I am pleased to inform you that we have completed Phase 1 of our Church Review and Consultation, facilitated by Rev’d Dr Philip Huan of Church Life Resources. Rev’d Dr Philip Huan will be starting Phase 2 of the Review soon. In Phase 2, the findings and recommendations of Phase 1 will now be shared with our various ministry heads. During this process, ministry heads will be able to discuss these findings and recommendations and also give their feedback so that a consensus can be obtained that will form the roadmap for the recovery and renewal of COA’s vision for the coming years.
At the end of Phase 2, we will then move to the final part of our church review, which is to involve all our church members in various townhall meetings. By doing so, we hope to engage each and every COA member so that everyone will come on board and own the collective roadmap and vision for our Church in the coming years.
Our Old Testament Bible is basically the history of Israel; we find that at every critical juncture when God was about to do something new, Israel went through a time of reflection of its past in order to receive God’s new vision for the future. These events were called ‘’Covenant Renewals’’ where, at the end of the review, the Israelites recommitted themselves afresh to God through the renewal of the Covenant with repentance, worship and sacrifice. One of these key events was the renewal conducted by Joshua with the 12 tribes as they were about to cross the River Jordan into the Promised Land. These Covenant Renewals happened at every important points in the lives of the kings of Israel; they were the milestones of Israel’s history and engagement with God. After every covenant renewal, Israel was able to move forward with new strength and energy to do and complete what God wanted to do with them at that time. It was through these covenant renewals, which involved everyone from the kings to the ordinary people, that God was able to keep Israel pure and focused on its calling, namely, to enable the Messiah, Jesus Christ to be born as an Israelite into the world. We Gentiles are now blessed with the free gift of salvation because by God’s grace, God periodically renewed His covenant with Israel throughout its long history.
COA is now in the middle phase of our ‘’covenant renewal’’ process. God is once again calling us to be faithful, to renew our strength and refresh our vision as we come to our 70th anniversary. Thus renewed, we will be able to be used by Him to do great things in our St Andrew’s Village, in Potong Pasir and in the new township of Bidadari, and beyond!
May God keep us united and bless us all as we seek to recommit our lives to Him as individuals and collectively as the Church of the Ascension, Amen.
If you have any queries or inputs regarding the church review, please feel free to speak to our wardens or email the honorary secretary.