25 Dec

A Very Migrant Christmas

Theme: Be Among My People
Date:
25 Dec 2022

As Singapore learns to live with Covid-19, so do the migrant workers living and working on our shores. With the lifting of restrictions in dormitories, our community is now back to a more vibrant environment where we embrace multi-cultures and nationalities. We need to display Christ’s love in a tangible manner as we live among the nations.

So let’s bring A Very Migrant Christmas (AVMC) alive this Christmas! Get involved as a zone, CG, family, or individual in the following ways: 

  1. Sponsor Individually Wrapped Presents
    (Target: 1,000 presents, Currently Pledged: 700)

    Sign up and confirm the number of presents you are sponsoring.

    Each present should cost less than $12 and may consist of a few items to meet the cost (please refer to the list below). Wrap the items as Christmas presents and send them to WDL Centre, B2 Carpark Allocation Slot by 18 Dec 2022.

    • T-shirt/shorts/sports wear (M/L size)
    • Backpack / Haversack
    • Full set of Face/Bathing towel
    • Water bottle
    • Badminton rackets (a pair)
    • Slippers (M or L size)
    • Others essential items
  2. Sponsor Care Packs
    (Target: 1,000 care packs, Currently Pledged: 850

    Sign up and confirm the number of care pack items you are sponsoring.

    Purchase and deliver the items to WDL Centre, B2 Carpark Allocation Slot by 15 Dec 2022.

    Note: You do not need to purchase the bags to pack as the committee will order bags for packing by volunteers on 17/18 Dec.

    Each care pack should consist of the following items:

    • A box of 50 pieces disposable masks
    • A pack of 2-in-1 coffee (20-30 sachets in a pack, any brand)
    • A box/tube/bar of biscuits or chocolate snacks (any brand/flavour)
    • An oral hygiene set (1 large toothpaste & 1 toothbrush)
  3. Sponsor Game Prizes as a CG
    (Target: 120 Game Prizes) 

    Sign up and confirm the number of game prizes your CG is sponsoring.

    Purchase and wrap each prize and deliver the items to WDL Centre, B2 Carpark Allocation Slot by 18 Dec 2022.

    • 60 sets of earpieces
    • 60 sets of shavers
  4. Serve with Us

    AVMC Bangladeshi at ST Lodge | 25 Dec, 12pm – 4pm
    AVMC Chinese at WDL Centre | 25 Dec, 3pm – 7pm
    AVMC Tamil at ACKCentre | 25 Dec, 6pm – 10pm

    a. Off-site prayer intercessors to pray for AVMC events.

    b. AV support in the following areas:

    • Sound
    • Lights
    • Visual
    • Video
    • Camera

    c. Christmas Serving Team (SST)

    • 10 for AVMC Bangladeshi
    • 35 for AVMC Chinese
    • 15 for AVMC Tamil

    Roles available:

    • Ushers / Befrienders
    • Bus / Coach IC
    • Transport (those who own vehicles and are able to drive)
    • Set-up / Decoration
    • F&B

    d. Pack care packs as a CG (2 CGs required)

    Register here today! Registration for volunteers closes on 10 Dec or when roles are filled up.

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Daily Devo

Daily Devotional Journal

Scripture:
1 Thessalonians 4:11-17; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-11
Tue, 29 November 2022

1-2 Thessalonians Revisited: Expecting the Parousia*

Observation:

What is the order of the significant eschatological events that we can
construct from these two texts?

Deeper Reflection
OUT OF THE EIGHT CHAPTERS IN 1 AND 2 THESSALONIANS, the Second Coming of Christ is mentioned in seven.45 This strong eschatological emphasis is a discipleship call to eschatological living with eschatological consciousness.We can construct the order of the significant eschatological events from the two letters. Since Paul’s time until today “the mystery of lawlessness” has been “at work” (2 Thess 2:7). Behind this visible “mystery of lawlessness” is the yet to appear invisible “man of lawlessness” – the antichrist (2 Thess 2:3). The end-times is marked by “lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold” (Matt 24:12), and the activities of “many false prophets”, behind which is “the spirit of the antichrist” (1 Jn 4:1, 3). Then comes “the apostasy” (2 Thess 2:3a) – the falling away from the faith, as “the Spirit explicitly says” will happen “in the later times” (1 Tim 4:1). And “the man of lawlessness” will appear and come into the church and try to take control of the church by carrying out further deception in it that will lead many to fall away from the faith.46 Then eventually “the coming of the Lord”, when Christ will “descend from heaven”, and “the dead in Christ will rise first”, “to meet the Lord” together with the alive believers who will be raptured and “we will always be with the Lord” (1 Thess 4:15-17).What is eschatologically most critical is that we do not fall away from the faith. We must then diligently know the truth, live faithfully by the truth and cling steadfastly to the truth. “Your Word is truth” (Jn 17:17).
44 Parousia: Greek for “coming”, and it is used as a theological term for Christ’s Second Coming (see Matt 24:3, 27, 37, 39) 45 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 2:19; 3:13; 4:13-18; 5:1-11, 23; 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10; 2:1-11 46 G. K. Beale, 210
Application:

What does it mean for me to live my life eschatologically?

Prayer:
Write a prayer to God as your response from your meditation on and application of the Scriptures.
Prayer Pointers:
  • Give thanks and praise
  • Pray for pastors and staff: To minister to people with eschatological hope
  • Pray for significant people
  • Pray for those in need
  • Pray for self

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