24 May 2020
GCC Icon Service: 10:30AM
GCC Olympic Service: 11:00AM
Some safety measures to observe when coming to church:
a. Please wear a surgical mask throughout the service.
b. Please sanitise your hands before entering the worship hall.
c. Your temperature will be checked at the door.
d. We will sit in clusters of up to 8 persons. Please maintain a distance of 1.5 meters with other clusters.
Children’s Sunday School will resume at a later date. Children are urged to sit with parents in the mean time.
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Kevin Costner plays Ray Kinsella in the 1989 movie Field of Dreams. In the film Kinsella hears a voice telling him to build a baseball diamond in the middle of his corn field. Against all odds he goes along with the vision, experiences a miracle, and finds peace with his late father.
Similarly, in 445BC, Nehemiah was supernaturally guided – not by a made-up “voice” but a vision from the Father – to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem that had been destroyed 140 years earlier. Against the threat of hostile forces he mustered the help of fellow Jews for the daunting building project. In the end Nehemiah not only secured the perimeter of the Holy City but reestablished a community that lived in proper relationship with God.
Christians today live in troubled times, just like Nehemiah did. Opposing worldviews and declining morals have eroded the foundations of the Church. God said this of His people, “I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap….” (Ezekiel 22:30).
Are you willing to “stand in the gap” like Nehemiah? The sermon series will challenge us to live courageously amidst a world hostile to the gospel and employ principles of building a community of the faithful.
27 And at the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem they sought the Levites in all their places, to bring them to Jerusalem to celebrate the dedication with gladness, with thanksgivings and with singing, with cymbals, harps, and lyres. 28 And the sons of the singers gathered together from the district surrounding Jerusalem and from the villages of the Netophathites; 29 also from Beth-gilgal and from the region of Geba and Azmaveth, for the singers had built for themselves villages around Jerusalem. 30 And the priests and the Levites purified themselves, and they purified the people and the gates and the wall.
31 Then I brought the leaders of Judah up onto the wall and appointed two great choirs that gave thanks. One went to the south on the wall to the Dung Gate. 32 And after them went Hoshaiah and half of the leaders of Judah, 33 and Azariah, Ezra, Meshullam, 34 Judah, Benjamin, Shemaiah, and Jeremiah, 35 and certain of the priests' sons with trumpets: Zechariah the son of Jonathan, son of Shemaiah, son of Mattaniah, son of Micaiah, son of Zaccur, son of Asaph; 36 and his relatives, Shemaiah, Azarel, Milalai, Gilalai, Maai, Nethanel, Judah, and Hanani, with the musical instruments of David the man of God. And Ezra the scribe went before them. 37 At the Fountain Gate they went up straight before them by the stairs of the city of David, at the ascent of the wall, above the house of David, to the Water Gate on the east.
38 The other choir of those who gave thanks went to the north, and I followed them with half of the people, on the wall, above the Tower of the Ovens, to the Broad Wall, 39 and above the Gate of Ephraim, and by the Gate of Yeshanah, and by the Fish Gate and the Tower of Hananel and the Tower of the Hundred, to the Sheep Gate; and they came to a halt at the Gate of the Guard. 40 So both choirs of those who gave thanks stood in the house of God, and I and half of the officials with me; 41 and the priests Eliakim, Maaseiah, Miniamin, Micaiah, Elioenai, Zechariah, and Hananiah, with trumpets; 42 and Maaseiah, Shemaiah, Eleazar, Uzzi, Jehohanan, Malchijah, Elam, and Ezer. And the singers sang with Jezrahiah as their leader. 43 And they offered great sacrifices that day and rejoiced, for God had made them rejoice with great joy; the women and children also rejoiced. And the joy of Jerusalem was heard far away.
44 On that day men were appointed over the storerooms, the contributions, the firstfruits, and the tithes, to gather into them the portions required by the Law for the priests and for the Levites according to the fields of the towns, for Judah rejoiced over the priests and the Levites who ministered. 45 And they performed the service of their God and the service of purification, as did the singers and the gatekeepers, according to the command of David and his son Solomon. 46 For long ago in the days of David and Asaph there were directors of the singers, and there were songs of praise and thanksgiving to God. 47 And all Israel in the days of Zerubbabel and in the days of Nehemiah gave the daily portions for the singers and the gatekeepers; and they set apart that which was for the Levites; and the Levites set apart that which was for the sons of Aaron.