“Greater things are still to be done in this city!” This line in the song God Of This City sung during praise and worship encapsulates our belief and hope for Singapore, our nation, our home.
Across our service venues on Sunday, 9 August 2015, we celebrated Singapore’s Jubilee year of independence with joy and faith in our God, the source of all good things.
Even before service began, temporary skin stickers with our National Day theme “New Creation Church Celebrates SG50:My Home, My Singapore” set the tone for the day’s celebrations. Worshippers streamed in to the service venues and it was a sea of red and white. On stage at The Star Performing Arts Centre, the choir was decked out in a kaleidoscope of colours and traditional outfits reflecting multicultural Singapore. During praise and worship, we declared that Jesus is the “God Of This City” and our light, hope and peace.
We joined the nation in a live crossover to a TV broadcast at 9am showing Singapore’s late founding prime minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, reading out the Proclamation Of Independence signed on 9 August 1965, declaring that Singapore “shall forever be a sovereign, independent nation”. The two-minute announcement was met with claps and the congregation then joined in to sing our National Anthem, Majulah Singapura (Onward Singapore), and recite the National Pledge.
Pastor Lawrence Lim, who also led the church in partaking of the Holy Communion, then prayed for our island-nation, declaring that Singapore will be free from wars and plagues and seeking the Lord’s blessings for continued racial and religious harmony.
Our church family — young and old — then spoke through a pre-recorded video of what they thought of Singapore and prayed for the nation’s continued peace and prosperity.
New Creation Church SG50 Shout-out
The special item comprised Singapore folk songs from yesteryear, and Open My Heart, a song composed and producedby New Creation Church as a gift to the nation on its 50th birthday. It speaks of how we can open our hearts to see things from each other’s eyes, to know those around us better and be strong together. The song was first performed on 6 July 2015 at the “Harmony In Diversity” concert with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong as the guest of honour.
Open My Heart
Pastor Lim Lian Neo spoke on how we should ask big, because we have a big God, who does exceedingly and abundantly above what we can ever ask or think (ref: Ephesians 3:20)!
“If you have not seen your manifestation, just keep resting in Him,” Pastor Lian told the congregation.
She reminded us that in the year of Jubilee, “Jesus is our Jubilee” as reflected in Leviticus 25:8–10. It is also the year of His restoration for our church, and we can boldly proclaim our liberty and restoration through Christ.
At the end of the service, the shofar (a ram’s horn) was blown to proclaim God’s restoration and jubilee in our lives.
At our children’s ministry Rock Kidz, the children enjoyed fun National Day themed games and activities. They also recounted the Lord’s goodness on the nation and put up their prayers for Singapore on handheld flags.
In the spirit of national unity, our congregation at the Chinese services recited the National Pledge in Mandarin and took photos together with celebratory SG50 signs and flags.