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Sunday 27th September 2020 ST GEORGE’S CHURCH Every person complete in Christ - Colossians 1: 28 WELCOME BACK to St George’s church! Finally, after many months of meeting Online we are now able to meet together, in person. Thank the Lord and rejoice with us. You will notice that Church has changed in many ways, but the Lord remains the same and so does our mission of presenting everyone complete in Christ. God has given us new ways of sharing Christ with our world, our city and our neighbours. He has also given us news ways to develop how we nurture our faith and support each other in the Lord. Thanks for being part of these new ways. THE COLLECT FOR 16TH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: graft in our hearts the love of your name, increase in us true religion, nourish in us all goodness, and of your great mercy keep us in the same; through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN. 1

John 6:27-71 Signs. Belief. Life. 3 words to sum up what we’ve seen in John 1-6. 3 words to comfort us as in a very strange year. 3 words to challenge us as we get on with life in the ‘new normal’. Having just miraculously fed 5,000 men with 5 loaves and 2 fish, and walked on water, all this happening around the time of the Passover, the sign is obvious: Jesus is the one who will carry out the rescue of God’s people. And the response He requires of us is to believe (v29, 40, 47) unto eternal life, and not just look for a performer of miracles (v27, 30) to solve our #firstworldproblems. But how will Jesus accomplish this? He gives us two ‘hard teachings’, the scandal of the incarnation and the scandal of the cross: i) I have come down from heaven (v41) 2

ii) I will give my flesh for you (v51) No wonder the disciples say in v61 “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?” And that is the challenge for us, too. Are we those who are offended by Jesus’ teaching: - that He is the only one who has come from heaven and can rescue (no others) - that there is no other way than to believe in Him (and not ‘work’ our way to heaven?) - that we need to depend on Him to come to God the Father (we can only come to God if He draws us)? Or are we those who will respond like Peter (v69): “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.” May we partake (believe) of this bread of life (Jesus) given for us (on the cross) and keep believing in Him who has come down from heaven, and change our perspective in these trying times. “Do not work for the food that spoils but for the food that endures to eternal life which the Son of Man will give you.” Let’s consider how we may be doing that as a church by getting involved in the life of St George’s as we serve Him. Feeding on Him with you, Marc Wang 27th Sept 2020 3

John 6: 25-71 25 When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?” 26 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. 27 Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.” 28 Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” 29 Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” 30 So they asked him, “What sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? 31 Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’[a]” 32 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34 “Sir,” they said, “always give us this bread.” 35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. 36 But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. 37 All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. 38 For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none 4

of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. 40 For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.” 41 At this the Jews there began to grumble about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” 42 They said, “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, ‘I came down from heaven’?” 43 “Stop grumbling among yourselves,” Jesus answered. 44 “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day. 45 It is written in the Prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God.’[b] Everyone who has heard the Father and learned from him comes to me. 46 No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father. 47 Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died. 50 But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which anyone may eat and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” 52 Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” 53 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. 56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them. 57 Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live 5

because of me. 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” 59 He said this while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum. Many Disciples Desert Jesus 60 On hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?” 61 Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, “Does this offend you? 62 Then what if you see the Son of Man ascend to where he was before! 63 The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit[c] and life. 64 Yet there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him. 65 He went on to say, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled them.” 66 From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him. 67 “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve. 68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.” 70 Then Jesus replied, “Have I not chosen you, the Twelve? Yet one of you is a devil!” 71 (He meant Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, who, though one of the Twelve, was later to betray him.) 6

9.00AM “Live” Service Order of Service WELCOME Margaret Chew Margaret Chew PRAYER OF PURITY AND TITUS 2 & 3 CREED Margaret Chew Nishka Crishna SONG We Fall Down Rev Martin Foord CONFESSION Toh Soon Kok Rev Ian Hadfield BIBLE READING John 6: 25-71 Margaret Chew SERMON SONG Knowing You INTERCESSIONS & THE LORD’S PRAYER THE COLLECT ANNOUNCEMENTS CLOSING 7

