Recorded Worship Service – 10th & 11th October 2020

Title: Following Jesus Unreservedly
Scripture: Matthew 10:16 – 42
Preacher: Rev Dr T. Jeyakumar

 

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What It Means To Follow Christ

No one could ever accuse Jesus of being a great public-relations guy. Who else but Jesus would make it His practice to disperse crowds with difficult and controversial teachings when it would have been so easy to rally an army? Who else but Jesus would choose to continually insult the power structure of His time rather than try to make influential friends in high places? Who else but Jesus would align Himself with the lowest and the least of His society, those with no political clout or social standing?

But that’s what Jesus did. That’s what He’s still doing. Perhaps with all of our educational advancements, the multiplicity of Bible studies and books available to us, and the abundance of churches in many parts of the world, we’ve forgotten that following Jesus isn’t like choosing which flavor of syrup you want in your coffee. The call to follow Jesus is a call to forsake everyone and everything other than Him. It’s a call to a radical abandonment.

When Jesus called His first disciples to leave their boats, He was calling them to abandon their careers. When He called them to leave their nets, He was calling them to abandon their possessions. When He called them to leave their father in the boat by himself, He was calling them to abandon their family and friends. Ultimately, Jesus was calling them to abandon themselves.

The men were leaving certainty for uncertainty, safety for danger, and self-preservation for self-denunciation. What if you were the one stepping out of the boat? What if you were the potential disciple being told to drop your nets? What if it were your father asking where you were going?

This is where we need to pause to consider whether we’re starting to redefine Christianity. We have to give up everything we have to follow Jesus. But slowly, subtly, we have reduced following Jesus to the idea of following Jesus.

We do this in all sorts of ways. We rationalize Jesus’ demanding teachings: “Of course, Jesus wasn’t actually telling you to abandon your family. And of course, He wasn’t really saying to leave everything behind to follow Him.”

While it’s true that Jesus didn’t-and doesn’t-require everyone to leave their father and their occupation to follow Him, He does require absolute obedience and commitment. Rather than joyfully embracing His call, we have the self-serving tendency to water it down to be theoretical sacrifice and hypothetical abandonment. We want to follow a Jesus that doesn’t require anything of us.

In essence, we’ve redefined Christianity. We’ve given in to the dangerous temptation to take the Jesus of the Bible and twist Him into a version of Jesus we’re more comfortable with. It’s a Jesus who’s OK with our materialism, fine with nominal devotion that doesn’t require any sacrifice, and pleased with a brand of faith that requires attendance on Sunday but no real commitment in day-to-day life.

But I wonder if I could help you push through the haze of self-justification and ask a simple question: What if He was actually serious? (DAVID PLATT)

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Notices: October 11, 2020

THE CHURCH & CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED
The church & church office are closed during CMCO. If you need to contact the office staff, these are the contact numbers:
Pastor Ashok @ 012 524 0061
Yap Chee Kai @ 012 2360 457
Pelita Chuah @ 016 625 6188
Jane @ 017 622 7226
Cheng It @ 012 915 3640

2ND LOCAL CONFERENCE 2020
Date : Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Time : 8:30 p.m.
Zoom Meeting
TRAC President Rev Dr T. Jeyakumar or his appointee will preside over the meeting.

2ND DISTRICT CONFERENCE CD2
Date : Thursday, October 15, 2020
Time : 8:00 p.m.
Zoom meeting

THE DYNAMICS OF PRAYER
Kindly take note that The Dynamics of Prayer by Rev Terence Poh is cancelled.

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.
Kindly contact church staff for more info.

METHODIST PLANNER 2021
Kindly contact the church staff if you wish to purchase. Cost RM10 each.

LIVE STREAMING MINISTRY
Those who are interested to be a part of the live streaming team, kindly contact Johnny Lim @ 012 203 7784. Training will be given.

COLLECTIONS:
JANUARY-SEPTEMBER, 2020
Offering/Tithes & Others Year To Date RM796,938.80
Year 2020 Planned Expenses RM1,145,494
Actual vs Planned 69%

Missions Faith Pledge Year To Date RM42,869.00
Year 2020 Pledge Amount RM76,100
Actual vs Planned 56%

CONDOLENCES
Our deepest condolences to Mdm Koh Kim Lan on the demise of her husband, the late Major Chow Chun Wah on October 10, 2020.

