Prayer at the Close of the Year: Final #FirstFriday of 2013! 6 Dec, 8:15pm

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This Friday, 6 Dec, 8:15p, come away from the crowds and traffic jams and join us in the liturgy for Compline, sometimes also known as Prayer at the Close of Day. There will be time allocated to reflect on the year that has gone by, to share your thoughts if you so wish, and to listen and make room in our hearts for 2014’s fresh start.

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COMPLINE…
The office of Compline is the final office (or service) of the day according to the ancient, monastic cycle of canonical hours (increments for daily prayer.) The term Compline, from the Latin ‘completorium’ (completed), was first used by St. Benedict in the 6th century, and was part of the ‘Rule of Benedict’, a book of guidelines for monks living and praying in monastic communities. Compline is intended to be repetitive and easily memorized and recited in plain chant. Compline services emphasize rest, spiritual peace and contemplation. (Description adapted from http://compline.lucpgh.com/Pittsburgh_Compline_Choir/Our_Service.html )

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Join us for a quiet evening in this corner of Bangsar, away from the bustle of Friday night KL. Get to know a friend or fellow BLC-ian better. Maybe make an altogether new friend! (Yes, please bring with you anyone who you think would be blessed by being at this gathering as well!) I’ll also be bringing some snacks and biscuits. Those who wish to make themselves a cup of coffee, tea or Milo will have something to dunk in their beverages in case there was no time for proper dinner before 🙂

– – – About First Fridays:
First Fridays are monthly evening gatherings at Bangsar Lutheran Church: A simple hour of contemplative and reflective worship for those seeking an “alternative” space to slow down at the end of the week… a respite from the busyness of our daily experience and a chance to renew our strength in God’s presence and one another’s fellowship. In the past, this meeting has included moments of silent prayer, art, scripture reading and reflection, and songs. First Fridays are an experimental space to share fresh approaches, as well as to revisit age-old traditions in Christian worship. Guests are invited to suggest readings, music and other prayer & thought points for future meeting. Please feel free to contact any of the event hosts/admins with your ideas!

Reminder: #FirstFriday at BLC – 8:15pm, 4 Oct 2013 :: A Song & A Story

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Just a reminder for this Friday 4 Oct 2013, where we will have our monthly #FirstFriday worship gathering. This month’s gathering is themed “A Song & A Story“.

Come on by to close the week at The Father’s House with just a round of storytelling, singing, listening and prayer.Here’s what we’re going to do:

1. Everyone is invited to pick a song to share.
It can be a hymn that we’ll sing or listen to together on YouTube.
It could be something you’ve written yourself and that we’ll be hearing for the very first time.

2. Tell a story about this song.
The best kind of story, of course, is your own. Tell us how the song you chose is a reminder of an important moment in your life, whether a time of crisis, despair, revelation, searching, or celebration.

Or you could even tell us the story of how the song came to be (especially if you wrote it yourself!). Many hymns have great stories behind them, too, and the lives of the writers who penned the powerful words and tunes have inspired great biographies and even a movie or two.

3. When each person has shared both their story and their song, she/he will state a prayer request.
It could be a matter directly related to the song/story, or it could be something else that the Holy Spirit has placed on your heart.

We will lift that matter up in prayer together before passing the time to the next person.

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More information is available here.

This is an open event – so please feel free to invite your friends! A public Facebook Event Page has also been set up for you to share readily – click here.

See you tomorrow!

#FirstFriday at BLC – 8:15pm, 4 Oct 2013 :: A Song & A Story

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This Friday 4 Oct 2013, come on by to close the week at The Father’s House with just a round of storytelling, singing, listening and prayer.Here’s what we’re going to do:

1. Everyone is invited to pick a song to share.
It can be a hymn that we’ll sing or listen to together on YouTube.
It could be something you’ve written yourself and that we’ll be hearing for the very first time.

2. Tell a story about this song.
The best kind of story, of course, is your own. Tell us how the song you chose is a reminder of an important moment in your life, whether a time of crisis, despair, revelation, searching, or celebration.

Or you could even tell us the story of how the song came to be (especially if you wrote it yourself!). Many hymns have great stories behind them, too, and the lives of the writers who penned the powerful words and tunes have inspired great biographies and even a movie or two.

3. When each person has shared both their story and their song, she/he will state a prayer request.
It could be a matter directly related to the song/story, or it could be something else that the Holy Spirit has placed on your heart.

We will lift that matter up in prayer together before passing the time to the next person.

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Join us for a quiet evening in this corner of Bangsar, away from the bustle of Friday night KL.
Get to know a friend or fellow BLC-ian better.
Maybe make an altogether new friend!
(Yes, please bring with you anyone who you think would be blessed by being at this gathering as well!)

