Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Warm greetings from the Bishop’s Office.

Nominations for the coming General Elections (GE 13) have been finalized. In the coming two weeks, Malaysians will experience the most intense period of campaigning we ever had in our nation’s history.

As Malaysian Christians, this is the time for us to rally together to uphold our beloved country with our prayers, as well as to exercise our duty as citizens who are concern for the well being and future of Malaysia.

From now until 5 May, the Bishop’s Office would like to encourage all LCM congregations to organize special meetings and programs in preparation for the GE 13. Here are some suggestions to what congregations can do together:

1. Hold morning/evening prayer meetings so that our members can come together to intercede for a smooth and peaceful election. For more creative ideas in this area, please refer to the information and powerpoints provided by Prayer United, which is an ecumenical prayer movement. (See attached.)

2. Hold a special prayer vigil on 4 May, which is the eve of Election Day.

(Note: Some congregations might want to consider shifting the Sunday worship service to the night before so to enable more of our members to return to their constituencies to cast their vote. The Saturday night service will also provide more time for our members to pray together. The Bishop’s Office do allow such a one-off arrangement on the basis that this is really a unique situation as previous general elections were not held on Sundays. However, please ensure that all your members are informed IF there is a change in service time.)

3. Without being partisan, pastors and church leaders are to encourage our members to consider the issues faced by our nation, and to understand the positions/manifestoes of the different political parties and their respective candidates. For this purpose, the Council of Churches Malaysia has also produce a video to educate Malaysian Christians. You can view this at:

4. Do strongly urge your members to exercise their Christian and civic responsibility to vote on 5 May. Pastors are to call to lead by example, even though we understand that having to do so on Sunday is a challenge. However, with proper planning in advance, we all can return to our constituencies to cast our votes. As another bishop reminded us, our vote is not only secret, it is sacred too.

Finally, let us all unite our hearts in prayer, and vote for a better and brighter Malaysia.

主内弟兄姐妹,

平安。

十三届大选的提名已经完成,在来临的两周,马来西亚将经历前所未有非常激烈的竞选活动。

我们身为马来西亚的基督徒理当在这时候聚集,在祷告中记念国家的需要,同时履行公民的责任。

从现在到5月5日,会督办公室愿鼓励所有的信义会堂会,能为十三届大选的准备筹备特别的聚会及活动,以下是一些的建议:

1。举行早/晚的祷告会,让会友能为大选的顺畅及和平的进行祷告,请参阅联合祷告所提供的资料(附件)。

2。于5月4日也是大选前一天举行守夜祷告。

(注:堂会可考虑将主日崇拜改到星期六晚以方便会友回各自的选区投票,星期六晚的崇拜可有较长的时间一起祷告,会督办公室只许可一次的更改,因为这次的大选是落在星期日;堂会若决定更换崇拜时间,请确保所有会友被通知)。

3。在不偏袒任何的政党下,牧者及教会领袖须鼓励会友考虑国家当前的问题,并且了解各政党的立场/宣言及各候选人,马来西亚教会联会为此制作了一个录影来教导马来西亚的基督徒,请参考网址 :

4。请大力鼓吹会友履行基督徒及公民的责任于5月5日投票,牧者是个模范,虽然于主日投票是个挑战,但在预早的计划,我们仍然可回各自的选区投票;其中一个会督提醒我们,我们的一票不但是隐密也是神圣的。

最后,让我们同心祷告,为更好及更光明的马来西亚投下一票。

Blessings
Bishop Philip Lok

“I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth.” Job 19:25

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