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13th March 2022
is delivered on zoom by our minister, Revd. Chee Keong Yong
Bad news galore. The peddlers of bad news are striking rich these past years while the ordinary hard-working people are feeling more than a pinch. There seems to be a competition as to who can produce bad news. It varies in its quality and quantity. News of an ongoing pandemic. News of violence, oppression, and communities pitted against one another. News of natural disaster. It is around this week that we first got the news of Covid19 two years ago. Who’s tired?
Psalm 27 for this Sunday seems rather apt in our times. It declares, “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom then shall I fear?” and “though war should rise up against me, yet will I put my trust in him”.
I find it rather uneasy when Scripture is used as a cliché. It cheapens and degrades the words that are meant to uplift our souls. These words here in Psalm 27 are about trusting God and not being afraid. Truthfully, are we not afraid and fearful of our times? I suggest to you that these are not merely words to be rid of fear but rather it is an acknowledgment that together with people of old in the Bible, we are fearful.
God is found not only in moments of great faith but also in times of great fear. This psalm longs for the days of “[dwelling] in the house of the Lord,” “sounds of great gladness,” and “[seeing] the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” It is a psalm of comfort. It is a psalm seeking the balm in Gilead.
This Lent, may we seek the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living at such times as ours today. Lent does not shy away from the harder things of this life; when we are reminded of our own mortality, we are also reminded of the life we have yet to live. The goodness of the Lord is still present, even in times of great trouble – perhaps, especially in times of great trouble. The implication of this is that if we believe that we will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living, then we’ll look for it.
“Look for it.” Where indeed do we look for it? Luke gives us the image of a mother hen. This is not an image of God that we are accustomed to. God as the mother hen does not gel with the image of the “lion of Judah”. I have seen many images of God on stained glass windows or on pictures and paintings that show God’s might and power. I cannot say that I have seen God as the mother hen.
In many of the great “I am” sayings of Jesus, we find the Good Shepherd, the bread of life, light of the world, the door, … etc., but you will never find one that says, “I am the mother hen”. So what is it about the mother hen that Luke is writing about?
Themes of protection and safety are all over this metaphor. And it’s worth noting that mother hens can be quite fierce if their babies are in danger. If you are a parent, you know you would do anything to protect your children.
We may recall our own experiences of our mothers and grandmothers. There is always the instinctive nature within a mother to gather up her loved ones. When a child hurts, the mother hurts more.
The image here of the mother hen comes in response to a threat posed by King Herod. Does this sound familiar? Whatever the source of threat of violence maybe, we do not find here a stronger source of power to counter it. Rather, we find a “mother hen” doing all to protect the vulnerable ones.
May the image of God as the “mother hen” travel with us in our struggles as we journey on this side of life. Be safe under her wings as it is outstretched over us.
May God be with you, Amen.
Please scroll down belowfor notices from Pastor Chee: information about the resumption of In-Person Services starting NEXT WEEK on 20th March (Note: new location),
Also about Fellowship at ICB, Thursday Prayer meetings, and Outreach needs.
Scroll down, too, for news of in-person Evening services in April at BCGH (Bangkok Christian Guesthouse).
a) for those who have contracted Covid19, including those in our own congregation and their families. b) for the refugee families and other displaced persons residing in Bangkok, for their safety and well-being as well as positive progress in securing permanent resettlement solutions to their plight.
Sunday Classes for young people of 9 to 13 years The former Faith Formation class has just ended but if you have a middle-school age child or children who would like to join a similar course, please let Pastor Chee know. If there are enough students, a new Faith Formation group could be started. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
from our Minister, Pastor Chee
ICB Morning (in person) Service
from NEXT WEEK
For those of you attending ICB Sunday morning service, we will start in-person service (with Zoom simultaneously) next Sunday (20 March). Please note that the venue has changed (temporarily) to
Student Christian Centre
328/1 Phyathai Road
which is within walking distance from BTS Ratchatewi. Follow the map below.
All are advised to follow social distancing to keep others safe. A temperature check is required. We have members who have been infected lately and we do not wish others to be infected. If you are not feeling well, please stay at home and join us on Zoom. For safety precautions, the ICB Council has advised against any form of fellowship potlucks for the time being. Bottled water will be available.
ICB Evening Service will restart on the first Sunday of next month, 3rd April at BCGH.
This is early notice to those intending to join in-person at Bangkok Christian Guesthouse, off Convent Road (BTS Saladaeng / MRT Silom stations). Services will start at 6.30pm. Please inform your friends. Watch this space for more details in coming weeks.
Our minister, Pastor Chee, and members of the Church Council can be contacted as and when needed:
Fellowship is essential for the wellbeing of any true community – but it’s not so easy when we cannot meet personally face-to-face, though hopefully many of us will be soon.
At ICB, we wish to develop new ways to extend Christian fellowship among all of us during 2022. We invite you to help with your ideas for such fellowship activities.
Mary Santhi has recently taken on the role of ICB Fellowship Chair but she needs a committee to lead!
Mary cannot undertake the work alone and so she is inviting you to join her in one of the most important and joyful aspects of the church which is appreciated by everybody.
Please send an email to Mary and she will respond by telling you more: email@example.com
One of Mary’s early ideas for Fellowship is to recognise everybody’s birthday so we can all pray for every person on her/his special day. Birthday greetings are now appearing on the ‘ICB Morning Service’ LINE app. Unfortunately, our list of birthdays is far from complete and so, if you are in agreement, please let Mary know by email your special day (your birth year won’t be posted without your consent).
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!
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.
Urgently needed: Offerings to our
Ministry to Displaced Persons
to assist refugee families and asylum seekers currently residing in Bangkok (details of how to donate are shown below)
ICB’s Outreach is presently focused on our
“Ministry to Displaced Persons”.
which assists vital everyday needs for refugees and asylum seekers in Bangkok who come here from many nations. We urgently need your further offerings to support this vital ongoing work of our church.
Thank you or your prayerful consideration for those in greatest need. We need more funding support to keep our commitments to them going through 2022.
Bank transfers are easy to do and very welcome Please Donate NOW when it’s Most Needed!! KasikornBank (KBank): 003-1-09408-9
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