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Scripture Memory: Cheerful Service
VERSE : Psalm 100:2 
“Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.”

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

11 May 2014
8 am & 1045am Worship Service
Eld Lim Teck Chye (O Woman, Great is Thy Faith, Mt 15:22-28)
6:00 pm Evening Service
Eld Sherman Ong (Ephesus-The Loveless Church, Rev 2:1-7)

18 May 2014
8 am & 1045am Worship Service
Eld Chin Hoong Chor (Cast thy Burden Upon the Lord, Ps 55:1-23)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Mr Joel Seah (Smyrna – The Persecuted Church, Rev 2:8-11)

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MESSAGE FOR MOTHER’S DAY

Remembrance is the hallmark of gratitude! Nothing is more hurtful than feeling forgotten. As we observe Mother’s Day today, the Chinese idiom 饮水思源 is very apt. For our English speaking reader, this idiom means that when you drink water, remember to think of its source – don’t forget its origin.  

Mothers are God’s means to bring us into this world. It therefore pleases the Lord for us to remember our mothers and to pay tributes of love and honour to them for their selfless love for their children. They toiled and nursed us through childhood and love us even unto old age. This relationship is inseparable. Mothers are honoured because their children are their first thought and care. They are the ones to cheer us in our successes and console us in our defeats. Who can measure the pains, sacrifices, heartaches and tears of the mother who prays and cares for her children?

Origin of Mother’s Day

Did you know that Mother’s Day was first celebrated some 106 years ago on Sunday, May 10, 1908 at Andrews Church, Philadelphia USA?

It was Miss Jarvis who got the idea of having a day set aside when men and women throughout the nation would pay special honours to their mothers. Anna Jarvis was 10 when her mother, Mrs Ann Reeves Jarvis, died on the second Sunday in May, 1905. During that time her mother laid plans to set aside a day in honour of the mothers of the world but never lived to see her work completed. Anna carried this memory on.

In 1907, Miss Jarvis invited some friends to her home in Philadelphia to commemorate the anniversary of her mother’s death and announced plans to make Mother’s Day a national observance on the second Sunday in May. Next, Miss Jarvis wrote to the superintendent of Andrews Sunday School, with the suggestion the church celebrate a Mother’s Day in honour of her mother. On Sunday, May 10, 1908, the first Mother’s Day church service was held at Andrews Church. This marked the celebration of the first Mother’s Day.

Celebrating Mother’s Day

Miss Jarvis and her beloved mother remind us of another pair of daughter and mother: Lois and Eunice (2 Tim 1:5). They were women of unfeigned faith. We thank God for raising mortal women to moot the noble idea of remembering the gift of mothers from our Creator on Mother’s Day.

Yes, while we welcome the institution of Mother’s Day, is it not more commendable to remember our mothers every day, and not reserve our roses, gifts and special meals for one day in the year? There are many lonely, almost forgotten mothers, finding it hard to make ends meet, whose long days would be considerably brightened if only thoughtless, ungrateful children would remember their obligations to those who gave them life. It is heart-wrenching but true that many children have abandoned their elderly parents at old folks homes or nursing homes as reported in the local papers. The Bible warns us that “if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel” (1 Tim 5:8).

Let Mother’s Day bring happiness where it can, and let it turn the key of loving remembrance upon the cherished days of the past. Observers of this day who have a living mother to honour are truly blessed, for the opportunity still remains for them to show their filial piety and appreciation that she deserves. So let those who have living mothers treasure them while they are still with you. Don’t live with regrets!

Observers of this day who only have the memory of a mother can know the richness and beauty and comfort of it by calling back the memory and cherishing it, which fulfils the faith of the one who gave them life. Let’s not stop here but continue to show our filial piety and love to all the elderly so that it may be said that our religion is pure and undefiled before God (Jas 1:26).

Exhortation for Mothers & Mothers-to-be

The aspect that must be stressed on Mother’s Day is that God created woman to “multiply and replenish the earth…and God saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good.” (Gen 1:28; 31). To mothers, then, is “the privilege of populating God’s perfect creation with beings whose hearts were to be in full harmony with the thoughts of God who would in all their activities reflect the glory of their Creator, and who would in perfect bliss and holiness live on forever.”

Alas, when our first mother yielded to the seductive voice of Satan, motherhood came under the blight of God’s curse! (Gen 3:16). Yet immediately after the fall of Eve, there came the first prophecy and promise of an event which would again hallow motherhood (Gen 3:15). Through grace, every woman bearing a child can rejoice in the fact that the babe of her heart is a manifestation of divine mercy and privilege. As the result of Calvary, motherhood has been sanctified and through the acceptances of the merits of Christ, the Son of Mary, women can bring into the world those over whom God has yearned from all eternity, and whose salvation He planned.

One of the most magnificent features of God’s work of Creation was the power He gave to all creatures to reproduce after their own kind, a fact adverse to the theory of evolution. Parenthood, then, is God’s plan for a constantly growing and developing world, and every time a new life is brought into being, God as the Creator, is magnified (Ps 139:13-14). Yet, it is still true that children are a gracious gift from God, as the psalmist reminds us.

“Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them” (Ps 127:3-5).

However, Christian mothers, together with the fathers, are responsible for sending forth into a sinful world their children who will become the salt of the earth and permeate the world with the Christian faith. Mothers are, or were meant to be, the chief soul-moulders, character-constructors, God’s recruiting agents for the eternal realms of heaven. Both mothers and fathers are richly blessed of the Lord when they can approach the throne of grace praying in true sincerity,

With joy we bring them, Lord, 
Devoting them to Thee,
Imploring, that, as we are Thine,
Thine may our offspring be.

