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Gospel of Mark Bible Study

We will have a Bible study every Wednesdays for 10 weeks, do scan the QR Code for registration or click on the link below to register.

 

https://forms.gle/zp1F561BmYt2Wt4TA

GSC LENTEN DONATION PROGRAM 2021

Tuesday : 09 March 2021

An idea was mooted by our Good Shepherd Church (GSC) Core Team Leader of our GSC EVERGREENS ( Seniors) sub Ministry, Mr Desmond Nathan, to embark on a small Donation Drive during this Lenten Season. Thus, was born the GSC EVERGREENS LENTEN DONATION PROGRAM 2021.

An ONLINE /VIRTUAL donation drive (in view of the present Pandemic situation) was initiated within the GSC Evergreens community between 07-16th Feb 2021. Immediately, cash donations began to pour in, including a very generous donation of RM1000 from just one donor who humbly wished to remain anonymous.

Initially, the donation drive was to utilise the monies received to buy provisions and sundries for a nearby orphanage.

However, with the total received exceeding our expectations, it was decided to spread the distribution to more than one charity. With the Blessings of our Parish Priest Rev. Fr Chistopher W. Soosaipillai, groceries and sundries were purchased and distributed to three main recipients as follows :-

  1. PERTUBUHAN KEBAJIKAN ANAK YATIM MARY, SETAPAK ( also known as Sanctuary Care Centre-

Distribution was carried out on Sunday 21st Feb 2021.)

  1. MYANMAR MIGRANTS SCHOOL, SETAPAK (Distribution was carried out on Sunday 28th Feb 2021)
  2. NACSCOM RUMAH WARGA EMAS, SETAPAK (Distribution was carried out on Sunday 07th mar 2021)

After the above donations were completed, there was still a balance of a few hundred rinngit. It was decided that this balance of cash be donated to our own GSC PIHD Ministry to add on to their funds and further channeled to other projects for the needy under the purview of the PIHD.

We say a BIG THANK YOU to all our generous GSC EVERGREENS for their support in making this little LENTEN DONATION PROGRAM 2021 a success and we hope that our contributions have helped to spread some cheer and goodwill to those whom we contributed to.

WE PRAY FOR ALL THE POOR AND NEEDY OF THIS WORLD.

GOD BLESS.

Live in HOPE for GOD is WITH US

This season of Christmas is going to be different for 2020, the year of pandemic. There will be no grand celebrations held in churches, no large gatherings at houses, loved ones from far away are forbidden to visit their families and friends.
Though Covid-19 is the cause of this, The Christmas season never fails to be there to give us the Christmas spirit and its meaning. As for me, my family will shop gifts online and also send it to our other family members who living in overseas through post. Though churches are closed. We get to watch mass online on Youtube. Unfortunately, Individuals may be losing job or miss someone they love. But the festive season reminds all of us that Jesus is always present with us. However, we just need to have faith in God. Believe that he will vanquish chaos in the end and good will triumph over evil. For Christmas, we need to have hope. If we have a strong trust in God, God will stay at our side and he will give us a perfect gift. A gift of great expectations. Fortunately, we can still get along with loved ones through technological devices.
On the other hand, LIVE IN HOPE, FOR GOD IS WITH US. Live in the moment of faith.
-Elena Abigail

St. Nicholas – The Real Santa Claus

Click Here to read the article “St. Nicholas – The Real Santa Claus” on myklaba.org

 

RENUNGAN PERIBADI BERKENAAN SESI PERKONGSIAN ALKITAB YANG DISAMPAIKAN OLEH PADERI PAROKI GEREJA GOOD SHEPHERD SETAPAK, KUALA LUMPUR IAITU REV FR. CHRISTOPHER SOOSAIPILLAI.

