We will join together again both in-person & on Zoom this Sunday!!
3rd SUNDAY of ADVENT
12th December 2021
at 10 am.
at Bangkok Christian College (BCC)
and on Zoom
In-person worship at BCC
Our regular meeting place, Bangkok Christian College in Sathorn Nua Road (next to Surasak BTS station) has now reopened enabling us to meet and worship in-person again after 7 months.
Please read our attendance rules set out below
For those unable to attend worship in person, ICB will relay our service live
via Zoom (see details below)Please note that for now there will not be an ICB evening service
During Advent, our Outreach is focusing on our Partner,
“Helping women trapped in prostitution to find a new
Christ, offering them a future and a hope.”
Please go to our Outreach section towards the end of this newsletter
Also this month, we are seeking donations for our Ministry to Displaced Persons programme to assist refugees and asylum seekers in Bangkok
Ten Attendance Procedures at ICB services
For your own safety and the safety of all others.
1. ICB and BCC expects that all attending will have already been vaccinated against Covid19. Please stay at home if you develop any flu-like symptoms
2. Everyone must wear a mask at all times (unless while drinking water). Wearing 2 masks is encouraged for extra safety. Please keep masks on while singing.
3. All attending are asked to sign the entrance register with names and contact details
4. On entering the sanctuary, please allow us to check your body temperature.
5. Seating will be arranged 1.5 metres apart. Parents and their children may be allowed to sit closer to each other but please understand if you are asked to sit differently.
6. Offerings will be collected in a bag. Please wait for usher to pass this around and do not pass it on to others.
7. In offering greetings and the peace to one another, please do not touch others in any way. Instead, you may wave or “wai” to everyone.
8. We regret that we cannot offer any refreshments other than plain water in plastic packs or bottles. No food will be provided.
9. If the sanctuary becomes full, ICB may regretfully need to prohibit more persons from entering.
10. During the current period, the ICB choir will not be performing. Other usual service activities may also be curtailed.Most people will be familiar with these procedures which are both expected and well known. We thank you for strictly conforming to them all as they are fundamental for safety and enable us to to meet and Praise God together in person once more.
If you are unable to attend in person or prefer to stay at home, you may still Join us on ZOOM!
(computer, tablet or smartphone)
Wherever you are in the world, you are welcome to join us online using the Zoom application in the same way as we have been doing during the lockdown period
About ICB worship on Zoom:
Please log-in on time and allow a minute or two to connect.
You will be “muted” upon entering the zoom room.Please stay muted during the service.
Please be patient as we try to overcome any glitches with our technical set-up at BCC.
This Sunday’s Sermon
is delivered in person and on zoom by our minister, Revd. Chee Keong Yong
Revd. Chee’s sermon theme is entitled: “John, a second look”
Our Scripture Readings are: Epistle: Philippians 4:4-7* Gospel: Luke 3:7-18*(*click for online Bible)Pastor Chee’s brief & notes:
Our RCL readings for this Sunday provide us with a second look at John the Baptist. To be granted a second look in our readings for two Sundays in a row, it would seem that there is much to learn from him – the voice from the wilderness.
We already recognized him to be rough looking and not the kind of person that you would invite to any proper occasion. Truth be told, you will not want too much preaching to be given on such a character who does not hesitate the slightest in offending anyone – “you brood of vipers, who told you to flee from the wrath to come?” The question perhaps, am I one to be numbered among the brood of vipers?
We learn from Scripture that John is a contemporary of Jesus for their births seem to be near to each other. Rather than calling attention to himself, John deferred to Jesus and directed people to Jesus, recognizing that his cousin had a greater position and role. All this sounds good but what do we hope to glean from these verses?
In the first volume of the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy, JRR Tolkien writes of a conversation between Frodo Baggins and Gandalf. Gandalf explains the consequences to Frodo who is now in possession of the “one ring”. Hearing this, Frodo says, “I wish it need not have happened in my time.” “So do I,” replied Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
Since the beginning of time, this age old question has been repeated – “What should we do then?” What do we do, indeed?
