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Scripture Memory: The Godly Woman.
VERSE : Proverbs 31:30 
“Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.”

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

12 May 2013
8 am Worship Service:
Rev Quek Keng Khwang (If Not for Mothers..., 2 Tim 1:5)
1045am Worship Service:
Dn Lee Hock Chin (If Not for Mothers..., 2 Tim 1:5)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Rev Colin Wong (Why Did Christ Send the Holy Spirit? Jn 16:5-15)

19 May 2013
8 am Worship Service:
Eld Sherman Ong (Victory through Patient Endurance, Jas 5:7-11)
1045am Worship Service:
Rev Colin Wong (Victory through Patient Endurance, Jas 5:7-11)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Rev Charles Seet (Christ, Taken Up into Heaven, Acts 1:8-11)

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MOTHER’S DAY
by Elder George Foong

Today is Mother’s Day – a special day dedicated to honouring mothers and celebrated by people in many parts of the world. This day brings much joy and broad smiles to people in the retail and food establishments as gift items fly off the shelves and long queues form outside restaurants. The constant ringing of cash registers is like music to their ears.

As Christians, this ought to bring to remembrance the 5th commandment given by God in Exodus 20:12 –  “Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.”

Indeed we must never forget to honour father and mother and to give them our utmost respect.

The Origin of Mother’s Day

Actually this day has a heathenistic origin going way back to the era of ancient Greeks and Romans when the day was marked by the honour and worship of their goddesses. The earliest history of Mother’s Day dates back to the ancient annual spring festival when the Greeks dedicated that day as the occasion to honour Rhea, the mother of many deities of Greek mythology.

The ancient Romans also celebrated a spring festival called Hilaria dedicated to honouring a mother goddess called Cybele. This began some 250 years before the birth of Christ.

The early Catholics celebrated a Mother’s Day of sorts during the festival on the fourth Sunday of Lent in honour of Mary, the Mother of Christ. In England, this holiday was expanded to include all mothers and was called Mothering Sunday, when children brought gifts and flowers to pay tribute to their mothers. 

The custom of celebrating Mother’s Day died out almost completely by the 19th century but was revived after World War II by American servicemen.

Mother’s Day in the sense as we celebrate it today, was largely due to the efforts of a lady, Anna Jarvis, in the USA. For this she was known as the Founder or Mother of Mother’s Day. Anna was never married. She had no children. Being a filial daughter she spent many years looking after her sick mother; thus she chose to remain a spinster. Anna loved her mother dearly and when the latter died in May 1905, she was greatly grieved. She never forgot her mother’s expressed desire that someday all mothers must be honoured and tribute paid to them for all the sacrifices and contributions they had made. In fact Anna herself was aware of the negligent attitude of children towards their mothers. They had failed to appreciate all that mother had done for them. This observation together with her resolve to fulfill her mother’s desire, moved Anna, together with her supporters to write letters to people in positions of power and authority to lobby for a Mother’s Day holiday, in recognition of mothers. Her hard work paid off and on 8 May 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a Joint Resolution declaring the 2nd Sunday of May as Mother’s Day. Today, Mother’s Day is observed and celebrated in many parts of the world though the day varies from country to country.

On this special day, let us all honour and remember mothers.

Remembering Mothers

Mothers – what will we do without these very special people in our lives? Mother’s ordeal begins from the time of conception. First she had to deal with nausea and vomiting, the result of morning sickness. Then in the later months she had to suffer loss of sleep mainly due to our sudden movements when inside her womb. Then she had to endure the severe labour pains for hours and finally the agonizing pain giving birth to us. In our helpless state she had to feed us, clean and bathe us and wash the soiled nappies. O, how tenderly she cared for us.

In fact her role is not unlike the virtuous woman described in Proverbs 31:10-31. She is a woman of strength, made strong by wisdom, grace and the fear of God. Her price is indeed far above rubies. She is aware of the many duties and responsibilities of motherhood and performs them well.

She is a loving wife to father. She knows his mind and submits herself to his will and rule. She speaks no evil against him, protects his honour and reputation, doing him good and not evil all the days of her life. She conducts herself in such ways as to gain the full trust and confidence of father who in turn leaves her to manage the household.

She does not eat the bread of idleness by lazing around in bed in the mornings. Knowing that a mother’s work is never done, she gets up early, prepares breakfast, sends us off to school, cleans and tidies the house, washes and irons our clothes. Then she is off to the market to buy food for the table. Being careful with her money, she only buys things that are needed. She does not spend on non-essentials, saving what is left for future use. She sees that our school work is done, and is ever ready to give a helping hand when necessary. When we fall sick, she cares for us, when we throw temper tantrums she bears patiently with us and instructs us on good Christian conduct and conversation. She is also our comforter and counselor in times of sadness and discouragement.

