Resurrection Sunday 2017
Update: We were blessed to have Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) with us on Resurrection Sunday. Our service was first aired to TBN’s worldwide audience on Monday, 17 April 2017, 10.30am (Singapore time). Click here to watch it in the iTBN archives.
On Resurrection Sunday, 16 April 2017, our church came together to celebrate our Lord Jesus Christ’s finished work at the cross. As an added bonus, Matt and Laurie Crouch from Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) joined us at the second service in preparation for a broadcast of the service the next day. What a privilege it is for us to be able to declare the gospel of grace to the rest of the world!
As the people streamed in to the service venues, they were warmly greeted by our ushers and ambassadors. Our congregation also enjoyed live singing by the choir, while Jubilee-themed props were available for them to take photos.
The service opened with an immersive multimedia experience during praise and worship. Moving images depicting our Lord Jesus’ ministry on earth, the scourging He suffered and His sacrifice at the cross were shown, culminating in a celebration of His glorious resurrection from the dead.
Next, “This Is Grace (I Am Forgiven)”, an original song by New Creation Worship, was presented along with a video of congregation members giving glory to God for His divine protection, healing, restoration and deliverance in their lives.
Senior Pastor Joseph Prince then led the congregation in partaking of the Holy Communion together. Touching on the significance of the bread and the cup, he encouraged believers to partake boldly from a position of faith.
Pastor Prince then preached a powerful word on how the perfect and complete work of Christ has enabled us to be declared righteous. He also shared that we can walk victoriously in life through the Lord Jesus’ abundance of grace and His gift of righteousness.
Over at our children’s ministry Rock Kidz, the little ones learnt about Jesus’ finished work through a creative storytelling session. The children also had a splashing good time with games and activities with an "Under The Sea" theme.
At our Chinese services, Pastor Mark Ng preached on the significance and power of Jesus’ death and resurrection. The Chinese-speaking congregation also enjoyed a creative drama set in the 1970s, inspired by the biblical love story of Ruth and Boaz.
Chinese New Year Celebrations 2017
With the festive mood in the air, the church came together as a family to celebrate Chinese New Year over special English services on Sunday, 29 January 2017.
The service opened with a Chinese New Year song before entering into a glorious time of praise and worship, accompanied by the melodious overtones of a guzheng. It was followed by a Chinese medley and a special English interpretation of a popular Mandarin classic which reminded us of God’s awesome love.
A moving testimony video which was previously shown at our Mid-Autumn Celebration event in 2016 was also shown during the English services today. In it, Kenn C, a well-known music arranger and producer, with his wife Frelason experienced restoration and freedom from depression after they kept on listening to the gospel of grace.
Right after the video, our singers and musicians along with Kenn, presented “祢是我家 (You Are My Home)”, a heartwarming song specially written by New Creation Worship. The lyrics tell the story of a person who sought fulfilment through many things in life, but finally concludes that Jesus is his redemption and hope.
Pastor Mark Ng from our Chinese Ministry then took to the stage, sharing how God has reconciled us to Him through the finished work of His Son. He also encouraged us to always see Jesus as our good Shepherd, and to look to Him for our wholeness and provision.
After the sermon, Pastor Mark led the congregation to partake of the Holy Communion as a family, reminding believers that Jesus has paid for our healing and forgiveness through His sacrifice on the cross. He then closed the service with a prayer of blessing over the church.
Over at our Chinese Ministry, the congregation celebrated Chinese New Year at a combined Hokkien and Mandarin service. They enjoyed pre-service games, exchanged Chinese New Year greetings, and worshipped the Lord together. In her message, Pastor Christina Wee shared about how we can rest in the Lord, who is our very present help in times of need.
Vision Sunday 2017
On New Year’s Day, 1 January 2017, our Vision Sunday service opened with a laser show and a time of praise and worship. We sang with one heart and voice, offering our thanksgiving to the Lord for His goodness in the past year, and prepared our hearts for 2017. This was followed by the partaking of the Holy Communion, where we were reminded of the Lord’s finished work on the cross.
