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LORD’S DAY SERVICE ORDER

ANNOUNCER: Pastor Samuel Kim
*Silent Prayer
*Confession of Faith
Hymn 56
Responsive Reading: 47. John 15
Prayer by Pastor Samuel Kim
Scripture Reading:
Matthew 24:3, 15
Choir Anthem by Sharon Choir (pre-recorded):
The final seven
Sermon by Pastor Samuel Kim
The final seven
Hymn 391
Offering Prayer by Pastor Samuel Kim
Offering Song
Let us serve Him
*Announcements
*Hymn 6
*Benediction by Pastor Samuel Kim

*Congregation Standing

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  1. Let us continue to pray for the growth of our church and for the work of evangelism.
  2. There will be Wednesday service, special bible studies and dawn services on Zoom and YouTube. Please refer to our church website and Instagram for our Bible study date and time.
    • Wednesday evening 7:40pm
    • Friday evening 7:45pm special bible studies by Pastor Sam – Jesus’ parables about the end time.
    • Dawn prayer services will be on Saturday at 6:00 am
    • Lord’s day bible studies on Ezekiel cell group books at 2pm by Bible Academy teachers.

    Date, time, Zoom meeting ID & YouTube link will be posted on our church website, Instagram, and cell group leaders will notify you via phone message.

  3. The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) has stepped up their control and patrol for Nordcom 2 building under covid-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) regulations 2020. Entry to Nordcom 2 is only allowed with a valid approval from the authorities. We understand the heart of our members who would like to continue to fill the house of God with prayer and reverence. But we would like to ask Church members not to visit the church sanctuary in this period, as we may face the risk of a hefty fine of $10,000 or more if we get caught. During this time, let’s devote ourselves more in prayer and build up the churches in our homes.
  4. There is Bible Study today at 2pm on Zoom. Ask your CG leader for the meeting invitation link.
  5. Led by the Newcomers Ministry, to show love and concern for the community of Sembawang, our church is going to give away masks for free. The Newcomers Ministry has mailed out flyers to 700 units of SunBreeze HDB estate (blocks opposite Nordcom). Another 800 flyers will be going out to SunNatura estate this coming week. Applicants (1 per household) may register their residential address via QR code or text messages which lead to Zion Church’s URL zionchurch.sg/freemask, and we will mail them a pack of 10 masks. We have put up our church’s online YouTube service times for both English, Chinese and Sunday School live services and pre-recorded services.
  6. Finance Team has newly added PayNow facility for making your offering transfer. Please see Offering and Tithe section for more information.

UPCOMING PRAYER DUTY

Wednesday 29 Apr : Deacon Louis Loy

OFFERING & TITHE

Via Internet Banking

You can give an offering electronically by transferring to the following account:

1. For regular, tithes, thanksgiving, special, and missions offerings ONLY
OCBC Bank Account: ZION CHURCH
Account#: 621835867001
PayNow UEN#: T00SS0141D

NOTE: Please specify Name, Purpose and Date (ddmmmyy) of the offering in the MEMO or Bill Reference Number section. See Example 1.

2. For Building Offerings ONLY
DBS Bank Account: ZION CHURCH
Account#: 047-903777-2

NOTE: Please specify Name, Purpose and Date (ddmmmyy) of the offering in the MEMO or Bill Reference Number section. See Example 2.

Use the following acronyms to indicate Purpose (offering type):

  • RO = Regular Offering
  • TH = Tithes
  • TG = Thanksgiving
  • SP = Special Offering
  • MO = Missions Offering
  • BO = Building Offering

By Mail

You may mail your offering cheques to Zion Church to below address:
“Finance Department”.
2 Gambas Crescent, Nordcom 2 Tower 2 #10-13. Siangapore 757044.

By ATM

You may transfer via ATM:
BUT PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU WILL BE UNABLE TO SPECIFY TYPE OF OFFERING if you use this option.
Please inform any Finance Team member if want your offering to be recorded.

  • Eldress May Ling
  • Deaconess Leh Tieng
  • Elder Steve
  • Example 1:
    JohnDoe TH 05APR20
    SamMiller TG 05Mar20
    JaneSmith RO 03May20

    Example 2:
    JohnDoe BO 05APR20

    Living Manna

    Sermon Summary
    Something Greater Is Here

    Scripture: Matthew 12:1-7

    The people of faith in the Bible had one common thing: they saw something greater than what the world perceived. Abraham saw something greater, to the point that he was able to lay Isaac on the altar at Moriah. Isaac saw something greater, that he was able to lay down in obedience on the altar. Jacob saw something greater and, as a result, was able to give up his riches and possessions to Esau. Joseph saw something greater and was able to forgive his brothers. Joshua and Caleb saw something greater when they spied out the land of Canaan. Apostle Paul saw something greater and was able to give up all that he had in order to preach the Gospel. In Matthew 12, Jesus compares something greater with what the Pharisees saw.

