bible said that the sun and the moon stood still, it is highly likely that what actually happened was that the earth stopped rotating. Now, we’re not going to go into the physics of what might happen to the earth’s magnetic core if it stopped rotating but this apparent “conflict” makes a very interesting point about biblical narratives. Very often, biblical narratives are observational records that are not meant to be taken in a literal-scientific sense. Thus even though the bible record clearly says that the sun stood still in the middle of the sky, and this was true observationally, this might not have been a literal scientific description of what actually took place. There was no effort to describe the science that produced the phenomenon observed by Joshua because it was not within the author’s understanding to do so, and by extension it also wasn’t important to God to leave that kind of documentation.

Herein lies the problem when people read the bible as it if were a scientific document – a literal-scientific reading of the bible can often produce messages inconsistent with scientific reality and that goes off on a tangent that the original author never intended. In other words, literal doesn’t always mean more accurate. It can prove to be horribly wrong when we try to make the bible say what it never intended to say.

So did the sun and moon stand still? As far as Joshua could tell – yes. The bible, however, remains quite silent on the science behind this miraculous incident and whilst it could be fun to speculate, it is good to remember that speculation is just that – speculation.

Rev. Daniel Wee is currently serving as the vicar of Church of Our Saviour (Anglican) in Singapore. His interests include OT studies, photography, electronics, statistics and reading (when he has time for them!)

Hang in There – Don’t Give Up

Have you ever felt tempted to give up? A few days ago, after a wonderful day with the Lord, my guard was down and I walked into a volatile and unexpected situation, where I was publicly rebuked and shouted at. The person who did this had neither thought of others nearby who heard the onslaught nor my feelings. Perhaps they got out of bed on the wrong side! Perhaps they themselves were hurting because undoubtedly hurt people hurt people! The whole incident left me with an attitude of wanting to give up on these people! Why should I put myself out for them when they attack me like this? In my heart I even began to blame the whole organisation and not just the individual. It would have been so much better if I had not retaliated and risen in anger to the situation. Was it self-defense? Was my pride hurt? Was my response a fleshly one and not a spiritual response? I think that answer to each of those questions was clearly yes.

It took me a good while to get my spiritual equilibrium back. To apologize and ask forgiveness for my reaction was not difficult but getting over the sense of inner guilt and frustration was far tougher. Why does this sometimes happen, even after seeking to follow Jesus fully for more than fifty years is the deeper question I needed to answer.

Is this experience something that you are familiar with? It took me a couple of days to get over, but once again, as I confessed my sin, the blood of Jesus washed me clean and His peace returned. It’s been quite a while since I had experienced something like this, but I suddenly realized that this is so relevant to the topic of holiness. This is life – we do fall! The Psalmist said that we may stumble….but the Lord upholds us with His hand” (Psalm 37:27)

Don’t give up when you fall and don’t become depressed when you fail. Get up again, get back to the cross and let the blood of Jesus wash you clean. Remember David’s prayer: “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me….Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me” (Psalm 51:10,12).

Excerpt taken from Michael Ross-Watson’s book, Pure: Holiness and Purity in Your Daily Life (Climbing Higher Daily Readings Book 1)

Planning A Visit to COOS

If you are planning on visting our church, be sure to approach one of our friendly ushers and let them know you are new.

We would love to welcome you. Or you may refer to the following details on which service you prefer to visit. For more enquiries, please email info@coos.org.sg

Church of Our Saviour is located at 130 Margaret Drive.
It is a 10-minute walk from the Queenstown MRT Station. The bus-stops nearest to the church are served by :
SBS Bus 51, 111, 145, 186, 195 and 32 and TIBS Bus 970.

MAIN SERVICES (ENGLISH) Saturday | 02:30pm
Sunday | 8:30am and 10:30am
YOUTH SERVICE (ENGLISH) Saturday | 06:00pm
except for 1st weekend of the month where all youths join the main services
MANDARIN SERVICE Sunday | 02:00pm
KINGDOM KIDS –
MANDARIN CHILDREN SERVICE
Sunday | 02:00pm
Rooms 201 & 308
CHILDREN SERVICE (ENGLISH) Concurrent with main services except the 1st weekend of
every month. 
LIGHT OF LIFE –
MANDARIN YOUTH SERVICE
Saturday | 4pm
51 Cuppage Road #06-22
Singapore 229469
(Venue change WEF
16 August 2014)
DIALECT SERVICE
(CANTONESE / HOKKIEN)
Saturday | 10:00am
FILIPINO SERVICE Sunday | 10am (Tagalog)
1.30pm (English)
51 Cuppage Road #06-22
Singapore 229469
(Venue change WEF
17 August 2014)