We had Rev David Loo with us and I am sure he would have been called the Singing Preacher, and he was excellent - he has a delightful ring to his accent and a good strong well supported voice, which made his singing a delight to listen to. He began his sermon with 2 songs and closed the sermon with a prayer in song, which is something I love to do, but in private though!
His sermon was edifying as it was a joy to listen to but what touches me most was his words on faith, love and hope, three words that Paul used a lot in his letters. Faith, the inward protection of our life in Christ - and we must yearn to deepen our faith in Him. Love, the outward protection of one another in the fellowship of Christ, to also do good to others even though bad is what is expected. Hope, the strength and intensity of our mind that we know we rest on Christ, the author and perfecter of our faith, we must waver not but to have the hope that is sure in Christ.
Our responsibilities is therefore to know that "God did not appoint us to suffer wrath by to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Thess 5:9) as well as to encourage (parakaleo) one another and build (oikodomeo) each other up, just as in fact we are doing (5:11).