    Life is Greater (Matthew 12:1-7)

    The Pharisees accused Jesus’ disciples of eating on the Sabbath. They plucked the grain and ate with their hands, which was considered work. In response, Jesus quoted the incident of David and his men eating the consecrated bread of the presence in the temple. David and his men were so hungry that they broke the rule and ate, which showed that life is greater. Why did God let David do this without repercussion? David was doing God’s work of fighting in the battle. Likewise with the priests who worked on the Sabbath, whose tasks ensured the proper observance of the Sabbath day. Jesus and His disciples worked on the Sabbath because, like the priests, they were doing God’s work of giving eternal life: the work of the true Sabbath. Jesus is saying here that the purpose of the Sabbath is to give life. Life is greater.

    Compassion is Greater (Matthew 12:7-8)

    Jesus then quotes Hosea 6:6 in saying, “For I desire compassion, not sacrifice.” He says that compassion is greater than sacrifice, the latter of which finds its equivalent in a worship service. It’s not that God does not desire sacrifice or worship, but that it is less important than compassion. Jesus is teaching us that worship service does not delight God if our focus is on the formality and not on God (Malachi 1:8). God is saying that He wants a relationship with us. The loyalty, the love, the hesed between God and us is greater than the formality of service and sacrifice.

    Good is greater (Matthew 12:9-14)

    Jesus did good on the Sabbath, but the Pharisees tried to corner him by saying, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?” Jesus responded by saying that He was doing the work of life on the Sabbath. Jesus said that His healing work was good. The word “good” peppers the creation story in Genesis, when God says the Word, and it happens. That is good. Sabbath is the day when God’s Word is actualized and fulfilled. In particular, it is God’s redemption work, the work of re-creation that is according to God’s Word. This good is greater than what you think is the proper thing to do.

    Proclamation of the Word is greater (Matthew 12:15-21)

    The purpose of proclaiming God’s Word is to testify that Jesus the Messiah is here. Jesus is now saying here in this passage that the Pharisees’ purpose is to leverage the people for their own glory. However, Jesus’ purpose is to proclaim the Word. What about us? Why do we proclaim the Word? We know that Jesus is the fulfilment of God’s Word. Jesus testified about the Father, and through the Word, we can tell the whole world that Jesus is the Messiah. It’s not just about miracles and healing; they are for proclaiming the Word and pointing to Jesus’ identity as the Messiah. People who experience the healing come to know who Jesus is.

    God’s will is greater (Matthew 12:46-50)

    Jesus is not here ignoring family values. God established the family values of honouring one’s parents in the Ten Commandments. However, God’s will is the foundation of all the family values and unity. Jesus is saying that we must not disregard God’s will for our family, but we need to establish our family on the will of God and obedience toward it.

    Conclusion

    Jesus says in Matt. 12:6-8 that the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath. Jesus emphasizes the signs which point to the coming Messiah, to Jesus Christ Himself. So now Jesus asks the Pharisees about why they were holding on to the signs even though the Messiah Himself was in their midst. What about us? Are we dependent on the signs and miracles, or even the rules and procedures of worship service? God is Spirit. We need to seek God’s presence above everything else. Neither is God’s time measured with our physical time and signs. We need to open our eyes to the reality that Jesus Christ has already come, and that something greater is here.

    Jesus also says that blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven (Matthew 12:31-32). Who is greater? Jesus is saying that the Holy Spirit is greater because even His birth and later resurrection happened through the power of the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit who births new life in us, who allows us to understand the Word of God, who lets us know God’s will, and who allows us to walk with God (John 16:13; Romans 8:11; 1 Corinthians. 2:10-13; 12:3). All that Jesus did was according to the Spirit. We need to follow the leading of the Spirit; to disregard the Spirit’s lead is to blaspheme against the Spirit. Through the Spirit, we can see that something, someone, greater is here, and that person is Jesus Christ.

    AMEN.

    Pastor Samuel Kim

    2020-05-02T08:08:07+00:00
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