Exhortation for Children – Let’s Do It!

Loving and honouring our parents, especially mothers, must not only be in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth (1 Jn 3:18). I would therefore like to suggest that we put our love in action using the acronym of Mother.

M - Making her happy. I was told that mothers are easily pleased with just a little token or gesture of appreciation her children give to her. A kind word or a sincere thought goes a long way to brighten her day. Although we are living in a digital age, try not to tweet, whatsapp or sms when you can verbalize or express your thoughts and desires to your mum. Nothing beats a personal sincere touch!

O - Obeying her. “Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice” (1 Sam 15:22) holds true for obedience to our mother as well. Mother yearns for her children to obey her because she cares for them. But oftentimes, children would treat her constant reminders as naggings. Do what she asks and remember: Mum is always trying to help and bring you up right.

T - Thanking her. O how many children have broken the heart of their mother by their ingratitude and thoughtless words! They treat their mum as a God-given coolie/maid. Many acts of love and kindness are often taken for granted. “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1 Thess 5:18).

H - Helping her. Many a mum is a working mother nowadays. After a long tiring day, she still has to do the household chores so that her children can concentrate on their study or work. Helping mum to do the daily chores is what you should do and doing your share (such as making your own bed and returning the dish to the basin) is the least to say. How true the saying, “Many hands make light work!” O how many mums have lamented that their children would not lift a hand to help! Why?

E - Encouraging her. Does it surprise you that mum needs encouragement too? Some mothers may be super-mums but they are human after all! They have ups and downs and a tender word of encouragement would quickly charge her up to her original unquenchable energetic state to provide and care for the family.

R - Rewarding her. Rewards do not necessarily have to be expensive gifts and luxury travel. Being generous with your hugs and kisses are the best rewards that mum cherishes. Speaking well and praising mum are simple forms of reward. “Her children arise up, and called her blessed” (Prov 31:28).

The list can go on and on. Note that I have intentionally chosen to use verbs in present continuous tense to suggest that these actions are to be done continuously and not sporadically. God blesses our homes when we respect our mothers with words, attitudes, and actions. The command to honour thy mother is not a suggestion, and there are no exceptions. Her character or effectiveness as a parent is not the issue. If we have not done so, why not start today?

A Little Story to Appreciate Mothers

Someone once told this little story:

“When I was a kid, Mum liked to make food for dinner and I remember one night in particular when she had made dinner after a long, hard day at work. On that evening, Mum placed a plate of bread, jam and extremely burnt biscuits in front of my dad. I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed! Yet, all my dad did was reach for his biscuit, smiled at my Mum and asked me how my day was at school.

I don’t remember what I told dad that night, but I do remember hearing my Mum apologize to my dad for burning the biscuits. And I’ll never forget what he said: “Honey, I love burnt biscuits.”

Later that night, I went to kiss Daddy good night and I asked him if he really liked his biscuits burnt. He wrapped me in his arms and said, “Your Mum had a long hard day at work today and she’s really tired. And besides…a burnt biscuit never hurt anyone, but harsh words do!”

You know, life is full of imperfect things…and imperfect people. I’m not the best. What I’ve learnt over the years is that learning to accept each other’s faults and choosing to celebrate each other’s differences is one of the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing and lasting relationship.

So…please pass me a biscuit. And yes, the burnt one will do just fine! And please pass this along to someone who has enriched your life…I just did!

Conclusion

Life is too short to wake up with regrets. Live it well as it has an expiry date! Be different for Christ; love the people who treat you right and have compassion for the ones who don’t. Honour your awesome loving Mummy who has such a busy life and through all of that, she still makes extra special effort to be a loving and good caring Mummy. God bless all mothers. Amen

                          —In His Service, Eld Chia Ah Lak

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Vacation Bible School 2014: 
“A whale of a time!” (Jonah 2:9)

Dates: 4th to 6th June (Wed to Fri)

Last day of registration today for all P1-P4 children only. Registration is closed for N2-K2 children.

Teachers, assistant teachers & logistics/games helpers are needed. Please avail yourself to serve (Titus 3:8).

Registration forms for children and helpers are available at the front of the Sanctuary. Registration may also be done online at www.lifebpc.com/vbs. Sign up today!

CONTACT: Russell Indran at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 9188-9980.

IMPORTANT note for all Staff: VBS Staff briefing at MPH for all helpers on 18 May 2014, 12.30pm to 3pm (lunch provided at old Chinese Service Hall). Attendance is compulsory.

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1) Scripture Memory Verse Review No. 2. Please submit by today.

2) Life B-P Church Camp, 16-19 June 2014 at Awana Genting, West Malaysia.  Registration forms are also available at the front entrance for those who have no internet access. Love gifts to defray the cost are welcome. Registration closes on Sunday, 18 May.           

Church Camp Registration Office will be opened from next Sunday, 18 May over next 4 Sundays for camp fees payment.  Location will be at FEK Resource Room.  You will receive via email on the fees payment in the coming week.

Preaching appointment: Rev Seet at Maranatha BPC, 10.45am. Rev Wong at Olivet BPC, 9.30 am. Rev Quek at Filipina Worship, 10.45am.

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

October 15 & 22 - The Cost of Discipleship

For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. Matthew 16:25