Pastoral Letter 12 March

Welcome to our Church 40th Anniversary Service

Let us praise and thank God, as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of our Church.

Let us also thank God for calling us and guiding us as “people of God,” in our Journey.

Today, we remember with thanksgiving for all those who have served in this Church as Ministers, leaders and worshippers. Let us recommit ourselves to continue to be the servants and witness of the Lord.

Remember that our Church has taken a new dimension of growth as a ‘Multicultural Church’ and we pray that God may continue to inspire us in this vision, serving with the new pastor Paula.

Let us also remember our Mission is “to worship God and share Christ with the community so that all may come to faith in Jesus as Saviour, and grow as His disciples.” Pray that God may fill us with his Spirit to fulfil effectively the vision and mission of our Church.

 I give below some quotations for your reflection.

  • The Church of Christ is not an institution; it is a new life with Christ and in Christ, guided by the Holy Spirit. – Sergius Belgakov.
  • In the visible Church the true Christians are invisible. (German proverb)
  • A Church exists for the double purpose of gathering in and sending out.

Next Sunday Pastor John Grimshaw will bring us the message. I will take the Communion Service on 2 April.

Plan and participate in Jacana service on Thursday 16 March at 10 am.

Come and enjoy the early Lunch and Fellowship.

With love and prayers,

Amos

5 March

Sun. 5th March Commissioning of Bai Piolapa as an Elder of our church.

Wed. 8th March 9am final Bible study class.

Wed. 8th March 10am final Christian Yoga & Meditation class.

Sun. 12th March Early lunch after a special service to celebrate church’s 40th Anniversary.

Wed. 15th March 10 am. Hymn Singalong at Emmanuel UC (92 Laurel St., Enoggera) featuring Park Church Tongan UC Choir. $5 donation (see flier).

Thurs. 16th March 8am – 1pm. Street Stall at Sandgate.

Mon. 20th March 1:30pm Church Council meeting at the church.

Sun. 26th March Annual General Meeting.

Pastoral Letter 5 March

Friends,

Season’s greetings!

We are in the blessed season of Lent! The word “Lent” means spring. Like the spring season, we pray and aspire that we may become new in Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Lent is a period of reflecting upon the sacrificial love of Christ who gave his life for the redemption of the humanity. As a token of our love and gratitude to the Lord, we also give some donation towards the Lent appeal. It is an appeal by the Uniting World, which carries out many projects to the suffering humanity, with the help of the partner churches in the world. So the Lent Appeal Envelops are distributed today. Please make use of the envelopes to offer your donation. You can give this donation on any Sunday before Easter. “God loves the cheerful giver.”

Today’s readings (Matthew 4: 1-11) tells about the temptation of Jesus. We are all tempted in one way or another by Satan and by our own desires, but we can attain victory in the name of Jesus.

Please join the 40th Anniversary of the opening our Church. Let us thank God that this worship place had been a beacon light in this area and pray that we may continue to shine for Jesus.

I will conclude my ministry in this month. I will take officially the service on Sunday 26 March. I enjoy serving with you. Please remember us in your prayer as well as the new Pastor Paula.

As so many things are happening, please read “Cross Chat” for more information and your participation.

With love and prayers,

Amos

Pastoral Letter 26 February

Today we celebrate the festival of the Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ. Our Lord Jesus before his passion, death and resurrection, had revealed his glory to his disciples. The glorious Lord can also transform our lives and others. We start the Lenten Season this week with the Ash Wednesday Service on 1 March at 7.00 pm, in our Church. Please join the service to prepare for this season and make a commitment to the Lord. The period of Lent (40 days) is a time, when we specially think of our life as journey to Calvary in the company of Jesus. As we do, we are transformed with his divine light and presence. In this lent season, we participate and share Christ’s sacrificial love for others, and so we distribute the Lenten Envelops to support our partner Churches in their efforts to promote evangelism, Church growth, economic development, witness and service. Pray and participate in this great mission to the world.  I seek you prayer and presence for the commissioning service of Bai as an elder, in the coming Sunday service. I also seek your prayer for the new Pastor Paula and his family. More details about his commencement of ministry will follow. Join us for a cup of tea and fellowship after the service.  Shalom!

