Let the Whole World Sing: SSP 2016 Concert

Music files in MP3 format from our recent concert “Let the Whole World Sing” are now available for download!

Listen to these songs sung during the SSP 2016 Concert, as performed by the SSP Church and Chancel Choirs, SSP Church Women’s Choir, and SSHS Stephenian Chorale.

To download ALL THE SONGS in one zipped file, click here.  To listen to each song, click on each title below to listen.  To download, mouse over and right click on the link and choose “Save as.” 

1.  Lift Your Voice and Sing by Mary McDonald
2.  Sing, All Ye Nations by Daniel Meyer
3.  I Will Lift My Eyes by Mark Hayes
4.  主雖然 “His Small Voice” (曲)王麗玲 (編曲)周愛德
5.  向主歡呼 “Jubilate Deo” (曲)Paul Wright (詞)區美賢
6.  Shout For Joy by Allen Pote
7.  Because of Your Love by Larry Shackley
8.  Spin the Wheel Towards Heaven by Pepper Choplin
9.  Battle of Jericho by Mark Hayes
10.  Clap Your Hands by Victor Johnson
11.  You’ll Never Walk Alone with Climb Every Mountain arranged by Mark Hayes
12.  Mozart’s Fa-La-La arranged by Philip Kern
13.  A Living Sacrifice by Cindy Berry
14.  Again, I Say Rejoice by Allen Pote
15.   Gloria from Mozart’s 12th Mass by Wolfgang A. Mozart
16.  The Lord Bless You and Keep You










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Listen to “Living in the End Times”

The audio recording of “Living in the End Times” seminar by Rev. Stephen Tan, held last August 19, 2015, is now available online.

You may access it here.

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Under Construction: 40th Junior Summer Conference is Coming This May!

Check out the details below for the upcoming Junior Summer Conference for Grades 6 to 11 students!

Register online through this site:  http://www.jsc2016.comli.com/

Registration is ongoing at the SSP Church Office, Agape Center, Shalom Center, and on Sundays, at Joy Fellowship.

Avail of the Early Bird Rate of 3200 Php by MARCH 6!  Regular fee is 3800 Php and deadline for registration is on MAY 8.

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Watch “The Colors of God’s Grace” this November 8, 2015

Join us in celebrating our 112th Anniversary!  2015 Choir Poster

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October 31, 2015 · 4:22 pm

“Living in the End Times” on August 29, Saturday

“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.” Matthew 24:42
“Living in the End Times” by Rev. Stephen Tan
See you THIS SATURDAY at 7:30, SSP Glory Hall.

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How is Your Prayer Life?

psalm 61

Some of you may be struggling with your prayer life on many levels, but be thankful for all the godly examples of prayer that are to be found in the Scriptures. Sometimes, we need to pattern ourselves after other great men and one such person is King David. What made David great was not his warrior tactics, his position or his name. It was his prayer life.

Whenever David found himself in a tight spot, he instinctively turned to God in prayer. Prayer is the natural breath of the believer. It enables you to accomplish what you cannot accomplish by yourself.

David wrote Psalm 61 when he was forced to escape during the days of Absalom’s rebellion or after he narrowly escaped one of Saul’s efforts to kill him while hiding in the desert.

First, prayer enables you to reach farther (v.2). Although he was far from home, he was not away from God. No matter where you are, God never abandons us. God’s all-surpassing strength is always with us. At the same time, we can reach out through prayer and touch the lives of family, friends and missionaries too.

Second, prayer enables you to go higher (v.2). David was overwhelmed and wrapped in gloom. When he prayed, God lifted him up and put him on a high rock, in a tower. Prayer puts you on the mountaintop and enables you to get a clear perspective on your situation.

Thirdly, prayer enables you to come closer and to live fuller (vv. 4-7). We know that it’s not the length of life but the depth of our life that counts. Prayer puts depth into our life. We depend on Christ for the fullness of our life instead on worldly materials or entertainments.

Finally, prayer enables you to be happier (v. 8). Prayer and praise always go together. David starts crying and ends up praising. He starts out praying and ends up rejoicing. Spend time with the Lord in prayer. It will change your life.

Evaluate your praying. Is it accomplishing in your life what it accomplished in David’s? If not, spend more time in prayer and determine to experience its accomplishment in your life.

SSP Prayer Bulletin
April 22, 2015


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Of Valentine’s Day, Ash Wednesday, and Lent

SSP Prayer Bulletin Reflections
February 11, 2015

As we move into the second month of 2015, the red and green of Christmas transition into the black and purple of Ash Wednesday and Lent, and the red or pink of Valentine’s Day. This year, as often times occurs, Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day fall very close to one another.

