BLC #Lent 2017

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Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, where we find ourselves kicking off another thematic series for the season. Throughout Lent, we will be challenged to deepen our faith in God afresh. Lent culminates in Holy Week, starting with Palm Sunday and ends with Good Friday, before we celebrate the glorious Resurrection at Easter.

All events are open, so all are welcome – please feel free to invite your loved ones.

Date Topic Reading Preacher
5 Mar Viewing Slumdog Millionaire from the Wilderness Matthew 4:1-11 Rama Ramanathan
12 Mar The Spirit and New Birth John 3:1-17 Rev. Dr. Sivin Kit
19 Mar Thirsting For Living Water John 4:5-42 Rev. Dr. Sivin Kit
26 Mar New Eyes To See I Samuel 16:1-13 Rev. Dr. Eric Trozzo
2 Apr The Mechanics Of Confession Psalm 51 Rev. Dr. Tan Soo Inn
9 Apr Palm Sunday: The Way Of Jesus Philippians 2:5-11 Rev. Dr. Siew Woh
16 Apr Easter Sunday Matthew 28:1-10 Rev. Dr. Sivin Kit

Partnering With MyReaders To Address Illiteracy In Bangsar

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We’re delighted to partner with MYReaders, a community-led group that seeks to address illiteracy in the Bangsar low-income community! In its first week, MYReaders made contact with students from SMK Bangsar to ascertain their current literacy level.

Find out more about their first week:

Thank you @bangsarlutheran for hosting our volunteer training session! #rumahpapa

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Please consider supporting the great work that MyReaders is doing. Follow them on Facebook or email them at team[at]myreaders[dot]org[dot]my.

BLC Gardening Day – 4 Feb 2017

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Did you know BLC has a community garden?

Well, we do (it’s been growing for more than a year now!) and it’s under the care of a regular set of volunteers who enjoy gardening… and the fellowship that comes out of gardening together.

Our next opportunity to meet and do gardening together is coming soon. You’re invited to join us – whether you think you have green fingers or not!  It’s just right after Chinese New Year, so for those hoping to lose CNY calories, gardening is a little more fun than indoor gym! 🙂

  • Date: Saturday, 4 Feb 2017
  • Time: 8:30am to 10:30am (we’ll start gardening first, then wrap up with a time of sharing together)

If you’d like to participate, please contact Charis or email rumahpapa[dot]admin[at]gmail[dot]com. This is an open event – all are welcome!

Read more about our BLC Community Garden adventures here.

A Sunday For Children, A Farewell, And Being A Light To The Nation

It was quite a busy but blessed Sunday for us today.

For our children, Sunday School for the 2017 session kicked off today. It’s such a blessing to see our children grow up year by year. We pray that they will continue to grow in the Lord and the wonderful teacher-volunteers we have will be blessed, encouraged, and strengthened as they serve God and our BLC Family through their ministry to children.

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Photo credit: Carmen Loke

We were also blessed to have Rev. Dr. Hermen Shastri, General Secretary of the Council of Churches Malaysia, who preached a wonderful sermon on “Being A Light To The Nation”, as part of our sermon series during Epiphany. It was a good reminder that, to be a light – we are called to reflect Jesus, the True Light; and not presume to be the source of light itself.

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Photo credit: Sivin Kit

Finally, it was a bittersweet moment for us as we bade farewell to Derek and Theresa Holtby; who are returning to their home country. For the several years they have been with us, we have been blessed by their family: Derek’s talent with the trumpet as well as being a voice of conscience to us, Theresa’s wonderful kindness and graciousness, and also the wit, charm, and musical gifts of their children. We have been so blessed to have them in our midst; we are sad to see them go but are happy that this is part of God’s plan for them.

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Photo credit: Sivin Kit

 

 

Religions along the Silk Road: Investigations and Reflections with Ron Choong (21 Jan 2017)

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The STM Centre for Religion and Society and the Academy of Christian Thought will co-organise the following talk hosted at Bangsar Lutheran Church:

“Religions along the Silk Road: Investigations and Reflections with Ron Choong”

The event will be moderated by our pastor: Rev Dr Sivin Kit

For more information, please call 06-6322 815 or email sivinkit[at]stm2[dot]edu[dot]my.

About the speaker:

Dr Ron Choong is an independent interdisciplinary scholar. Born in Kuala Lumpur, educated in the UK and the USA, he is now living in New York. Although his academic training is in biology and chemistry, law, international relations, history, philosophy and theology, he is more interested in the web of knowledge across all disciplines of inquiry.

In this session, he will share thoughts on the studies of the migration of religious ideas along three Old Silk Roads from China to Europe via Central Asia, India and the Arabian Peninsula.

Sermon Series: Epiphany 2017 – Living In God’s Radiant Light

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Following the season of Christmas which ends with Epiphany this Friday, 6 Jan 2016, we now enter into Epiphany season.

During this season, we will embark on a sermon series exploring the theme of “Living In God’s Radiant Light“.

The church calendar recognizes the season of Epiphany from January 6 until the last Sunday before Ash Wednesday which is celebrated as the Transfiguration of our Lord. Epiphany season explores several principal themes: the revelation of Christ to all nations, Jesus’ baptism in the River Jordan, and Christ as the light of the world.

The colours of the season are white (a colour associated with the festivals of Christ and suggesting gladness, joy and light for the day of Epiphany), used the first week after the Epiphany when the Baptism of our Lord is celebrated, and the last week of the season of Epiphany when the Transfiguration of our Lord is celebrated; and green, reminiscent of living plants and suggests spiritual growth. Green is used in the season of Epiphany beginning with the second week after the Epiphany until the week before the Transfiguration of our Lord is celebrated.

Please join us! All are welcome.

Epiphany 2017 at Bangsar Lutheran Church, KL

Date Time Theme Readings Preacher
1 Jan 10am New Year’s Day: Just Right On Time Ecclesiastes 3:1-13 Rev. Dr. Sivin Kit
8 Jan 10am A People Called To Do Right Isaiah 42:1-9 Rev. Dr. Sivin Kit
15 Jan 10am Light To The Nation Isaiah 49:1-7 Rev. Dr. Herman Shastri
22 Jan 10am Searching For Happiness? Heavy Loads Taken Away Isaiah 9:1-4 Rev. Dr. Sivin Kit
29 Jan 10am Humble Walking: Minimum Standards, Basic Expectations Micah 6:1-8 John Cheah
5 Feb 10am Rediscovering Orthodoxy: How To Honor God Isaiah 58:1-12 Rev. Dr. Sivin Kit
12 Feb 10am Special Topic TBC Rev. Dr. Guillermo Hansen
19 Feb 10am Take Time To Be Holy Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18 Rev. Dr. Siew Woh
26 Feb 10am Transfiguration Sunday TBC Eugene Yapp