Protestants, Catholics in unity service
“You have a chance to see that God is moving in a marvellous, marvellous way,” said Mr Charles Lim, a Catholic from St Joseph Church (Bukit Timah).
Ms Naidu and Mr Lim were among about 500 Catholics and Protestants who attended an ecumenical Charismatic healing service on Oct 6 at the Aldersgate Methodist Church.
The event was to provide Christians from different Churches an opportunity to come together.
The evening began with praise and worship by a team of worship leaders from various churches.
These leaders then invited participants to pray for themselves and for the people sitting next to them. Then, as one, participants sang the Lord’s Prayer and recited the Nicene Creed as an affirmation of their faith.
Reading out a passage from the Gospel of Matthew, Archbishop William Goh then gave his sermon for the evening.
“The proclamation of the Gospel is not just simply a preaching of the Word. It must be professed in the ministry of healing,” he said.
He added that in a secularised world, “many people no longer believe in miracles. Many people think that science and technology can heal.”
Lutheran Bishop Terry Kee then said a short prayer before the healing service began.
About 30 ministry team members made up of pastors, priests and lay leaders from the various Churches present prayed over people individually. Many rested in the Spirit.
Closing the service, Methodist Bishop Dr Wee Boon Hup gave his blessings to the congregation.
After singing the song God is Good All the Time by Don Moen, participants went downstairs to mingle with one another over light refreshments.
Commenting on the ecumenical service, Ms Lim Yuming, from Aldersgate Methodist Church, said: “We’ve always been praying for the unity of the Church. Then, you finally see the big Protestant and Catholic Church coming together as ‘the’ Church. That is very encouraging.”
Mr Oscar Huang, a Methodist from China who has been living in Singapore for 27 years, told CatholicNews, “I have a few friends from Catholic churches but we don’t really sit down in the same worship. Tonight is the first time. I enjoy the unity.”
By Lorna O’Hara