We’ll provide some cookies so that those who wish to make themselves a cup of coffee, tea or Milo will have something to dunk in their beverages in case there was no time for proper dinner before 🙂

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About First Fridays:

First Fridays are monthly evening gatherings at Bangsar Lutheran Church: A simple hour of contemplative and reflective worship for those seeking an “alternative” space to slow down at the end of the week… a respite from the busyness of our daily experience and a chance to renew our strength in God’s presence and one another’s fellowship.

In the past, this meeting has included moments of silent prayer, art, scripture reading and reflection, and songs.

First Fridays are an experimental space to share fresh approaches, as well as to revisit age-old traditions in Christian worship. Guests are invited to suggest readings, music and other prayer & thought points for future meeting. Please feel free to contact any of the event hosts/admins with your ideas!

This is an open event – so please feel free to invite your friends! A public Facebook Event Page has also been set up for you to share readily – click here.

See you this Friday!

#FirstFriday at BLC – 8:15pm, 7 June 2013

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First Fridays are monthly evening gatherings at Bangsar Lutheran Church: A simple hour of contemplative and reflective worship for those seeking an “alternative” space to slow down at the end of the week… a respite from the busyness of our daily experience and a chance to renew our strength in God’s presence and one another’s fellowship.

In the past, First Friday meetings have included moments of silent prayer, art, scripture reading and reflection, and songs.

This Friday’s service will be set to the Holden Evening Prayer. Here’s a brief description of it from the web: Written in 1985-1986 while liturgical composer Marty Haugen was the musician-in-residence at Holden Village, a Lutheran retreat center in Washington State, this lovely setting of vespers follows the traditional form while using contemporary and inclusive language. Contents include “Service of Light,” Evening Hymn-“Joyous Light of Heav’nly Glory,” “Evening Thanksgiving,” “The Annunciation,” “The Magnificat,” “Litany and Prayers,” and “Final Blessing.”

We seek to provide an experimental space to share fresh approaches, as well as to revisit age-old traditions in Christian worship. Guests are invited to suggest readings, music and other prayer & thought points for future meeting. Please feel free to contact any of the event hosts/admins with your ideas!

Kindly RSVP via this Facebook Public Event page here. This is an open event, so please feel free to invite your family, friends, acquaintances, or other loved ones!

#FirstFriday at BLC – 8:15pm, 5 April 2013

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Happy Easter season, everyone! Our First Friday of the Easter season is going to be a suitably colorful session featuring reflection, experimental art and also music, led by Johnben Loy 🙂

It has been said, “a picture is worth a thousand words.”

This Friday, we invite you to come to express your worship for an hour through visual art and music.

When you come in at 8:15pm (or even if you are late), find for yourself a table or a board with a large piece of art paper and some pastels. (Those of you who prefer sculpture, feel free to bring along your own materials.) There will be an instruction sheet to help guide you in how to participate. Then…

… create your art of worship to God from your heart, individually, in community.

No prior training is necessary; only a desire to engage in creative worship.

Art materials will be prepared enough for 15 participants. If more than 15 people are signed up on this Facebook page before this Friday (5 April), we are able to prepare more materials.

We will provide worship music, live, on the piano. And if you can play by ear, bring your instrument along and we can jam (and sing) softly to God while others worship through visual arts.

At the end of the hour, we will share our pieces with one another. Those who are willing may leave their pieces to be displayed at the Father’s House.

Come and flow.

First Fridays are monthly evening gatherings at Bangsar Lutheran Church: A simple hour of contemplative and reflective worship for those seeking an “alternative” space to slow down at the end of the week… a respite from the busyness of our daily experience and a chance to renew our strength in God’s presence and one an…other’s fellowship.

In the past, this meeting has included moments of silent prayer, art, scripture reading and reflection, and songs.

First Fridays are an experimental space to share fresh approaches, as well as to revisit age-old traditions in Christian worship. Guests are invited to suggest readings, music and other prayer & thought points for future meeting. Please feel free to contact any of the event hosts/admins with your ideas!

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#FirstFriday at BLC – 8:15pm, 1 March 2013

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“O God, you are my God, I seek you, my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live; … I will lift up my hands and call on your name. My soul is satisfied as with a rich feast, and my mouth praises you with joyful lips when I think of you on my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night; for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I sing for joy. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.” -Psalm 63:1-8

What are your own thoughts as you read this psalmist’s sentiments?

Come spend a quiet evening with us at The Father’s House today as we wind down at the end of another week, share stories about our Lenten journey so far, and contemplate scripture and song together.

First Fridays are monthly evening gatherings at Bangsar Lutheran Church: A simple hour of contemplative and reflective worship for those seeking an “alternative” space to slow down at the end of the week… a respite from the busyness of our daily experience and a chance to renew our strength in God’s presence and one another’s fellowship.

In the past, this meeting has included moments of silent prayer, art, scripture reading and reflection, and songs.

First Fridays are an experimental space to share fresh approaches, as well as to revisit age-old traditions in Christian worship. Guests are invited to suggest readings, music and other prayer & thought points for future meeting. Please feel free to contact any of the event hosts/admins with your ideas!

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