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Keep running!

Keep running!

I’ve never been keen on long-distance running. It’s the inevitable discomfort and pain that happens. Exhaustion arrives. It feels like you’re carrying a gorilla on your back. A voice keeps telling you, “Stop running. Just walk for a little while”. Sure, you can get...

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Knowing our church better

Knowing our church better

Most of us are used to reading profiles on LinkedIn or short bios on websites. We appreciate understanding someone’s story and knowing them better. It’s the same for a community. Last November, we conducted an anonymous survey of St Andrew’s, to get to know our...

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A place of peace

A place of peace

"Mommy he's not giving me the crayon!"  "She tried to pinch me!"  "Can you guys just stop fighting for one minute? Just one minute of peace! Seriously!" Lord, please stop my kids from fighting. We just need to get through this afternoon. 5 hours left till bedtime....

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Growing in Gratitude

Growing in Gratitude

Growing up, I was always taught the importance of saying your “please” and “thank you’s”. I think this has really stuck with me because one of the most common phrases I use in my daily life these days is, “Thank you so much!” Someone opens a door for you? Thanks a...

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Better Together

Better Together

I have a habit of reading several books at once. It’s not because I’m being productive. It’s because I get distracted. A new book interests me, so I’ll pause reading other books to read the new one. When I come back to the older book, I need to remind myself what it’s...

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Easter: truth that transforms

Easter: truth that transforms

I read an article this week entitled, “The most important week in history”. It was about those events in Jerusalem during that week in April 33AD. Most of us are familiar with those events. Actually, we can be so familiar with Easter that we can become a little numb...

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Are you a linguist?

Are you a linguist?

I wonder how many of the languages you can read from the picture above? One of the hardest things I have done as an adult is to learn a second language and I wouldn’t have been able to get to where I am with the language without significant support. There are a...

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Humiliation, hurt, and a slap

Humiliation, hurt, and a slap

I don’t normally follow the Oscars. I couldn’t tell you who won any of the awards in recent years. But I will remember one thing from this year’s Oscars: the slap. One man humiliating a lady in front of lots of people and her husband’s violent reaction. To be honest,...

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Thinking about Ukraine

Thinking about Ukraine

It’s been a month since Russia invaded Ukraine. We hope and pray for the withdrawal of Russian forces and a peaceful resolution to this war, but to be honest, we don’t know how it will end. By now, the shock of this travesty may have faded, but fuelled by saturation...

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No pain, no gain

No pain, no gain

Ever since restrictions got tighter in Hong Kong amidst the fifth wave, I’ve found that I had to slightly adjust how I spend my spare time. Sometimes that change feels a bit like a downgrade, but I’m thankful to say that there’s been lots of positives too! With gyms...

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It’s good to struggle with anger

It’s good to struggle with anger

These days so many people are telling me that they are angry at the things that are happening around them, such as the virus or the war in Ukraine. Understandably, these things should upset us, but it has also become more acceptable to express moral outrage in modern...

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Don’t waste this time

Don’t waste this time

For many of us, life seems to have been put on hold. Since there’s no travel, work projects are paused, and everything’s online until at least the end of April, life’s not as we want it to be. It feels like we’re waiting for COVID to end so that we can resume normal...

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When you’re despondent

When you’re despondent

Tuesday’s government announcements were tough to hear. There’s no easy way to respond to a long extension to the current strict restrictions, school holidays brought forward during this time of isolation, and the prospect of city wide testing and large scale...

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The Good Life

The Good Life

What does the ‘good life’ look like for you? I’m not just talking about the end of COVID and the related restrictions. I’m talking about the ideal life that you visualise for yourself; what you think about when you’ve got nothing else capturing your attention. Maybe...

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How our family copes in these tough times

How our family copes in these tough times

These days, COVID not only dominates headlines but seems to dominate our lives and thoughts. Our family follows the news for latest COVID statistics and tries to get on top of the ever evolving requirements and restrictions. Nonetheless, we struggle to care and...

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What do you want this year?

What do you want this year?

With a new lunar year comes the opportunity for optimism, the thoughts of fresh possibilities in the year to come. If you stop to think about it, you cannot help but nurture hopes and maybe even make resolutions for the time ahead. This is the year — the year take...

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Celebrating Chinese Lunar New Year

Celebrating Chinese Lunar New Year

Chinese New Year (“CNY”) brings back lots of fond memory from childhood. I remember the excitement on the eve of the new year day, looking forward to the new year to come, listening to the occasional sound of firecrackers, wearing new clothes and collecting laisee...

