Reminder – #PrepareTheWay: 2nd Sunday in Advent – Festival of the 9 Lessons & Carols, 7pm

BLC - Advent 2015 - Prepare The Way

This coming Sunday, 6 December 2015, 7pm, we will be celebrate the 2nd Sunday in Advent with the Festival of the 9 Lessons and Carols. Please note: this will be an evening service and there is no morning service on this day. Light refreshments will be available after service.

The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is a format for a service of Christian worship celebrating the birth of Jesus. The story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus is told in nine short Bible readings from Genesis, the prophetic books and the Gospels, interspersed with the singing of Christmas carolshymns and choir music.

  1. First Lesson: Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-19
  2. Second Lesson: Genesis 22:6-18
  3. Third Lesson: Isaiah 9:2-7
  4. Fourth Lesson: Isaiah 11:1-9
  5. Fifth Lesson: Luke 1:26-38
  6. Sixth Lesson: Luke 2:1-7
  7. Seventh Lesson: Luke 2:8-20
  8. Eighth Lesson: Matthew 2:1-12
  9. Ninth Lesson: John 1:1-14 

The best-known version is broadcast annually from King’s College, Cambridge, on Christmas Eve. It features carols sung by the famous Choir of King’s College, Cambridge:

The death and resurrection of Christ is intricately connected to the birth of the promised Messiah.  It is because we know the outcome of Jesus’ life and ministry that we are able to understand the significance of his birth; therefore, we observe, remember, and celebrate the birth of Christ through the lens of the cross.  As Christians we acknowledge that the birth of the promised Messiah and redemption of God’s people through death and resurrection is not the first of God’s salvific work, but a continuation of God’s promise.  Scripture invites us into the history of God’s redeeming work then, now, and always.

As we ‘Prepare the Way of the Lord” this Advent, we do so by remembering the old, old story of God’s love, grace, mercy, forgiveness, and promise.  Together we join the whole hosts of heaven and the company of the saints proclaiming what God has done through history, is doing through the promised Messiah, and will continue to do in the final days.

This is an open event – please feel free to invite your loved ones, family, friends and neighbors. 

#PrepareTheWay: 2nd Sunday in Advent – Festival of the 9 Lessons & Carols, 7pm

BLC - Advent 2015 - Prepare The Way

Next Sunday, 6 December 2015, 7pm, we will be celebrate the 2nd Sunday in Advent with the Festival of the 9 Lessons and Carols. Please note: this will be an evening service and there is no morning service on this day. Light refreshments will be available after service.

The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is a format for a service of Christian worship celebrating the birth of Jesus. The story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus is told in nine short Bible readings from Genesis, the prophetic books and the Gospels, interspersed with the singing of Christmas carolshymns and choir music.

  1. First Lesson: Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-19
  2. Second Lesson: Genesis 22:6-18
  3. Third Lesson: Isaiah 9:2-7
  4. Fourth Lesson: Isaiah 11:1-9
  5. Fifth Lesson: Luke 1:26-38
  6. Sixth Lesson: Luke 2:1-7
  7. Seventh Lesson: Luke 2:8-20
  8. Eighth Lesson: Matthew 2:1-12
  9. Ninth Lesson: John 1:1-14 

The best-known version is broadcast annually from King’s College, Cambridge, on Christmas Eve. It features carols sung by the famous Choir of King’s College, Cambridge:

The death and resurrection of Christ is intricately connected to the birth of the promised Messiah.  It is because we know the outcome of Jesus’ life and ministry that we are able to understand the significance of his birth; therefore, we observe, remember, and celebrate the birth of Christ through the lens of the cross.  As Christians we acknowledge that the birth of the promised Messiah and redemption of God’s people through death and resurrection is not the first of God’s salvific work, but a continuation of God’s promise.  Scripture invites us into the history of God’s redeeming work then, now, and always.

As we ‘Prepare the Way of the Lord” this Advent, we do so by remembering the old, old story of God’s love, grace, mercy, forgiveness, and promise.  Together we join the whole hosts of heaven and the company of the saints proclaiming what God has done through history, is doing through the promised Messiah, and will continue to do in the final days.

This is an open event – please feel free to invite your loved ones, family, friends and neighbors. 

Sermon: Disappointment With God – Rev. Dr. Tan Soo Inn

Soo Inn Yoda

Kicking off our Advent sermon series, we were blessed to have Rev. Dr. Tan Soo Inn, of Graceworks and a dear friend of BLC, as our guest speaker.

He spoke about the birth of John the Baptist from Luke 1:5-25; 57-80 and meditated on “Disappointments with God.” The recording of his sermon is available here:

Our Advent sermon series, themed “Prepare The Way Of The Lord” will continue throughout the season of Advent, leading up to Christmas Day:

BLC - Advent 2015 - Prepare The Way

#GettingToKnowYou – BLC Council 2015-2017: Chan Ee Lyn, Community & Stewardship

Earlier this year, May Jean stepped down as Secretary and Community Catalyst in view of her job posting overseas. Since then, we have been praying and searching for a new Secretary and Community Catalyst. We are glad that God has provided someone to step up as a Council Member: Chan Ee Lyn, who has agreed to be our Catalyst for Community & Stewardship!

Ee Lyn

Getting to know… Ee Lyn! 