Pada 9 NOVEMBER  2020 telah berlangsung sesi Perkongsian Alkitab menerusi dunia maya secara langsung di laman facebook Gereja Good Shepherd Setapak, KUALA LUMPUR. Secara ringkasnya sesi tersebut berkenaan rencana penyelamatan manusia oleh Tuhan dari Kitab Perjanjian Lama dan Kitab Perjanjian Baru melalui diagram yang dilukis oleh Fr. CHRIS ketika masih belajar di seminary pada tahun 1988.

Tiada manusia yang terkecuali di dalam rencana penyelamatan Tuhan, hidup merupakan anugerah dan berkat yang diberikan oleh Tuhan kepada setiap manusia. Air terjun merupakan ilustrasi renungan yang digunakan oleh Fr. CHRIS untuk menerangkan proses aliran penyelamatan Tuhan terhadap manusia. Setiap manusia dilahirkan dan akan mati pada satu hari nanti yang menerangkan definisi secara tidak langsung Alfa dan Omega.

Di dalam Kitab Kejadian, Tuhan telah menciptakan segalanya dengan baik dan sempurna namun manusia telah jatuh ke dalam dosa dan ia sekaligus membuatkan manusia tersebut telanjang, yang bermaksud terputusnya hubungan manusia dan Tuhan di Taman Eden. Sungguh pun begitu, Tuhan tetap meneruskan rencana penyelamatannya terhadap manusia seperti di dalam cerita Nabi Nuh berkenaan bahtera dan air bah. Sejarah penyelamatan diteruskan di dalam Kitab Keluaran yang mana Nabi Musa memimpin umat Israel keluar dari zaman perhambaan Mesir kembali ke Tanah Perjanjian di Kanaan. Tuhan telah menyelamatkan umat Israel daripada tentera Mesir dan meneruskan perjalanan ke padang gurun. Tuhan telah menurunkan 10 Perintah Allah kepada Musa di atas Gunung Sinai di dalam Deutronomi yang mana 3 daripada perintah yang pertama adalah berkenaan dengan menyembah dan menghormati Tuhan serta menguduskan hari Sabat sementera tujuh (7) daripadanya berkenaan persaudaraan di antara manusia. 

Di dalam Kitab Perjanjian Baru YESUS telah menggenapkanya sebagai Hukum Cintakasih. Yesus sendiri telah menderita sengsara, wafat dan dimakamkan. Ia bangkit pada hari ketiga dan naik ke Syurga dan megutuskan Roh Kudus sebagai penolong kita pada hari Pentakosta. Yesus sendirilah rencana penyelamatan itu seperti yang tertulis di dalam Kitab Perjanjian Baru dan jaminan keselamatan tersebut tidak pernah berkesudahan.

Kes pandemik CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-2019) di seluruh dunia telah mencecah 54 juta kes telah mengakibatkan lebih sejuta orang telah meninggal dunia benar-benar memberikan kesan yang mendalam kepada dunia. Ramai orang yang bertanya “adakah rencana penyelamatan Tuhan masih relevan?” terutama sekali ketika ini. Berdasarkan renungan peribadi saya, rencana penyelamatan Tuhan tidak pernah bermusim dan ia sesuatu yang pasti namun memerlukan keimanan kita untuk merasakan serta merenung kehadiran Tuhan di dalam hidup kita setiap waktu. Penginjilan dan pelayanan perlu diteruskan dengan menggunakan segala kemajuan teknologi ke arah kebaikan.

 

Sepanjang sesi perkongsian Alkitab oleh Fr. CHRIS ramai penonton yang mengikuti secara langsung telah mengajukan pelbagai soalan berkenaan iman yang terbuku serta terlintas di fikiran mereka dan dijawab oleh Fr. CHRIS secara ringkas dan padat. Secara keseluruhanya para penonton telah memberikan respon yang sangat positif dan mencadangkan agar KUBM meneruskan aktiviti seumpama itu di masa akan datang. Rakaman sesi pengkongsian tersebut telah mendapat lebih seribu tontonan sehingga 15 NOVEMBER 2020. Diharapkan agar semua umat terus bersabar dan menjaga keselamatan di musim pandemik ini dan mematuhi segala peraturan dan saranan yang dikuatkuasakan oleh pihak berkuasa.

