Methodist Bishop Dr Wee Boon Hup and Archbishop William Goh praying over a participant at the Ecumenical Charismatic Healing Service.

Christians from different traditions praised God at the top of their voices through worship songs at an ecumenical service.

At various times during the service, they placed their hand over the person seated beside them in an affirmation of the one Christian faith.

About 1,400 Christians thronged the auditorium of St Andrew’s Cathedral on Sept 26, for the Ecumenical Charismatic Healing Service. An event which sought to bring together Christians from different Churches.

It was organised by the Singapore Archdiocesan Catholic Charismatic Renewal (SACCRE), Ad Hoc Protestant Team and Alpha Singapore.

The evening began with praise and worship by a team of worship leaders from various churches.

Christians from different traditions sing a worship song at the ecumenical service held on Sept 26.

Then as one congregation, all sang the Lord’s prayer and also recited the Nicene Creed.

Anglican Bishop Low Jee King then read a scripture passage before Lutheran Bishop Terry Kee gave his homily.

“With God behind us, we can do great things,” said Bishop Kee. “We are ordinary men but our God is not an ordinary God.”

He also encouraged participants to be open to God’s love for them during the healing service which was conducted after
his homily.

Those who wished to be prayed over were invited to step forward and be ministered to by a team comprising representatives from various churches.

Methodist Bishop Dr Wee Boon Hup and Archbishop William Goh formed one of the numerous prayer teams.

Closing the service, Bishop Terry gave his blessings to the congregation.

Participants taking part in the Dialogue of Two Crosses, a sign of Christian unity.

In addition to enjoying fellowship after the service, participants were invited to team up with people from different
Christian traditions to take part in the Dialogue of Two Crosses.

The “dialogue” is a prayer by two parties focusing on Christian unity.

“That was probably my favourite part of the evening,” said Mr Damien Lee, 38, a Methodist.

He added that “looking around at everyone in arms praising the Lord during worship [earlier] really created a sense of togetherness.”

Ms Kimberly Yong, 29, an Anglican from St Paul’s Church, said she hoped “there would be more personal testimonies in the future.

“I feel such sharings would help bring across the ecumenical spirit in a more tangible way.”

Mr Isaac Seow, a Catholic from the Church of St Ignatius, said that it was his first time visiting St Andrew’s Cathedral and that it now holds “special memories of God’s love for everyone.”

The Sept 26 service was the fourth to be held annually. Previous services have taken place at the Church of St Mary of the Angels and Aldersgate Methodist Church. 

By Jared Ng
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