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

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Recorded Live Streaming Worship Service – 4th October 2020

Title: Intention
Scripture: Ephesians 3: 16 – 21
Preacher: Dr Lim Ee Sze

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

 

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Prayer List: October 11, 2020

Sunday, (Oct 11) – Pray that as believers of Christ, we will heed His call to follow Him, to turn away from our own selfish interests, and to take up our cross daily and deny ourselves, even if the path is difficult to see, or is heading in a direction we would never have chosen for ourselves. Pray that we will seek His forgiveness for being so quick to question and so hesitant to follow. Pray that the Holy Spirit will empower us to see with the eyes of faith, rather than from our own human point of view. Pray that He will give us a heart of steadfastness, and a spirit of obedience to follow Christ without fear or hesitation, knowing that He is always with us, leading the way.

Monday, (Oct 12) – Pray for God’s grace and mercy upon Sabah, Kedah, Selangor and other parts of Malaysia that has been badly affected by this fresh outbreak of the Covid-19 virus. Pray that God will give wisdom and strategies to the authorities to contain the virus so that the number of new infections will decrease. Pray that the health authorities will be able to trace all positive cases and isolate them, especially those in the red zone areas. Pray against any new clusters from being formed, and that the public will be vigilant to help break the vicious viral strain. Pray for God’s divine healing upon those infected by the virus, and protection for all the healthcare frontliners.

Tuesday, (Oct 13) – The Church of Malaysia does not take pains to walk closely with God, but often walk in pride and lust after the things of the world. The Church is slacking in prayer and in the study of God’s Word, does not recognise when He speaks, and is not enthusiastic in wanting to obey His voice. Pray that God’s people will return to Him in genuine repentance, and seek to saturate our lives in the Word of God, spend time in solitude and silence to hear what the Spirit is saying, and to genuinely seek God’s perfect will for our lives.

Wednesday, (Oct 14) – Pray for the Nation: The nation is facing political instability, a sputtering economy, growing unemployment, and a third wave of coronavirus infections. Pray that the government will not be distracted by the constant jousting for power and control, but will focus on economic recovery and attract more foreign investors into the country, the creation of new jobs and to effectively deal with the Covid-19 infections. Pray for God’s intervention for a godly and stable government able to make wise and righteous decisions for all the rakyat.

Thursday, (Oct 15) – Pray that God will give wisdom to the government to balance the saving of lives and livelihoods even as the cases of Covid-19 have risen sharply, and more people are out of jobs. Pray that God will bless those in the business lines, and for their businesses to recover. Pray that He will protect those who have lost their jobs, or have been retrenched, and grant them wisdom and initiative to find alternative and creative ways to put food on the table for their families.

Friday, (Oct 16) – Pray for TRAC: Pray for Rev Yong Wai Yin, who is not only the pastor of Seremban Wesley and Taman Ujong Methodist Church, but is also the Conference Secretary of TRAC. She has many things to look into now as it is only one month away from the 45th Session TRAC in Petaling Jaya. There is also some uncertainty as to whether this 2-day Conference will be changed to a fully online Session of TRAC due to the worrying numbers of Covid-19 cases. Pray for God’s strength to be upon her as she carries out her duties, and that the work in the 2 parishes will be manageable. Pray for God’s protection upon her at all times.

Saturday, (Oct 17) – Pray for the World: Pray against the human trafficking networking worldwide. The problem is huge as it involves very poor parents who are willing to sell their young daughters for a small fortune. Even the police and the authorities are involved in this sinister world of human trafficking. Pray that God will break every evil connection and the girls and women will be set free. Pray for organisations that provide a safe haven for these girls and women to live in, especially Christian organisations that they may also share Christ with these girls and women and disciple them.

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Recorded Live Streaming Worship Service – 3rd October 2020

Title: Do We Understand Each Other?
Scripture: Ephesians 3: 16 – 21
Preacher: Dr Lim Ee Sze

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

 

 

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Are You Looking For Your “Immeasurable More”?

