Church Prayer (November 2012)

Despite the rain, about 20 of us made our way to church on Wednesday 28th November to pray and worship God.

The church Elders shared their vision for God’s work and the church in 2013 in the area of the outreach efforts of the church and they identified 5 target groups for the outreach focus. These are;

  1. The Children’s Ministry
  2. Kid’s Church
  3. Youth Fellowship
  4. Marketplace Ministry
    1. “come & see” (Alpha Course)
    2. “go & show”   (reaching out in offices and schools)
  5. Senior Citizens.

Prayer was requested for workers to be raised to go into the harvest field and that as a church, we will share the  Vision, have love and Compassion for those around us, be driven to Intercession and heed the call to Mobilisation.  The Elders also indicated that the will share the bigger Vision for the church during the New Year Service on 1st January 2013.

We also prayed for the two mission teams going out this week, for preparations for the Christmas Service,  for the Youth Camp (15-18th December), for those who are not well ( Susan, Mrs. Thomas, Chew Peng, and Jey), and also for the nation.

If you want to be awestruck by God’s hand at work in our church, come and join us in prayer partnership.

By bangsarbeacon Posted in Prayer

Church Prayer (October 2012)

So what did you do this Halloween?  Well, despite the wet weather,  26 church members met together at the church combined prayer meeting for a time of offering praise and thanksgiving to God and to pray.  It was encouraging to see a number of youth and young adults attending.

The meeting started with a time of worship and singing songs of praise and thanksgiving with Min Fook leading.  Then Francis gave a brief sharing about the focus of the church leadership this year and also a preview of the direction for the church for the coming year.  This was followed by a time of prayer where we gathered in groups of 3 or 4 to pray for items raised and for each other.  The meeting was concluded with a closing prayer by Calvin Tan.

During his sharing, Francis reflected on the fact that it has been a year since Min Fook and he had taken on the role and responsibilities of church elders and he said it has been a challenging year.  Both had been surprised by the amount of work involved and by the amount of work and missions the church was involved in.  He then shared that the leadership had spent a lot of effort this year in improving its structure and operations with the intention of becoming more efficient, effective and to become more nurturing for the development of disciples and workers for God’s work from amongst the church membership; creating more opportunities for training and serving.

The Elders would take primary responsibility to oversee the areas of  1) Teaching and Education, 2) Training, 3) Prayer and 4) Finance.  Together with the church deacons, the other areas of focus will be 1) Pastoral/Care Groups, 2) Missions, 3) Special Events (e.g. baptism, weddings), 4) church operations, 5) Outreach and 6) church planting.  The theme for the church in 2013 is “To know God, to love God and to live for Him”.  The Sunday sermon series will reflect and support this and equip us to carry out the theme.

We gave thanks that God has already provided us a venue for our Christmas Celebration and Outreach event this year which will be at the Methodist College in Brickfields.  We also heard about how well our short service at Audrey’s mother’s wake was received by those who were there and praised God for being able to be a testimony there.

In our small groups, we prayed for the church, the leaders, the direction for 2013, our outreach teams, new premises and members of the church who were unwell with a special focus on Kid’s Church; specifically for the upcoming Sunday School Camp (attended by 18 kids), for current teachers and more workers especially from amongst the youth and young adults and also for a smooth transition in 2013 from the evening slot to 11.30 am every Sunday.

Hope to see more coming for next month’s combined prayer meeting.  We want to be one in our prayer.

 

By bangsarbeacon Posted in Prayer

Poll: How We Pray 1

Even as we embark on 40 days of prayer and fasting for the nation, it would be good for us to get a sense of where we are as a church in our practice of prayer.  So please just take a few minutes to answer the questions in the poll. Just make a choice from the selection of answers and press “vote”.  If you are interested, you can see the results of the voting for each question.  The results of this survey can help us in identifying areas to strengthen in the church.

Praying & Fasting for the Jubilee Year

The United Kingdom is having a very special year.  At the moment, the London 2012 Olympic Games is holding centre stage but not that long ago, the British celebrated their queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

However, this year is also a special Jubilee year for Malaysia as it is the beginning of our 50th year as a nation; for it was on the 16th of September 1963 that our nation of Malaysia was formed.

Today, the world uses the word “jubilee” to mark the celebration of a special anniversary but the origin of the concept of Jubilee is from the Old Testament.  In the laws given by God to the people of Israel as recorded in the book of Leviticus, Jubilee was meant to be observed every 50 years and was a year of emancipation and restoration as practiced through the freeing of  slaves, the restoration of alienated lands to their original owners, and omission of all cultivation of the land.

In the Year of Jubilee, God intends three things to be done throughout the nation; Restoration, Release and Rest.

And so, Bangsar Gospel Centre is joining with our Christian brothers and sisters from churches throughout Malaysia to pray for our country during this Jubilee year by participating in the 40 day National Fast & Prayer (7th August to 15th September 2012) coordinated by NECF.

During these 40 days leading to the start of Malaysia’s 50th year, we seek to humbly come before God to pray for the following;

1. The Church (Restoration)

Recognising that we need to examine ourselves and to recognise our own sins and failings and to turn back to God in repentance and to seek a revival in the church; specifically a renewal of spiritual hunger after the Lord, unity amongst all Christians and holiness.  We also need to uphold our pastors, elders, priests and spiritual leaders and cover them in prayer.

2. The Nation (Transformation)

As Malaysians, we are concerned that our nation continues to grow and prosper.  For this reason, we need to pray for wisdom and integrity for all our national leaders and pray that this will be a nation of righteousness, justice and peace for all Malaysians.

