Sermon Series: He Is Risen! – Easter through the Book of Revelation

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Following our Easter celebration last Sunday, we now enter into the season of Easter. Throughout this season, we will begin a new series of sermons meditating on Easter through the Book of Revelation.

Come and join us to discover the implications of our Resurrected Lord and what that means for us!

Date Topic Key reading Preacher
27 Mar He Is Risen! Acts 10:34-43 Rev Philip Lok
03 Apr Faithful Witness Revelation 1:4-8 Pr Daniel
10 Apr A Vision Of Worship Revelation 5:11-14 Rev Dr Sivin
17 Apr No More Tears Revelation 7:9-17 Rev Dr Sivin
24 Apr Making All Things New Revelation 21:1-6 Rev Wolfgang
01 May Life And Healing Revelation 21:10, 22 – 22:5 Rev Dr Sivin
08 May Coming Soon! Revelation 22:12-21 Rev Dr Sivin
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BLC Holy Week 2016: Stations of the Cross

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Stations are places where people wait while they are going from one place to another. A school-bus stop is like a station. People wait at train stations or bus stations or airports. Think of some stations where you have been.

With the Stations of the Cross, these stations become places where people take time to think about Jesus as he went to die on a cross. Stations of the Cross is a series of artistic representations depicting Christ Carrying the Cross to his crucifixion in the final hours of Jesus before he died. They show us how much Jesus loved us. The object of the Stations is to help us make a spiritual pilgrimage of prayer and devotion, through meditating upon the chief scenes of Christ’s sufferings and death.

Navigation through the Stations of the Cross at BLC is self-guided. You do not need to rush – please take your time, as long as you need. You do not even need to go through all of the Stations of the Cross on one day. You may want to stay at one Station with Jesus for a few days before you move to another Station.

Whatever you decide, Jesus is with you and He loves you.

This is an open event. All are welcome at The Father’s House this Holy Week on Tuesday & Wednesday, 8pm-9:30pm. On Thursday and Friday, the Stations of the Cross will be made available after Maundy Thursday Service and Good Friday Service respectively.

More info about Holy Week 2016 here.

Two thousand years ago in the middle-east, there had to have been crowds who shouted praise and friends who betrayed and followers who denied and women who wept and soldiers who mocked and thieves who believed. It would have happened like this even if the Jesus event were happening now instead of then. Even if we knew everything in advance – were we the ones on the street we too would shout Hosanna and a few days later shout crucify him. And that’s the good news when it comes down to it. Because these people of the Holy Week story are we people. And we people are the likes of which God came to save. God did not become human and dwell among us as Jesus to save only an improved, doesn’t make the wrong choices kind of people. There is no improved version of humanity that could have done any differently. So go ahead. Don’t wait until you think your motivations are correct. Don’t wait till you are sure you believe every single line of the Nicene creed (no one does all the time!). Don’t worry about coming to church this week for the right reasons. Just wave branches. Shout praise for the wrong reason. Eat a meal. Have your feet washed. Grab at coins. Shout Crucify him. Walk away when the cock crows. Because we, as we are and not as some improved version of ourselves…we are who God came to save. And nothing can stop what’s going to happen. – Nadia Bolz Weber

Getting ready for the Stations of the Cross:

 

 

BLC Holy Week 2016

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We now journey through towards the end of Lent; culminating in Holy Week, starting with Palm/Passion Sunday and ending with Good Friday before we celebrate the glorious Resurrection during Easter.

To mark Holy Week, BLC invites everyone to join us at The Father’s House for:

  • Palm/Passion Sunday Service (Sunday, 20 Mar, 10am)
  • Stations of the Cross (Tuesday-Wednesday, 22-23 Mar, 7:30pm-9:30pm)
  • Maundy Thursday Service (Thursday, 24 Mar, 8pm)
  • Good Friday Tenebrae Service (Friday, 25 Mar, 8pm)
  • Easter Service (Sunday, 27 Mar, 10am) – Lunch will be served after service.

These are open events. All are welcome.

If you have Waze and need driving directions, from your mobile phone, please click here.

Map and driving directions are available here.

#BLCLentEaster2015 – Blessed Easter Sunday 2015!

Christ is risen!

This morning’s Easter Service came as a culmination of our journey through Lent and Holy Week, themed In The Cross: Upwards and Outwards.

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We were greeted this morning by the sight of our lightbox-cross now themed for the Easter season. What’s most amazing about this is that Mei Li actually drew and painted each individual square by hand! (We are forever grateful to Larry for resurrecting our beloved lightbox-cross!)

The morning service began with our worship liturgy – which was kicked off by the BLC Brass Ensemble’s rendition of the classic hymn, “Christ The Lord Is Risen Today” (which they did an encore for us to close off the service – see the video below).

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Just before the sermon, the youth then came up and performed a wonderful, original skit titled, “What is Easter?” This concept of the skit was developed by the youth, with the script written by Jemma. We were truly blessed by their talent!