We can of course remain introspective and enter into countless debates over trivial matters while the world languish with a pandemic that still has the upper hand, wars and civil unrest among various nations that go unabated, climactic change that threatens the world with catastrophic disasters, economic upheaval that impoverishes those who have little and enriches the wealthy, the rot within our world governing structures that gives rise to the continuous overthrow of governments, … need I go on?
Against such odds, what do we do then? The reply from John the Baptist is simple – “Repent” – “turn around” 180 degrees. It is not about the person next to you who needs to turn around. It is about “you” – all of us need to turn around and see the other side. It is not whether I will get a present this Christmas from so and so. It is whether the garbage collector, the postal worker, the road sweeper, etc., will receive a gift from us this season. It is not whether I’ll get invited to yet another Christmas party but whether you will throw one for others.
Turn around and come face to face and behold the Prince of Peace among us. God has not deserted us. He has been with us all along in our struggles and hardships; all along even in the midst of the pandemic and what have you. So reach out to him with a glass of water to quench his thirst and a meal to ease his hunger.
Maranatha! Come Lord!
Please scroll down below for notices about Sunday school in December, Covenants for 2022, and our weekly on-line prayer meeting on Thursday evenings.
We are also continuing our Tree Angel Appeal; this year it’s for Rahab Ministrieswho offer a new future and hope for former sex workers in the Patpong area.
As well as the tree angels, there will be stone-beaded necklaces for sale made by the women of Rahab who seek hope for a better new life.
Scroll further down for a couple of new and important notices for you from the Church Council. One concerns nominations for next year’s council and the other is about a policy document which is being proposed for ICB.
Don’t forget, this Sunday………….
On this day, we honour those who have lost loved ones and are experiencing grief and who struggle to celebrate a normal Christmas with joy & hope. We express our grief and pain with them and focus on the promise of hope.
Traditionally, it comes at the feast of Thomas, the disciple who struggled to believe in Jesus’ resurrection, as well as the (Northern) long nights just before Christmas and the struggle with darkness and grief faced by those living with loss.
ICB is a fully self-supported congregation.
We gladly receive your donations. KBank a/c 003-1-09408-9
More information on the ICB Website
Making a Covenant
with God and His Church2022
Advancing the Work of Jesus!
Covenant Sunday is Dec. 5. Please return the form shown below either by placing in the offering bag or sending to the church office:
61/2 Soi Saen Sabai 3; Sukhumvit 36 Road; Bangkok; 10110
Or you can scan and email to email@example.com.
International Church of Bangkok is a fully self-supporting church. We are not sponsored by any foreign church body and thus receive no outside financial assistance. In fact, we take joy to be a congregation who supports ministries all over Thailand!
We need over 5 million baht each year to cover expenses and keep our
ministry and the ICB community sustainable.
Your contributions to ICB may be tax-deductible under Thai tax rules.
For more information or to donate in US tax-deductible dollars, please contact the church office: firstname.lastname@example.org
After prayerful consideration for the year 2022,
I/We enter into covenant with God and His Church to:Pray for my Church_______times per week.
Attend Worship_______times per month.
Give back to God the following in God’s tithe (10%) & offerings
Baht_______per week/month/year (please circle one)
Other Currency_______per week/month/year (please circle)
Serve God in ministry. I’m interested in (please circle):
Personnel & Property
In-person services have resumed as Bangkok Christian College reopens…….We are delighted that Sunday morning in-person worship services have resumed earlier than expected.Please keep a lookout on email, ICB website, Facebook or Line (morning service group) for further announcements about in-person and Zoom arrangements as circumstances can change. We will continue to live-stream services on Zoom….
even now when we can meet in-person again.
Please pray and bear with us as we put the technical system into place for relaying our services. We are not professionals and we could expect some occasional glitches!
