BLC's Community Blog - the Gatherings, Life Groups, discipleship, social issues, prayers, worship experiences, insights into the Scripture... no random statements of who we had lunch with and what our dogs ate for breakfast. The place where strangers get to know us as a community, who we are, what we're like, how we function, and to experience what it'll be like to be a part of us.

Thursday, September 30, 2004

Emerging Faith Communities - fellow Lutherans & more!

Karen Ward was one of the first people in the world to ask me to blog. During that time an interesting Church of the Apostles was just born. Here's a recent description of where they are at. Let's continue to pray for them as they reach out to people over on the other side of the globe.

Spirit Garage was actually featured with us in a Lutheran World Federation magazine with the theme "Emerging Faith Communities". Here' the latest report I read. check ou this interesting article the Welcome at Spirit Garage

We've been very blessed indeed with these beyond Bangsar connections (locally and globally), whether it's just because we are connected to the Lutheran heritage (Besides my recent summer school in Germany with Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria James was a steward at the recent 10th LWF Assembly in Canada) or simply because we've built some friendships those linked with Emergent (like Jason Clark) and others who converge with our adventures, all this keeps us from having an "isolated" or "insulated" mindset and broadens our horizons. We're a "young BLC family" part of a wider Lutheran family ... and more importantly part of the Christian family worldwide. Maybe that's why God sent us the Aussies, the Finnish, and the Germans to remind us that :-)


Wednesday, September 29, 2004

BLCians and Gastronomy

Firstly what is gastronomy ?

1. The art or science of good eating.
2. A style of cooking, as of a particular region.

I can honestly say that after 20 months of living here BLC has eating down to a science and there are members thereof whose appetites defy science. Food is an integral part of service and fellowship with us as it was with Jesus and his disciples. From our first visit where we were immediately invited to lunch for Chinese New Year (and I got my first taste of Aunties chicken curry *mmmmmm*) to refreshments, easter and anniversary dinners, LG dinners, the cooking classes and dinner for well no reason just dinner !

Malaysians have a head start in this field over we Aussies who leave after a service the way you leave at the end of a wedding dinner here (le mans start) since Makan is a way of life. But even so I can't imagine too many churches sitting around and enjoying refreshments and talk the way we do. Sure beats a biscuit and a cup of tea so perhaps this blend of Asian culture and after-Church fellowship is something our emergent warriors should be taking note of.

Lets finish with a quote from a christian I believe understood this:

If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a
merrier world.
J. R. R.
Tolkien
British scholar & fantasy novelist (1892 - 1973)


Trials & Temptations

Our LiFE Group just finished the last session of “Pray This Way”. It was about temptations and deliverance. The pre-dominant sharings about temptations we faced were being on auto-pilot, maintenance mode, comfortable, etc. with our discipleship. Sometimes this is observed in ministries of BLC.

There was a question on the difference between “lead us not into temptation” and “deliver us from evil”. We concluded that it’s the hope that we can cling on to because we could ask for us not to be led into temptation, and at the same time if we’re in it we could ask to be delivered from evil. See 1 Cor. 10:13, this has been a very encouraging verse to me personally since I was a kid.

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Beauty of the psalms

I just love the psalms ... they're so raw with honest emotion and my eyes do pop at how some of them rail and rant against their enemies. The psalmists were not afraid to be naked emotionally before God. It shows complete trust for a God who knows their innermost thoughts. Even today, when I read some of their cries, I feel an answering cry within me.

My reading for today. Psalm 55:1-8

Listen to my prayer, O God,
do not ignore my plea;
hear me and answer me.
My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught
at the voice of the enemy,
at the stares of the wicked;
for they bring down suffering upon me
and revile me in their anger.

My heart is in anguish within me;
the terrors of death assail me.
Fear and trembling have beset me;
horror has overwhelmed me.
I said, "Oh, that I had the wings of a dove!
I would fly away and be at rest-
I would flee far away
and stay in the desert;
Selah
I would hurry to my place of shelter,
far from the tempest and storm."

