A Circle.

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A circle. That’s how many of my fondest memories in church begin. From a casual gathering after service, to impromptu gatherings, to connect groups, to ministry debriefs… We’re gathered in a circle. We share stories in these circles – our encounters with God, our lives, our funny stories.

On our 20th anniversary celebration, I saw how much bigger this circle has grown. Yet this circle, ever big it grows, ever feels like family. It is family. Over the weekend, we shared stories in a circle – our encounters with God, our lives, our funny stories.

Pastor How and Pastor Lia shared that the HOGC story is about all of us… And that’s what I feel is the beauty of this circle; we don’t need to stand out, but stand beside and around each other. At the same time, we are grateful and honour our SPs who first pulled together and built this circle.

And this story doesn’t end with us, it’s about Jesus! To the next 20 years and beyond… Till Heaven, where everything comes full circle. To God be the glory!
#HOGC20thAnniversary

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Take Off Your Shoes

“Aren’t you going to take off your shoes?”

“It’ll be quick, I just need to check the pipes for a moment!”

“Ummm…”

The man proceeds to step into the house in his grimy boots. Soon, there’s a trail of mud and slime trial going past the living room, into the toilets… and even the bedrooms. I wince at the slightest movement of his feet.

“That’s all. I need to rush off now.”

“You’re not going to clean those shoeprints you left behind? You made it really dirty!”

“Uhh, no. Go hire a helper if you want someone to clean up after you!”

I hope that has never happened to you, but it has brought me to realise something — the attitude of taking off our shoes and cleaning our feet has far more significance than exposing how marvellous your last pedicure had gone.

The act of taking off our shoes before entering someone else’s house is a sign of respect and thoughtfulness for the owner. To me, it is an attitude worth having spiritually as well.

Exodus 3:5  Then He said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.”

Pastor How shared how we need to learn to take off our shoes when we enter the church. Oh, it’s been 3 years since we moved into the Imaginarium! As we enter our spiritual home, we ‘take off our shoes’ — leaving behind the ways of the “world”.

When we step into a place of worship, we step in knowing there is something sacred in the place. For me, it is a timely reminder not to let familiarity rob me of the reverence that God deserves.

Dust the sand off your sandals.

An Open Letter to Heart of God Church – Part 1 — comma.blog

Today, I’m sharing an Open Letter to HOGC, written by a friend… It resonates with me on many points. It may be a long read but I’ve linked up all 4 parts here… Happy New Year everyone! 🙂

An Open Letter to Heart of God Church – Part 1
An Open Letter to Heart of God Church – Part 2
An Open Letter to Heart of God Church – Part 3
An Open Letter to Heart of God Church – Part 4

Hi, readers. Today, I am writing and sharing with you a post that is really important to me. In fact, I believe it is the most important one I’ve written yet. It will also probably be broken down into a few parts because I have way too many personal thoughts and stories to share to […]

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