CAC NEWS - December 2020
What a year 2020 has been! But this Christmas season, we have as much to give thanks for as past years. We rejoice with songs of praise and we gather to encourage this family of faith. May our worship be holy and acceptable to our Father. Hallelujah, for the God of Hope is in our midst. The Christ who was born to us is, indeed, coming again. Christmas greetings from CAC's newly elected Conference Officials and Board Chairs.

Pastor Ordination 2020

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At the 45th Session of the Chinese Annual Conference, we witnessed the ordination of Rev Bernard Chng, Rev Florence Ngu, Rev Wang Hai Bin, Rev Joshua Ong, Rev Lin Ming Zhong, Rev Nathanael Goh and Rev Patrick Lim as Deacons. Read on to see the pastors’ message on their ordination.

华人年议会第45届议会中共有7位传道接受按立成为副牧,他们是:庄俊勇牧师、吴晓宁牧师、王海斌牧师、王志翔牧师、林明忠牧师、吴俊强牧师及林国柱牧师。请于下阅读他们的按立感言。

Rev Bernard Chng 庄俊勇牧师
Growing up in the church, I’m inspired and blessed by many men and women of God. In 2009, I accepted God’s call to full time ministry. After some years of equipping and discerning my calling in the body of Christ, in 2017, I formally began my journey as a Methodist pastor in CAC. Ordination as a deacon affirms God’s call in my life. I’m grateful for His providential blessings, and indeed, God is faithful. I’m thankful for the encouragement and guidance I’ve received, that propels me to be a blessing to other people. It is my heart’s desire to participate more fully in the life of the Church and ordination is my commitment to a life of walking with Jesus, loving and serving as He did. I’m grateful for the support I’ve received from Lorraine and our 3 children, our family of origin and from the family of God, particularly in TA (Telok Ayer CMC). I’m also thankful for the college of pastors I belong to. It is a joy to walk this path with you, together as the body of Christ. To God be the glory.
Rev Florence Ngu 吴晓宁牧师
感谢主,今年被按立成副牧了。这个身份对我来说的确是战战兢兢的。第一次当牧师当然会害怕,但我相信那呼召并且拣选我的上帝必带领我到底。这也让我想起主对彼得说的那段话,也是当初我回应主的呼召的那段经文。主问彼得:你爱我吗?彼得说:主祢知道我爱祢。然后主就对彼得说:去牧养我的羊。今天当我重访这段经文时,我感觉上帝在叫我去把生命活出来。牧养就是成为群羊的榜样,帮助和引导弟兄姐妹去到上帝那里。作为牧师,我也一样在学习怎样作主的门徒。这几年我要特别感谢恩约堂给我很多的机会学习服侍和成长。我也特别感谢我的家人对我这个身份的肯定与支持。接下来我继续要跟众弟兄姐妹努力,一同为主的福音和上帝的国度来努力。上帝赐福大家。
Rev Wang Hai Bin 王海斌牧师
能够被按立为卫理公会的副牧,我的心里非常的感恩,因为我清楚知道这完全是出于上帝的拣选和恩典。祂常常拣选那些软弱、不配的人来服侍祂。在这里,我也要特别感谢我的母堂芽笼堂,以及我目前所服侍的盛港堂的牧者、领袖、弟兄姐妹们。谢谢你们一直以来的鼓励、关爱、代祷和帮助。我也要感谢我的家人,感谢你们一路以来的陪伴和支持。最后,恳请大家继续为我和我的家人代祷,让我能以一颗敬畏的心在主的恩典里忠心的服侍。阿门。
Rev Joshua Ong 王志翔牧师
我在2013年开始在大巴窑堂参与服侍。一直很感恩有这机会在去读神学之前,有那段服侍的时间,让我亲身见证与体会在教会全时间服侍当中的苦与乐。被按立了,心中当然充满感恩。感谢主一路上的带领,肯定我牧养的呼召。另外也看到自己当然必须更加努力,继续预备及装备自己去面对更多的挑战和服侍。最后我想感谢我的家人和妻子的陪伴与支持。我也要感谢我的母会大巴窑堂,让我有机会在当中服侍和学习,并且支持我接受神学教育;还有女皇镇堂的弟兄姐妹对我的接纳。还有许多需要成长和学习的地方,恳请大家,同工们,多多包涵。让我们一起在主里面学习和成长。
Rev Lin Ming Zhong 林明忠牧师
自从2014年我回应上帝的呼召,6年多来经过教会实习、神学院受训和教会的试用,终于来到按立副牧的时刻。我感谢上帝一路来的引领和供应,也感谢卫理公会北宣堂、巴耶利峇堂和直落亚逸堂的牧者、领袖和弟兄姐妹们的帮助和代祷。被按立为副牧,我认为这是一个再次奉献,重新委身的时候。我向主许愿:一次奉献,永不收回;尊主为大,至死忠心。我愿以基督的心为心,离恶行善,遵行上帝所设立的律例典章,作群羊的榜样,作主又忠心又良善的仆人,一生荣耀主的圣名。求主帮助我,也恳请大家继续为我代祷。谢谢大家。
Rev Nathanael Goh 吴俊强牧师
My pastoral journey began when I was 17/18, on a mission trip to Cambodia where I felt the call to full time ministry. Since then, it’s been a long and winding journey. I went on to become a youth worker, then went to Trinity Theological College and did some internship at Charis Methodist Church before I left for my Doctoral studies in Durham University. Now I’m back in Singapore for the last 3 years, serving at Seng Kang Methodist Church, and also being a part of the Chinese Annual Conference. I have 2 words to describe how I feel about being ordained: 1) GRATEFUL – to God, CAC, fellow clergy, leaders, SKMC and her members, my family, friends, and mentors who have been guiding me throughout all these years. 2) INTENSIFICATION – My good brother Rev Edmund Koh reminds me: Once a Deacon, Always a Deacon. No matter what you become as a pastor, the fundamental first ordination is to the diaconate. Reflecting on that has made me feel a sense of intensification of God’s call in my life, fundamentally oriented towards service for Christ and His kingdom. Thank you all for your love, support, affirmation. Let’s continue to serve God together joyfully until the day we are face to face with Him.
Rev Patrick Lim 林国柱牧师
感谢神!能被按立为副牧这一切都是神的恩典,我深感不配。今年正好是在芽笼堂举行,这对我个人具有特别的意义。我从小就在这间堂会,看到上帝一步一步的带领,透过教会帮助我成长。去年首次被委派就能够回到这里服侍和学习,我真的非常感恩。今年在樟宜堂服侍,我同样要谢谢樟宜堂的弟兄姐妹的支持和鼓励。被按立的心情是又喜乐,又战兢,所以我在这里请大家在祷告中记念我和我家人。靠主的恩典,让我们继续同心建立及扩展神属灵的家。谢谢。
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