11 July 2020

The Dean's Message


We are thankful to God that we were able to have our first ‘live’ service last Sunday since the start of the MCO while continuing with our pre-recorded Online Services. Last week, we also finished our series in the book of Colossians with a helpful reminder about the importance of gospel partnerships.

God has taught us so much as a community through this epistle over the past few months and we are grateful to him. Let’s always remember the summary statement in the book and make sure we keep to it:

Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. (Colossians 2:6-7)

 

This Sunday

This week, we will continue with the ‘live’ 10.00 am English Liturgical Service and the 4.00 pm English Contemporary (SMACC) Service. Our services are necessarily different from what we were used to before the pandemic, with various measures being taken to minimize the risk of infection in compliance with the directions of the authorities or in love and concern for people in our congregations. We are thankful to God for the team who have been working hard to ensure a safe environment for us.

From this week onwards, English Online Services will be livestreams of the service at the Cathedral. We are thankful to God for our technical team who have been working hard to set up a good quality livestream. As such, we will have 2 online English services from this Sunday: a liturgical service at 10.00 am and a SMACC service at 4.00 pm.

We will also be sharing in the Eucharist or the Lord’s Supper in our ‘live’ services at the Cathedral on Sunday. Some at home who are watching the service in ‘real time’, may like to participate in this fellowship meal. If so, you are invited to prepare some bread and wine (or grape juice) beforehand and to eat and drink in your home at the same time as everyone else who is participating at church. In that way, we are still preserving something of the ‘fellowship’ aspect of the meal although it is admittedly diminished as we are not all physically together. Others may feel more comfortable to wait until they can come to church and share the meal ‘live’ together and would be understandable as well. Either way, we will all feed on Christ in our hearts by faith as we remember his death on the Cross for our salvation and put our trust firmly in him. And that is the most important thing.

This Sunday we are also starting a new sermon series on 1 Samuel. You would have received some Bible Study questions by email earlier in the week to help you prepare for this. The sermon series for our English, Bahasa Malaysia and Iban services for the next few weeks is as follows:

12-Jul-20         1 Samuel         1
19-Jul-20         1 Samuel         2:1-10
26-Jul-20        1 Samuel         2:11-36
2-Aug-20        1 Samuel         3
9-Aug-20        1 Samuel         4

 

Next Sunday

Next Sunday (the 19th of July) we will, God willing, add an Iban Service at 8.00 am and a Bahasa Malaysia Service at 11.00 am in addition to our 10.00 am English Liturgical and 4.00 pm SMACC services. Please remember to book a place to come for these services. Bookings close at noon on the Friday before or when the service is full, whichever comes first.

Our ‘live’ services thus far have not been filled to capacity. Many of our people are not able to come for the ‘live’ services due to age, health and citizenship restrictions. I have also heard that some people who want to come have been holding back to allow others to go first as they expected there to be a rush. May I commend the godly intentions of those who have done this, but at the same time assure you that there is still room for more at the moment. If we end up being overbooked next week, we will let you know, but at the moment this is not an issue. So please go ahead a book for next Sunday if it is advisable for you health-wise – you can do so at stmarys.my/booking

AGM

Last week I mentioned that our Annual General Meeting is scheduled to be held on Saturday, 1 August at 11.00 am in the Ballroom of the Royal Selangor Club which is just opposite the Cathedral. We need to have this AGM according to our constitution. However, we will seek to make it as short as we can and will abide by social distancing guidelines at the time.

You are invited to come for the AGM if you are on the electoral roll. (You can check your electoral roll status by calling the office during office hours.) If you are planning to come for the AGM, please register by 30 July by sending a simple email to office@stmaryscathedral.org.my stating your name and your intention to come for the AGM. Alternatively, you can send a WhatsApp message to the Hon Secretary (012-2885057) or fill in a connection card at connect.stmarys.my indicating that you are planning to attend. We will then make sure a place is set up for you in the hall. Do feel free to call the Cathedral Office for help if this will be hard for you to do for any reason.

AGM reports will be available from 18 July to electoral roll members in soft copy. If you are on the electoral roll and would like to have a copy emailed to you,  kindly contact the office by phone (03-26928672) or email (office@stmaryscathedral.org.my). If you have questions that arise from the reports, accounts or budgets, or you have any other business that you want to raise at the AGM, please let us know before 24 July 2020 by emailing secretary@stmaryscathedral.org.my. Questions and answers will be prepared beforehand to keep the meeting as short as possible.

Giving

We thank God for all of our gospel partners who continue to faithfully contribute financially to the ministry. Details of how you can do so are on give.stmarys.my

 

Sunday Service Volunteers

We are thankful to God for our teams of volunteers who are helping in the health and safety area of our physical Sunday gatherings. If you are 21-40 years old and healthy and would like to join a team, please let us know at stmarys.my/volunteer.



As we enter a new phase of our church life together, let’s continue to look out for each other, encouraging each other and helping each other press on in godliness. And let us keep our eyes on the Lord Jesus who died for us and rose again, remembering always that we live to love and serve him.

‘Grace be with you.’ (Colossians 4:18b)




Your brother in Christ,

Andrew


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