Weekly Prayer Meeting –
Thursdays from 7:00 to 7:30pm (pls join before 7:05)
This is a wonderful opportunity to pause for a few moments, however busy we are, and join together to reflect and pray forour Church, Bangkok, the World and for ourselves. You will feel better for it – and so will God!
Outreach Tree Angels 2021
This week, we continue our annual collection to support one of our Outreach Partners during the season of Advent and Christmas. This year, we focus on Rahab Ministries.
The Tree Angels are made by former bar workers who, thanks to Rahab with God’s grace, now earn their income producing and selling crochet products, soft toys and other similar items locally and overseas.
These popular Tree Angels are being handmade exclusively for ICB. Please purchase quickly as we will soon run out of supplies!
Thank you for your support in donations. Every time you look at the angel on your Christmas tree you will know you have taken a small but important step in fulfilling the work of Jesus Christ!
Brisk sales at the Australian Embassy staff Fair on 8th December
– Thanks to Martin for organising this!
FOR SALE again this Sunday!
Handmade necklaces made from semiprecious stones will be on show again this Sunday, 12th December at ICB. They are all made by ex-bar workers in Patpong Road who have been given new hope of a better life by Rahab Ministries through their discovery of the love and grace of Jesus Christ.
Your purchases will help Rahab to continue their work.
CHRISTIAN OUTREACH The International Church of Bangkok
partners with Christian ministries throughout Thailand to advance the work of Jesus.
5% of ICB’s yearly total income goes directly to the outreach partners. Members and friends are also encouraged to give directly.
Bank transfers are easy to do and very welcome Please Donate NOW when it’s Most Needed!! KasikornBank (KBank): 003-1-09408-9
Transfer your donation to the ICB Bank account above and please email your transfer confirmation with the message:
“For Outreach: month/year (or name of O/R partner)” email@example.com
During December, outreach will also focus on ICB’s Ministry to Displaced Persons
This ministry assists vital everyday needs for refugees and asylum seekers in Bangkok who come here from many nations.
Our Christmas Eve Service Collection will be added to these funds and we also seek further gifts to support this urgent ongoing work of our church.
Call for for 2022 Church Council:
Volunteers and Nominations
Each year at this time we ask for ICB members to consider how they can best support the church in the next 12 months. One way to do this is by serving on the Church Council, either as the head of a committee (such as Finance or Outreach), as the Chair or Vice-Chair, or in one of the at-large positions. The Council usually meets 4 times per year, and membership is open to all ICB members and regular attendees.
Are you interested in serving our church this way? Christian leadership can be a fun opportunity for spiritual growth and is an excellent way to meet other church members and become more involved in the life and direction of ICB. No prior leadership experience is necessary, and as always, we would like next year’s council to reflect the diversity of nationalities and worship backgrounds at ICB.
More details about specific church positions can be foundat this link. Please consider serving our community in this way in 2022. If you would like to serve – or have an idea or nomination of someone whom you think would fill one of the roles well – then please contact either Pastor Chee (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Cameron Macky (email@example.com) preferably by 7th January
Draft Policy Document for your consideration:
“Policy on Diversity, Inclusiveness and Unity”
The Church Council has recently prepared a special policy document to put forward to the congregation for approval at the Annual Church Meeting, which will be held on Sunday 23rd January 2022.
The Council asks you to read and consider this proposal carefully beforehand so that discussion and any proposed amendments can be considered well before the AGM itself.
You are invited to join an informal discussion after worship at BCC on Sunday, 9th January at which you can learn more about this document and ask questions concerning it. The council encourages prayer and discussion among the congregation and welcomes your feedback.
You can find a draft of the policy document entitled
“DRAFT POLICY ON DIVERSITY, INCLUSIVENESS & UNITY”
on the ICB website < https://www.icbangkok.org/church-policies/ > or click here More information concerning this policy will be made available to ICB members in due course.
Missed a sermon?
Want to hear one again?
If you missed any of the recent sermons or would like to hear one or more again, recordings are available from Rev. Chee himself. Please let him know which Sunday(s) you are interested in and he will send you the link.
Send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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