is the dominant strain and highly infectious in Greater Bangkok. ICB has cancelled in person services once more for an indefinite period until the worst of the pandemic is over and it becomes safer for everyone to meet again.This week’s service and the AGM following the service will continueonline (Zoom)
Our minister, Pastor Chee, and members of the Church Council can be contacted as and when needed:
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.
There will be an opportunity to chat to others on-line for a short while immediately following the service this Sunday. However, the Annual Meeting will start at approx. 11.15 am when the chat rooms will be closed.
During the meeting you may use the chat messaging for your comments related to the meeting.
23rd January 2022Sermon
is delivered on zoom by our minister, Revd. Chee Keong Yong
Revd. Chee’s sermon theme is entitled: What do we stand for?
Our Scripture Readings are: Epistle: 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a*
Gospel: Luke 4:14-21*(*click for online Bible)Pastor Chee’s brief :
From our Gospel reading, we have the story about an event that took place in Nazareth concerning Jesus’ visit to a synagogue, one morning. This was a visit to a familiar place – his own hometown with the people who knew him well. So far so good.
On this visit to the synagogue, as was customary, people may be invited to read Scripture. Jesus was accorded this opportunity and given the scroll from the prophet Isaiah. Again, so far so good.
Jesus opened up the scroll and read from Isaiah 61:1-2. Up to this point, I reckon that we all will be comfortable. However, something is amiss. It is always good to check out the verses from Isaiah 61:1-2 to make sure that this is what Jesus read out in Luke’s writing of the event. Clearly, when you put the two readings together, there are some differences. Luke added bits from Isaiah 58:6 and left out some bits too. On its own, it is not significant. Some may suggest that Luke got confused in his retelling of the story. We do not know and I do not care to speculate.
What comes after is significant, for we read, in verses 28-30, the hearers took offence at Jesus’ reading. If you had been present at that synagogue on that morning, what might you think riled up the people? What was so offensive to them, that got them so mad as to think of throwing him off the cliff?
Well, from the context, we learned that there were generally two distinct groups of people that gathered there. First, there were the people who knew Jesus well and saw him grow up. They were families, friends, neighbours, etc. Secondly, there were the religious authorities who were not keen on Jesus.
It does not take much to imagine that the religious authorities would want an opportunity to be rid of Jesus. The event presented them an opportunity because the people who knew Jesus well were not impressed with him either. In fact, they were incensed with anger for they thought that Jesus was bragging about himself. They could not see Jesus being the person that Isaiah spoke of in his prophecy. To them, it was preposterous that Jesus would make such a claim.
Hmmm. I guess that they do have a point. From the context, they had a good reason to be mad.
Well, the point of telling the story by Luke lies in the chosen passage to be read.
“What do we stand for?” For Jesus, the passage is significant for his mission and ministry. It is a mission and ministry that all of us have chosen to follow –
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.”
Join us on Zoom this Sunday and stay on for the AGM after.
Chee Keong Yong
Please scroll down below for notices about Sunday school, Covenants for 2022, and our weekly on-line prayer meeting on Thursday evenings.
Scroll further down for important notices for you about the Annual General Meeting that follows our service this Sunday (online). In addition to reports of the past year and a look forward to next, we will decide on next year’s council members as well as on the policy document (Diversity, Inclusiveness and Unity) proposed for ICB.
This SUNDAY- 23rd Jan!!!
Annual General Meeting
for International Church of Bangkok (ICB)
is hereby given, to be held on Sunday, 23rd January 2002
directly after church morning service (11.15 appx.) on Zoom only. NOTE: People can use the written Zoom chat function for outward communication during the meeting.Reports and other papers concerning the Annual General meeting are posted via alink on ICB website < https://www.icbangkok.org > or click here
The ICB Church Council and you!
Call for 2022 Church Council:
Volunteers and Nominations (We still have some vacant positions to fill!)
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) as soon as possible before the meeting or at the meeting itself (as permitted by ICB Rules)
Policy Proposal for Approval
at ICB AGM on THIS SUNDAY!!
(23 January 2022)
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 this Sunday 23rd January 2022. The Council asks you to read and consider this proposal carefully beforehand so that any proposed amendments can be collated before the AGM itself.
The council encourages prayer and discussion among the congregation and welcomes your feedback.
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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!
Urgently needed: Offerings to our
Ministry to Displaced Personsto assist refugee families and asylum seekers currently residing in Bangkok (details of how to donate are shown below)
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.
During December, ICB’s Outreach 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.
All of our Christmas Eve Service offering was added to these funds but we still urgently need to receive further gifts to support this 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.
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Transfer your donation to the ICB Bank account above and please email your transfer confirmation with the message:
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ICB is a fully self-supported congregation.
We gladly receive your donations. KBank a/c 003-1-09408-9
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Making a Covenant
with God and His Church2022
Advancing the Work of Jesus!
Please return the form shown below either by placing in the offering bag or sending to the church office:
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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.
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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)
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