PRAYERS PRAISE GOD FOR WHO HE IS • Praise God for his provision of all that we need, food, air, shelter, water, clothing and people in our lives. Thank him too for all our spiritual provisions especially Christ. THE WORLD • Pray for Pakistan (Asia). Praise God for the faithful Church in Pakistan who, despite sometimes severe persecution, hold fast to Christ. Pray for this deeply divided nation which also struggles under natural disasters. Pray for peace. Pray for all Christians and especially those who have roles with responsibilities that they would shine for Christ. • Pray for the Lord to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus as well as help us to find a vaccine. Pray for how the vaccine will be distributed worldwide and not selfishly. • Bring before the Lord the need for more people worldwide to be willing to serve the Lord across cultures. Ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers. SINGAPORE • Thank the Lord for the low rates of infection in Singapore. Continue to pray for wisdom in helpfully and healthily opening up the nation. • Pray for God to prosper the work of Anglican schools, childcare centres and preschools as a way to share the gospel and prepare children for education in the world – as a follower of Christ. Pray for students, teachers and administrators. 8

• ·Pray for Bishop Designate Titus, for his wife Connie and their two sons Theodore and Thaddeus (currently studying in the UK). May God strengthen and protect this family against the attacks of the enemy. Ask God to keep them safe and joyful in Christ. ST GEORGE’S • Praise God for permission given to hold church services as 50+50. Pray for safety as we do so, for more volunteers to help serve as well as wisdom in how to care for Children and Youth in person as well as virtually. • Thank the Lord for Rev. Dr Soh Guan Chin (Associate Minister) who has been faithfully serving among us at St George’s for 6 years. Pray that his work of Joshua Ministries in sending out good bible teaching materials to church leaders in nations where pastors have little or no formal theological training, will bear fruit for eternity. • (Pray for a St George’s Mission Partner) Neil and Sharon Watkinson UK: Give thanks for good progress reworking the 'Pray Prepare Preach: Judges' book; please pray for the new academic year for the online Cornhill preaching course, started on 7 September, with thirty international students joining. • Pray for the sick Joanna, Rosemary, Kah Seng, Caitlin and Tee Dhye. “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” John 6:68b 9

Screenagers - Growing Up in the Digital Age - For Teens and their Parents - an event on Saturday 3rd Oct 7:45 pm Parents: Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well.... Here is a 2:50 min trailer for the video Screenagers is a 70 minute video for Teenagers (recommended for children 10 years and older) and their Parents. St George's is going to watch it together on Saturday 3rd October from 7:45 pm with a Q&A session afterwards. To join the evening, you will need to a) sign up to rent the video (SCREENAGERS: Growing Up In The Digital Age) using your credit/debit card for one month direct through the Screenagers Website: 10 The cost is $10 USD, which is approximately $14 SGD. Signing up will allow you to watch the video twice in the month. Please keep one watching for the event on the 3rd Oct. (you will note from the Screenagers website that you can also pay another $10 USD to watch the second film at another time) b) sign up here: to be a part of St George's Screenagers Event - 3rd Oct 2020 at 7:45pm on Zoom (This step is a free event, but you will need to have paid for the video beforehand from the Screenagers website) c) Connect via Zoom at 7:45pm on Saturday the 3rd Oct Topic: Screenagers Time: Oct 3, 2020 07:45 PM Singapore Join Zoom meeting VrZFdDUDdMQU5iZzd5Zz09 Meeting ID: 880 5613 6314 Passcode: 182019 d) On the 3rd Oct we will have a welcome and introductory session together on Zoom and then watch the Screenagers movie separately and then return 70 mins later, together on Zoom, for a 25 minute Q&A session to end the night at around 9:30pm. 11

ADVANCE NOTICE ALPHA Parenting Teens Course Starting Friday night 16th October 2020 From Friday night October 16th for 5 weekly Sessions - the ALPHA Teens Course will help parents parent teenagers as you listen to experts and listen and talk to one another. Here is a trailer for the Course (go to the bottom of the ALPHA webpage) To register, To find out more contact Betty in the office [email protected] 12

To Register for Services 'In Person' at 100 pax/Service – 9am and 5:30 pm during October go to To Register for Services 'In Person' at 100 pax/Service – 8, 10 and 5:30 pm during November go to 13

