Yeshua’s Prayer – Komeil

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Yeshua’s Prayer – by Komeil

One of BLC’s blessings is having Komeil as a BLC Family member! He is a talented artist (check out his Facebook page here) and musician.

During our 16th anniversary celebrations last week, Komeil drew us a special illustration for our bulletin cover. Here he is explaining it in his own words (slightly edited for clarity and grammar):

I think the best title would be ‘Yeshua’s Prayer’.

The idea of the moon and its reflection is to express the relation between earth and heaven. The original verse reads, “…on earth as it is in heaven.” That’s when I started to think… “On earth… Why shouldn’t God’s will be done? As perfect as it is in heaven… I draw a perfect moon on earth (below) where Jesus stands, praying.

The moon above is resonating: God is listening. We  know how to speak softly, but  we may need to learn how to listen softly as well. God listens… God’s heart is soft… He is softer than water… He walks on water…

The moon bellow is the perfect moon… Our perfect God… He would not be our Saviour if He did not become flesh.. The moon bellow is a perfect moon… God’s will on earth shall be so perfectly done that this heaven, the one on earth will shed light on the entire universe.

These are my interpretations as one viewer. Everyone can read the painting in a different way.

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Celebrating 16 Years Of God’s Grace To BLC!

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Last Saturday, BLC celebrated our 16th anniversary since being “resurrected” on 1 April 2000. Yes, we were aptly founded on April Fool’s Day – Sivin even recalled the sermon during the first service asked the initial 20-or-so congregants, “Are you ready to be fools for Christ?”

To celebrate, we held our worship service on Saturday evening. During the service, we were blessed to have special presentations by the children. We also had a video presentation highlighting scenes from our early years (2000-2004).

Sivin continued the preaching series on The Kingdom Prayer – focusing on “Your Kingdom Come,” where he interweaved stories about starting BLC with the message on what it meant to pray for God’s kingdom to be embodied on earth.

We also had a special bulletin cover designed by our very own Komeil and also printed our story as a take home for everyone. Our altar decoration also featured our first ear of corn from our community garden – a first fruit offering from this cycle’s harvest!

We even wished BLC a happy birthday with a song and a home-baked cake!

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The Birthday Cake and Our BLC Circle. (Photo credit: James Lim)

Finally, we had a potluck dinner where many folks contributed a scrumptious smorgasbord of food!

Our heartfelt thanks to Michelle and Stephanie for organizing most of the anniversary celebrations today (especially the programme, coordination, and for organizing the massive potluck dinner)! Thanks also to Adeline for helping coordinate, Komeil for the special bulletin cover, Priscilla for the BLC birthday cake, the children for blessing us with musical gifts, Benjamin and the worship music team, as well as Clarice and team for the harvest from our garden. Thank also to all of YOU – for all your contributions big and small.

The church is ultimately its people – this celebration was a clear showcase of that!

More pics here, courtesy of Ben and Vanessa (www.dimanajua.com).

(Check out Alpha’s Facebook Live post on the aftermath of our celebrations!)

Reminder: See you tomorrow, Sat 27 Aug, 5pm at BLC’s 16th Anniversary Celebration! No service on Sun 28 Aug

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This weekend, BLC will gather on Saturday, 27 Aug 2016, at 5pm to celebrate our 16th Anniversary! We will celebrate together with a worship gathering at 5:00pm (which will include special presentations) followed by a potluck dinner fellowship from 6:30pm onwards.

Note: This means we will NOT have worship service the next day, on Sunday, 28 Aug 2016 at The Father’s House.

All are welcome! If you are inviting a friend, please email rumahpapa[dot]admin[at]gmail[dot]com. This will help us ensure we prepare enough dinner for everyone. You can also leave a message on our Event Page here.

Find out more about our story as a church community here.

Check out pictures of BLC’s Year One – way back in the year 2000 – from ye olde archives here.

This Saturday 27 Aug, We Celebrate Our 16th Anniversary!

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This weekend, BLC will gather on Saturday, 27 Aug 2016, at 5pm to celebrate our 16th Anniversary! We will celebrate together with a worship gathering at 5:00pm (which will include special presentations) followed by a potluck dinner fellowship from 6:30pm onwards.

Note: This means we will NOT have worship service the next day, on Sunday, 28 Aug 2016 at The Father’s House.

All are welcome! If you are inviting a friend, please email rumahpapa[dot]admin[at]gmail[dot]com. This will help us ensure we prepare enough dinner for everyone. You can also leave a message on our Event Page here.

Find out more about our story as a church community here.

Check out pictures of BLC’s Year One – way back in the year 2000 – from ye olde archives here.

The Banner – Joyce Ramanathan

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Continuing on our recent 13th anniversary, here’s another story from the church – based on a sight from Bangsar Lutheran Church that many have seen, but may not have heard the story behind it.

The banner that adorns the wall to the right side of the altar (as you face the cross) was the loving handiwork of Joyce Ramanathan.

Here’s the story behind it:

When Rubini showed me the picture of the banner and asked whether I could reproduce it using scraps of material contributed by the church family, I was quite concerned.

It looked like an interesting project, but to use a variety of fabrics of different textures, weave, elasticity and weight would be a nightmare.  As I lay awake wondering about it, I started to talk to God about it and a clear answer came:  “Use ribbons.”

The next day I went to the haberdashery and got a few metres each of ribbons of different colours.  I tried sewing the ribbons together and it was difficult: the ends frayed and the satin ribbons kept slipping!

This was going to be a difficult project.  Rama worked out the dimensions of the banner for me and I was horrified: it was so big!

My sample wasn’t received enthusiastically and I was quite disappointed.  But someone in our church had an appropriate word for me and I was encouraged.

I was in the midst of sewing a quilt for my niece and I had to finish it before I could begin on the banner.  I finished the quilt for my niece on 8 February 2012, and then started on the banner to get it done by Good Friday.

To stop the ribbons from fraying I singed the edges.  I was working in our study and had to be very careful of the combination of a lit candle, ribbons, fabrics and books.  The progress was slow but Rama was very encouraging.

Working with ribbons was already difficult and I wondered how I was going to sew the thorns.  I decided to use felt as it does not fray, and fabric glue to attach it.  But to play it safe, I hemmed it as well.

Initially, I wanted to make and pay for the banner myself as my gift to God.

I’m very glad I didn’t do that.  The banner is not mine; it belongs to all of us.  The ribbons of different colours, lengths and even texture portray the people that make up BLC. There maybe some similarities between us but we are also different and unique, no one more significant than another.  Together, we make a pretty picture.

When attaching the thorns, I could not stop thinking of the pain our Lord had to suffer to redeem us.  Pain is necessary in our lives.  Pain makes us dependent on God, makes us less able to take things for granted, makes us more compassionate towards others.  Pain builds character.

I am grateful to Rubini and Bess Anne for choosing the design and giving me the privilege of making it.

BLC-Rumah Hope: Christmas In The Park (2005)

We’re continuing our stroll down memory lane on our 13th anniversary. This video came by way of David Berry (who’s family blessed the church with the boat candleholder we posted about here)

BLC has a great relationship with the Rumah Hope kids. One Christmas, we decided to celebrate the season together with a big outing to the Bukit Kiara park in TTDI.

It was a fun day for all of us!