LiFE Group on Saturday


almost 2 year old Janell expounding on life insights! Posted by Hello

We had quite an adventure starting this group some months ago, especially when two mothers were in "confinement" after giving birth to Gabriel and GraceLynn. Then off I went to UK & Germany for a month. It's unique group ... with both new and "older" BLCians. We just started Session 1 of the "Pray This Way" series which marks our journey together using the Lord's Prayer as our guide. The prayer support time as usual is always good and as we focus to cultivate our prayer lives during the last quarter of 2004, I hope a sweet gentle spirit of prayer will spread together with those who've finished the series in our church.

Monday, September 27, 2004

A party at my place in November

After reading DB's post Refreshment day, I felt a pang of regret for missing church last Sunday. I did promise Sivin I'll come by, however I felt that I had to stay home on Sunday because of a personal matter.

Anyway, being a lover of parties - or at least, hosting them - I was hoping to have a get-together at my apartment sometime in November. The question I'm posing is: Is November a good time, and if so, when? I'm definitely open to October as well, and I know December is most probably going to be hellish for many. However, I can't seem to remember when flowerpot John's wedding is. Er, is it next month or November? Sorry, I'm terrible with details. I'm still trying to remind myself NOT to forget my friend's wedding this Saturday!

I plan to cook a few things, er, but since I don't want to subject so many people to my culinary 'abilities', I thought a pot luck would be a cool thing.

So, what do you guys think? Input much appreciated.

The Waiting Room? Q & A

Q: Why is it called The Waiting Room?

A: I was thinking of a name that wouldn't be boring, so instead of just naming it The Father's House, I decided make this blog an extension of The Father's House. For those of you in BLC, you would know that we have many rooms... the Living Room, the Thinking Room, the Learning Room, etc. One room we didn't have was a waiting room. And I thought yeah, that would work as the title of this blog! It's our waiting room throughout the week before we step into the Father's House on Sunday for the Gathering and on whatever day for our Life Groups.


Q: Why is the URL http://thefathershouse.blogspot.com/ instead of http://thewaitingroom.blogspot.com/?

A: It may seem confusing to others at first, but this is afterall, still a BLC community blog, and we are known as The Father's House and The Waiting Room is merely an extension of it. So I felt the URL http://thefathershouse.blogspot.com/ was more suitable because a URL containing thewaitingroom would be meaningless in itself.


Q: Who can contribute to The Waiting Room?

A: Anyone who considers themselves part of the BLC family may contribute. Just e-mail me, and I'll send you an invitation. Others not from BLC may post comments at the bottom of each entry.


Q: What is BLC?

A: BLC is an acronym for Bangsar Lutheran Church. We're a cozy congregation in Bangsar which is situated in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia pastored by Sivin Kit.


Q: What should we post on this blog?

A: Sugested postings: What's going on during the Gatherings, Life Groups and other activities, what we're doing for our community, things related to our discipleship, social issues, prayers, worship experiences, and insights into the Scripture.

No random opinions of who we had lunch with and what our dogs ate for breakfast. ;o) But meaningful experiences from your daily life are accepted.


Q: What's an appropriate size for photos?

A: The width should be 400 pixels or less to fit into the frame nicely. The height can be any variable.


Q: Can I redesign The Waiting Room?

A: Yes, you may! We'd be more than happy if anyone would like to help us out and redesign the blog.

Run The Race

In short, Untammed Vessels (UV) and Joyce Soon (my cousin and graduate from the recent Giraffe Programme in Australia) joined James and I to serve as "encouragers". We started with a weird-funny ice breaker trying to "suck" a blue color soft drink with four straws! UV shared three self-composed songs which fit in well with the theme. James interviewed Joyce on her experiences in Alice Springs and I shared from 2 Timothy 4:6-8:

As for me, my life has already been poured out as an offering to God. The time of my death is near. I have fought a good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. And now the prize awaits me – the crown of righteousness that the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on that great day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his glorious return.



We had a good time 


Some DULC Youth listening to Hanry 


James trying to Interview Joyce 


Untamed Vessels sharing their songs 


Lining up for a game 

Refreshment day

It was our life groups turn for refreshments on Sunday. We brought some fried rice I made in the morning and chicken curry Sigrun had made earlier. Auntie Long had made her fantatsic red bean, Ben had some fried sausage and we had some nice sandwiches and cake. It is nice when we can all chip in and it means we can gather for a talk and some makan after the service while the rugrats are in Sunday School.

