A Thanksgiving In Remembrance
12/13 DECEMBER 2020 | TRADITIONAL AND PRAYER & PRAISE SERVICES
Rev Benjamin Lee
Scripture Passage: Phil 1:3-11 (NIV)
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Summary | Thankfully remembering, praying for Wesleyans’ future and partnership in the gospel.
The Philippian church was a thriving church, passionate about things of God, and was being fondly remembered with thanksgiving by Paul, who was greatly encouraged that their joint labour had not been in vain.
Remembering fondly – Paul used ‘you’, and ‘your’ 11 times in 8 verses. He yearned for them with Christ’s love. Similarly, Rev. Benjamin remembers his first warm welcome at Wesley by two dear ladies, the Alpha committees, Acts 2 Church campaign, Christmas gatherings, one-on-one meetings, couples he married, home-bound visits, wherein double breakfasts and lunches were common, retreats, prayer services, Wesley Day Of Prayer, Wesley @ Cathay with 6.30am and 8.30am pre-church meetings, carols by candlelight, Christmas at the Fort, and Zumba! A wealth of memories, every single one remembered with fondness and love.
Praying for Wesleyans’ future – God began a good work and will bring it to completion. May God’s love abound more and more so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless, filled with the fruit of righteousness through Jesus Christ to the glory and praise of God.
Partnership in the gospel and by God’s grace – Essentially, loving God, one another, our neighbours. In the 1950’s, a group called ‘homemakers’, started in Wesley. One couple, Dr and Mrs Robert Loh, began there, and moved to widespread community work, impacting many spheres of influence in Singapore. Since then many generations of Wesleyans have also carried the partnership work with the church forward.
Finally, we pray for fond remembrance of all friends, partnership in Christ’s love, mutual love which abounds more and more, for knowledge with discernment, and excellence filled with the fruit of righteousness.
(Sermon Notes by Kwun Pillai)
PONDER | REFLECTION QUESTIONS
1. What do you think Paul meant when he said the Philippian church were in “Partnership in the Gospel” with him?
2. Why do you think Paul said they were “Partakers of God’s grace” together?
3. In what ways have you (and/or your small group) been in “partnership in the gospel” and “partakers of God’s grace” in 2020?
4. How can you (and/or your small group) be in “partnership in the gospel” and “partakers of God’s grace” in 2021?
5. Write a prayer of thanksgiving/blessing for someone (perhaps in your family or small group) as a Christmas blessing to them this coming week.