29 April 2021

The Dean's Message

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

In the past few weeks, we have, in many of our congregations, been looking at the risen Christ in John’s Gospel. We have seen him reveal himself to his disciples and recommission them for service. We have heard the call to love him and to follow him, even unto death. And we have been assured that we have been given, in his word, all that we need to believe in him and therefore have eternal life.

The conviction that Christ has died for our sins and has risen again, and that we have eternal life by faith in him is fundamental to all that we do. It is especially important to hold fast to that assurance of eternal life in Christ and appropriate to share it with others in trying times like these.

We are currently facing a major upsurge in Covid-19 cases in our community. Some of our own members have been exposed to the virus outside our services. We hear reports that ICU beds in our local hospitals are full. We are bracing for the situation to get worse before it gets better. And we are praying for wisdom for those in authority to take the appropriate action.

In light of the current situation, the Cathedral Council has decided to move our weekend services to be fully online until further notice. This is part of seeking to love one another as well as loving our neighbours in the broader community that would be affected if the virus spreads among us. It was not an easy decision to make as we all know the benefits of physically meeting. But I believe it was a necessary one.

We will therefore go back to fully online services from this Sunday onwards. The English service will be a combined online service at 10.00 am while the other services will be at their usual times. Details of all our services are at stmaryscathedral.org.my. If you have booked to come for a service at church this weekend, please change your plans and join us online instead.

While we are no longer meeting in person, we will still be meeting. The word of God will continue to go out among us, and we will continue to seek to encourage each other and build each other up in love. Please continue to make every effort to do so online or by phone call or WhatsApp. Let us show our love for the risen Jesus by loving and serving one another, and then showing that love to the people around us.

Your brother in Christ,


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