As the Council Member overseeing Community & Stewardship, Ee Lyn is:

  • Chiefly responsible for strengthening fellowship and relationships WITHIN the Church. This includes initiating, planning and leading various initiatives towards encouraging fellowship among BLC Family members.
  • Maintains oversight over LiFE Groups
  • Specifically organises: Parents’ Day, Birthdays (if any), Farewells, Church Camps, Special Meals/Celebrations
  • Rosters the Fellowship after the service
  • In partnership with the Treasurer, assist and encourage all members of the congregation in extending Christian compassion and helpfulness to persons of all ages in need of material and spiritual aid. It shall co-operate with the Stewardship Committee of the Lutheran Church in Malaysia.

Tell us briefly about yourself?

  • Hometown: Penang
  • Occupation: Entrepreneur / Lecturer
  • Happily married with 2 lovely girls
  • For a living: Run a small business

How long have you been at BLC?
I’ve been in BLC since it began in April 2000 (since it’s founding!). 1st impressions – homely and the members were friendly.

What was your initial reaction to being asked to join/remain in Council?
Shocked & humbled as I’ve prayed to serve GOD in a greater capacity.

What do you do during your free time?
Painting & coloring, playing the keys, designing space

What’s your favorite…

  • Food: Malay cuisine
  • Drink: Coffee
  • Movie: Action movies
  • Smell: Coffee
  • Music genre: Christian / Pop
  • Book or literary genre: Science / Art
  • Conversation topic: Designing a space / Children

What would you consider your strength(s) and weakness(es)?

  • Strength(s): organized / disciplined / determined
  • Weakness(s): soft-hearted / multi-tasking / being particular

Can you share what your personal dream and aspiration is, for the next 10 years?
Owning a food outlet to cater for family needs

What is your dream for Malaysia (or the world), for the next 10 years?
Starting with unity within family members & unity among different races

What does it mean for you to follow Christ today?
To obey Him & trust that He will always provide in all ways.To do my best to serve, care & help others especially those in need.

What do you think God is saying to you lately?
Trust & Obey

What’s the most random thing you can think of right… NOW?
Numbers / figures

What’s the best way(s) to get in touch with you?

  • Catch me on a Sunday
  • Call/Whatsapp me.

 

Guest Speaker This Sun, 29 Nov 2015 – Rev. Dr. Tan Soo Inn

BLC - Advent 2015 - Prepare The Way

This Sunday, we enter into the Advent season, themed “Prepare The Way Of The Lord.”

Advent is a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the coming of Jesus, from two different perspectives: to share in the ancient longing for the coming of the Messiah, and to be alert for his Second Coming. As Christians we live in a time of now and not yet.

Soo Inn Yoda

This Sunday, to help us kick off our Advent sermon series, we are blessed to have Rev. Dr. Tan Soo Inn, of Graceworks, as our guest speaker. Some of you may also know him from as our 2014 church camp speaker and a dear friend of BLC.

Soo Inn will speak on the birth of John the Baptist from Luke 1:5-25; 57-80 and will meditate on “Disappointments with God.”

We look forward to having Soo Inn with us. All are welcome to join us – please feel free to invite a friend.

 

#BLCAdvent2015 – #PrepareTheWay: Advent & Christmas 2015

BLC - Advent 2015 - Prepare The Way

With today’s celebration of Doom/Christ the King Sunday, we begin the liturgical calendar anew and enter into the season of Advent, a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the coming of Jesus. For Christians, the season of Advent anticipates the coming of Christ from two different perspectives: to share in the ancient longing for the coming of the Messiah, and to be alert for his Second Coming.

As Christians we live in a time of now and not yet.

Living as witnesses of the resurrection, we eagerly await the second coming of Christ by living a life worthy of the Gospel message. However, we often find ourselves impatient and exhausted by the call to share the good news of Christ.

Advent, the first season of the Christian church year, is a season full of anticipation and preparation. Advent helps us align our impatience, not with each other or the stumbling blocks of God’s mission, but with the long awaited Messiah, both now and not yet.  

This Advent we will talk about ‘Preparing the Way of the Lord’ within our community and our own lives by remembering the age-old story of God’s love and giving praise and thanks to God for God’s fulfilled promises.

Join us at BLC for Advent 2015: Prepare the Way.

 

May you and your loved ones be especially blessed this Advent and Christmastime.

All events are open events – please invite your loved ones and friends to join us this season. Kindly note that some of the services occur outside of our regular 10am service times (namely: 6 Dec and 20 Dec). 

Advent 2015 at Bangsar Lutheran Church, KL

Date Time Theme Readings Preacher
29 Nov 10am In community OT: Jeremiah 33:14-16

NT: I Thessalonians 3:9-13

Gospel: Luke 21:25-36

Rev. Dr. Tan Soo Inn
6 Dec 7pm Remembering the old, old story Festival of the 9 Lessons & Carols

Gospel: Luke 3:1-6

Rev. Augustin
13 Dec 10am In our heart, soul, & mind OT: Micah 5:1-5

NT: Hebrews 10:5-10

Gospel: Luke 3:7-16

Pastor Daniel
20 Dec 7pm Giving Praise OT: Zephaniah 3:14-20

NT: Philippians 4:4-13

Gospel: Luke 1:39-56

Rev. Augustin