The Parable of the Mosquito Racquet

Recently, my family has acquired a new household appliance. This amazing battery-operated device looks like a child’s tennis racquet, but has the power to electrocute insects at the touch of a button. You simply wave it at a flying bug while pressing the button on the handle, and when the insect touches the metal wires: “zappp!”. Sometimes there’s even a small spark.

Within one week, I found myself killing more mosquitoes than I usually catch in a whole year. I loved how effective this thing was: No more feeling like my hands are hopelessly slow, no more feeling powerless against that mosquito attacking me under the table! My other family members must have felt equally empowered by this tool, because I soon discovered a racquet number #2 in the house.

And then, the other day, something interesting happened.

A mosquito, still full and heavy from its meal, was buzzing around slowly right in front of me – but I didn’t kill it. Instead, I ran off to get the racquet. By the time I returned, I couldn’t find it anymore; I waited, racquet ready in hand, but it never reappeared. I walked around the whole room swatting every nook and cranny… but it had already gone.

What had been a simple ‘golden opportunity’ right in front of me slipped away when I forgot that the aim was to “kill the mosquito”, not “use the racquet”.

That day, I saw how wanting to use a good tool can actually become limiting, when I miss the heart of the task.

Elsewhere in my life I see this happening too: like when I forgo the chance to share the gospel with someone because, in that opportune moment, I just don’t have my ‘tool’ with me – no “4 Spiritual Laws” or “Discovering God in Chinese Characters” tract; no pen and paper to draw the “Bridge of Life” diagram. In that moment, I forget that all I really need is probably my mouth, my heart, and the Holy Spirit. My help-lines become stumbling-blocks when I’m hampered by their absence.

Thankfully, God’s given us a powerful help-line that will never be absent. With the Holy Spirit continually with us, in us, we have what we need to live out the Great Commandment and carry out the Great Commission. Spiritual tools – in the form of written resources, or church programmes and structures – are great helps, but in their absence, I can rely on my Helper in every situation.

There is much work to be done. May we stay close to the heart of our task, and the heart of our Father, in the journey to become more equipped.

Hannah Lois Ng loves to read and contributes to COOS LIFE on a regular basis. She has a heart for youth

 

Hannah Lois Ng loves to read and contributes to COOS LIFE on a regular basis. She has a heart for youth

WHAT'S ON IN COOS

Events on August 24, 2019

9:00 am: Korean Style Bouquet Workshop

Annyeong! Come join us for a fun DIY Korean-styled Bouquet Workshop. We will be using fresh flowers to create a korean-style wrapped bouquet. All materials and tools will be provided.

It cost $80 per participant, or $150 for 2 pax if you are bringing a friend.
As sharp tools will be used, the workshop is suitable for participants 12 years and older.

Dates: 24 & 25 August 2019
Time: 9am to 11.30am (24 Aug), Room 302
1.30pm to 4.00pm (25 Aug), Room 201
Location: Room 302
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9:30 am: An Overview of the OT (Session 2 of 4)

An Overview of the Old Testament
For more information, visit https://www.coos.org.sg/church-life/christian-education/
Location: Room 217
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2:30 pm: English Service : Pastor Mark Tho speaking

Location: 130 Margaret Dr, Singapore 149300
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4:00 pm: COOSkidz Birthday Party - Robot

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4:30 pm: Youth Service : Guest speaker Max Jeganathan

Location: 130 Margaret Dr, Singapore 149300
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5:00 pm: Waggy Walk with Your Furkids!'

Calling out to all COOS members who own a pet dog/s to join us in this gathering to walk our dogs which will take place on the 4th Saturday of each month. Invite your friends and neighbors so that we can also promote bonding which each other! Meeting point and ending point at COOS Plaza. We will be walking along the Alexander Canal for our first walk on 24/8/19. Register through this link and QR code.
Location: Meeting point and end point in COOS Plaza
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Events on August 25, 2019

8:30 am: English Service : Pastor Mark Tho speaking

Location: 130 Margaret Dr, Singapore 149300
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10:45 am: English Service : Pastor Mark Tho speaking

Location: 130 Margaret Dr, Singapore 149300
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Events on August 29, 2019

7:30 pm: Choir Performance

Location: Church of Our Saviour, 130 Margaret Dr, Singapore 149300
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Events on August 31, 2019

9:30 am: An Overview of the OT (Session 3 of 4)

An Overview of the Old Testament
For more information, visit https://www.coos.org.sg/church-life/christian-education/
Location: Room 217
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2:30 pm: English Service : Pastor Joseph You speaking [Holy Communion]

Location: 130 Margaret Dr, Singapore 149300
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3:00 pm: Flea Market

Volunteers needed for outreach initiatives to our community for the Flea Market! Gather your family, church friends or cell members, go into our neighborhoods (Stirling, Dawson and Mei Ling) at your own time and invite the residents for the flea market event on 31/8 and 1/9. Every flyer has a $10 value coupon attached so that they can exchange for the items at the flea market! Contact Tan Choong Meng at 81235996 for any enquiry.
Location: Atrium
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3:00 pm: Flea Market

Looking for volunteers to set up booths to run a flea market in COOS! Gather a few friends or cell members, collect unused clothes and accessories, mend a stall at the atrium. Proceed of the sales will go towards the Geylang Ministry in COOS! If you are interested, please register at the admin counter or at this google link. Contact Tan Choon Meng at 81235996 for more information.
Location: Atrium
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4:00 pm: Alpha Parenting Teenagers Course

A course for parents with children from 11 - 18 years old. It equips carers of children with strategies and tools in building a healthy family life. It is relevant for people of all faith.

Date: 31 Aug, 7, 14, 21, 28 Sep, 5 Oct
Time: 4pm - 6pm
Venue: COOS

Register at admin desk or scan QR code or thru this link: https://bit.ly/2vq7ClL
Location: COOS
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4:45 pm: Evergreen Fellowship Talk

Evergreen Fellowship is organising a talk by Mr Benny Ong on "Understanding the difference between Advance Medical Directive (AMD), The lasting power of Attorney and The will.
Location: COOS AUDITORIUM
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Events on September 1, 2019

8:30 am: English Service : Pastor Joseph You speaking [Holy Communion]

Location: 130 Margaret Dr, Singapore 149300
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10:45 am: English Service : Pastor Joseph You speaking [Holy Communion]

Location: 130 Margaret Dr, Singapore 149300
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SERVICE DETAILS

MAIN SERVICES (ENGLISH)
Saturday | 2.30pm
Sunday | 8.30am and 10.45am
YOUTH SERVICE (ENGLISH)
Saturday | 4.30pm
*Except every 1st weekend of the month, where youth joins main services.
SERVICES & OFFICE LOCATION
130 Margaret Drive Singapore 149300
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.

The office is open from Tuesdays to Saturdays, 9am to 5.30pm.

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