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A spiritual survival guide for the weary

A spiritual survival guide for the weary

When I was asked to write something once more on getting through the difficulties of COVID restrictions, I’ll admit that a small part of me just wanted to rehash my old draft. After all, we’re in the 5th wave. It’s just the same old same old again, right? I felt this...

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‘Lead us not into temptation’

‘Lead us not into temptation’

To be human is to experience temptation. I’m not just talking about eating a ‘Chocolate Temptation’ dessert, or the temptation to take an afternoon nap. Everyone experiences the temptation to sin; the urge to do something that we ought not to do, to give in to that...

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Providence and the story of Joseph

Providence and the story of Joseph

As you think about the coming year, do you feel optimistic or rather gloomy? Like most people, I feel more settled when I know what’s coming. But the difficulty is that 2022 looks so unknown. COVID makes having certainty difficult. We can be certain that this year...

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Looking back and moving forward

Looking back and moving forward

I don’t know about you but 2021 has felt like a blur that’s just whizzed by.  If I had to describe it in a few words it would probably be: rollercoaster, online, and grounded (in the sense of describing my non-existent travel life). This Christmas season has been...

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Unwrapping the Christmas Gift

Unwrapping the Christmas Gift

Christmas Day is a time for unwrapping gifts. I can’t think of any more needful or comforting gift than the first Christmas gift, our Lord Jesus. God speaks into the brokenness of our world, not just through his words, but by sending his Son. Through Jesus, he is...

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What I learned from St Nicholas

What I learned from St Nicholas

Christmas is in the air! There are beautifully decorated trees everywhere, and Christmas music in the malls. We start making a list and checking it twice—to see who’s been naughty or nice. Then we check our wallets and start to stress out. But where did the practice...

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The truth of the carol

The truth of the carol

As soon as December came, Christmas music has been all around. Michael Bublé crooned holiday tunes as I strolled through a clothing store. “Jingle Bell Rock” came on at the restaurant that served me a steaming bowl of laksa. A choir practiced snippets of “Silent...

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Introducing a new Mission Partner

Introducing a new Mission Partner

This Sunday, we’re introducing you to a new St Andrew’s Mission Partner, International China Concern (ICC). Founded in 1993, ICC is a Christian development organisation that seeks to provide love, hope, and opportunity to children with disabilities in Mainland China. ...

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The Gift

The Gift

The decorations in the shopping malls have appeared. Celebrations with family and friends are being booked. The gift shopping has begun. And this Sunday is the start of Advent. Christmas is coming. At Christmas, we love to give and receive gifts. Some gifts are...

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Trina’s story

Trina’s story

It’s been over 20 years in the making and I’m in awe of God’s faithful handprints evident in my life. I was not raised in a Christian household but I was first introduced to Christ when my parents enrolled my sister and I to Chinese school in the United States, which...

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St.And Youth

St.And Youth

Almost every Sunday morning and Friday evening, St.And Youth meets with a whole bunch of youth between the ages of 11 and 18 years old. This is because we believe that Jesus loves young people and calls them to follow him. We also believe that people at this age can...

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Compassion Sunday 2021

Compassion Sunday 2021

In 2018, St Andrew’s began a partnership with Compassion International. Worldwide, 356 million children live in extreme poverty. Poverty robs children of their basic rights to learn, play, and grow. In its ugliest form, poverty can lead to exploitation, child labour,...

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“Everything comes from you…”

“Everything comes from you…”

I have a friend who once asked me a question about giving. He’d heard about tithing and asked, “Is this before or after tax?”. At the time the question seemed a little odd, but my friend had recently become a Christian and was keen to “do the right thing”. His...

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Learning not to say “Mine!”

Learning not to say “Mine!”

Often, one of the first words a child learns to say is, “Mine!”. Children use that word frequently when they grab a toy, or a device, or an item of clothing. We don’t have to teach our children to claim possession of something - that comes quite naturally to them....

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Who are we?

Who are we?

Occasionally, you may ask yourself the question ‘Who am I?’. Understanding your identity helps you to understand your purpose; it helps to set your direction and priorities in life. Your identity is influenced by so much: your background, your experiences, your...

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A heart like God’s

A heart like God’s

The radical demands of the gospel constantly confront me. For instance, it tells me that if I’ve understood God’s grace to me, that should be seen in my acts of grace towards others. God’s generosity and care to me should be reflected in my generosity and care to...

