“But Martha was cumbered about much serving,…” Luke 10:40
Her fault was not that she served: the condition of a servant well becomes every Christian. “I serve,” should be the motto of all the princes of the royal family of heaven. Nor was it her fault that she had “much serving.” We cannot do too much. Let us do all that we possibly can; let head, and heart, and hands, be engaged in the Master’s service. It was no fault of hers that she was busy preparing a feast for the Master. Happy Martha, to have an opportunity of entertaining so blessed a guest; and happy, too, to have the spirit to throw her whole soul so heartily into the engagement. Her fault was that she grew “cumbered with much serving,” so that she forgot Him, and only remembered the service. She allowed service to override communion, and so presented one duty stained with the blood of another. We ought to be Martha and Mary in one: we should do much service, and have much communion at the same time. For this we need great grace. It is easier to serve than to commune. Joshua never grew weary in fighting with the Amalekites; but Moses, on the top of the mountain in prayer, needed two helpers to sustain his hands. The more spiritual the exercise, the sooner we tire in it. The choicest fruits are the hardest to rear: the most heavenly graces are the most difficult to cultivate. Beloved, while we do not neglect external things, which are good enough in themselves, we ought also to see to it that we enjoy living, personal fellowship with Jesus. See to it that sitting at the Saviour’s feet is not neglected, even though it be under the specious pretext of doing Him service. The first thing for our soul’s health, the first thing for His glory, and the first thing for our own usefulness, is to keep ourselves in perpetual communion with the Lord Jesus, and to see that the vital spirituality of our religion is maintained over and above everything else in the world. – C.H. Spurgeon
The congregation would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Rick and Jona Calica, on the passing of Rick’s mother in the Philippines last week.
We would also extend our deepest sympathy to Chris and Hanna Kim on the tragic death of Chris’ mother, who passed away on Wednesday, January 24th.
We trust that both families will know the nearness and presence of the Lord at this sad time.
MEN’S MONTHLY PRAYER TIMES
We would like to recommence our monthly Men’s Prayer Meeting on Monday evenings. All men are invited, and we hope as many as possible will attend. The first meeting will be on February 5th at 7:00pm.
Everyone in the church family is invited to attend an informal drop-in reception to celebrate the recent marriage of David and Rachel Saunders. It will be held in the church basement on Thursday, February 1st from 7:00-9:00pm, hosted by the family. Best wishes only.
Families are welcome to come to our gym on Tuesday evenings from 7-9 for fun and fellowship. Kingsley Jew is organizing this, and games include: Pickle Ball, Table Tennis, Badminton, Basketball, and Volleyball.
Please Pray for
Special Prayer Requests
Please remember Sara Mathew, Francesca Fernandes, and Jenny Tian.
Pray for Our Seniors
Jean Bynoe, Florence Chung, Mary Long, Yvonne Postill, Sam & Maud McAnally, Grace Saunders, Margaret Schenk and John & Thelma Watson