Weekend services in the Cathedral are currently suspended. Please do join our online services at the following times:

Saturday
Mandarin: 5.00 pm

Sunday
Iban: 9.00 am
English: 10.00 am
Nepali: 10.00 am
Bahasa Malaysia: 11.00 am

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3 May 2020

The Dean's Message


Dear Sisters and Brothers,


Many of us joined together again to start the new week in our online services this morning. We are thankful to God for all who have been involved with this and especially for our technical team who put it all together.

Today, we looked at the greatness of Christ in a wonderful passage - Colossians 1:15-20. As we continue to reflect on the passage, let’s pray that God would open our eyes to love and appreciate our Lord Jesus all the more.

We heard on Friday that there will be a relaxation of the MCO conditions for many businesses in our country. Some people have been asking what this means for the Cathedral ministry. The Cathedral building will remain closed this week and all our services, small groups, classes, and meetings will remain online. Ministry will continue online and by phone as it has done since the MCO began.  

We don’t know when we will be able to safely go back to our physical church gatherings although it is our desire to do so at the appropriate time. While we wish we could gather, we know that the Government has been wise in not allowing religious gatherings to take place as yet. We do not expect it to be safe to gather in large groups any time soon.

Eventually, it will be appropriate for us to go back to church. Even then, unless things are dramatically different, we will need to exercise great care that we do so in a loving and safe way. Among other things, it may mean booking in to come in order to limit the numbers in each service, taking hygiene and social distancing very seriously, and encouraging those who are most vulnerable to patiently wait until it is safer. All this, of course, depends on the situation at the time.

Whatever happens, our online services will need to continue for some time to come, even when we initially re-open. Our Online Preaching Program for the month of May is as follows:

  • 03-May-20                 Colossians       1:15-23
  • 10-May-20                  Colossians       1:24-2:5
  • 17-May-20                  Colossians       2:6-23
  • 24-May-20                 Colossians       3:1-11
  • 31-May-20                  The Holy Spirit (Pentecost)

We continue to learn how to do ministry in an ‘online’ way. And that includes ‘Ministry of the Pew’.  ‘Ministry of the Pew’ is ministry we all do when we come to church even when we are not rostered to do any other ministry. We know that we are meant to come to church with an attitude of seeking to serve God and his people in love.  And so we pray and look for opportunities to encourage others by our words and our actions when we come. But with online church it is much easier to slip into ‘consumer’ mode. I would therefore like to commend 2 articles for us to read that that help us think about what we do: the first one is about what we do before and during online church, and the second one what we do after online church. I’m sure they will be helpful for many of us as we consider our own personal ministry.

Do sign up for our online small groups if you have not done so already. You can also sign up for online Tuesday Night Training, for our online Adult Baptism and Confirmation Class or our online Marriage Seminar at our website. I am thankful that many of you have moved to online giving. Details of how you can do that are also on our website.

Please continue to pray that we as God’s people will grow in Christ through these times and that he will be drawing new people to himself as we share his word with others. Pray also that God would provide for those in our community who are hardest hit economically by the shutdowns and that love and care would be shown to them by his people. Above all, pray that we would all continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the Gospel of Christ (Colossians 1:23).

Your brother in Christ,

Andrew


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