Sermon: Hope that does not disappoint – Bishop Aaron Yap

Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.

– Romans 5: 1 (NLT)

This morning, we were privileged to have Bishop Aaron Yap visit us and preach the sermon based on Romans 5:1-5. He started off with verses 1 and 2, by sharing the importance of our faith in what Jesus Christ has done for us to allow for our reconciliation with God. Through this faith, we can all rejoice in the glory of not our own successes and standings, but to rejoice in sharing the glory of God.

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Bishop Aaron further challenged us, to wonder in a world today with many predicaments and difficulties, if we could still rejoice? With such contemplation, Bishop continued to bring us through today’s lesson on verses 3 and 4, where the Bible explains such trials and problems help us develop endurance, which in turn develops character, and through character, develops hope.

While sharing the many real-life tribulations and experiences faced, he encouraged us that God does not put our suffering to waste, but instead uses it for His glory. Bishop ended his sermon by encouraging us to trust that this hope will not lead to disappointment, because of God’s love that is poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us (verse 5).

Following the sermon, we celebrated the Holy Communion, in recognition of the hope we have in Christ.

Later in the service, we also had an opportunity to interview the Bishop! Moderated by our very own Leigh, we asked Bishop Aaron to share his thoughts and views on a wide-range of questions from “What do you think of Malaysian drivers” to “What is your hope for Malaysia”.

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Bishop Aaron welcomed the questions with open arms by answering these with inspiring perspectives. In fact, we were particularly touched when Bishop was also willing to be vulnerable before us and share about some of his struggles in terms of balancing his family time with his work time, as part of his ministry. In response to that, we took time out to pray for Bishop Aaron Yap and his family. The prayer was led by Pastor Augustin.

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After the service, the Council hosted Bishop and his family over lunch. The previous Council members were also invited to lunch as a simple token of appreciation for their hard work and ministry over the previous term.

We wish to express our deepest gratitude to the previous Council members, Bishop, and their families for the sacrifices they have made in serving the Lord and for being a blessing to all of us at Bangsar Lutheran Church.

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May you have a blessed week ahead, and we hope to have you join us next Sunday!

More photos from the day here.

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What problems and trials have you been running into lately? How have you let God transform you through these? 

This Sunday, 5 July 2015 – Guest: Bishop Aaron Yap

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This coming Sunday, 5 July 2015, BLC is honored to host Bishop Aaron Yap, of the Lutheran Church in Malaysia.

He will join us for our worship service at 10am, where he will preach the sermon. We will also have the pleasure of conducting our typical “chat-interview” with him during the service.

After service, BLC’s current Council will host him and the outgoing council for lunch.

We look forward to a time of blessing and fellowship with Bishop Aaron’s visit.

Thank you Bishop Aaron Yap for visiting BLC!

This morning, we had an unexpected, but very welcome guest in our midst: Bishop Aaron Yap!

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Bishop Aaron decided to drop by for worship service along with his lovely family. We thank God for his gracious visit and look forward to having him more with us!

Please continue to pray for Bishop Aaron as he leads the Lutheran Church in Malaysia!

Bishop Philip Lok’s Farewell Message

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Greetings in the Name of our Lord.

Today is my last day in the LCM Bishop’s Office. After two weeks of packing and of goodbyes, I’m glad that the day for me to leave has finally arrived. The book of Ecclesiastes reminds us that there is a time for everything. For me, this is the right time to do a ‘reset’ in my relationship with my family, with my co-workers, and with friends in the congregations and from around the world. But most of all, this is the opportune time to be renewed and refreshed, for what the Lord will call me to do in the coming years.

On this last day in office, I would like to express my deep appreciation to all who have lovingly supported my ministry in the last 8 years as the LCM bishop. It was your words of encouragement, and constant prayers that kept me going in this very special but challenging call. While it is undeniable that there were many difficult and disappointing situations, yet I’m always grateful for the good times we had. The significant events, the meaningful conversations and the laughter we shared, will be forever remembered. Also, thank you for bearing with all my failings, and if I had caused offence to you while in office, I humbly plea for your forgiveness.

In the next 3 months, I will take on a journey of discernment. Apart for giving my body and spirit some rest, I will also be seeking God’s guidance in what to do in the next chapter of my ministry. At this crucial life-intersection, I do earnestly seek your prayers and counsel.

8 years ago, I stepped into this office with a deep sense of trepidation. I felt extremely inadequate to fulfill the duties of this sacred call. But a colleague encouraged me with these words – “God doesn’t make mistakes.” With those 4 words, I moved forward in faith, and resting each day on His faithfulness. (If there were any mistake made, it was solely due to my own sinfulness and shortcomings.) As I leave the office today, I do have one farewell wish. And that is for the Father to whisper, “I didn’t make a mistake.”

Signing Off with Much Love,
Philip Lok

PS. Now, with a bit more time to spare, I will undertake a special task which many of you have requested me to do previously – start a Facebook account! Hope to see you on Facebook soon 

Elected EXCO From The LCM General Assembly 2013

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Via the Lutheran Church of Malaysia:

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

We thank the Lord for a successful and smooth completion of our General Assembly last
month. The newly elected  Executive Council (EXCO) on 18 September 2013 and we are happy to inform that the final line up of the EXCO for 2013-2015 is as follows:

  • Bishop : Rt. Rev. Aaron Yap
  • Secretary : Rev. Thomas Low
  • Treasurer : Mr. Mak Hon Weng
  • Education : Rev. Linda Chan (clergy representative, Northern district)
  • Social Concern : Mr. Allan Yip (lay representative, Selangor district)
  • Mission : Rev. Ezra Yew (clergy representative, KL district)
  • Special Project : Mr. Jason Wong (lay representative, KL district)
  • Stewardship : Rev. Tan Hee Ming (clergy representative, Selangor district)
  • Committee member : Mr. Peter Yoon

Appointed Members

  • Orang Asli : Mr. Yeoh Chuan Wooi

District Deans

  • Northern District : Rev. Lee Chin Khiang
  • Selangor District : Rev. Tang Karn Poh
  • KL District : Rev. Goh Roo Chun
  • Provisional Southern District : Rev. Yap Hing Bee
  • Provisional Orang Asli District : Rev. Chu Fook On

Please pray for all of them as they serve as partners in the ministry of our Lord.

Congratulations to our newly elected LCM Bishop Aaron Yap

Congratulations to Rev. Aaron Yap who was elected as Bishop of the Lutheran Church of Malaysia (LCM)!

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Rev. Thomas Low has also been retained as Secretary of the LCM.

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