Sunday @ JYM: 22 March 2020

PRE-JYM PRAYER – The Fig Tree

Tamara (Walrus)
The word from God in my devotions today is when God knocks you down. It talks about Saul’s journey and how God had to shatter his pride and confidence so that God can rebuild him to become the most influential leader the church had ever known. This devo spoke to me in the sense that maybe right now, this Covid situation, may be God knocking us down, shattering the pride we had that no bad will ever come to us and making us become more humble and more sensitive to His word. But maybe this isn’t what God has in mind right now, but it’s possible and it doesn’t have to be just a virus that can knock us down but it can be anything that disrupts our daily routine and causes us distress. But we shouldn’t get mad at Him for making us go through such a difficult time but rather let God reform our mindset.

For example, seeing this situation as precious time to bond more with our family at home or pick up a new hobby or just spend more time with God each day. so what I learnt or rather was reminded, that sometimes God has to break us down so that we are able to realize that ultimately it is He who is in control and our life falls into place only with Him.

Jon Tang (Walrus)
In this season of lent, I think it is good for us to take time to reflect and take stock of our relationship with God. Have we been neglecting to spend time we him? Have we lost track of the purpose that God has called us to in the midst of our busyness?

Apart from this, it is also adequate that we remind yourselves of what Jesus had done for us 2000 years ago. To remember the humility he showed from being a servant to others despite being God; to remember his sacrifice on the cross for our sins.

For myself, it has been a relatively busy season due to various commitments from school, work and church. In the short moments where I seek God and be reminded of his character.

I get strength to overcome my weariness due to remembering his goodness.

“He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
Isaiah 40:29- 31

Atlantic – What’s the point

A lot of us may be thinking what’s the point.

What’s the point of all of this that is happening.
What’s the point of all this restrictions and rules.
What’s the point of not meeting.
What’s the point of doing anything when you can’t do anything but stay at home.
What’s the point, everyone is going to get affected in one way or another.
What’s the point.

Where is God in the midst of all this.
Where is the church in the midst of all this.
Well, we are the church. We are sons and daughters of God. God has never left us. God has never forsaken us. He’s always been here, always in our midst, right there with us, in our hearts.

So what if our usual Sundays get taken away from us.
So what if we can’t meet together with our friends.
So what if we can’t gather together and worship together.
So what.

Jesus says that the word of God takes priority over all our traditions. There is nothing wrong with tradition. Traditions can be very important and valuable. However, tradition should never take precedence over the word of God. Jesus attacks the Pharisees for using tradition to avoid obeying the word of God: ‘You get rid of God’s command so you won’t be inconvenienced in following the religious fashions’.

God is not so concerned about the outward appearance but about the heart. Jesus says, ‘For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come – sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile a person’. These are the things that pollute our lives and spoil our relationship with God.

Bottom line is what’s the attitude of our hearts right now in the midst of this situation and how do we grow from this. How’s our relationship with God and what do we need to do if it hasn’t been all that good?

WORSHIP

This week’s set is about intimacy and being in that special, hiding place with Christ. In the midst of planning for The Resting Place that just passed on Thursday, there was the strong reminder of how sweet, tender and beautiful it was to be in the arms of the Saviour and to be in communion with Him. In that intimacy, in that love that He has poured out, we are free to live.

We always look at how Mary and Martha were compared in their eagerness to do work, and Mary’s choice of sitting at the feet of Jesus is something so powerful, and something we fail to do so many times. Especially in this season of uncertainty and disruption, can we relinquish control and to be in communion with God first rather than rushing off to get things done? Can we trust that He covers us, that He is our resting place, no matter what?

There is beauty in waiting with Christ in that intimate space rather than worrying about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. So as you listen to the songs, come to that space of intimacy, know what He has already done for you, and be committed to Him no matter where you are.

PRAYER POINTERS

1. Take some time to take your mind off the worries of the world and think of the characteristics of God and how you’ve seen them in your life.

2. Pray that God will guide and comfort the families who have lost loved ones due to Covid-19

3. Pray for continued strength and protection for healthcare workers at the frontline

4. Lastly, even in this situation, start to think about who you would like to invite for Easter

Pray the COLLECT:

Almighty Father,
whose Son was revealed in majesty
before He suffered death upon the cross:
give us faith to perceive His glory,
that we may be strengthened to suffer like Him
and be changed into His likeness, from glory to glory;
who is alive and reigns with You
and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

SERMON

Sermon Outline (Luke 8:22-25)

  • Stay Calm
  • Stay Connected
  • Stay Cheerful
  • Stay Christ-like

Discussion Questions

  • How are you feel about the Covid-19 situation currently? What emotions are you going through?
  • What is one thing from the sermon that has spoken to you?
  • What is one action that you can do this week?

Have a blessed weekend! Keep connected and praying for one another!

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