Amos

Pastoral Letter 12 February

Friends

Grace and peace!

I am delighted to see the response of the congregation for the “Appeal for Towels” for the refugees. The Refugees may not know that we have given it or even the Church, but they will appreciate the love of the people. It is something like what Jesus said, “The left hand does not know what the right hand does.” This is what Christian attitude and human relationship mean.

I know very soon I will encourage you to support the “Lent appeal.” We start our Lenten season on Wednesday 1 March, with an Ash Wednesday service at 7 pm. It is a short and meaningful service for our repentance; spiritual renewal and advance. Pray and participate.

I will take the service next Sunday, as Rev.Veneeta Lucas Sing is unable to come. I will also pray for the Congregational meeting on Sunday 19 February to consider the recommendation of JNC for a new pastor.

I also would like to remind you the following services: Jacana Service on Thursday 23 February at 10 am; the Stewardship Sunday on 26 February and Church Anniversary service on 12 March. If any would like to sing or take part in the Church Anniversary service, please contact me.

If you need my pastoral visit please contact me.

Shalom!

Amos

Pastoral Letter 5 February

The painting by Holman Hunt is called, “The light of the world,” I am very fond of the painting. It has a lot to say to us.

  • Jesus stands with a lantern. If you open your heart and receive Jesus, he will give you light and hope. But it is an unopened door for some time, shrubs around it.
  • Jesus does not want to impose himself against our will. On the contrary, his knocking will be a gentle tap and the invitation he makes, should we choose to listen.
  • The door has no handle on the outside and therefore can be only opened from within, illustrating that we are free to keep the door of our heart locked, leaving the Divine Guest on the doorstep,  or, if we choose,  we are free to let him enter into our life.
  • It is based on the verse from the book of Revelation 3:20:

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if you hear my voice and open, I will come, and we will sit side by side, and share a meal together.”

  • Jesus said,” I am the light of the word.” He also said, “You are the light of the world.” He is the light for everyone. Pray that Jesus may shine on us to be the light of the world.

I pray for the Congregational meeting on Sunday 19 February to consider recommendation of JNC for new pastor. I will be away on that Sunday and have arranged Rev.Veneeta Lucas to take the service on that day.

Our Church life seems to be busy. Pray and uphold one another in your prayer.

Shalom!

Amos

Pastoral Letter 29 January

Friends

Happy Australia Day!

Welcome to Multi-Cultural Song Service!

We are fortunate to live in a “lucky” country and let us thank God for that. As we celebrate the “Reconciliation Sunday,” let us continue to live in peace and harmony, as the “Ambassadors of Reconciliation.” (2 Corinthians 5:17-19)  I hope that you will find the message from Mt. Theresa useful:

What is life, blessed Mother Theresa?

 Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.

Life is a beauty, admire it.

Life is a dream, realize it.

Life is a challenge, meet it.

Life is a duty, complete it.

Life is a game, play it.

Life is a promise, fulfil it.

Life is sorrow, overcome it.

Life is a song, sing it.

Life is a struggle, accept it.

Life is a tragedy, confront it.

Life is an adventure, dare it.

Life is too precious, do not destroy it.

Life is life, fight for it.

 Amos

Pastoral Letter 22 January

Friends

Greetings and welcome to our Worship Service!

Special word of welcome to Mr. Bai Boilapa, who is received officially today, as the confirmed member of our Church. I am sure Bai will enrich the life and witness of our Church with his gifts and commitment.

