Becoming Family At BLC – Baptism, Confirmation, Membership at BLC

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We are starting this season’s round of Becoming Family (including for children) at BLC, this Sunday, 4 Oct 2015 for those who are interested in pursuing baptism, confirmation and membership at Bangsar Lutheran Church.

It will be a 12-week series, every Sunday, 8:30am-9:30am leading up to our Christmas service in December this year. Pastor Daniel will be leading the course.

You can find out more about Becoming Family at BLC here. For those who are interested in having their children baptised, you can find out more about Becoming Family – Your Child’s Baptism here.

All are welcome – please feel free to join us at The Father’s House.

Wishing you a Blessed and Merry Christmas 2014! #BLCAdventChristmas2014

After journeying through the season of Advent, we greeted Christmas Day early in the morning with a first-ever Christmas Day service at 8:30am; focused on the theme, “Arise, Shine, For Your Light Has Come!

This year we had the Caroling Team serve as the worship music choir as well!

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On Christmas Day, we also celebrated baptisms.

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Pastor Augustin shared with us a Christmas message based on the theme, “Arise, Shine, For Your Light Has Come!DSCF0730 EditR_Ben

And, of course, we adjourned for refreshments! After all, a church that eats together…!

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A full set of photos from Christmas Day, courtesy of Benjamin Ong, are available here.

 

Rejoicing Over Renu’s and her son’s Baptisms!

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This past Sunday, we were exceptionally blessed to bear witness to the baptism of Renu, Anand’s wife, and that of their younger son.

Rev. Augustin conducted the sacrament of baptism for the both of them.

We rejoice over their decision in publically committing to their relationship with Jesus and we pledge to support them as the BLC Family in their journey ahead!

Thanks be to God!

More pics here.

Welcome to the family, Jaryd!

Besides celebrating Passion/Palm Sunday today, we were also especially blessed to celebrate Jaryd’s baptism.

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Our prayers and blessings go to Larry and Noree’s family as they raise Jaryd in the ways of the Lord, along with the help of godmother Clarice!

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Let the little children come and do not forbid them – Early Communion at BLC

After service this morning, Rev. Augustin held an education session for parents to discuss early communion at BLC.

—“Early Communion” refers to permitting baptized children to begin receiving communion before confirmation. Rev. Augustin delivered a presentation by Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Truscott, which took us through biblical and historical views on early Communion. In summary:
  • —Documents of the early church make instruction and baptism requirements for communion
  • —Baptism is understood as the rite of admission to communion
  • —Once infants became the primary baptismal candidates, churches did not exclude them from communion (1 Cor 11 was no hindrance!)
  • —Later circumstances led to their exclusion from communion; infant communion had to be suppressed!
  • —ELCA, LCS and other Lutherans churches have moved to early communion
  • —At first, American Lutherans were concerned about avoiding the perception that confirmation/first communion gave full membership status
  • —Now ELCA emphasizes the idea that baptism admits one to the Supper regardless of one’s age
  • —LCS also emphasizes the relationship between baptism and first communion; talks about faith receiving the gifts of HC, rather than constituting basis of admission

Full slides are available here: Early Communion teaching – BLC

Why did Jesus go to be baptised? – Rev. Augustin

Why did Jesus go to be baptised? Today’s Gospel reading (Luke 3:15-22) tells us that Jesus went John to be baptised. More than anything, it brings Him closer to identifying with us. Thus, our baptism becomes so precious to us because it brings us into Christ, and Christ into us.

The beauty of our God is that He walks with us, through all our ups and downs. We belong to Him. Through baptism, He identifies with my sin and humanity; while we are given the opportunity to be identified with his Divinity.

The great exchange of what Christ did on the cross is made plain through baptism.

And so, as we identify with Christ, He calls us by name to His people. In the same way then, He also sends us out. We become Wounded Healers.

So, what then is discipleship? It’s more than just “obedience”, but a process of realising our true potential in Him. What then is a church? A community of Wounded Healers.

The God who has called you, will walk with you. Each opportunity is a divine appointment. Because we are His.