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Scripture Memory: Holy Living.

VERSE: 2 Peter 3:11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness.” 

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness 

 

10 December 2017

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Charles Seet (The Key to Answered Prayer, Matt 7:7-11)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Eld Lim Teck Chye (Fearfully and Wonderfully Made, Psalm 139)

 

17 December 2017

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Charles Seet (The Road Less Travelled, Matt 7:12-14)

                                                        6:00 pm Evening Service                              

Rev Quek Keng Khwang (Hallelujah!, Psalm 150)

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NEW PEWS FOR OUR CHURCH SANCTUARY

 

Why do churches have pews? 

Some may think of wooden pews as a necessary part of a church building. But it is really a Christian tradition that has endured through time. There is nothing in the Bible that either encourages or discourages the use of pews for worship. As we seek to worship God in spirit and in truth, it is the attitude of worship that matters most rather than the form.

Some believe that pews help to provide worshippers with a sense of community. As you sit together with others in a pew, you share the same surface with them without any barriers between you and those who sit beside you. This may increase our sense of corporate worship, praising the Lord together as one body rather than as separate individuals.

To some worshippers, the humble wooden pew may serve as a stark reminder that we follow a crucified Saviour and that all are equal at the foot of the wooden cross. All kinds of people have sat on such pews, from the greatest king to the poorest pauper, from the holiest saint to the most desperate sinner.

Actually pews were not used in church buildings until the 14th century. Before that time, worshippers would either stand or kneel on the floor. As church services grew longer some worshippers felt the need to sit, and so churches allowed each of them to place a pew in the sanctuary for them and their own family to use. 

When the preaching of God’s Word was restored in churches during the 16th century Protestant Reformation, more people felt the need to sit so that they could listen to the long sermons more comfortably. Hence the number of pews increased and soon they became a standard item in every church.

Over time, pews also became a status symbol as people had to pay a fee to rent a space in church for their family’s pew. The rich were able to secure the best locations in the sanctuary to place their more ornate pews, while the poor could only sit on simple rent-free pews that were placed right at the back. This was clearly an unbiblical practice (cf. James 2:2-4). Hence it was abolished in the 19th century when some campaigned vocally for free and open seating for all worshippers in church.

 

Why change our pews now? 

Our existing pews have served our congregation well for over 55 years. Originally made with woven rattan seats and back rests, they had been refurbished and repaired many times. Some of the smaller pews have been weakened by termite infestation.

Over the next few weeks you will see all our existing pews replaced with brand new ones. These are made of durable but light nyatoh wood, with a more comfortable seating design and a colour that matches the rest of the furniture in our church sanctuary.

       The replacement of the pews will also see a new seating plan in the ground floor of our sanctuary. The long pews along the side walls will be replaced with short pews (4-5 seats each) placed perpendicular to the walls. This will enable all worshippers except the choir to face the same direction during services. Space will be provided for wheelchairs next to the two side entrances.

The long pews flanking the centre aisle will be replaced with slightly shorter pews (8 seats each) so as to provide sufficient space for aisles between them and the round columns on both sides of the sanctuary. All the chairs at the back and sides of the sanctuary will be removed. This new plan will increase our sanctuary’s overall seating capacity by about 7%.

 

Do we need pew-warmers? 

Pew-warmers were used in temperate countries in times when church buildings had no no central heating. During each cold season worshippers would bring braziers filled with hot coals to church and place them in the pews where they sat. Each pew was enclosed on four sides to keep the heat within. Hence it was given the name, ‘pew’ which is derived from the Old French word puye which means ‘balcony’ – an enclosed platform.

       Pew-warmers are no longer needed, least of all in our tropical climate where we already have more than enough heat. However many churches today do have another kind of pew-warmer – people who attend worship services every Sunday, but not to hear or apply the Word of God to their lives. Some would sleep through the sermon and others would be deeply engrossed with their smartphones. Their lives remain unchanged and their church attendance serves no other apparent purpose than to keep the pews warm.

Let us not be pew-warmers. What the church needs today is not warm pews but warm hearts. The disciples who met Jesus on the road to Emmaus testified, “Did not our heart burn within us, while He talked with us by the way, and while He opened to us the scriptures?” (Luke 24:32) May our heart burn within us as we respond to the Lord with faith and obedience when He speaks to us through His Word!                                                                                   – Pastor 

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Christmas PROGRAMME

Life Church Christmas Gathering

23 Dec 2017 (Sat) at 10.00 am

 

Combined English Christmas Service

24 Dec 2017 (Sun) at 9.00 am

 

Christmas Carol Service (English & Chinese)

24 Dec 2017 (Sun) at 8.00 pm

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1) Bright Sparks Worship for children from 24 months to 3 years old will be held concurrently with the 11am worship service in FEK Room 1 (Green Doors). A short briefing for interested parents will be held on 17 Dec 2017 (Sunday), 12.30pm in FEK Room 1.

2) Catechism Class for Easter Baptism on 1 Apr 2018 commences on 17 Dec 2017 at Beulah Centre Room 2-1, 9.40 am. Please pre-register by emailing to church office or filling up the form available at the front counter. Closing date: TODAY.

3) Life B-P Church Calendar 2018. Please obtain a copy at the front counter.

4) The EDD is organising a Street Evangelism on

Saturday: 16th Dec & 23rd Dec 2017 - 7.00 pm

Please meet in front of ION Orchard.

5) ERBL Lectures (Jan-May 2018), 30-9.30pm. Mon: The Ten Commandments by Rev Charles Seet Thu : The Book of Romans by Rev Ho Chee Lai Lectures begin on 8 Jan 18. Please complete registration forms and place them in the box, together with payment.

Preaching appointment: Rev Seet at Indonesian Service, 4.00 pm. Rev Khoo at Life Chinese Service, 11.00 am.

 

 

Vision & Mission

 

To build a united church family that is committed to making disciples through Salvation, Sanctification and Service, to the glory of God.

Verse for the Week

January 21 & 28 - The Power of Prayer

Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James 5:16