16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us… (Ephesians 3:16-20)

We live in a world of crazy deadlines, commitments, and opinions. Sometimes, it feels like we’re barely keeping our heads above water.

Pause, take a breath, and soak in Ephesians 3:16-20. Paul’s prayer for the church of Ephesus is a reminder of how much more God wants for our lives than our short-sighted vision shows us.

The only way to experience the fullness of Jesus’ love is to let Him fully into our lives. God works through us not by pushing us around, but through His Holy Spirit’s guidance. The business of life can drown out the whispers of the Holy Spirit showing us how loved and cherished we are by our Creator. Paul prays we’re strengthened by the Holy Spirit, and we’re given the power to realize just how deep and wide God’s love is for us (Ephesians 3:16-18).

God’s love surpasses our knowledge and our circumstances (Ephesians 3:19). Our lens is infinitely smaller than God’s picture and His plans for our lives. God “is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20). The best-case scenarios in our heads are nothing compared to what God promises to do.

We can pray the same prayer today — that every day we would invite Jesus further into our lives. When we do, we’ll start to see God do more than we ever could dream possible. Let’s not let the pace of our lives cause us to miss out on “immeasurably more.”

Reflect:
• Is the pace of your life allowing you to reflect on the truths Paul highlights in this prayer? Why or why not? Does something need to change?

• How does knowing the depth of God’s love give context to your challenges?

• What’s the best-case scenario in your current situation? Reflect on the truth that God wants infinitely more for you than even this. (NEWSPRING
CHURCH)

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Notices: October 3-4, 2020

KEYS TO HEALTH, WHOLENESS & FRUITFULNESS (FIC)
Date : Sunday, October 4, 2020
Time : 10:30 a.m.
Venue : Rooms 2 & 3, 2nd Floor

2ND LOCAL CONFERENCE 2020
Date : Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Time : 8:30 p.m.
Venue : Multi Purpose Hall
TRAC President Rev Dr T. Jeyakumar or his appointee will preside over the meeting.

2ND DISTRICT CONFERENCE CD2
Date : Thursday, October 15, 2020
Time : 8:00 p.m.
Venue : Trinity Methodist Church, PJ

THE DYNAMICS OF PRAYER
Speaker : Rev Terrence Poh
Date : Friday & Saturday, November
13 & 14, 2020
Time : 8:30 p.m-10:00 p.m. (Friday)
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (Saturday)
Fee : RM20 per person
Venue : Wesley Klang
Open to Klang Wesley members only. Admission is by registration.

GOD WHO CALLS YOU IS FAITHFUL: BOOK OF TESTIMONIES
TRAC Board of Evangelism has compiled the testimonies of TRAC pastors especially how God had first called them into fulltime pastoral ministry. The books are available for free at the church foyer (limited copies only). For those who want the softcopy of this book, kindly contact church office.

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.
Kindly contact church staff for more info.

WEAR YOUR FACE MASKS AT ALL TIMES
1. It is mandatory to wear a face mask in church at all times.
2. If you feel uncomfortable, kindly exit the church sanctuary to remove the
mask in the church foyer.
3. The church will be held responsible if you are found not wearing a mask in
church. We seek your kind cooperation in this matter.

METHODIST PLANNER 2021
Kindly sign up on the list at the notice board if you wish to purchase. Cost RM10 each. Kindly pay to church office.

USABLE WASHING MACHINE
A Pakistani family has a need for a washing machine. If you have, kindly contact church office.

INTERFAITH DIALOGUE
Date : Friday, October 9, 2020
Time : 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
A Zoom Webinar organized by the STM Center for Religion & Society. Please register via https://bit.ly/crsfaith20 before October 8, 2020.

ALPHA MALAYSIA GLOW 2020
Date : Fri & Sat, October 9 & 10, 2020
Visit GLOW 2020 website for more information:
https://malaysia.alpha.org/glow2020

LIVE STREAMING MINISTRY
Those who are interested to be a part of the live streaming team, kindly contact Johnny Lim @ 012 203 7784. Training will be given.

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

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