At times, she has to find work in order to help with household expenses. All these she does willingly and cheerfully with much joy and gladness confirming the words in Proverbs 31:27-28: “She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.”

Thank God for mothers.

What we are today is largely due to the efforts and sacrifices of mother. Yet many have taken their mothers for granted and have failed to appreciate what they have done for them. These are ungrateful people who truly deserve the wrath of God.

So to all our dear mothers who have provided for us, protected and supported us, nurtured, disciplined and instructed us we say a big “Thank You.” Let us always show our appreciation and love for them.

Some ways to show our love for mother.

1)     Love her verbally. Tell her that you love her dearly and are grateful for all that she has done for you.

2)     Love her physically. Hug her and kiss her – perhaps even give her a good rub and massage.

3)     Love her attentively. Remember she had always paid attention to your woes and sorrows as you poured out your heart to her. It is now your turn to give her a sympathetic ear as she tells you all her fears and anxiety as age catches up with her. Do not dismiss what she say as rubbish but listen attentively and reassure her with words of comfort.

4)     Love her patiently. She had been very patient with you and had taken good care of you without complaining and without pay. Now it is time you take care of her and see that all her needs are met. Do not complain when doing chores for her or take her for medical appointments. If she does or say eccentric things, bear patiently with her. Do not rebuke her.

5)     Love her generously. Remember the personal sacrifices she made when providing for us. She was careful not to splurge on herself. Now you must be generous towards her. Make sure she has enough resources to splurge on herself occasionally. Take her for meals and holidays. Spend time with her.

6)     Love her honourably. Remember to honour mother always. Never talk evil of her, scold or talk down to her. Treat her with utmost respect.

May God help us that on this Mother’s Day and everyday we may remember mother, and cherish memories of her love, her devotion, her labours for us and all the sacrifices she made for us. Let us honour her, love her and never say we are too busy for her. Love her while we still have her with us so that when she leaves us, we will have no regrets.

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Vacation Bible School 2013 
(5-7 June, Wed to Fri)

"Happiness is the Lord!" (Luke 15:10)

Registration for N2-P4 children closes today (12th May).

Teachers and Assistant Teachers are needed. Please avail yourself to serve (Titus 3:8). 
Registration forms are available at the front of the Sanctuary. Registration may also be done online at www.lifebpc.com/vbs. Sign up now!  
CONTACT: Russell Indran at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 9188-9980.
Note: VBS Staff briefing for all helpers on 19 May 2013, 12.30pm to 3pm (packet lunch provided at Old Chinese Service Hall). Attendance is compulsory. Note: VBS Staff briefing at MPH for all helpers on 19 May 2013, 12.30pm to 3pm (lunch provided). Attendance is compulsory.

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ERBL SEMINAR

The Art and Science of Understanding the Bible by 
Dr Edward Paauwe


24-29 June 2013 (Mon-Sat)

8.30 am-1.00 pm (Mon - Fri)
7.30 pm-9.30 pm  (Mon, Wed, Thu & Fri)

Details are available at www.lifebpc.com.
Complete registration forms and place them in the box, together with payment.

Closing date: 15 May 13.

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2013 Combined B-P Youth Conference
Friday, 24 May 13. 9.15am-4pm. Beulah Centre. 
"The Crossroad" by Rev Mathews Abraham.

Lunch will be provided. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.http://tinyurl.com/bpyouth2013.

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1) Scripture Memory Verse Review No. 2. The deadline for submitting the written review is today.

2) Girls’ Brigade ministry: Come for this Tuesday’s prayer meeting (8:00 pm, Chinese service hall) to learn more about the Girls’ Brigade company that we have started to sponsor and how you can be involved in it.

3) Church Camp Registration Office will be opened from next Sunday 19 May over next 4 Sundays for camp fees payment.  Location will be at FEK Resource Room.  You should have received email on payment fees.

4) Catechism Class for Anniversary 2013 Baptism will commence on 7 Jul 13, 9.30 am at Rm 5-4, Beulah Centre. Those seeking baptism, reaffirmation of faith and transfer of membership must attend the Catechism Class.

5) Our condolences to Elder Ng Beng Kiong and family on the homegoing of his mother, Mdm Yiap Geok Choo, 78yrs,  on 7 May 13. 

Preaching appointment: Rev Wong at Evening Svc, 6.00 pm.

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

December 3 & 10 - Holy Living

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