|This week’s theme: “The mask of death”
Scripture Readings for this week:
Old Testament: Exekiel 37:1-14*
Psalms: Psalm 130*
Book of Acts: Romans 8:6-11*
Gospel: John 11:1-45*
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Pastor Chee introduces this week’s theme:
Two years back, who would have thought that a virus could bring so much misery upon us? It was certainly the worst of times. The spread of the virus resulted in a host of measures to curb its momentum. Some of these measures albeit withdrawn or lessened are still practiced.
What are some measures that you still observe? There are good reasons for doing so, for some of us.
One of these measures is to wear a mask. The idea behind it is that we do not transmit the virus to others and also do not catch it ourselves. The masks can be usable or non-reusable. Some are sophisticated and some are beautifully made.
I was standing outside a bank not too long ago waiting for it to open. I happen to notice a notice on its glass wall. It was an instruction to people not to wear a helmet or a mask to enter the bank. I do not think that banks are following up on this.
Lazarus was wrapped up before being placed in the tomb. As it had been several days before Jesus arrived, someone commented it will rather unpleasant to open up the tomb. It would have been good that the crowd that gathered that day had masks on. No matter, dead Lazarus was wrapped up. He had a mask on. It was the mask of death.
Behind that mask, is what death looked like. Do we unmask it? Only Jesus could have the courage to have Lazarus unmasked.
The question is – what do our masks hide? Would like Jesus to unmask it for you?
Come this Sunday as we join together to worship the person who still unmasks death.
Sunday School meets for young children during part of the worship time (see below)
ICB Choir: If you enjoy singing, you may join in by arriving about 45 minutes before the service for practice. All are welcome, even if you have little experience. We welcome new singers to take part!