A Huge Word Of Thanks To Meili & Her Holy Week Crew

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A huge word of thanks to Meili and her Holy Week crew for the great job in organizing, putting up and packing away all that we did during Holy Week, especially:

We hope you were blessed throughout your Lent and Holy Week journey!

Good Friday Tenebrae Service 2013

Good Friday is one of the major landmarks of the Christian calendar, signifying a moment when it was thought all hope was lost. It was the same moment that demonstrated the power of faith, and nearly 2,000 years later, is still viewed with much the same reverence as it was from the moment the significance was understood.

Good Friday traditionally marks one of the most crucial moments in Christian history: the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. It is generally accepted that it was on Friday that Jesus died on the cross after being arrested, whipped and interrogated. It is included in a line of holidays that also includes Ash Wednesday, Lent, Palm Sunday and Holy Saturday, which all lead up to the celebration of Easter Sunday and the resurrection of Christ.

At Bangsar Lutheran Church, we will commemorate Good Friday with a Tenebrae Service (Latin for ‘shadows’ or ‘darkness’). The Tenebrae service is a Christian liturgy celebrated by the distinctive ceremony of gradually extinguishing of candles while a series of readings and psalms are chanted or recited.

All our welcome to join us this Friday evening, 8pm at The Father’s House for our Good Friday Tenebrae Service. Stations of the Cross will be made available after the service.

Event information on Facebook is available here.

Maundy Thursday Service With Seder Meal – 2013

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Maundy Thursday is a celebration that commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles as described in the Canonical gospels. It is the fifth day of Holy Week, and is followed by Good Friday.

We invite you to join us for Maundy Thursday Service tonight at 8pm, at The Father’s House. Holy Communion will be celebrated and the Stations of the Cross will also be made available after the service.

Event information on Facebook is available here.

Holy Week at BLC – 2013

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Holy Week is the last week of Lent and the week before Easter, which includes the festivals of Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday (Holy Thursday), Good Friday, and Holy Saturday, leading up to Easter Sunday.

At BLC, we will be commemorating Holy Week with a few activities, to which all are invited and welcome at The Father’s House.

  • 24 Mar, Sun, 10am – Palm/Passion Sunday Service
  • 25 Mar, Mon – 27 Mar, Wed, 8pmStations of the Cross – Facebook Event Page here.
  • 28 Mar, Thu, 8pm – Maundy Thursday Service, with Seder Meal (Stations of the Cross will be open after service) – Facebook Event Page here.
  • 29 Mar, Fri, 8pm – Good Friday Tenebrae Service (Stations of the Cross will be open after service). Facebook Event Page here.
  • 31 Mar, Sun, 10am – Easter Service, with BLC 13th Anniversary Celebration. Facebook Event Page here.

Easter Celebration 2012

Easter Sunday.

To many it means the Easter bunny, a day of food and celebration. For some it is an obligatory church-attending holiday, after which life goes on as usual.

It is definitely so much more!

Our God reigns! Jesus Christ died, yes. But even more importantly, He rose again and is now seated at the right hand of God the Father, as we say in the Lord’s Prayer.

Jesus Christ literally defied death – and He defied death FOREVER. And He has reclaimed life for all those who believe in Him.

We invite everyone to join us to celebrate the wonderful work of what God has done for us in the power of Christ’s resurrection!

Easter Sunday Service starts at 10am, followed by a lunch reception in commemoration with our 12th Anniversary on 1 April 2012, last Sunday.

See you there – all are welcome at The Father’s House!

Spaces – by Pastor Augustin

One of the not-so-much-focused-on stories on Maundy Thursday is the part where Jesus goes off with His disciples to pray at the Garden. It must have been a terrible time for him, and he would have been very much distressed and emotionally disturbed. I suppose it was only natural that he wanted his closest friends with him – maybe support him or at least be with him as he struggled with the Father’s will. Yet, every time he returned he found them sleeping. In all possibility, they were probably dead tired, walking around here and there, and then there was that strange meal where Jesus behaved rather differently, washing their feet, and then talking about giving them His body and blood. For whatever reasons, they were probably exhausted. So they slept. Maybe Jesus was disappointed. Maybe he was not. But I have been thinking about this small incident between the big events of the meal and the bigger event of the cross.

Spaces. God created a space for Jesus to suffer and die. We know it was done for us – you and me. But I wonder sometimes whether we create the space to be with Him spiritually, emotionally, physically. The cross was an event 2000 years ago, yet it has ongoing blessings for you and me. Holy Week is an opportunity to create that space to be with Jesus, walking with him on that last week of his last life. The Stations of the Cross were an opportunity to carve that space out of the busyness of our day to day life and ponder a bit more about Jesus on the cross. The Tridium, the great three days, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter, are opportunities for us to create that space of fellowship with Christ and experiencing Him anew in our lives.

As our worship leader remarked, when we want to come close to Christ, everything seems to conspire against us. I believe it is also about choices. We can choose either to go about our daily lives as usual or we can choose to create space. There is really no such thing as “I must…” – it is always a matter of choices. And our choices reflect our priorities. We can choose to create space to be with Jesus because it is important to us, or we can give space to other things because those things are more important to us.

Today is Good Friday. In my home church, when I was growing up, we had Good Friday service from 12 noon to 3 pm, reflecting the hours on the cross. People used to make space by taking leave or time off from work. As our lives get more and more crowded, services began to be pushed to the evenings. Even then, we can think about the effort to come to church, fight traffic, look into the hundred and one things we really need to do, spend time with friend, watch TV or even just sleep. I wonder if we could, just this once, create that space to be with Jesus on this most important night of the year, and come to Church for Good Friday service.

I wonder if the cross is that important to us.

I wonder if we can create that space.