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“Stop telling me to read my Bible…”

“Stop telling me to read my Bible…”

This will be a surprise to no one, but here at St Andrew’s we will never stop beating that drum to remind you the importance of reading your Bible everyday. Ask for a humble and teachable heart as we approach the Bible.Why? Well, let me just give you a few reasons: 1....

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Is there an ideal church?

Is there an ideal church?

If you could picture the ideal church community, what would it look like? Maybe that picture includes simple conveniences – a handy location, comfortable seats, good coffee. Going deeper, perhaps it includes captivating musical worship, compelling preaching, and a...

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Looking Behind the Mask

Looking Behind the Mask

Recently, I was forced to quarantine for 21 days. It felt like being in jail—a nicer cell than prison, but nonetheless a prison. What I found that I missed the most was regular interaction with friends, sharing and praying together to encourage each other. Although...

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Building relationships

Building relationships

I still remember the day when I first arrived at St Andrew’s Church 10 years ago.  My wife Keziah and I were sitting at the back of the Old Church during a Sunday service. We came every Sunday and left after the service. As we were sitting next to different people...

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‘You will be my witnesses’

‘You will be my witnesses’

Maybe when you’ve started a new job or a new course of study, you’ve asked the question, ‘What am I doing here?’. Answering that question helps you to not only understand your purpose in that context, but also how to conduct yourself. To be honest, we ask ourselves...

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Serving Together

Serving Together

God’s Kingdom is topsy-turvy. King Jesus gave up the glories of heaven and stooped down to serve. He washed His disciples’ feet before He went to the Cross to die for sinners like you and me. So the Christian life is one of service. Jesus says He did not come to be...

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Who do you notice?

Who do you notice?

Who will catch your attention in a crowd? There is a story in the Bible about Jesus' disciples arguing over who is the greatest among themselves. Guess who Jesus noticed while teaching them on this occasion? Children!When you serve children, you become part of...

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Growing in groups

Growing in groups

Being a Christian involves both believing in Christ and belonging to the body of Christ – the church. In a large congregation like St Andrew’s, this sense of belonging is most often developed in growth groups, where we get to know fellow believers on a more personal...

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Lessons from Jonah

Lessons from Jonah

If you went to church as a kid, you’d be fairly familiar with the story of Jonah. Yet, beyond the red herring of a big fish, there is a remarkable story of a God who loves an irreligious city and a religious prophet’s disdain for it. The prophet Jonah makes many...

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Outreach with Sons and Daughters

Outreach with Sons and Daughters

Sons and Daughters (S&D) is a non-profit organization in Hong Kong that seeks to help those caught in sexual exploitation to reclaim a life of love, family, and freedom. The organization's name aptly captures the vision of seeing not just the sex workers, but also...

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I’m intimidated by Job

I’m intimidated by Job

Sometimes you meet people who are so impressive that you’re intimidated by them. It might that person’s achievements. It might be that this person is so much better at something that you think you’re quite good at. I’m intimidated by Job. Over the last month, we’ve...

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Alvin’s journey of faith

Alvin’s journey of faith

I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour sometime in 1977. It was through the Assembly of God church, in a terraced house in my hometown in Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia. Looking back, I asked God how come there was no lightning, sparks, or voice from above like...

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How do we live here?

How do we live here?

For many of us, Hong Kong is a stressful place. It’s not just the normally high pressures of work, schooling, and caring for family, it’s the added anxiety of the rapidly changing political landscape and concerns for the future. In these times, we can be so focussed...

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The essentials of Christian friendship

The essentials of Christian friendship

Some of you might remember that TV show, ‘Friends’. It’s about six people in their 20s living in New York. It had that catchy theme tune, ‘I’ll be there for you’. David Schwimmer, one of the actors in the show said, ‘It’s a fantasy for a lot of people – having a group...

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Job: tears, truth, and trust

Job: tears, truth, and trust

  Occasionally you may be confronted by instances of unexplainable tragedy. An image seared on my mind a few years ago is that of Aylan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian boy found washed up on the beach in Turkey, after his family tried to flee their war-torn...

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Reflections on fatherhood

Reflections on fatherhood

  Irene and I have been attending St Andrew’s since 1985. We are grand-parents with four grown up children: two married daughters and two sons who are still single. My father passed away when I was six. I was brought up by two mums together with six siblings. We...

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A place where everyone knows your name

A place where everyone knows your name

  When I was growing up, I used to watch re-runs of a show called ‘Cheers’. The show was named after a bar in Boston, where a diverse group of people would meet, drink, and talk about whatever was happening in life. They felt welcomed, included, and could...

