Bishop: Take the true meaning of Christmas with you

“Today is only the first day of Christmas,” said Bishop Dr Wee Boon Hup, referring to the Christmas season. “Take the true meaning of Christmas with you for the rest of the season.”

The Bishop was thanking the audience on behalf of the Celebrate Christmas in Singapore (CCIS) 2014 organisers, at the CCIS concert held 25 Dec 2014 along a closed-off section of Orchard Road between Paragon and Ngee Ann City. He was doing so in his capacity as Bishop of The Methodist Church in Singapore, and Chairperson of the National Council of Churches of Singapore.

He had earlier thanked Ms Denise Phua, a Member of Parliament for Moulmein-Kallang GRC and Mayor of the Central Singapore District, for gracing the occasion as Guest of Honour. In her opening remarks at the concert, Ms Phua had noted that the yearly CCIS was a “Christmas party for everybody”, and that Christmas holds a special and deep meaning for Christians, as it emphasises love, especially unconditional love.

She said, “May we learn to love beyond just ourselves and our families… to not just point out what’s wrong, but take action to help others.” She also expressed her hope “that we can all learn to love our neighbours as ourselves, unconditionally.”

Artistes from various countries had been performing outside Wisma Atria and Tong Building since 18 Dec 2014.

They came from Brazil, Indonesia, Korea, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and the USA. Local artistes and groups included groups from five local Methodist churches: Ang Mo Kio Tamil, Barker Road, Hakka, Telok Ayer Chinese and Telugu.

Noted Bishop Dr Wee to the audience, “I pray that you have been touched by the performances and presentations… take what has touched you to share with others wherever you go, and be a blessing to all those around you.”

Photo by Peter Lim

Grace Toh is the Assistant Editor of Methodist Message and has been a member of Kampong Kapor Methodist Church for most of her life.