One of our members asked me after the service, “You mentioned about the 5- fold functions of the Church; but you mentioned only three and what are the other two?” I give below the 5 fold functions or objectives of the Church, based on the Scriptures and Church History:

  1. Worship (John 4 :23, 24:Colossians 3:15-17)
  2. Fellowship(( 1 Corinthians 12;270
  3. Evangelism(( Matthew 28:18-20)
  4. Witness( Acts 1:8)
  5. Service(James 2: 1-17)

You may add to that like “Charismata”, the gift of the Holy Spirit. They are interrelated and emphasized in our Basis of Union.

Worship plays the central part; we promote fellowship; we proclaim the Good News of Jesus and his salvation; we bear witness; and serve God and humanity. To fulfill these functions we need the gifts of the Holy Spirit. What is needed on our prat is to carry out these functions effectively and efficiently.

Let me remind you about next week (29 January 17) Multicultural Song Service. It is a joy to worship the Lord in the beauty of many cultures and languages. In this service we will pray for “Reconciliation,” and for our Nation, celebrating Australia Day. Come and enjoy the service and bring your family and friends.

Shalom!

Amos

Pastoral Letter 15 January

Dr.G.D. James tells a humorous story about witnessing Christ.

A butcher who was converted in a great revival meeting, decided to share Christ, especially with his customers. He planned to talk to them about death and dying, because many people are afraid of death. Then, he would talk about the hope in Jesus and heaven.

One morning, his first customer was a little girl. At that time, the butcher happened to be sharpening his knife. With great enthusiasm, waving his knife in the air and asked: “Little girl, are you afraid to die? “The girl was so terrified and took to her heals. The butcher not knowing the reason, pursued her saying “stop, stop,” and still waving his knife. You can picture the scene.

He had the right attitude, but used the wrong approach.

There is lesson for us: we need to use the right method to communicate the gospel to others: without condemning nor compromising, but with the spirit of dialogue.

In the Scripture readings today, (John 1:29-42) John the Baptist shares his faith with two of his disciples, and one of them was Andrew. John directs them to Jesus saying “Jesus is the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world;” and “Jesus is the Son of God.”

In return, Andrew shares his faith with his brother Peter and brings him to Jesus. On the day of Pentecost, Peter proclaims Jesus to thousands of people. Thus the Good news explodes like the dynamite.

But why are we reluctant to share our treasure with others?

Remember that there is great longing in the hearts of people. We have a gospel to proclaim. We are the body of Christ to proclaim Christ by word and deeds.

We need to share Christ to the broken world, without condemning other faiths nor compromising but with the spirit of dialogue. May the Holy Spirit help us to share Christ.

 Amos

Pastoral Letter 8 January

Friends

Greetings! “You who are highly favoured! The Lord is with you.” (Luke 1:28)

May the Lord bless and guide you in this New Year!

 Today we officially welcome and receive Mafileo’s family into the fellowship of the Church. Please pray and support William, Louise, Bless, Ellen, Gemma and Kllio in your prayers.

Please note the following important happenings and events:

The Year of Matthew:  In the New Year, we will read mostly Matthew Gospel, along with other readings. Sometimes it is called “The Year of Matthew.” This Gospel brings good news for us and we need to grow as we look at it through new lens. I suggest that you may even read the whole Gospel to receive the benefits.

Bible Study: I also plan to start a Bible Study on Romans in our Church, starting at 9 am on Wednesday 25 January 2017.  It will be 7 Bible studies, held on each Wednesday All are welcome and bring others too.

Yoga and Christian meditation course starts on Wednesday 25 January 2017, at 10 am in our Church.

See the details in the pamphlet.

Baptism of Jesus: Today’s Bible reading (Matthew 3:13-17) call us to reflect on Christ’s Baptism, which is his identification with the humanity. We are also called to reflect on our own baptism.  “Baptism is the outward sign of God’s inward grace.” We thank God that we are baptised and let us grow in Christ and witness for his kingdom with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Shalom

Amos