Pastoral Letter 16 April

Dear Friends,

Queensland Synod Moderator, Rev David Baker, says is his Easter Message, that Easter is an invitation. It’s an invitation to experience the story of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection; and to be part of that story.  It’s an invitation to forgive and be forgiven. It’s an invitation to accept God’s love. It’s an invitation to take the first steps on the journey of what it means to be a Christian. It’s an invitation to walk that journey with someone else.

I also want to relate this to John’s account of the Resurrection story, from the perspective of Mary Magdalene. Mary’s story is one of searching and finding the unexpected.

Mary went to the tomb early by herself and found the tomb empty; the stone has been taken away from the entrance. As she did not expect the tomb to be open, she ran and told Peter that the Lord’s body has been taken from tomb.

She came back with the disciples but remained standing at the entrance after the disciples went back after confirming the open tomb and the missing body. Still not satisfied she looked inside and saw two angels but not what she was looking for – the Lord’s body. She turned, probably to look elsewhere when she saw Jesus standing there but did not realise him because she was not looking for a living Jesus. She only recognised him when she heard his voice when he called “Mary”.

So Easter is an invitation to experience Christ’s life, death and resurrection and participate in that story even if it take us to uncharted spheres in life but we are challenged to find out for yourself what it means.

Let us pray: Loving God, you are our shepherd, call us when we are lost in our search for you so we can come to you for reassurance and direction. Amen.

Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Paula

Pastoral Letter 9 April

Dear Friends,

Greetings and welcome to the Holy Week which starts on the Palm Sunday!

Special word of appreciation to Rev Amos and his wife for all the work they did at BRUC. I pray for God’s hand in his discernment regarding the work at the Ecumenical Christian Centre (ECC) in Bangalore, India.

Thank you all the people of BRUC for welcoming us (Josephina, Salote, Samiuela, Kava and Joanna were absent) into God’s family at BRUC last Sunday. We feel at home easily because of your welcome. We look forward to work with you all to continue and build up God’s church under his leadership and guidance.

This week, Matthew recalls what Zechariah has foretold “Tell the city of Zion…your king is coming to you…humble and rides” on a ‘borrowed’ donkey. His people greeted him with hosannas but later denied him and called to crucify him.

As Jesus came to his people, he also comes to us, and as his people denied him, let us invite him into our lives. As his people asked “Who is this?” we answer he is the Son of God who gave away his heavenly riches and became poor, so that by his poverty we may become rich. (2 Corinthians 8:9). Let us all be thankful to God for what he has done for us in Jesus Christ.

Isaac Watts rightly sings God’s praises through this amazing line “Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all” of the hymn “When I survey the wondrous cross.”

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for meeting us in simplicity so we can relate to you. Help us to be simple so we can relate to others. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

The grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ, the love of God, and fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all always.

Paula

Pastoral Letter 2 April

Hi Friends,

Greeting and welcome to the Holy Communion Service!

Special word of welcome to Pastor Paula and his family. I wish and pray for his fruitful and blessed ministry at BRUC.

I and my wife Shanthy take this opportunity to thank you for your love and support during my ministry. There is an expression of interest for my voluntary service in India. Please remember us in your prayers, as I wait upon the Lord seeking his direction.

We are in the Lenten season and we start the Holy Week next week, Sunday 9 April with the Palm Sunday service. Pray and participate.

When I read the Gospel lesson (John 11: 1-45) I was reminded that Jesus is our friend in need, as he was a friend of Bethany home. When I read about Jesus raising Lazarus, my faith was strengthened that Jesus has the power to transform our lives in this world and the world to come.

REMEMBER: THE FRIENDSHIP OF JESUS AND THE POWER OF JESUS.

“Expect great things from God and

Attempt great things for God.” –Willian Carey (A missionary to India)

 

Shalom!

Amos

Pastoral Letter 26 March

Welcome to the Harmony Day Worship Service!

Harmony is a Christian word and we call it “Shalom!” It also means peace and reconciliation. As we live together with the different cultures, languages, ethnicity and religions, we need to cherish and promote “unity in diversity.” We also realise that we live in a world of disharmony, alienation, sin and estrangement. So we pray and work for harmony and reconciliation for the broken world. “God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ…and has committed to us the message of reconciliation.” (2 Corinthians 5:19)

 Let me remind you some of the important events –

  • Next Sunday 2 April, I will take the Holy Communion Service.

It will be my official last Sunday Service. Pray for my future directions.

We will also welcome our New Pastor Paula and his family.

  • Thursday 6 March at 10 am we have service at Jacana.
  • On April 9 2017 we start our “Holy Week” starting with Palm Sunday Service.
  • Lent appeal: I would like to remind you about the “Lent Event Appeal”

Please give your donation to support the programs of our partner Churches in Asia, Pacific and African regions, through “Uniting World.” We will also give our Good Friday Offerings for the “Lent Event.”

Shalom!

Amos

Pastoral Letter 19 March

Friends,

Welcome to the Worship Service.

We also welcome the preacher Pastor John Grimshaw.

Let me remind you some of the important services:

  • Next Sunday (26 March) we celebrate the “Harmony Day.”

It is a day to celebrate Australia’s cultural diversity. It is a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home – from the traditional owners of this land to those who have come from many countries around the world. Harmony is a Christian word and we call it “Shalom!” It also means peace and reconciliation. As we live together with our different cultures, languages, ethnicity and religions, we need to cherish and promote “unity in diversity.” We also realise that we live in a world of disharmony, alienation, sin and estrangement. So we pray and work for harmony and reconciliation for the broken world. “God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ…and has committed to us the message of reconciliation.” (2 Corinthians 5:19)

Australia celebrates Harmony Day on 21 March; but we celebrate to the nearest Sunday on Sunday 26 March at 9.30 am. We will have some special songs from different languages. You may wear your National dress.

  • Sunday 2 April I will take the Holy Communion Service.

It will be my official last Sunday Service. Pray for my future directions.

  • Thursday 6 April at 10 am we have service at Jacana.
  • On April 9 2017 we start our “Holy Week” starting with Palm Sunday Service.
  • Lent appeal: I would like to remind you about the “Lent Event Appeal”

Please give your donation to support the programs of our partner Churches in Asia, Pacific and African regions, through “Uniting World.” We will also give our Good Friday Offerings for the “Lent Event.”

Shalom!

Amos

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

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