3.  National Elections (Integrity)

We cannot ignore that the coming national elections is a very important one in our nation’s history and key to our nation’s future too.  As responsible Christians and citizens we should pray for clean, fair and peaceful elections and that those elected will be men and women of integrity with the nation’s and the people’s concerns at heart.

Many in Bangsar Gospel Centre will be participating in this 40 day prayer and fast using the NECF prayer handbook as a guide.  If you would like to take part as well, you can get a copy of the prayer guide here.

“Consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants”  – Leviticus 25:10

—CL—

By bangsarbeacon Posted in Prayer

Church Prayer (June 2012)

In accordance to our practice to have a combined prayer meeting on the last Wednesday of every month, there were no pastoral meetings this last week.  Instead 27 church members met together at the church to offer praise and thanksgiving to God and to pray.  It has been encouraging to see some new faces and numbers just below 30 for the last couple of prayer meetings.  This indicates that more are seeing the importance of meeting together for prayer.  However, we would love to see even more of the church to come to what is possibly one of the most important meetings of the church – where we pray and meet with God.

Our four elders led the service; Min Fook led us in worship singing songs of praise and thanksgiving including two songs in Bahasa Malaysia; Francis shared with us items of thanksgiving; Calvin Tan helped us focus on people, issues and items to bring to God in prayer and Tee Fatt gave the closing prayer.

We were encouraged through the reading of these two passages;

 
  
2 Chronicles 20: 15-17
15 He said: “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouragedbecause of this vast army. For the battle  is not yours, but God’s. 16 Tomorrow march down against them. They will be climbing up by the Pass of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the gorge in the Desert of Jeruel. 17 You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.’”
 
Psalm 29
Ascribe to the Lord,you heavenly beings,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
worship the Lord in the splendor of his  holiness.
The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
the God of glorythunders,
the Lord thunders over the mighty waters.
The voice of the Lord is powerful;
the voice of the Lord is majestic.
The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.
He makes Lebanon leap like a calf,
Sirion like a young wild ox.
The voice of the Lord strikes
with flashes of lightning.
The voice of the Lord shakes the desert;
the Lord shakes the Desert of Kadesh.
The voice of the Lord twists the oaks
and strips the forests bare.
And in his temple all cry, “Glory!”
10 The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
the Lord is enthroned as King forever.
11 The Lord gives strength to his people;
the Lord blesses his people with peace.
 

The passage from 2 Chronicles 20 reminds us that it is God that wins the victory.  It is He who fights the battle.  We are to obey and be ready to take our positions as directed by Him and to stand firm in our faith and He will bring things to pass according to His will.  It will not be achieved because of our efforts, our talents or our abilities.  Instead, it is God that we can rely on.  At the same time, Psalm 29 reminds us how powerful is God and how powerful is His words.  He speaks and it is so.  Together, the verses encourage us to ask for God to perform miracles and to grant things which are beyond our mortal control.

Some items for Thanksgiving:-

  • Thanks for everyone’s prayer support; the meeting on Tuesday related to possible land for a new church building went very well and the discussions are progressing to the next level.  This is a great example of something that is beyond the scope of our abilities but God is the one who works things out beyond our expectations.
  • Children’s Corner is continuing to grow.  Give thanks also for the new security door which will greatly enhance the sense of safety and security for teachers, kids and parents.
  • Youth Fellowship continues to see new people coming and their numbers are being added to each week.

Some items for Prayer:-

  • The meeting focus was to pray for evangelical and mission work.
    • Various Chinese work.
    • Ruby and those in her fellowship group.
    • NTM training program.
  • NTM programs and financial support.
  • Stuart Briscoe, one of our camp speakers, has a hectic schedule involving sharing in churches in Penang, Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur in about 6 days in November
  • Continue to pray for church building/land to be available.

Promised Land? Please Pray!

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

God has blessed our church and despite planting new churches and “exporting” members all over the globe, we find that we are again busting at the seams.  We need more space to accommodate the growing numbers that come for our worship services and for our various ministries such as the Kid’s Church, Children’s Corner, Cornerstone and Youth Fellowship.  And every time we have special programs like our Christmas concerts, we have to rent nearby auditoriums and halls with larger capacity to host the events. Larger premises will also allow more facilities for members with young children and opportunities to start new ministries or expand existing ones.

The leadership has been asking us all to pray for God to guide the church and to provide the land for a new church building or to lead us to existing premises that could be used for our purposes.  Since we have been praying the last couple of months, a couple of possibilities have been developing and we have been given an appointment for a meeting this coming Tuesday that could lead to significant progress towards one of these possibilities.

So please pray earnestly for God to make the way straight and to overcome any potential obstacles; that our leaders going to the meeting will be guided by the Holy Spirit, full of wisdom and heart; and that we as a church will be united in seeking God’s direction in this matter.

Promised land? Please pray. (and we will keep you posted on the outcome of the Tuesday meeting)

Do You Need Prayer Support?

Romans 12:12
“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”
 
Philippians 4:6
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

Dear brother/sister,

If there is anything that is troubling you or causing you great concern and you would like us to join you in bringing this to God in prayer, let us know by filling the form below and sending it to us.

Your prayer request will be kept confidential and will only be made known to the church leaders and they will pray for you.  (If you would like the whole church to pray for you, please indicate that we can share your request with others outside of the church leadership).

 

 

By bangsarbeacon Posted in Prayer