I suppose it might sound like I’m putting equal weight on the celebration of Valentine’s Day and our observance of Lent. In fact, I’ve wondered if there is a way that the two special days might complement one another.

Though it has some secular association, actually I think Valentine’s Day can offer a great opportunity to encourage the affirming of relationships with our loved ones. It’s not only a day in which love for a special person is expressed through gifts of cards, flowers, chocolates and a meal shared with each other.

On the other hand, Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten season of preparation for Holy Week and Easter. It encourages Christians to examine themselves, repent of their sins and be renewed in the forgiveness of sins through the crucified and risen Christ. In the typical Ash Wednesday observance, worshippers are invited to receive the imposition of ashes upon their foreheads in the shape of a cross. Ashes have long been an outward sign of repentance, and, of course, the cross is a beacon of hope for believers through the forgiveness of sins.

So, can Valentine’s Day, Ash Wednesday and Lent coexist? Is it possible they can even complement one another? The pessimist in us would normally ask “How can the indulgence of Valentine’s Day offer anything to the penitence and denial of Lent and Ash Wednesday?”

There is however, one obvious and common denominator: Love.

On Valentine’s Day, we celebrate the love we share in those special relationships with our loved ones. Ash Wednesday and Lent point us to the greatest act of love, when Jesus Christ gave up His life on the cross that we might be forgiven and live. His victory over sin and death is revealed mightily on Easter.

Whether you choose to celebrate Lent, Ash Wednesday, Valentine’s Day or all three, you can surely celebrate the gift of love.

Take a moment and tell your love ones you love them. Most importantly, take a moment to tell the Lord how much you love Him and give thanks to God for the greatest gift of love in his Son, Jesus Christ, by loving others as He loved you.

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What Prayer Is Not

SSP Prayer Bulletin Reflection
February 4, 2015

How often have we asked ourselves these questions? … When should I pray? … What should I say? … Where should I pray? … Why should I pray? … Will my praying really make a difference? … and … What is prayer? By examining God’s Word, we can discover “what prayer is” and “what prayer is not”.

From my own experience, I know prayer doesn’t come naturally to most believers – for some, it is learned as it is modeled by others, taught, and put into practice. But we have Jesus as our perfect example for prayer, and it is my prayer that like Jesus, all of us will develop such a love relationship with our Heavenly Father that we will pray without ceasing as we bring glory to God and see Christ’s Kingdom work accomplished here on earth.

  • Prayer is not to be feared.

Prayer is living in the presence of God as we engage in intimate conversation with a Heavenly Father who is always pursuing a love relationship with His child. It is a means of intimate communion, fellowship, and dependence upon God the Father who has promised to work in and through us through His Son, just as God worked through Him.

  • Prayer is not primarily about you.

Prayer is focused on God, who He is and His desires. Approaching God must be on the basis of His nature and character. We must approach God with “godly fear and reverence” because of who He is (Hebrews 12:28-29). We can only pray when we know Him. God revealed Himself to His people through the revelation of His name. Yahweh (Jehovah) – God revealed Himself as the Lord our provider (Jireh), our healer (Ropheka), our banner (Nissi), our peace (Shalom), our shepherd (Rohi), our righterousness (Tsidkenu). Jehovah Shammah – the Lord is there.

  • Prayer is not having to wonder what to pray.

Prayer is listening to God speak through His Word and the Holy Spirit directing us to pray back to God His Words so His will is accomplished on earth as it has already been in Heaven.  The priority of prayer is the will of God. It’s a means  of claiming God’s promises and knowing and becoming abandoned to God’s will.

  • Prayer is not about giving God a wish list of wants, nor is it not an “Aladdin’s lamp” where we can rub ever so often to let the genie out to grant us our wish.

Prayer is a moment by moment trusting and believing that God knows what is best for us in every situation. He wants us to depend on Him daily for our needs. But our first and foremost desire should be to “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33

  • Prayer is not passive.

Prayer is actively engaging in a battle against the enemy for souls and Christ’s Kingdom. Satan doesn’t want us to have an intimate love relationship with our Father. When we are identified with Christ, we become the enemy of Satan – “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12 Therefore, as a soldier in God’s army, let us stay alert in Spirit and persevere in prayer to set captives free from the enemy.