We then enjoyed a video presentation capturing God’s faithfulness in action through various services, key events and outreach activities that took place in the past year. Each highlight is a reflection of how the Lord had brought the theme for 2016: Possessing Our Possessions, to fruition in our church.
On that high note, we ushered in the new year with an energetic drum and dance item entitled “Rhythms of Grace”. The sounding of the shofar (a ram’s horn) at the start of the item declared our victory in Christ, signifying the saints of God advancing onward to the rhythms of grace.
Senior Pastor Joseph Prince then came on stage to reveal the theme of the year for the church, proclaiming 2017 to be The Year Of Jubilee. Through Jesus Christ’s redemptive work on the cross, we shall have restoration and victory!
In closing, Pastor Prince encouraged us to find rest in Jesus, and to look to Him to deliver us from any challenges we face — no matter how insurmountable they may seem. He also prayed for the Lord’s protection over us and that we will experience the victory He has purchased for us on the cross.
Christmas Celebrations 2016
This year’s Christmas was extra special as it fell on a Sunday! What a joy it was to gather as a church to celebrate the birth of our Saviour on 25 December 2016 — Christmas Day itself.
Many in our congregation had invited their loved ones and friends to encounter the Lord Jesus at our Christmas services themed, “Hope Alight”. Excitement was in the air at the service venues across Singapore as our ushers and ambassadors greeted the incoming congregation with “Blessed Christmas!” and gave out cards with LED star badges for them to pen down their three prayer requests for 2017.
Our congregation also enjoyed live carolling, while decorative props were available for them to take photos. On this joyous occasion, those at Marina Bay Sands were also able to worship together in one main ballroom.
The services opened to the tunes of time-honoured Christmas hymns like “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”. This was followed by a musical drama, a creative retelling of the Nativity story, where a harlot discovered divine Love who accepted her unconditionally and restored her broken hopes and dream. As a fitting finale to the musical, the congregation joined in by lifting their voices to the song “O Holy Night” and illuminating their star badges — a beautiful reminder of the blessed hope we have in Christ Jesus.
Hope Alight Musical
Senior Pastor Joseph Prince then took to the stage to share his Christmas message on God's love for us, embodied in the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ, who came to redeem us so that we do not have to live in fear, but have peace. At the end of the sermon, he prayed with those who chose to receive Christ as their Lord and Saviour, and then he led the congregation to pray for the Lord’s blessing over the three prayer requests for the year ahead. The services ended on a high note with Pastor Prince’s family joining him on stage to lead the congregation in classic Christmas carols such as “Silent Night” and “Feliz Navidad”.
At our children’s ministry Rock Kidz, the little ones were treated to a host of fun-filled activities where they learnt about the true reason for Christmas through Bible stories and games. The children present were each blessed with a Christmas gift.
Over at our Chinese services, the celebrations kicked off with a joyful Christmas medley sung in Hokkien and Mandarin. They were then encouraged by Pastor Mark Ng who shared on the love of our heavenly Father, and the hope we have in Christ.
Celebrating God’s Precious Gift Of Children
As a church, we celebrated Children’s Day in advance on Sunday, 2 October 2016. During our English services, the creative team put up a beautiful song item — a medley of “This Is The Father’s World” and “He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands” accompanied by the lush sound of cellos.
Senior Pastor Joseph Prince then preached an uplifting message on looking to God as our shield and rewarder. He also encouraged married couples to believe the Lord for children by expounding on the verse “children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward” (ref: Psalm 127:3).
Over at Rock Kidz, our little ones were invited to step into “the promised land” — a fruitful land “flowing with milk and honey” as described in the book of Deuteronomy. Printouts of milk and honey decorated the classrooms while balloon sculptures of giant grapes were displayed outside the Rock Kidz areas at The Star Performing Arts Centre and Marina Bay Sands Ballrooms.
Each child took home a Children’s Day gift which reminded them that they are well-loved by their heavenly Father and that the battle belongs to the Lord. The ministry also officially kicked off “Octoblessed”, a month-long celebration packed with Bible-centred programmes and fun activities for the children. Details on Rock Kidz’s October programme can be found here.