Online Prayer Meeting Thursday 1st October from 7:30-8:30 pm is our monthly Prayer Meeting. Join us as we pray for our world, our city, and our church. Zoom details: ZDZ5ZXhYUVBydz09 Meeting ID: 292 505 734 Password: 823166 it would help if you emailed Betty at [email protected] beforehand so that she can email to you the suggested prayer points. But join the prayer meeting even if you don't have the suggested prayer points. 14

Marriage, Divorce, Remarriage, Singleness (our next sermon series) Would you be willing to be interviewed for about 5 minutes if you are married or divorced or remarried or single for our church services in October? Ian will send you suggested questions. The interview will be pre-recorded. Please let Ian know [email protected] by the 30th September 15

In Serving the Church Go to this link and sign up to help serve at church on Sundays 9 am during October and at our Midweek Wednesday 10:30 am Communion Service. Go to this link and sign up to help serve at church on Sundays at 8 am, 10 am and 5:30 pm during November, December, January. etc... Use this link to offer help with Sunday School, Youth, Toddler Time, Mums and Tots, and/or Join one of our Life Groups - small groups SPECIAL REQUEST: We URGENTLY NEED people who: a) are willing to be ushers as we need more people involved due to COVID -19 requirements. b) are willing (with training) to work on the Live Streaming aspect of Church on Sunday mornings. We need people who would enjoy working with sound, with video camera and video editing. Please complete the form 16

Midweek Communion Every Wednesday at 10:30 am A weekly opportunity to gather together to celebrate what Christ has done in a tangible way. This is a Church Service for those in the COVID-19 vulnerable group (over 60 years of age and/or those with other health issues) Please register for the Service (as only 50 people can gather). Please go to our church website: to register or ring/send a WhatsApp message to the Office 9812 5473. Please let the office know if you would like transport to St George’s to attend the Service. 17

Church Live Stream Online Watch the 9 am St George's Church Service as it happens from home, the car, with others etc. Go to this site NOTE: from the 1st November 2020 there will no longer be any pre-recorded Services but only the Live Streamed Service (which will continue to be available on Church's Website and the Church's YouTube channel ) 18

For our online Services, View at St George's YouTube Channel: (Services are available from 7 am on the date of the Service and soon after on the Church's website itself ) Interactive Church SUNDAY From 8 am OR 10 am OR 5:30 pm on Sundays, join us for St George's Online Church. 8 am Zoom details: Join Zoom Meeting MXdBK1l6a0IvUT09 Meeting ID: 628 941 326 Password: 018854 19

10 am Zoom details: Join Zoom Meeting cStzckU4cUFFUT09 Meeting ID: 250 233 292 Password: 007972 NOTE!!! (due to very small numbers participating) 10 am ZOOM Church Online will end on Sunday 27th Sept. Join in one last time this week. 5:30 pm Zoom details: Join Zoom Meeting ck9CR015Z1VrQT09 Meeting ID: 614 700 265 Password: 031576 20

CHILDREN Online Sunday School 10-10:45 am every Sunday. Join in for a song, a story, a prayer and an activity. For kids of all ages and their parents. Zoom Details: Meeting ID: 833 6406 9019 Password: SSchool mTjFDZVdsTDZ5Q3R6WmNpUT09 For more info, please get in touch with Narelle at ([email protected]) Note that from 1st November 2020 Sunday School will be offered in person at the 8 am Service and on Zoom and In Person at church (with limited numbers) for the 10 am Service. 21

This Friday at Dig Deeper Online, we will be continuing our teaching series called 'the Ephesians Series'. We'll be looking at Ephesians 1:15-23 as we journey with Paul in this letter as he encourages us to live our lives in the light of God's big picture! Also, this Friday, we'll be hosting our Physical Dig Deeper meeting at (1) home keeping to the (5) person rule in each household excluding the people already in the house. If you're interested in hosting a group or sending your teen to one, please do let us know by getting in touch at ([email protected]) 22

YOUTH: Join us this Sunday at Circuit Breaker LIVE for week 2 of our series, Identity Crisis: How it affects my relationships. Andrew Thomas will be leading this series as we learn the importance of establishing one's identity in our different relationships. YOUTH Sunday Circuit Breaker LIVE happens every Sunday from 11 am onwards & Dig Deeper Online happens every Friday from 7-9 pm. We welcome all teens to join us at both our meetings! For more info, please get in touch with Shehan at ([email protected]) Please note that from 1st November 2020 Youth will meet back in Church! (with limited numbers) and will continue meeting on Zoom too! Stay tuned for further details! 23

