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Next Worship Service

Sunday 19 January 2020
2nd Sunday after Epiphany

The EM Choir will offer a song during the service .

Preacher: Pastor Stephen Lakkis
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:1–9
Title: “Being Holy”

Join us for tea, coffee, and snacks during our fellowship time after the service!

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EM Announcements

HOMELESS MINISTRY OUTREACH: 19th Jan
The EM Homeless Ministry team will hold their outreach activity on 19th January after the service. Meet our team at 13:00 on the 7th floor to prepare. Contact Homeless Team leader Raymond for further information by email: hongweitam@gmail.com

*** NO EM SERVICE on 26 JANUARY ***
There will be no EM service on 26 January due to the Lunar New Year break. Our services will start again the following Sunday 2 February.

ART EXHIBITION AND OUTING: 5 & 16 Feb

To celebrate UN World Interfaith Harmony Week the EM is partnering with the Museum of World Religions to host an exhibition of art by refugee children. The exhibition opens on Wednesday 5 February with a reception and discussion from 13:30–15:30. There will be an EM outing to the exhibition on Sunday 16 February after service. This is a free event.

SMALL GROUP NEWS
– “SCC” Fellowship Group (Every 1st and 4th Sundays after the service, Rm 702);
– “Young Professionals Group“ (Fridays, 7:30 pm, Rm 702).
– AA Women’s Group meets Mondays, 7:00 pm, Rm 702. For details,
call 0976-572-312 or contact EM Secretary Yvette at: emcaresforyou@gmail.com
– AA Open Meeting “Upon Awakening” meets Tuesdays 9:00 am, Rm 1101. For details call Dan 0909-730-809

Bible Verse for the Week


Titus 2:11
“For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.”


Weekly Reflection: 12–18 Jan 2019

Devotional texts follow the SLPC Bible Reading Schedule. If you would like a copy of the reading schedule, please contact our EM Secretary Yvette at emcaresforyou@gmail.com
Devotionals for previous weeks can be found in our Devotionals Archive.

God shows no favouritism
Mark 7:24–37

We often divide people up into those who are our friends and those who aren’t; we then treat both groups very differently. When our friends need something we are happy to help. But when others want something from us we turn away, pretend not to hear, or find reasons not to help. While, sadly, it’s normal for us to behave this way, the good news is that Jesus doesn’t act this way at all.
This surprised Jesus’s disciples. They expected Jesus just to help Jews and Israelites. But Jesus shows his disciples (and the world) that he is here to love and care for everyone regardless of whether they are Jews or non-Jews, men or women, young or old.
In Mark 7, a woman comes to beg Jesus for help to heal her young girl. But the woman and her sick daughter weren’t Jewish. To Jewish men, foreign Gentile females counted as nobodies, and they were treated no better than filthy dogs. Jesus indeed calls the woman a dog! It shocks us to hear the disgusting way Jesus talks to this worried mother – but I don’t think it would have shocked Jesus’s disciples. If anything, they may have wondered why Jesus even bothered talking to this woman at all. But maybe Jesus talks to the woman in this harsh way to teach his own disciples an important lesson about their own bad behaviour.
The disciples were raised in a culture that treated foreigners and non-believers like rubbish, looking down on them as if they were worthless and disgusting. But in Jesus’s brief discussion with this woman he shows the disciples how wise this foreign woman is, and how great her faith is. And in front of the disciples Jesus allows this foreign woman to win the argument and change his mind! It’s no wonder that the disciples remembered this brief but amazing encounter and wrote it down for us to remember today.
Here in this story Jesus starts to teach the disciples an important lesson that they don’t fully grasp until after the resurrection. It’s a truth that Peter finally understands only in Acts 10:34, and a truth that Paul proclaims to the world in Romans 2:11. That wonderful truth is that “God does not show favouritism.”
Christ loves you and me regardless of our backgrounds, our histories, and even regardless of our sins! Indeed it was while we were still sinners that Jesus loved us and died for us (Romans 5:8). We sinful human beings show favouritism. But the wonderful news of Christ is that he doesn’t show favouritism at all. He loves you and me and the whole world.

With blessings for the new year,
Pastor Stephen Lakkis