#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!

Tonight: Ash Wednesday Service 2015 – Combined LCM Service at Luther Center

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Please join us this evening, 18 Feb 2015, at The Father’s House, Bangsar Lutheran Church, at 8:30pm for our Ash Wednesday Service, to mark our journey into the season of Lent, meditating on the theme, “In the Cross: Upwards & Outwards.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent… a season marked by stripping away the non-essential and the unimportant, by listening in quietness to the groaning of all creation as it writhes in sinfulness, by reflecting on our own sinfulness and mortality as well as on God’s gift of forgiveness and life eternal which comes through his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

We will hear the words: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return,” and we are so marked with the dust of ashes. The non-essential is stripped away. The unimportant is removed. In this act, we finally confess that all our finery, our clothing, our possessions, our abilities — all that we think that makes us who we are — is not at all who we are. We are only dust, and we stand as like beings before the Lord.

Ash Wednesday Service 2015, 18 Feb, 8:30pm

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Please join us at The Father’s House, Bangsar Lutheran Church, on 18 Feb 2015, at 8:30pm, for our Ash Wednesday Service, to mark our journey into the season of Lent, meditating on the theme, “In the Cross: Upwards & Outwards.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent… a season marked by stripping away the non-essential and the unimportant, by listening in quietness to the groaning of all creation as it writhes in sinfulness, by reflecting on our own sinfulness and mortality as well as on God’s gift of forgiveness and life eternal which comes through his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

We will hear the words: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return,” and we are so marked with the dust of ashes. The non-essential is stripped away. The unimportant is removed. In this act, we finally confess that all our finery, our clothing, our possessions, our abilities — all that we think that makes us who we are — is not at all who we are. We are only dust, and we stand as like beings before the Lord.

#BLCLentEaster2015 – In The Cross: Upwards & Outwards

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This year, our journey though Lent takes us to the Cross – how it calls us to reach upwards and outwards; to God, to one another, and to the world.

Beginning with Ash Wednesday, we mark Lent by stripping away the non-essential and the unimportant; by reflecting on our own sinfulness and mortality; as well as on God’s gift of forgiveness and eternal life through Jesus. Lent culminates in Holy Week, starting with Palm Sunday and ends with Good Friday, before we celebrate the glorious Resurrection at Easter.

Journey with us through Lent and Easter at The Father’s House, Bangsar Lutheran Church.

All events are open, so all are welcome – please feel free to invite your loved ones.

BLC Preaching Focus – January-June 2015: “Upwards & Outwards” – Pastor Augustin

Upwards and Outwards” is an adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ call in the Narnian Chronicles, “Further up and further in”.

“I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now…Come further up, come further in!” – C.S. Lewis, The Last Battle

It reflects our call to engage deeper with God and allow Him the time and space to engage deeper with us (Upwards). It is a two way conversation, a dialogue that compels us to engage with the faith while examining our own faith, of us talking to Him and of Him talking to us, of us crying out in frustration, pain and agony, and of Him calling out to us with compassion, mercy, and yes, holiness. It is about us examining our very human values and priorities in the light of His everlasting kingdom and being able to say, “Your kingdom come”.

It is also a focus, a purposeful initiative to engage with those around us in fruitful and Christian conversation (Outwards) – to build church, to foster community and to engage fruitfully the world around us for the purposes of the Kingdom, according to His values and priorities.

For mission and missions, for ministry and fellowship, for growing and developing, for discipline and disciple making, for us and them, for Him and us:

Upwards and Outwards!

(By Pastor Augustin)