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

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.

 

Good Shepherd Church Get Together 2019

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Good Shepherd Church Christmas Parade 2019

Good Shepherd Church Christmas Parade 2019
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BEC St. Anthony Migrant Month

“It’s not just about migrants, it’s also about our fears” was the theme for the month of Sep for BEC
St Anthony Gombak. Julia Hting Chyu and her two children, Saviour and Francis, were invited to join
the BEC to reflect more personally about migrants in our midst. Julia shared her journey in Malaysia,
having stayed her for 10 years. Both her children were born in Malaysia. Even here, they had to
move from Klang to Serdang to Setapak in search of work and community. Julia explained about the
conditions of her people back home in the Kachin state in Myanmar and the plight of many internally
displaced people (IDP) itself.
However, Julia and her family, are very grateful and thank the Lord for the gift of belonging to a
catholic church in Malaysia and in particular, the Good Shepherd in Setapak. She is truly appreciative
of the warmth and hospitality shown to her family as well as her Myanmar community here by the
parishioners of Good Shepherd.
Julia who now speaks basic English after being tutored for over 3 years now by a parishioner in Good
Shepherd, sang the praises of her teacher, Madam GC Toh, who gave her time and effort tirelessly
week after week teaching English to a group of migrant mothers in Setapak.
When asked, Savior who is 10 years old, said she would like to be grow up and become a designer, to
the delight of the bec members.
The BEC members of St Anthony were enlightened with this personal encounter which made the
message of caring and loving our fellow migrant brothers and sisters more genuine and real.
Jane Low, an elder of the BEC, said that this has changed her perspective of migrants and asked for
forgiveness for saying very harsh words about migrants in Malaysia.
This is indeed the work of the Lord!

 

Migrant Sunday 29 Sep 2019 – “It is not just about migrants”

Good Shepherd Church Setapak invited the migrants to co-animate the mass on Migrant Sunday this
year. Lydia, 12 years old, from Myanmar did the first reading followed by Emmanuel from Nigeria
who happens to be one of our regular lector as well. Lydia who was a bundle of nerves prior to mass,
read in flawless English and was praised by the liturgical seniors in the parish. She has been invited
to be part of the parish liturgy team once she completes her exams this year.
During Offertory, six couples from the Myanmar migrant community dressed in their traditional
costumes from the different tribes in Kachin state walked up to offer their personal gifts as an act of
thanksgiving for the many blessings and graces they have received during their journey here in
Malaysia. James Seng Naw, a community leader, hope to see a bigger group of migrants from many
different countries coming together for offertory next year.
The celebration was saw the coming together of various ministries in the parish to co-celebrate this
day with our migrant brothers and sisters. The Evergreens gave away 100 cupcakes to the migrant
families as a loving gesture in celebration of the International Day of Older persons who also happen
to fall on the same day as Migrant Sunday this year.
The Catechism children gave away personalised teddy bears to every migrant child who were
present as part of the mission year Teddy Bear project. This was a very meaningful gesture that was
heartwarming and a joy to watch even in the eyes of our Myanmar community leaders.
A video was shown which gave a short account of the history of Myanmar and the complexities
around the different minority groups and the political situation then and now. Many found the video
informative and enlightening.
During the Praise & Worship session, the Malaysians were told to find a migrant partner and spend 5
minutes getting to know one another. Many came up to share what they know about their new
found migrant friends. This provided a beautiful avenue for people of different races to talk and
encounter one another as part of getting to know about a person. Mariam Thomas from GSC,
received a hug from Martha from Myanmar after this short encounter. She thinks that the Praise &
Worship session provide a very good avenue for the migrants to get to know more people in the
parish. She wished to see the migrants fully integrated into parish life and this could be done
through this simple activity of Praise & Worship together.
Songs, praying for peace, rendered by our brothers and sisters from Myanmar joyfully speaks of
their inner desire for peace in their homeland, changing guns into plowshares, for many are missing
their moms and dads back home. Our migrant brothers and sisters sang with their hearts
enthusiastically and enjoyed the Praise & Worship session together with the parishioners of Good
Shepherd very much.
James Seng Naw was pleasantly surprised to see how vibrant the praise and worship session can be
in a catholic church in Kuala Lumpur. Back home, this is not in existence and worship is still very
conservative and traditional.
Julia Thing Chyu was very appreciative of the warm hospitality and kindness shown by the
parishioners of Good Shepherd. She enjoyed the personal chat of getting to know each other with
Nicholas Doshi from the Family Life Ministry. She said that her children liked Malaysia very much and
do not look forward to going home to Myanmar.

The Praise & Worship team extended an open invitation and look forward to meeting our migrant
brothers and sisters again.