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When God Says “No”

SSP Prayer Bulletin Reflection
January 28, 2015


“And He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.”                         Colossians 1:18

     他 也 是 教 會 全 體 之 首。他 是 元 始,是 從 死 裡 首 先 復 生 的,使 他 可 以 在 凡 事 上 居 首 位                                                   歌 羅 西 書 1:18

The life of Jesus provides the model for our prayer lives since He is the head/leader of the Church. God is seeking to mold us into the image of His Son. If we are to act like Christ, our prayer lives must be conformed to His. Many Christians are unwilling to pay the price that Jesus paid when it comes to interceding with God. Jesus prayed early in the morning and all night and His prayers came with vehement cries and tears and, “because of His godly fear,” he was heard by the Father (Hebrews 5:7).

Why then did the Father refuse His request? It wasn’t due to any sin in Jesus’ life, nor was it because the Father did not love His Son. The Father said no, despite the unfathomable love He had for His Son, because He know He could not spare His Son and save a world. Likewise, the Lord cannot always spare you and your family and complete His redemptive work in those around you. Remember Pastor Justin Fung’s pulpit message last Sunday (Jan. 25th)? We ought to examine the grounds we’re on and to take root, not just serving the Lord in the Church but especially in areas where we are placed.

Are you then willing for God to deny your pleadings? Will you intercede with the Father so deeply and intimately that even in the midst of your tears you are able to say, “Nevertheless, not my will but thine be done?” The Father will always relate to you out of the context of His love for a lost world. Has God said no to one of your requests recently? Accept His answer. Have you been learning obedience through what you have been suffering? If you have, God may choose to make you a source of salvation to others even as He did with His Son.

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Deep Prayer Lives

SSP Prayer Bulletin Reflection
January 25, 2015


push I mentioned previously that the best way to build a culture of praying here at St. Stephen’s Parish or in any other church should begin with the Church Leaders, that is, they should lead by example. Praying is part and parcel of a church leader’s life. A church leader cannot go about his service unto the Lord without praying. I doubt that you can find a maximally effective spiritual leader in the Bible or in history that was not a person of prayer. This is the reality today as much as it was two thousand years ago.

God’s desire is for men to be on their knees in full subjection to Him. Leaders should not boast nor think of themselves as having the strength and the spiritual gifts to serve the Lord and His people. They need rather to humble themselves and recognise their weaknesses; to depend fully upon the Lord to help and to grant them the grace to overcome their weaknesses. Remember that we ought not to lead by our own might, nor by power, but by the Spirit of the Lord (Zech. 4:6)

In order to lead well and to make good decisions, leaders need to pray and wait upon the Lord for His guidance and the Spirit to empower and enable them. They ought to show dependence upon the Lord through earnest prayers before they even make important decisions in doing the Lord’s work.

Solomon was young when he was appointed king but he humbled himself before the Lord and readily prayed and asked Him for wisdom at the beginning of his reign in order to enable him to rule the mane people under his charge. He acknowledged his inadequacy and showed his dependence upon the Lord God Almighty.

Prayer was a consistent feature in the life of our Lord Jesus. We read in the gospels how the Lord would always pray early in the morning and all night, and taught the disciples to pray always. Besides the Lord’s pattern of a deep, earnest, enduring and constant prayer life, another great example of one who preaches on praying always and practising it himself is none other than the great Apostle Paul. If our Master and the great Apostle prayed so much and so earnestly, then how much more we ought to pray?

It is well noted that many great church leaders had deep lives of prayer. Martin Luther and John Wesley prayed for hours each day. The great reformer, Martin Luther, said: “I generally pray two hours every day, except on very busy days. On those days, I pray three. It was said of C. Spurgeon that he never prayed more than five minutes at a time, but he never went more than five minutes without praying. E.M. Bounds was devoted to praying three hours a day beginning at 4 a.m. in the morning, and his books are a wonderful example of the power of a praying man. 19th Century Christian leader Andrew Murray said that prayer in the life of the leader should be regarded “as the highest part of the work entrusted to us, the root and strength of all other work…there is nothing we need to study and practice as the art of praying alright.”

An effective leader must have a deep prayer life. A Christian leader must discipline himself to continue to grow and to lead in prayer always. The Christian leader should set the example of devotion and prayer in the church,  at home, and in his life day and night. Do you measure up to these?

It is certainly the will of God that as leaders, our lives must be characterised with the discipline of prayer. As we pray, we show dependence upon the Spirit of God to help and to guide us in our leadership. We need to be praying constantly in earnestness and perseverance for the work, for the people and for ourselves that we may not fall but rather be effective in the work of God’s Kingdom. As leaders in the ministry of the Lord, let us therefore examine our hearts before the Lord if our prayer life is sufficient and appropriate enough. May God help us, especially, as leaders to give ourselves unto the habit of continuing instant in prayer and supplication in the Spirit! Now, we note that leaders are also unceasing in their prayers. How often do we pray and how much time do we spend before the throne of grace as God’s appointed leaders for His work and His people?

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