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Weaving community

Weaving community

  Christian community has often been described as a tapestry. Each of us are like individual threads who are carefully woven together to produce a fabric that’s not only strong and robust, but it’s incredibly beautiful. We’re given an example of this tapestry in...

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Having Tough Conversations

Having Tough Conversations

  Most of us can easily imagine this situation. You find out that a friend at church has done something that you think Christians should avoid. You’re concerned, but you’re not sure what to do. You don’t want to appear judgemental, but you also think what your...

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Looking back

Looking back

  If the past year was a product that you bought at the store, you’d probably make a complaint to the manager and demand your money back. To put it mildly, it’s been a difficult year. No travel, strict social distancing restrictions, dramatic economic downturn,...

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Caring for the most needy

Caring for the most needy

  In our midst are an incredibly vulnerable and marginalised community. Many refugees come to Hong Kong for shelter and safety. A refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war, or violence and cannot return home due...

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Lessons I learned from my mother

Lessons I learned from my mother

  Reflecting on Mother's Day, my mom is not the perfect mom, but the things that matter she gets right. Her faith in everyday life matters; so does her love, trust and obedience to Jesus! Her actions also speak louder than words, pointing to Jesus.   My mom loved...

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Our family meal

Our family meal

  This Sunday we’ll celebrate the Lord’s Supper. For most of us (except those who attend the 8.30am service), it will be the first time in over a year that we’ve participated in this event. It’s been one of the many parts of life affected by the pandemic. As we...

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Stop trying to go it alone

Stop trying to go it alone

I’m an extremely introverted person. But if the pandemic lockdowns have taught me anything, it’s that human beings are social creatures… and even introverts need community. I don’t know what you’d consider yourself, but if you are reading this, then I imagine that you...

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Annual Church Meeting

Annual Church Meeting

  Many of you have shared with me how encouraged you’ve been with the resumption of our Sunday services. Whilst we’ve still been able to meet, learn, and grow online, it’s much better when we’re together. Christian community is all about God’s people serving and...

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What would Jesus say to us?

What would Jesus say to us?

  Most of us appreciate feedback. We know that we can benefit from the wisdom and advice of a trusted friend. But have you ever wondered what Jesus would say to us? What observations would he make about our situation? What advice would he give to us about the...

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Why the resurrection matters

Why the resurrection matters

 Jesus rose from the dead. On this, Christians stake everything. We believe it to be a real event in the past, which shapes our present lives, and guarantees our eternal future. As we remember and celebrate Easter this week, here are some reflections on why the...

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“Seriously, I just can’t…”

“Seriously, I just can’t…”

  I don’t know how your prayer life has been recently, but let me tell you, mine has been amazing. I’m not saying this to brag. If anything, I’m actually quite ashamed that it’s taken a global pandemic to shake me out of complacency and help me see how...

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Trust, praise, and generosity amidst difficulty

Trust, praise, and generosity amidst difficulty

  When I was growing up, my friends and I had a particular way of sharing chocolate bars: one person divides the chocolate bar, the other person chooses which side he wants. It was a way of ensuring equality; that neither person was disadvantaged, and we could...

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A community of care

A community of care

  I used to have a rugby coach who repeated a mantra in training, “There is no ‘I’ in ‘TEAM’”. He did this to get across the idea that we weren’t playing an individual sport, independent of one another. Rather, we’re dependent upon one another’s effort, skills,...

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How much is enough?

How much is enough?

  Every so often, you may say to yourself, ‘I don’t think I have enough to get by. I’m not sure God understands my needs.’ How do you deal with that murmur of doubt when it enters your mind? John Wesley’s father was an Anglican minister with nine children, who...

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Looking for the ‘silver linings’

Looking for the ‘silver linings’

  Over the last year I’ve seen more beautiful parts of Hong Kong than I ever have before. Like many people, the restrictions against travel and group gatherings have meant that I’ve hiked a lot. COVID has brought innumerable challenges that have been easy to see,...

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Why bother with Lent?

Why bother with Lent?

  Yesterday was Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent, a time that Christians have used over the years to prepare for Easter. Lent is not kept by all Christians. That’s okay. There’s nowhere in the Bible that specifically forbids it or that promotes it. Whether or not...

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Happy Chinese New Year!

Happy Chinese New Year!