Toddler Time Online Toddler Time continues online every Tuesday at 10 am (for about 30 mins) on Zoom. ZVzdPQS9EZDJEUi8vTTdvUT09%E2%80%8B Meeting ID: 824-6764-8764 Password: 309684 Please contact Hydie at [email protected] for more details. 24

Course How to Lead and Serve in Public Worship A Diocesan Lay Reader's Course is being offered for all who are interested. Dates: October 17, 24, 31; November 7, and 14 (5 Saturdays) Time : 8.30am to 1.30pm Venue: St. John’s-St. Margaret’s Church (the exact hall will be made known to the participants when the lessons are to be held on site.) Cost: Free Registration closes on September 30 (12 noon) Contact Betty in the Office to register for the Course here: [email protected] 25

Rev. Dr Soh Guan Chin's Retirement After 6 years of solid and sound ministry at St George's Church, Rev. Dr Soh will complete his work with us at St George's at the end of October 2020 to focus on the Joshua Mission which has grown in its reach to 18 different nations. You can find out more about Joshua Mission here: We are grateful to God for Guan Chin's work in the Lord among us. He will be missed, and we will officially farewell him nearer to the end of October. 26

1st September 2020 Dear Donors, If you have previously donated to the PMF-ST GEORGE’S CHURCH account to support the restoration of St George’s Church, and received a tax deduction on your donation, please note that the scheme now allows collected donations to be used for: 1. Restoration of non-protected but historical structures within our Monument’s compound. 2. Works that are required for compliance with statutory regulations; and, 3. Payment of Lease and TOL renewals. This is in addition to the original approved use, which was to support the restoration of the monument building. The Parochial Church Council has recommended, and Church Members have approved at the recent AGM that up to S$160,000 of funds in the PMF-ST GEORGE’S CHURCH account be used for Payment of Lease and TOL renewals. Should you have any concerns or objections to your donation being used for these new purposes, please contact Annette Ho (email: a[email protected]), with your official tax exemption receipt as issued by NHB, by no later than 31st October 2020. Note: After 1st November 2020, it shall be taken that donors have no objections to the additional proposed uses, and donations will be channelled to fund these, where applicable. signed by a) Rev. Ian Hadfield (Vicar St George's b) Craig Martin (Honorary Treasurer) 27

St George's Church is seeking a Full Time Children's Ministry Director The Director will: 1) Oversee the ministry of Sunday School 2) Oversee the ministry of Mums and Tots 3) Work with the Toddler Time leadership team 4) Raise up, support and equip the teams of Volunteers who work with Children 5) Ensure Child Safeguarding policies and procedures are fulfilled. Job advertisement is found here For more details, questions and to apply - contact Ian at [email protected] 28

For your prayerful consideration Whilst the church is not meeting together, we still have financial costs as well has providing assistance to those who need it. So, we ask that you prayerfully and carefully consider giving online through PayNow or Planned Giving. For PayNow 1. Please open your bank app and tick the \"scan & pay\" and scan the below QR code or tick the PayNow icon, you can choose to key in UEN number: T08CC4075KSGC. Please go to this section of the website to find out more Or download the form here. And send the completed form to Annette: [email protected] 29

Contact Us [email protected] Vicar: Rev. Ian Hadfield [email protected] Seniors: Rev. Paul Tan [email protected] Associate Minister: Rev. Dr Soh Guan Chin [email protected] Children's Ministry: Narelle Hadfield [email protected] Youth Ministry: Shehan Thomas [email protected] Small Groups/Life Groups: Marc Wang [email protected] Filipino Ministry: Hydie Valdez Admin Manager: Nicholas Tan [email protected] Finance: Annette Ho [email protected] Membership & Courses: Betty Wu [email protected] Property: Cynthia Lamb [email protected] Rosters+Website: Lesley Limpin [email protected] Office Mobile (WhatsApp only) 9812 5473 Address: St George's Church 44 Minden Rd, Singapore 248816 30

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