Pastor Augustin then preached a sermon challenging us to live out the implications of being “Easter people.”

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Then, just before the benediction, the BLC Brass Ensemble came on again to lead us through, “Christ The Lord Is Risen Today” one more time.

Of course, after the service, we adjourned to our Easter lunch together in church. (A church that eats together…)

Christ is risen, indeed!

#BLCLentEaster2015 – BLC Holy Week 2015

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We now journey through towards the end of Lent; culminating in Holy Week, starting withPalm/Passion Sunday and ending with Good Friday before we celebrate the glorious Resurrection during Easter.

To mark Holy Week, BLC invites everyone to join us at The Father’s House for:

  • Palm Sunday – March 29, 10am
    PALMARUM – Palm Sunday Worship ServiceThe Palm Sunday worship takes participants on a journey from Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem through the Passion story of his betrayal, persecution and death as experienced through processions, readings and music.

    First reading Psalm Second reading Gospel
    Isaiah 50:4-9a Psalm 31:9-16 Philippians 2:5-11 John 12:12-19
  • Holy Monday – March 30, 8:30pmIn observance of Holy Week a meditational service will be held at 8 pm on the theme “Devotion”, based on the gospel reading where Mary anoints Jesus with a jar of pure nard.
    First reading Psalm Second reading Gospel
    Isaiah 42:1-9 Psalm 36:5-11 Hebrews 9:11-15 John 12:1-11
  • Holy Tuesday – March 31, 8:30pmOn this second day of Holy Week, a meditational service will be held at 8 pm on the theme “Death”, based on the gospel reading where Jesus likens himself to a seed that falls to the ground and dies in order to produce much fruit.
    First reading Psalm Second reading Gospel
    Isaiah 49:1-7 Psalm 71:1-14 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 John 12:20-36
  • Holy Wednesday – April 1, 8:30pmOn this Holy Wednesday, a meditational service will be held at 8 pm on  the theme, “Betrayal”, based on the gospel reading where Jesus points out to his disciples that one of them will betray him.
    First reading Psalm Second reading Gospel
    Isaiah 50:4-9a Psalm 70 Hebrews 12:1-3 John 13:21-32
  • Maundy Thursday – April 2, 8:30pm
    Maundy Thursday EucharistMaundy Thursday marks the beginning of the Holy Triduum, the three-day liturgical sequence that recalls the passion, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

    In the Maundy Thursday liturgy, we commemorate the Last Supper and the giving of the Mandatum Novum (New Commandment) by focusing on the theme of “Love” – Love commanded by Jesus, illustrated by Him in washing the disciples’ feet, and shared through the breaking of bread, foreshadowing the great outpouring of love on the cross the next day.

    First reading Psalm Second reading Gospel
    Exodus 12:1-4, (5-10), 11-14 Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 John 13:1-17, 31b-35
  • Good Friday – April 3, 8:30pm
    Good Friday ServiceThe Liturgy of the day focuses on the cross, the ultimate sacrifice of love of God for man as the divine fellowship of Father and Son that has lasted for eternity is sundered and Jesus cries out, Eloi! Eloi! Lama Sabachthani? (My God! My God! Why have you forsaken me?)

    First reading Psalm Second reading Gospel
    Isaiah 52:13-53:12 Psalm 22 Hebrews 10:16-25
    or
    Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9
    John 18:1-19:42
  • Holy Saturday – April 4And then, there is the silence of the tomb. One quiet, still day as the disciples mourn, the heavens are quiet and creation holds its breath.

    There is no activity in church today. You are encouraged the spend the day in quiet meditation and reflection.

    First reading Psalm Second reading Gospel
    Job 14:1-14
    or
    Lamentations 3:1-9, 19-24
    Psalm 31:1-4, 15-16 1 Peter 4:1-8 Matthew 27:57-66
    or
    John 19:38-42
  • Easter Day – April 5, 10am
    Festal Eucharist for Easter DayAnd then there is Life!

    The Easter service is a celebration of life, of triumph over death, and of victory in the face of despair. Come join us in joyous worship and festive fellowship, followed by a celebration lunch in the church.

    First reading Psalm Second reading Gospel
    Isaiah 25:6-9 Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 1 Cor. 15:1-11 John 20:1-18

These are all open events. All are welcome.

If you have Waze and need driving directions, from your mobile phone, please click here.

Map and driving directions are available here.

Sermon: Easter Joy And Mirth In Church Tradition – Rev. Wolfgang

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Rev Wolfgang spoke this past Sunday about Easter joy and mirth in church tradition, shared a lovely paper cut artwork illustrating John’s gospel, and — in preaching from John 20:19-31 — took us back to the context of John 20:21, which is BLC’s guiding verse.

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He highlighted verse 22-23: “When [Jesus] had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.'”

Not that Christians hold the power of forgiving human sins per se, but when unforgiveness marks our thoughts, words and deeds, it does indeed become a block that prevents God’s forgiveness from flowing through our lives and blessing and redeeming others as Christ intended when he breathed the Holy Spirit into his church.