MATTERS YOU NEED
TO PRAY FOR IN 2014
The church renovation:
We are waiting to meet up with the architect and officials from
URA to discuss on what we can do for our church renovation since
receiving the letter from URA on 21st November 2013. Please pray
for the meeting. We also want to make Grace church an elder-friendly
church in an aging population.
In the light of this matter, we may need to consider how our church
can be involved in social work within our neighbourhood too (Gal.
6: 10). I think it would give us some prominence with our neighbours
and the Government. Session will have to look into this matter.
If you have any suggestion please come and talk to anyone in the
Church Session. Pray concerning this matter.
The structural engineer came by to inspect Grace church last week
as a requirement from Building Control Authority (BCA) and found
some cracks in the retaining wall at the front of our church.
We may have to get this fix up soon. The main structure of the
building is safe.
Let us pray for constant safety for everyone in church. I ask
you to pray for the safety of the ushers too, as they carry out
this ministry every week.
Church direction 2014:
After receiving the feedback from the congregation, the Session
has gone through it and we will cover 5 major areas using Acts
2: 42: "doctrine, fellowship, prayer, worship and evangelism"
as the guideline for the direction of our church.
Pray for the Session and heads of department as they meet together
to consider this matter on Saturday 11 January. It will be a Leader's
Retreat in church for the Saturday afternoon. Pray for clear direction
from the Lord and how we can discuss things that would bring edification
and honour to our Lord and His Church.
Succession plan for Pastor:
This is an earnest matter to pray over. We are giving it a five
year plan now as we look for the appropriate person.
Our first priority is to get someone of the same conviction and
from a B-P background. Best of all, if we can get someone from
amongst us in Grace church. Not an impossible task if the Lord
chooses the person.
We are committed to making sure the candidate accepts the B-P
distinctive 100%. Pastoral candidates are most difficult to locate,
it seems. Not many full-timers want to be a Pastor. Please pray
as we wait upon the Lord.
Pray for the Pastoral Search Committee: Rev Tan Eng Boo, Rev Lee
Fatt Ping, Elder Seah Soon Huat, Deacon Victor Goh and Bro. Philip
Missions in 2014:
We are looking into the possibility of adopting a mission field
in Myanmar next year. Bro Gerald Pang and Sis Hannah Yeo have
seen the work of Rev Andrew Kam. Please pray for the Lord's leading
as the Missions Committee had a discussion on this matter on Sunday
29 December and will give a recommendation to the Session.
We are keeping our options open as we may consider the Philippines,
an English speaking nation, where we can minister easily to the
Filadelfia B-P Church has been able to finance their own ministry
for the past few years. We do not regularly support them financially
now. Rev Lee Fatt Ping and I, with other Pastors go there regularly
to conduct the Lord's Supper (3rd Sunday). Pray for them as they
have been searching for a Pastor for several years now. This is
not an easy task.