It was quite funny as the rice I used had been cooked with too much water ( this hand in the cooker system is not graduated for my size hands Wan Ching ;-)) so it was a little stickier than fried rice should be. Keat Lim asked me what it was and I said Nasi Goreng with a deadpan face which had him in fits of laughter. Now we have chinese, malasyian and DB style fried rice according to him.

Some nice conversations and a guy talk about fuel power, jumping naked into freezing lakes after a sauna and water density followed (must look that up Tapio) before we headed back to our respective homes. Just another BLC sunday.....

Conversations with Jessisca!


Conversations with "Our" Missionary Posted by Hello

Personally, I think Flowerpot John did an excellent job (all those who agree quickly post a comment!), and Jessisca sure has lots to share. We met again later after my involvement in the Damansara Utama Lutheran Church youth meeting (with Untammed Vessels and my cousin Joyce) and managed to get more "inside" sharing. After witnessing John's "beautifully" handled interview, I also want to be interviewed one of these days :-)

Stepping In!

Ahh!
As I step into the waiting room, I see many of my friends.... good to be greeted by friends....

Reminds me of (Gives me a glimpse of) heaven..... when the day comes for me to step into the waiting room, its good if we can see those whom we love there as well (no morbidity here.... just a sense of Christian family)

Sometimes, especially our loved ones whom we don't see often, whom as far as we know are not believers yet, we often pray that God will somehow lead them to Him....oh the joy when we walk into the 'Waiting Room' and see them there....

On another note.....yesterday's service wa fun..... an informal converstation with a missionary to France.... quite eye opening and very impactful, makes me look at my life again.... what I can do...what God wants me to do....

Anyway....this is a great place.... so BLCians, do come.... visitors...read on, we have much to share with you... enjoy your visit!!!

Friday, September 24, 2004

My first post! :)

Hi there! I'm glad this blog is up and running, and I thought this was a great idea, James!

I hope more people from BLC will join this blog. A blogging church indeed! Eventhough I'm not "officially" a member yet, I just want to say BLCers are a lucky bunch to have such interactivity and sense of community. I've honestly have not "belonged" in any church except BLC, and this in a mere few months.

Anyway, it's been a little bit of a rough week for me, what with my pooch's health not being excellent and all, but despite this, I can see God's goodness in it. I've often wondered how strange it is that in our most difficult times we feel ever so close to Him, but during times of aplenty, we often get distracted and move away from Him, hence Him feeling "distant".

Here's my little piece today. :)

The Communion of Saints

Here's a photograph I rediscovered recently while running through my archives. I made some adjustments on Photoshop and decided to go for a less-saturated, washed-out look, lots of white space and some grain the the dark areas. I felt it gave the scene a certain mood.

Communion

Even though it's a simple snapshot of an often under-appreciated 'ritual', I see and feel a lot going on in this one fraction of a second, captured in this one frame. Prayer... Contemplation... A sense of expectation... Solidarity... A feeling of peace, contentment, wander... Harmony... Love... Family...

Selah - Interlude

"Selah" is "a musical term. Peter Craigie discusses the meaning in an excursus in his commentary on the Psalms in the Word Biblical Commentary (vol 19), pp.76-77. He says it occurs 71 times in Psalms and 3 times in Hab. The meaning is still not positively certain. Possibilities are:

a) "rest" (the LXX uses diaspsalma)
b) "for ever" (this is how the Targum understands it)
c) as an indicator that the congregation is to prostrate itself at that point in the singing ~ From here



I like what this guy Jim says : "Personally I think it marks a pause in the music (like an interlude) intended to offer the singer/hearer an opportunity to reflect on what has been said- hence it means something like "pause a minute and think about this"

That's why I love moments like yesterday's Thursday worship rehearsal where after working through the musical/lyrical & arrangement bits, we could sit on the floor in a circle and share one "exciting" bit of our lives lately and move into a time of mutual prayer and support.

It's a needed "Selah" moment . A wonderful "Interlude"!

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Thursday, September 23, 2004


The Father's House is "Open" Posted by Hello