Zion Church Online Bulletin

Week No. 37 | 10 September 2023 Lord's Day


PRESIDER: Elder William Ng
*Silent Prayer
*Confession of Faith
Hymn 57
Responsive Reading:
32. Psalm 143
32. 诗篇 143
Prayer by Elder William Ng
Scripture Reading:
Hebrews 1:1-5
Choir Anthem by Sharon Choir
A Thousand Storms
Sermon by Pastor Samuel Kim
Hebrews 01 – Introduction to Hebrews
希伯来书 01 – 希伯来书简介
Hymn 395
Offering Prayer by Elder William Ng
Offering Song:
Pride of a father
Announcements by Elder William Ng
*Hymn 6
*Benediction by Pastor Samuel Kim

*Congregation Standing


  • Let us continue to pray for the growth and revival of our church and for the work of evangelism and missions.
  • Please refer to the following for our service times:

    • Lord’s Day (Sunday) service @ 10:45 am*
    • Lord’s Day Bible study at 1:30 pm
    • Wednesday service @ 7:40 pm*
    • Saturday Dawn service @ 6:00 am

    *Also broadcasted live on YouTube for Lord’s Day & Wed Services: http://live.zionchurch.sg

    *也在 YouTube 上直播主日和周三礼拜: http://live.zionchurch.sg

  • The Precept for 2023: “A Church that strives toward the Consummation of Redemptive History by following the path of Abraham’s faith” (Gen 18:18-19; 26:5; Gal 3:7-9; Col 1:25; Tit 2:14)

    (创 18:18-19;26:5;加 3:7-9;西 1:25;多 2:14)

  • There will be a “Faith & Work” Workshop series conducted by Mr Poh Yu Khing over 3 Saturdays: 16, 23 & 30 Sep at 5pm in Zion Church. All are welcome to join.

    The workshop is all about connecting with youths and young adults and helping make biblical principles practical and relevant to their daily lives. Yu Khing has worked as a consultant in both government and private sector for more than 20 years. His mission is to inspire and equip Christians to live out their Kingdom calling in the marketplace.

  • Zion Church Retreat 2023 will take place on 21-23 Nov (Tue-Thu), at Sand & Sandals Resort, Desaru.

    Cost of Retreat fee will be $150/pax (free for children at age of 2 or below).
    * Note: There will be additional cost for single occupancy. Retreat committee will reach out to you.

    Payment mode: PAYNOW to Zion Church UEN #: T00SS0141D with remarks ‘retreat 2023’.
    Payment Deadline: 30 Sep. Please see Dcn. Leh Tieng if you have any questions.
    *Retreat fee is subsidised by the church, the Men’s & Women’s ministries and supported by upcoming fund raising activities.

  • Zion Church AGM will be on 5 Nov. Let us all pray for God’s guidance upon Zion Church. All ministry elders and leaders, please prepare for 2024 ministry plan and report for the AGM.


Prayer (Wed 13 Sep) Eld. Tan Pau Soon
Presider (Sun 17 Sep) Evg. Nicholas Chiang
Basket Bearers (Sun 17 Sep) Eld. Tan Pau Soon,
Eld. Anthony Lim


Via Internet Banking

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

Please make sure to indicate your name, type of offering and the date info under the memo/remarks sections when initiating the transfer. Please indicate your offerings’ purpose especially for TITHES (to be listed as TH).
Note: Any online offerings without indications of whether for tithing, thanksgiving, building, mission, etc will be recorded as regular offerings.
Thank you for your assistance.

1. For regular, tithes, thanksgiving, special, and missions offerings ONLY
Account Number: 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
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.

3. Offering toward Missions Offering or Book Drive to support broadcasts of the History of Redemption Series globally, can be made in the following ways to HORA Ministries:

1) Direct bank transfer to:

DBS (Development Bank of Singapore)
Account Number: 271-310151-9 (Account Type: Multi Currency Account)
Currency Type: All currencies accepted (US$, S$, etc)
Address of Beneficiary Bank: 12 Marina Boulevard, DBS Asia Central, Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 3, Singapore 018982
Country: Singapore

2) PayNow to HORA Ministries via NRIC S7638942Z

3) Indicating “Book Drive” or “Missions” on the offering envelopes.

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

Example 1:
JohnDoe TH 05APR20
SamMiller TG 05Mar20
JaneSmith RO 03May20

Example 2:
JohnDoe BO 05APR20

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.


You may transfer via ATM:
Please inform any Finance Team member if want your offering to be recorded.

  • Eldress May Ling
  • Deaconess Leh Tieng
  • Elder Steve

Living Manna

Sermon Summary
The Son That Father Needs

Scripture: Luke 15:11-32

In this sermon, we delve into the parable of the two sons found in Matthew 21:28-32, focusing not on the prodigal younger son but on his older sibling. The central question posed by Jesus in this parable is, “Which son did the will of the Father?” This sermon explores the profound lessons within this parable, emphasizing the older son’s relationships with his father and his younger brother.

His Relationship with the Father

The parable illustrates the older son’s distant relationship with his father. While the father eagerly welcomed the prodigal son back with a grand feast, the older son’s response was telling. He did not approach his father directly but inquired about the commotion through a servant. This distance in their relationship reveals a lack of understanding of the father’s heart. The ideal relationship between a child and their Heavenly Father, as exemplified by Jesus, is one of unity and shared concerns (John 10:30). Contrary to this, some believers merely attend church without genuine interest in the Father’s desires or the church’s mission. They focus solely on their personal concerns and needs, neglecting the Father’s desires. The older son’s attitude mirrors this when he adopts a mindset of entitlement within the household, much like some churchgoers who believe God should be grateful for their presence.

His Relationship with the Brother

The older brother’s response to the celebration of his returning sibling exposes his jealousy and self-centeredness. He prioritizes the calf’s value over his brother’s return, highlighting his inability to rejoice in others’ success. This behaviour reflects the jealousy that can arise when people feel underappreciated in the church, leading some to consider leaving and returning only when recognized. The parable prompts us to consider whether our actions are driven by love for our brothers and sisters or by selfish ambition. The older son’s statement, “These many years I have served you,” portrays a mindset akin to that of a slave rather than a true son. Sons act out of love and understanding, while slaves follow commands. True sons, aware of the grace they’ve received, embrace responsibility and consider the church as their own home and kingdom work as their primary duty.

Sons vs. Slaves

The parable underscores the distinction between sons and slaves in their attitudes towards work. Slaves calculate their efforts, feeling entitled to rewards and complaining if they perceive injustice. In contrast, sons don’t tally their contributions because they recognize that all belongs to them. Believers who adopt a slave mentality may easily become disheartened and disgruntled, focusing on their own interests and desires rather than the Father’s will. As Christians, we are no longer slaves but sons of God, a status marked by a sense of responsibility and a deep connection to God’s work.

Conclusion: The father loved both sons

In conclusion, the parable of the two sons teaches us about our relationships with God and others. Regardless of whether we resemble the older or younger son, the Father’s love remains constant, and He eagerly awaits our return. Like the father in the parable, our Heavenly Father does not scold us for our wrong attitudes and mistakes but welcomes us back with open arms. Our sins are forgiven the moment we come to Him. The ultimate goal is to become mature spiritual firstborns who can care for and love our fellow believers. May we all strive to cultivate relationships with God and others that reflect the heart of our Heavenly Father.


Pastor Samuel Kim

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