Bishop Philip Lok’s Easter Message 2013

The Bishop’s Easter Message 2013

He is not here; he has risen! – Luke 24:6

Dear Sisters and Brothers in the Risen Lord,

Even as this message is being prepared, we, as Malaysians are facing much uncertainty. The conflict between our armed forces and the Sulu terrorists continues into the third week with no peaceful resolution in sight. The date of the 13th General Election is yet to be determined as our federal government still waits for the opportune time to dissolve the parliament.

In the face of these uncertainties, we probably can understand the emotions of the disciples as they huddled together in a small room the day after the crucifixion. They were concerned for their future. No doubt, Good Friday enabled them to know a God who understands their fears and anxieties. Yet, the disciples (and us) need a certain hope, a certain destiny. Hence, “He has risen!

Easter Sunday is the bedrock of the Christian faith. The resurrection of Jesus reminds us that not only does God reach into the deep trenches of human pain, but also provides us the certainty of hope, peace, and a new life which has began on that first Easter. It gives meaning to our experiences as we await the final return of the risen Christ.

This is the message that we need to share with our neighbors and friends. As the angel said to the women, “Go, tell his disciples and Peter….”, let us too go and proclaim the good news of the Lord’s resurrection.

May this Easter lead you more deeply into the reality of Christ’s resurrection, and of your own.

Bishop Philip Lok
Lutheran Church in Malaysia Easter 2013


他不在这里,已经复活了!- 路24:6

主内弟兄姐妹, 当我在准备这篇信息时,我们作为马来西亚人正面对着许多的不确定,本国武装部队与苏禄恐怖份子间的冲突已持续了三周,至今还未有可见的和平解决方案;中央政府未能决定第十三届大选的日期,因为依然等待最佳解散国会的时机。



我们理当与邻舍及朋友分享这信息,如同天使向妇人说“去告诉门徒及披得…”,让我们去并宣扬主耶稣复活的好消息。 愿这个复活节能使你更深的认识基督的复活及自己的盼望。

马来西亚基督教信义会 2013年复活节

A new name – The Lutheran Church in Malaysia

Dear Pastors, Members and Friends of LCMS,

Greetings in the Name of our risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. May the knowledge of His resurrection strengthen our hearts and hands for God’s mission in His world.

During our 31st Biennial Convention held last year from 18 – 20 August, the Church in Convention tabled, discussed and voted to approve the 2011 LCMS Constitutional Amendments. This revision contains major amendments to our 50-year old constitution, and these organizational changes are important in our effort to meet the needs and challenges of today. Some of the amendments include:

· The change of name from LCMS to LCM (Lutheran Church in Malaysia)
· The change of usage of the term ‘Convention’ to ‘General Assembly.’
· To give voting rights to all fulltime pastors, either ordained or otherwise.
· To provide clearer definition to the role and status of the Districts and the Deans.
· To change the term of the Treasurer.
· To provide the option of having a Moderator in future General Assemblies.

However, in our Malaysian context, such amendments would only be official upon the final approval granted by the Registrar of Societies (ROS) as stipulated by the ROS Act.

After many months of waiting prayerfully, I am glad to announce to you that we have finally received the approval for the amendments from the Registrar of Societies today. (10 April 2012) We must be thankful to our risen Lord for working in the hearts of the public officials in granting us the approval. I must also convey our gratitude to those who have kept this issue in their prayers all these months.

At the same time, let us be mindful of the fact that this approval also marks the beginning of a long and laborious process for both the national office and the congregations, to make related changes to reflect the new amendments. Some of these changes include: the change of names for the congregations; the changes of names for banking accounts; the change of name in the titles of our properties; and even the change of the office stationaries.

The Bishop’s Office will be seeking information from our legal advisers on how to begin this process, and the congregations will be duly kept informed. Meanwhile, I do solicit your continual prayer support as we embark together on this transition process.

Two days ago, we celebrated Easter. With the resurrection of the Lord, the disciples were given a new hope, a new identity. It is perhaps in God’s timing, that during this Easter season, He has given us a new name and a fresh identity. From this day forth, let us be known as the Easter people of the Lutheran Church in Malaysia!

In Christ,

Bishop Philip Lok
Lutheran Church in Malaysia.





“Convention” 年会改成”General Assembly” 常年大会