Month: May 2020

All things work together for good

Dear BPCWAians, When the lockdown started in Perth, I preached a sermon from “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose.” (Rom 8:28) It was the start of a very uncertain period, something that none of us had ever gone through before. What would it be like for

The first week of returning to church

Dear BPCWAians, We thank God for seeing us through the planning to allow for 20 worshippers to return to church starting from 18 May. Over the past week, we have had both English and Chinese prayer meetings and fellowship meetings conducted in church. One may think that preparing for the return of only 20 worshipers may be easier, but in many ways, it turned out

How will church be like this week?

Dear BPCWAians, Ezra 3:11 “And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto the LORD; because he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid”. The returnees from captivity rejoiced greatly when they could restart

When restrictions ease

Dear BPCWAians, In my last pastoral, I gave our worshippers a glimpse of church life behind the livestreams that you have been seeing every week. Western Australia has been one of the first few states to ease gathering restrictions from 2 to 10. Such moves must fill our hearts with thanksgiving to God that the government is cautiously easing some COVID-19 restrictions. How will we

Behind the scenes in church

Dear BPCWAians, It’s been more than a month since gatherings at church have stopped. To all of us, the announcement came suddenly. At a Session meeting the Saturday prior to the announcement to close churches, we were discussing plans for communication of how to livestream and what to do if there were some restrictions. Little did we know that with the swift (but needed) action,