This morning seemed to be an all-star Sunday with a worship team that included a full music band (Chin Hor on drums! Jason on guitar! Yu Chiet on bass! Sonia on flute!) and a special devotional sharing on poverty and what we can do about it by Ray Chung, our BLC Family friend who’s back with his lovely family for Chinese New Year – all the way from Harrisburg Pennsylvania!
Augustin then shared a sermon based on Mark 1:21-28, on how God calls us and “disturbs” us – to see what is wrong with the world – and give us the power and grace to go and be a “disturbance” for good and change to His glory.
This morning, Rama shared a great, challenging sermon about God’s calling and His Kingdom. He spoke about how all of us, as children in God’s Kingdom, are instruments of righteousness. And, wherever we are, we are called to action to help bring God’s Kingdom and righteousness on earth as it is in heaven.
“Sing for joy to God our strength! Sound the ram’s horn at the New Moon, and when the moon is full, on the day of our festival.” For the Lord says, “I removed the burden from their shoulders; … you would be fed with the finest of wheat; with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.” Psa 81: 1-3,6,16.
Gong Xi! Gong Xi!
As we step into a new Lunar New Year, my family and I wish all our pastors, members and friends a year blessed with God’s peace and joy. May your Chinese New Year also be filled with much happiness, good health, progress and prosperity!
I hope that all of us will take this festive occasion to renew and strengthen our relationships with God, family and friends. Learn to give and forgive, and be confident that, in this New Year, God will enable us ‘to do all things through Him who gives us strength.’
And don’t forget, drive safe when you ‘balik kampung’!
This morning, we were blessed to have Tor play percussions with the worship team!
You did an awesome job, Tor – looking forward to have you play more often in church! Keep growing in your talents, too!
This, by the way, is a great example of today’s sermon message – about how each and every one of us has a calling from God. There is no distinction between a “higher” or “lower” calling – only that each of us have been given a call to respond to.
Bangsar Lutheran Church is making this book available to members and attendees at RM13, with thanks to Gladsounds Bookstore.
If you would like to purchase a copy of the book, please fill in your name in the order sheet at church along with your immediate payment of RM13.
We will take orders after church service, over two Sundays – 15 and 22 January 2012.
You should be able to collect your books from the church from 29 January 2012 onwards.
How do we relate Christianity to political engagement in Malaysia today? This is the question that we, as part of the community of believers, are trying to answer in this book. It is our conviction that “if Jesus Christ is not Lord of all, He is not Lord at all”. We proclaim the lordship of Jesus over every aspect of life. Therefore, it is important for us to reflect on the relationship between what we confess on Sunday and what is happening in the country every day.
This compilation of articles has been produced within the context of a circle of friends who share a common concern over national issues and the importance of Christian engagement on those issues. Although all of us are Malaysians, some of us are located in Malaysia, some in Singapore, and one in Norway. We come from different traditions and denominations of the Christian faith, but are connected through Friends In Conversation, a network where we discuss relevant issues that concern Christian discipleship in the contemporary world.
Joshua Woo Sze Zeng is currently reading theology at Trinity Theological College, Singapore. His writings are posted and referred to at various platforms such as the Singapore Daily, REACH.gov.sg, the Christian Post Singapore, Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs website, TheMicahMandate.org, World Reformed Fellowship website, and Australian National University’s New Mandala website. He blogs at szezeng.blogspot.com.
Rama Ramanathan graduated in Mechanical Engineering in 1982 and has since worked in factories and in regional roles in operations and quality management. He blogs at write2rest.blogspot.com.
Tan Soo Inn is a member of Friends in Conversation. He holds a Doctor in Ministry from Fuller Seminary. His doctoral project focused on how one discerns vocation in the context of community. Together with his wife Bernice, Soo Inn directs the works of Graceworks, a training and publishing consultancy committed to promoting spiritual friendship in church and society.
May God bless you with discomfort
At easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships,
So that you may live deep within your heart.
May God bless you with anger
At injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people,
So that you may work for justice, freedom, and peace.
May God bless you with tears
To shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger, and war,
So that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain to joy.
And may God bless you with enough foolishness
To believe that you can make a difference in the world,
So that you can do what others claim cannot be done,
To bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor.
Are we able to help those who are different from us?
We also had our very own Michelle share about her experience, along with her family’s, as a World Vision child sponsor! She shared how, since discovering the Advent Conspiracy, her family has opted to spend their money on changing the lives of their child sponsorship recipients instead of on “useless gifts”.