It was a great joy to see so many of the Praise and Worship team from the various Parishes from Sarawak, namely, St. Basil’s Church Batu Kawa, St. Francis’s Church Kota Samarahan, St. Faith’s Church Kenyalang, Good Shepherd’s Church Lutong, St. Helen’s Church Serian, St. Simon’s Church Malihah, St. Thomas’s Church Bintulu and TJAC Tabuan Jaya,coming together in presenting their songs and dances to worship God. Praise be to God for their faithfulness.
On 4th June evening, the Conference started with the registration of various church participants and their priests. This was followed by the arrival of Bishop of Sarawak & Brunei Darussalam, the Rt. Rev’d Danald Jute and his wife Julita and the Bishop of Sabah, the Rt. Rev’d Datuk Melter Jiki Tais and his wife Angeline Wong. At 7.30pm, the guest-of-honour, Deputy Chief Minister, Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas arrived and was welcomed by Bishop Danald and the Venerable Rev’d Jose Jol.
The session started with praise and worship by St. Basil’s Parish team with songs and dances. Master of Ceremony was Bro. Johnson Lapok.
Assistant Bishop Rt. Rev’d Nelson Ugas recited the opening prayer followed by Archdeacon Jose Jol welcoming speech to all the participants and the invited guests to the conference. Bishop Danald was invited to speak on the theme of the Conference ‘Diempu Jesus’ according to the Scripture Philippians 3:12 (Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me).
This was followed by speech from Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah and the beating of the gong to declare the Conference opened and was presented with a copy of the Holy Bible by Bishop Danald.
The Venerable Archdeacon Jose Jol prayed for the thanks giving as participants generously contributed offerings to the special collection.
Group photos were taken for the occasion.
Bishop of Sabah, the Rt. Rev’d Datuk Melter Jiki Tais preached on the Old Testament ‘Isaiah 43:1-11’. He shared his testimony and experiences of his life as a worldly man and transformed to become a priest to serve as a servant of God through the many trials and tribulations he faced.
On the 2nd day, 5th July 2019, the morning session started with the Praise and Worship team from St. Francis’s Parish, Kota Samarahan, singing hymns and performing dances in praising our Lord Jesus Christ. