Wesley Methodist Church Klang

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Please take time to look through our site and what is offered at Wesley Methodist Church, Klang. We are a church that desires to take Jesus to our community and world. We believe our website will help you get to know us even before we have the pleasure of welcoming you in person.

You are important to us because Jesus Christ loves you and died for the forgiveness of your sin. We want to make your time with us pleasurable and enriching, answer your questions, and assist you spiritually. Let us know how we can serve you.

God bless you!

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Recorded Live Streaming Worship Service – 9th & 10th Jan 2021

Title: New Start In Jesus
Scripture: Mark 1: 4 – 11
Preacher: Mr Yap Chee Kai

1.0 INTRODUCTION

1. 2020 as the unprecedented ‘disruptive’ year (covid19 pandemic): have we truly learned what God has to say to us?

2. Whilst we desire to make a real, new start in 2021, yet in reality, have our spiritual life changed much from 2020?

3. In today’s passage, we will see God’s people making a new start, not just wishy-washy another year of new resolution, but a real start – a total breakthrough from their state of wilderness.

2.0 THE SETTING

1. Mark identifies John the Baptists in two ways.

2. Firstly, John is identified as the “voice” in verse 2 and 3.

3. John is the fulfilment of the expectation of Elijah’s return (Malachi 3:1; 4:5) and the ultimate realization of Isaiah 40:3.

4. Secondly, Mark links John as Elijah (2 Kings 1:8) by his garments, modesty diet (v.6) and his bold message of repentance (vv.2-3).

3.0 THE MINISTRY OF JOHN THE BAPTIST (VV.4 – 8)

1. With this setting in mind, in verse 4: John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.

2. Even before the Israelites’ exile, it has been prophesied God will deliver his people (eschatological hope of the exodus typology is fulfilled in Hosea 2:14; 12:9 and Isaiah 40:3-4, 41:18-19; 43:19-20; 48:20-21; 51:9-11).

3. God will cleanse their sins, make them clean, pours his Spirit into their hearts and give them his promised King: a new start as God’s people.

4. Israel is waiting for the coming kingdom which closely linked to the notion of repentance.

5. The Hebrew notion repentance is to “turn back” or “return” to Yhwh; by abandoning their wrong ways and return to God’s ways in obedient to start anew again.

6. How did they respond? Verse 5: All of the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins.

7. They want to be a new people, a nation with a new start, awaiting God to bring his kingdom.

8. Could John accomplish this mighty task? John says no in verse 7. After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of those sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie.

9. John affirms us the One coming after him, is far greater than him: John is not even worthy to carry his sandals even it is the lowliest thing to do.
10. John says in verse 8: I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.

11. The real baptism is the baptism of the Holy Spirit: that God people will arise anew again.

12. Mark stresses John is indeed the Messiah’s promised forerunner (v.7) and his baptism is a preparation for the messianic baptism to come (v.8).

4.0 JESUS’ BAPTISM (VV.9 – 11)

1. Mark recorded in verse 9: In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.

2. In submission to John’s baptism, Jesus acknowledges the judgment of God upon Israel.

3. Jesus comes to John as the true Israelite as a “perfect sacrifice” for the nation.

4. When Jesus got baptized, it’s like the epiphany (manifestation of God’s glory) of him as the Messiah and the Son of God.

5. In verse 10: And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove.

6. The act of “torn-open” is recorded twice: in verse 10 here, Jesus’ baptism and Jesus’s death at the crucifixion: 15:38 – it reveals Jesus as the Son of God.

7. The “dove” represents the Spirit of God in the beginning (Genesis 1:2) descend into Jesus – declares of his divine sonship and his unique identity with the Father.

8. This marks the starting again – the inauguration of the long-awaited return of the kingdom of God.

9. There is another voice, pointing to Jesus. In verse 11: You are my beloved Son, with you I am well pleased. The Father loves his Son, and takes delight in him.

10. The declaration at the baptism distinctly identifies:
* Jesus as the Son of God, echoing Psalm 2:7: Jesus as the enthroned king of Israel.
* Jesus the fulfilment of the original image of sonship that linked to Israel’s call in Exodus 4:22-23: “Israel is my firstborn son, and I say to you, “Let me my son go that he may serve me.”

11. Mark’s expression of “with you I am well pleased” actually comes from Isaiah 42:1.

12. Jesus as the suffering servant to be the king must be sacrificed echoing in Genesis 22:2.

5.0 OUR RESPONSE

1. If we long to start anew again in 2021, let’s “PUSH” (Pray Until the Savior Helps) ourselves a new start in Jesus.

2. Two applications we can apply in our lives.

3. One: Re-examining your Christian lives in your relationship with God.

* Do you know Christ as who he is?
* Do you belong to his kingdom?
* Are you subject to him as your king and Lord? Are you assured on the Day of Judgment you will be saved from God’s eternal wrath?

* If your life reflects the life of Elijah or John, people will see Christ in you through how you live out the gospel.

* On the contrary, if you have gone astray from God and no longer subjected to Christ as your king and Lord, today is the day you come back to him in repentance and recommit your life to him.

* Start anew in Jesus. Psalm 2:12 reminded us “Blessed are all who take refuge in him”.

4. Second: Pointing to Christ and Proclaiming the Gospel.

5. Are you like John, truly living out the gospel in both doing and being?

* Are you faithful in your calling just like John in accomplishing God’s will in your life?
* Have you been proclaiming he gospel to your love ones or your neighbors that have not known Jesus?
* We need to urge them to repent and be forgiven before it is too late.
( To invite them to meet Jesus and find anew life, an everlasting life in him.

6.0 CLOSING

1. Let’s join the voice of John and the voice of the Father as we proclaim Jesus.

2. In this season of Epiphany and a new year, let us desire to know him in a greater measure of faith and love for indeed he is our Lord. Let us all start anew in Jesus. Let us pray.

 

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I Need A Fresh Start

As a personal trainer years ago, January was always an exciting month. People packed the gym, energy soared and hope flowed like water. This was a fresh new start. Great things were ahead!

Then, come February 1 … you know where this is going. I’ve been right there too, making progress on some goals, then weeks later, getting bogged down by inner shame: I failed. I can’t do this. I am not enough. I messed up — all hope is lost!

There is nothing magical about January 1st and no matter what you’ve done or not done, great things are ahead with God. The best is yet to come. Every day we are given the opportunity to be made new in Christ, not by our might, but by our surrender. As Paul reveals in 2 Corinthians 5:17: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”.

I need that truth written on a Post-it Note and plastered to my forehead every day.

As a toddler mama, wife, business owner and friend, I mess up a lot. We need new starts around here like we need daily food and clean diapers. I try to control just about everything: naptimes, schedules and my to-do lists. When things begin getting out of control and I feel Madame Overwhelmed creeping up behind me, I think back to a cold day one November when things started to change.

I was so afraid to let go. I was afraid of more pain. I was afraid my life would never be the same.

But I soon realized that the tighter I held the reins of control, the more intense the pain became. The day my daughter Grace was born, I learned a life-altering truth: my need for control was holding life back.

Perhaps your roadblocks aren’t roadblocks at all, but rather new beginnings in disguise. Perhaps your missteps are actually opportunities for growth, greater closeness with God or a nudge to take a leap of faith.

In order for a seed to sprout, the outer casing first has to fall away, or surrender, in order for new life to come. The same is true with our lives. We must let go a little — or sometimes a lot — for our new start to be revealed. As Paul says in Philippians 3:13b-14, “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus”.

My middle school English teacher had the words “This too shall pass” permanently painted on her classroom bulletin board. (And am I grateful that the awkward days of perming my already-curly hair did pass!) While those words on the chalkboard didn’t originate from the Bible, they do reveal some truth.

This life and everything in it will pass away, but God’s love never changes. Our new start can’t be found in more money, more business, more fun, more stuff or more visits to the gym. Our new start is found only in Him. (LARA CASEY)

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Notices: January 9-10, 2021

THE CHURCH CLOSED
The church is closed during CMCO. If you need to contact the office staff, these are the contact numbers:
Pastor Gaurri @ 0 12-559 4537
Yap Chee Kai @ 012 2360 457
Taeko @ 012 236 0458
Pelita Chuah @ 016 625 6188
Jane @ 017 622 7226
Cheng It @ 012 915 3640

2ND OFFERING
The 2nd Offering for January goes towards Scripture Union. You may give your donations during the entire month of January via Online to Wesley Methodist Church Klang Bank Account No: UOB 171-315-561-1

NEXT WEEKEND SERVICES
Speaker : Rev Gaurri Manian
Dates : Sat & Sun, January 16 & 17, 2021
Sermon Title: Jehovah Jireh
Scripture Text: Genesis 22: 1-19

BUDGET PRESENTATION
There will be budget presentation on the weekend services on January 16 & 17, 2021.

MISSION FAITH PLEDGE 2021
Please be reminded to submit your Mission Faith Pledge 2021. You can either drop it in church office or via post.

1ST LOCAL CONFERENCE 2021
Date : Thursday, January 28, 2021
Time : 8:00 p.m.
It will be via zoom. Rev Paul Christie, the new CD2 District Superintendent, will be presiding. All Organization/Ministry heads, please submit your report by January 17, 2021.

LCEC MEETING
Date : Saturday, January 30, 2021
Time : 1:00 p.m.
Via zoom.

CORPORATE PRAYER MEETINGS
The Zoom Prayer Meetings are as follows:
Tuesdays-Thursdays @ 8:00 a.m.-8:30a.m.
Thursdays only @ 9:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

HIRING
Malaysian Care is currently hiring for
the below mentioned positions:
1. Church Relations Leader
2. Community Development (Based in Miri)
For more information, please contact Lynn Tung at 603-9212 0162 ext 133 or hr@malaysiancare.org

ONLINE BANKING
While we acknowledge that many people are affected by the current CMCO situation, we encourage you to continue giving your tithes/offering during this time through online banking, The details are below:

Pledge Payment can be done via Online to Wesley Methodist Church Klang Bank Account No: UOB 171-315-561-1

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Prayer List: January 10, 2021

Sunday, (Jan 10) – Confess to God that there are times we have found ourselves overwhelmed because we wanted to be in control of our own lives. Praise God that as we surrender to Him, His radical grace makes all things new. Pray that the Lord will help us see our failures and mistakes as He sees them: opportunities to draw closer to Him. Pray that Christ will help us find our worth and identity only in Him, not in our accomplishments and not in our missteps. As our new start cannot be found in more money, more business, more fun, more stuff, but is found only in Christ, pray that we will draw closer to Him this year, always sure of the fresh start we have been given because of His sacrifice.

Monday, (Jan 11) – Praise God for the week-long hybrid morning watches that began on January 2, 2021, that everything went off smoothly, and there was good coordination between those who were physically present and those who joined via zoom. Thank God that an average of 25 people came for the prayer meetings. As the church continues to have our regular zoom prayer meetings on Tuesday & Wednesday mornings, and on Thursday mornings and nights, pray that the CG leaders will continue to promote these prayer meetings to their cell members, and more people will join the prayer meetings.

Tuesday, (Jan 12) – The number of daily Covid-19 cases continue to be high due to the loosening of interstate travel restrictions and lack of SOP compliance. The Health DG warns that the number of daily infections can reach 8,000 a day in March if the infectivity rate continues to remain high. Pray for wisdom for the health authorities to come up with new containment strategies to bring down the daily numbers, while ensuring that the economy will not be badly affected. Pray that the government will give clear guidelines where there can be no two interpretations of the SOPs. Pray that the SOPs will be strictly enforced, and those caught flouting them will be severely dealt with.

Wednesday, (Jan 13) – Pray for the Nation: Malaysia is going through a challenging time in many areas presently. Pray that as the various political parties continue to bicker and fight, cool heads will prevail and politicians will not act irresponsibly and call for a general election in the midst of a pandemic. Flooding has worsened in Peninsular Malaysia, with thousands of people being displaced across 7 states. Pray that as the flood victims are being placed in flood relief centres, they will continue to do their best to comply with the SOPs for Covid-19, and the Lord will grant them His protection.

Thursday, (Jan 14) – Pray for the Church in Malaysia, that God will guide pastors, church leaders and workers with wisdom and strength as they begin afresh this new year in view of the “new normal”. As the nation waits for the vaccine to be made available, pray that God will grant His Church the necessary spirit, attitude and giftings that will edify His people, preach the Gospel to the fearful and anxious, and reach out to the poor and needy in the community. Pray that God will strengthen His Church to be united in persevering prayer. Pray that the Lord will keep His people safe, and grant them wisdom so that they will act responsibly and comply with the SOPs in stopping the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

Friday, (Jan 15) – Pray for TRAC: Pray for our Conference Bishop, Rev Joshua Khong, as he settles into TRAC Headquaters as our TRAC Bishop. Pray that God will bestow him with wisdom as he leads the conference. Pray for the Holy Spirit to teach and to guide him in his call and appointment in this special office. Pray that God will grant him strength and joy as he carries out his responsibility as the Conference Bishop. Pray for his family, that God will keep them safe, especially his two daughters, wherever they are.

Saturday, (Jan 16) – Pray for the World: Pray for the US as the nation prepares for the inauguration of the new President on January 20, 2021. Pray for a smooth and orderly transition of power when the new President is sworn in. Pray against any form of violent protests, and that the American public will accept the new President. Pray that the people of the US will recognize a need for a national repentance, and that the nation will return to God, and embrace the faith of their founding fathers.

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Recorded Live Streaming Worship Service – 2nd & 3rd Jan 2021

Title: Elohim – The All Powerful Creator
Scripture: Genesis 1: 1 – 31
Preacher: Rev Gaurri Maniam

We are celebrating Holy Communion this weekend. Please prepare the elements before starting the video.

 

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God, Master Artist And Creator Of All

As Creator of the Universe and all the beauty that is in it, God is the Master Artist. Unlike earthly artists, He has confidence in His creations and declares, “It is good.”

I know how meticulous artists can be about what they create. As an artist myself, I agonize over every stroke, line, and detail. Unlike God, as earthly artists, we lack confidence in our creations. We say, “This is not good. I’m going to hide it or throw it away.” When we do declare a piece “finished” or “good,” it is because we deem it complete. Every line, every curve, every bit of empty space, every stroke, every mark, every color within the piece is necessary and critical for its completion and acceptance to the artist-creator’s eye. Only when the placement and interaction of every element are just so can the artist declare the piece finished and good.

This is true of God’s perfect creation also. He formed the earth from nothing. He separated the heavens from the waters. He hung the stars in the sky. He made the wind and the air that we breathe. He made the trees that give us shade and fruit, the flowers that give us beauty and fragrance, the plants and the animals that sustain life, the vast oceans, and the majestic mountains. He even designed the elegant ecosystem to support His creation. He made all of it breathtaking in beauty and flawless in function. Many small parts make up this one Masterpiece: His whole creation. And He declared, “It is good.”

Amazingly… He made me. He placed me in His perfect creation. As part of God’s creation, that means God sees me (and you!) as a critical component of His masterpiece. Without me in it, God’s creation is incomplete and imperfect. Whoa. To think of myself as a vital and essential component of God’s perfect painting is mind-blowing.

Yet…I am flawed. I make mistakes. I sin.

But God accounted for that too. He made Jesus, the Ultimate Eraser of my sin and mistakes. When Jesus took my sin on Himself, He died and was resurrected, removing what you and I may think of as inky stains of sin marring God’s perfect creation. Jesus joined with humanity, took our dark stains into Himself, and left them in an empty tomb. Then He walked out in newness of life… and He invites us to join Him!

In fact, as strange as it may seem, God included our human flaws and mistakes as part of His plan. As He told the apostle Paul, “My power is made perfect in weakness.”

If you have not acknowledged Christ’s presence in your life, you may feel like an ink blot on God’s artistic Masterpiece. But the Good News is that you can acknowledge what Jesus did for you and ask God to erase your guilt through Christ Jesus’ giving His life for yours, and inviting Him to show you more of the hidden beauty and perfection of His Masterpiece.

You are not an ink blot in God’s design. You are perfectly loved and placed in the Masterpiece for His divine purpose. He’s inviting you to join with Him in the confidence He has in His creation: everything good, right, and beautiful. Won’t you join with Him? (SUE CHASTAIN)

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Notices: January 2-3, 2021

THE CHURCH CLOSED
The church is closed during CMCO. If you need to contact the office staff, these are the contact numbers:
Pastor Gaurri @ 0 12-559 4537
Yap Chee Kai @ 012 2360 457
Taeko @ 012 236 0458
Pelita Chuah @ 016 625 6188
Jane @ 017 622 7226
Cheng It @ 012 915 3640

WELCOME REV GAURRI MANIAM
We welcome Rev Gaurri Maniam as the new pastor of Wesley Methodist Church Klang as of January 2021.

NEW CHURCH WORKER
Ms Taeko Funaoka is employed as the New Church Worker of Wesley Methodist Church Klang as of January 2021.

2ND OFFERING
The 2nd Offering for January goes towards Scripture Union. You may give your donations during the entire month of January via Online to Wesley Methodist Church Klang Bank Account No: UOB 171-315-561-1

MORNING WATCHES (HYBRID)
Dates : Sat-Thurs, January 2-7, 2021
Time : 6:30 a.m.-7:30 a.m.
Venue : MPH in church
The morning watches will be both in person and virtual meeting via zoom. Kindly contact church office staff for the zoom link.

NEXT WEEKEND SERVICES
Speaker : Mr Yap Chee Kai
Dates : Sat & Sun, January 9 & 10, 2021
Sermon Title: New Start In Jesus
Scripture Text: Mark 1: 4-11

ONLINE BANKING
While we acknowledge that many people are affected by the current CMCO situation, we encourage you to continue giving your tithes/offering during this time through online banking, The details are below:

Pledge Payment can be done via Online to Wesley Methodist Church Klang Bank Account No: UOB 171-315-561-1

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Prayer List: December 3, 2021

Sunday, (Jan 3) – Give glory to God as the Creator of all things, that He spoke, and the universe came into existence; and at His command, flowers, trees and plants sprang from the ground, the seas teemed with living things and the earth with living creatures. Praise Him that the crown of His creation was humanity made in His image, and He gave us dominion over all the earth and everything in it. Ask God for forgiveness that we have failed in our stewardship to rule the earth, and have polluted His beautiful creation because of our fallen nature. Pray that the Lord will help us put on a new self, created to be like Him in true righteousness and holiness.

Monday, (Jan 4) – Praise God for Pastor Gaurri, our new pastor in 2021. Pray for God’s hand of favour, wisdom and blessing upon her as she takes over from Pastor Ashok. Pray that she will form good relationships with the church staff, the church leadership and all the members, and will enjoy her tenure here as Klang Wesley’s pastor. Pray also for Pastor Ashok as he moves on to be Associate Pastor of KL Wesley. Pray that he will work well with the pastor-in-charge, Rev Andrew Lim. Pray that he will also form good relationships with the church staff, the church leadership and all the members of KL Wesley.

Tuesday, (Jan 5) – Thank God for helping us make it through 2020, that He carried us through the uncertainty, the trials and the hard losses. Pray that 2021 will be a year of new beginnings, fresh starts and hope, as we leave behind the tragedy of 2020. Pray that the Lord will give us faith to know that regardless of what the past year has been for us, we can start afresh this year with His grace and strength. Pray that we will live this year not with our heads looking backwards, but that we will run with confidence into the plans and purposes He has set before us. Pray for breakthroughs in our spiritual life, that we will be more responsible in our pursuits, our faith and our prayer life.

Wednesday, (Jan 6) –. Pray for the Nation: At a time when the nation is struggling with shrinking incomes, a faltering economy, a weak government and a raging pandemic, pray that politicians will not focus their time and energy on frivolous issues. Pray that every evil of extreme, divisive and selfish partisan politics fed by the lust for power and control will be defeated. Pray that the spirit of mediocrity that is diminishing the productivity of the nation and the minds of the people will be replaced by the pursuit for excellence. Pray for a restoration and a rebuilding of our nation where truth, righteousness, justice, excellence and prosperity will prevail.

Thursday, (Jan 7) – Current active Covid-19 cases in the country have exceeded 21,000 and daily new cases are close to 2,000. As the conditional MCO was eased for the sake of the country’s economy, pray that the rakyat will be responsible citizens, and continue to be vigilant in following the SOPs. Pray that the people will exercise restraint, and not engage in big social gatherings, or flout the SOPs, thereby exposing themselves to any risk of infection, and also causing further strain to our healthcare system. Pray that the public will learn to live with the new normal, and not behave as if the pandemic is over.

Friday, (Jan 8) – Pray for TRAC: There are 2 very important TRAC meetings on January 8 & 9, 2021. Firstly, the new Board of Ministry meeting, and secondly, the new Executive Board meeting. Pray for Rev Ashok, who is the new Board of Ministry Chairman, for wisdom and good management skills. Pray also for Rev Joshua Khong as he leads the Executive Board as the new TRAC President. As both meetings will be online meetings, pray that the IT connections will work well, and everything will go smoothly.

Saturday, (Jan 9)– Pray for the World: Pray that the highly infectious coronavirus variant discovered in Britain will not spread to other nations, as governments take appropriate precautions against it happening. The fight against COVID-19 has seen vaccine development move at record speed, and there are 4 categories of vaccines in clinical trials now. Pray that the vaccines will be effective in protecting people against the virus, will have minimal side effects, and will be made available to the entire world.

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