Saya mengambil kesempatan ini untuk mengucapkan jutaan terima kasih kepada Tuhan atas bimbingan dan berkatnya kepada saya secara peribadi sepanjang pelayanan saya di GSC. Saya juga memohon ribuan kemaafan kepada saudara dan saudari seiman atas segala keterbatasan dan kelemahan saya sepanjang bersama-sama di GSC. Terima kasih Fr CHRISTOPHER, semua umat GSC terutama sekali rakan-rakan belia di GSC kerana berkat dan kebaikan yang kamu kongsikan kepada saya samada yang kelihatan dan tak kelihatan. Saya sangat menghargainya dan semoga kita bertemu lagi di masa akan datang. Selamat melayani. 

Written by: ALPHONSUS JOHN

 

REV FR. CHRISTOPHER SOOSAIPILLAI.

 

DIAGRAM RENCANA PENYELAMATAN YANG DIHASILKAN OLE REV FR. CHRISTOPHER SOOSAIPILLAI SEMASA DI SEMINARY PADA TAHUN 1988.

 

GSC Mission Rosary 2020

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The live streaming of the GSC Mission Rosary was at 4pm on 31st Oct. The streaming virtually brought the Church closer as a congregation.

Although there were 35 participants seen on Google Meets together with representatives of different language groups, there were many more who joined and viewed the live streaming via YouTube.

Fr. Christopher’s guiding voice instilled a sense of calm and peace in the participants. The elders of the church Andrew Teoh appearing in the first slot and the leader of Choir Ministry Peter Lai’s presence made it wholesome. Father Ferdinand also joined in the rosary which added to the atmosphere of calm and being in the presence of Jesus Christ.

The call to the parishioners through the BEC’s would have surely garnered hundreds more views and participants in the Mission Rosary from the comforts of their home, relaxed and dedicated to the recitation of the Rosary and singing hymns in four languages.

The youth participation was encouraging. Making the adults feel “to be like children and enter the kingdom of God.”

Technically the volume was at times low and the pop ups were distracting but viewers would have realized it’s the first live streaming. Issues like this will definitely be fixed in future live streams.

The COVID-19 pandemic is not about to be over any time soon so parishioners will have to get used to being in the presence of Christ from within their own homes as all churches have been closed temporarily. This is a good start to getting there.

To those who did not attend, do not worry as more livestreams will be held soon. The Church of Good Shepherd would also like to encourage more people to attend these streams for as Jesus said in Matthew 18:20 “Where two or three are gathered in My Name, there Am I with them”.

While we wait for God to gift us with a vaccine, let us all continue to worship Christ and celebrate mass as we get through this tough time together as brothers and sisters in Christ. Do not despair for God will bring an end to this pandemic when the time is right and then we will be able to worship Him within the walls of His Church once more. We hope all of our readers take care and may God keep watch over all of you during this trial.

Contributed by David Moses
Edited by Jayden
God Bless

The First Unity Celebration of the Year 2020

Chap goh mei- the 15 th day of Chinese Lunar new year, also the final day of celebration – is a
Hokkien term that means Prime Night festival. It’s also called Yuan Xiao Jie (元宵节), the
Chinese celebrates as Valentine’s. Not only lovers but families get together, including the big
family of Good Shepherd Church.
500 parishioners from all language groups, BECs, different ministries get together during this
evening on 8 th Feb, to dine and celebrate as one church at the function hall of Mun Yee
primary school. Fr Christopher, the parish priest, greeted by the Lion Dance舞狮 and
explained later that the gesture of ‘bowing 3 times’ reminds us to always give thanks to God
and respect to one another敬主爱人.
The evening was made memorable by various cultural performances including Chinese
traditional musical 古筝,扬琴,beautiful dances by the Evergreen members, choir singing
CNY songs by the 主日学catechism students etc.