  Maybe like me, you have hopes that the coming Lunar Year will be better than the last one. If this last year was like a product that you bought at a shop, you’d return it wanting your money back. This raises a question, how do we judge the success of any...

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Caring for HK’s poor

Caring for HK’s poor

  One of the things this sermon series in John's Gospel has taught me is how significant it is that Jesus prepares a perfect home for us. Our earthly homes reflect a spiritual reality and longing for our perfect home in heaven. It also shows why homelessness is...

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Do not let your hearts be troubled

Do not let your hearts be troubled

  It’s always sad to say goodbye to someone you really care about, especially if you are not sure when you will see them again. We have been especially aware of this during COVID-19. Saying goodbye can feel overwhelming, even crushing. But although separation can...

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When the Bible says difficult things

When the Bible says difficult things

  I have selective hearing. When my wife says things that are pleasant to me, I’ll listen attentively. But when she says things that I don’t like, all of a sudden, I cannot hear. When she reminds me afterward of something she told me, my inevitable response is,...

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When you’re feeling down…

When you’re feeling down…

  It happens to all of us. We get down. The gloom can arrive for all sorts of reasons. Perhaps a project that hasn’t worked out or someone’s giving you a hard time. Maybe it’s the continued grind of life online (whether it’s work, or the kids’ school, or church)...

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Remember to remember

Remember to remember

  In this Sunday’s sermon, we’ll see that God asks Joshua to do something that seems strange. God wants the people to build a pile of stones. The reasoning was simple. The stones were to be a reminder of what God had done in helping the Israelites to cross the...

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What do you want in 2021?

What do you want in 2021?

  With a new year comes hopes for the year to come. Often at this time of year people make resolutions. We say to ourselves, “This is the year — the year that I’m going to actually achieve what I’ve been putting off for so long. I’m going to run that marathon,...

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Cherish the Christmas Gift

Cherish the Christmas Gift

  Christmas Day is an occasion for unwrapping gifts. I can’t think of any more needful or comforting gift than the first Christmas gift, our Lord Jesus. God speaks into the brokenness of our world, not just through his words, but by sending his Son. Through...

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A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices

A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices

  Most of us have our favourite Christmas carols - maybe you’ve been quietly singing them to yourself over the past few weeks. My favourite, by a long way, is ‘O Holy Night’. Its lyrics and music are captivating. There’s a fascinating history behind this carol....

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The names of Jesus

The names of Jesus

  In many cultures, the names that are given to children carry particular meaning. For instance, the name ‘Hannah’ comes from the Hebrew word for grace, or the name ‘Sophia’ from the Greek word for wisdom. Often, the names given express something of the hopes of...

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Making the most of Christmas during COVID

Making the most of Christmas during COVID

  This Christmas will be different than normal. It’s Christmas in a world with COVID. For us, that means social distancing, reduced gatherings, less people together, not the usual holiday travel, and the likelihood of Christmas services online. Let’s face it,...

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Christmas 2020 – A light in the darkness

Christmas 2020 – A light in the darkness

  There’s no hiding the fact: it’s been a tough year. Politics and pandemic have made for a year that most of us would like to put behind us. Advent begins this Sunday, the traditional period before Christmas of reflection and preparation. It’s an opportunity in...

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A sting in the tale

A sting in the tale

  We all love stories. Great stories work across culture and time. They don’t simply engage and entertain; they also communicate a significant message and make an impact. Over the next month, we’ll be looking at some of Jesus’ parables, perhaps some of the most...

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We’re better together

We’re better together

  We’re excited that our children’s, youth, and groups ministries can now resume meeting in person. On Sundays over the past month, it’s been such a pleasure seeing familiar faces and meeting new people. After having online church for so long, it’s much better...

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Sarah’s Story

Sarah’s Story

  I was born in a non-Christian family, but studying in a Christian school gave me the opportunity to learn about God. Nevertheless, God was nothing more than a wish granter to me; I only prayed to Him for good grades before exams. It wasn’t until Form 3 in...

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Compassion Sunday

Compassion Sunday

  Worldwide, 385 million children live in extreme poverty. Poverty robs children of their basic rights to learn, play, and grow. In its ugliest form, poverty can lead to exploitation, child labour, and even death. At St Andrew’s we think it's unacceptable. That's...

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Hosea: A love story

Hosea: A love story

  We’re fascinated with love stories. Whether you get your fix through Korean soap operas or Hollywood rom-coms, Shakespeare or Emily Dickinson, we can’t help but be captivated by them. Perhaps it’s the drama that intrigues us, the hope which leads either to...

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Reading the Bible “one to one”

Reading the Bible “one to one”

  Two months ago, I left London to join the staff team at St Andrew's as a “Pastoral worker”. It’s been interesting trying to explain what exactly it is I do here! On paper, I help to look after the 20s-30s women by supporting the Bible study leaders and general...

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Welcome back (again)!

Welcome back (again)!

  We’re delighted that our Sunday services can resume this week. After sixteen weeks of online church, then another twelve weeks, we’ve spent a lot of time apart this year. Whilst we’re appreciative of being able to do church online, it doesn’t match being...

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The elusiveness of humility

The elusiveness of humility

  One of the often-repeated principles in the bible is humility. We meet it again this Sunday in James 4: ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble’ (v. 6), ‘Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up’ (v.10). However, the difficulty...

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The power of our words

The power of our words

  Perhaps you’ve heard of that saying, ‘Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me’. It’s a common saying in school playgrounds. Whilst it’s memorable, it’s not accurate. The saying should go, ‘Sticks and stones may break my bones, but...

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Have you washed your Hands?

Have you washed your Hands?

  I washed my hands ten times yesterday, why? Because we are afraid that the invisible virus might adhere to people and things around us and cause us to be infected. From the air to breathe, the banknotes we handle, the public areas we once enjoyed, all are...

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Will things get better?

Will things get better?

  This past year has been tough; a gloomy and persistent reminder that this world is not how it ought to be. Lately, I’ve been reflecting on this observation by the American writer Randy Alcorn, ‘For Christians, this present life is the closest they will come to...

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The best way to help your church

The best way to help your church

  Normally, September is an incredibly busy time for our church. It’s the start of the new school year and lots of our ministries resume after the summer break. We welcome many new people to our church, and we talk a lot about what being involved in Christian...

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Persevering with Growth Groups

Persevering with Growth Groups

 One of the things that the pandemic has highlighted, amongst many things, is that we are created to be social creatures – spending too much time in isolation is not healthy. At St Andrew’s we are committed to the diverse community God has made in Christ. We see that...

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Ministering at a distance

Ministering at a distance

  Humans are creatures built for relationship. We normally don’t thrive isolated from one another. That’s one of the reasons why many of us find the social distancing restrictions difficult. So, during these times, how can we care for one another at a distance?...

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Beating discontentment

Beating discontentment

  Your normal holiday plans have been shelved. The kids will be doing school online again. The project at work is cancelled because there’s no funding for it. Yes, you love your family, but all the extra time at home with one another can be exhausting....

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Our best refuge

Our best refuge

  Social distancing restrictions can wear you down. Compare the optimism that many of us had months ago to what you might feel like now. February: ‘Start running. Try new workouts at home’. August: ‘Walk to restaurant to get takeaway lunch. Walk home.’ February:...

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Vicar’s address, Annual Church Meeting 2020

Vicar’s address, Annual Church Meeting 2020

  It feels strange to conduct our Annual Church Meeting like this. This is the type of occasion when we should be together, not distant, watching online. But this has been a strange and difficult year, when we’ve become accustomed to being apart and meeting...

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Dealing with disappointment

Dealing with disappointment

  Maybe, like me, you’re feeling disappointed. It’s not just that it’s been a tough year. It’s also that it doesn’t look like getting easier anytime soon. Strict social distancing restrictions are back in place. Taking much needed holidays abroad aren’t possible....

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The Master Class on Prayer

The Master Class on Prayer

  When Jesus’ disciples asked him for help with prayer, he gave them the beautifully simple and wonderfully comprehensive words known to us as ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. Amongst everything that has been taught in human history, there is good reason to consider this...

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We need one another

We need one another

One of the incredible images that the bible uses to describe Christian community is the human body. It’s a picture of our dependence on one another. Just as the whole body is dependent on the heart for blood and the lungs for oxygen, so Christians need one another and...

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Prayer as activism

Prayer as activism

  Perhaps you’ve been confronted more recently by injustice. George Floyd and the scourge of racism, political and social unrest in Hong Kong, the list goes on. When we see injustice, we feel compelled to do something about it: maybe take to the streets, post...

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Rejoicing in God’s goodness

Rejoicing in God’s goodness

  One of the classic Western nursery rhymes is ‘Humpty Dumpty’. Humpty Dumpty is a humanised egg, who falls off a wall and breaks. I’m reminded of him because his story seems to sum up our situation at the moment. There is this collective sense that the Humpty...

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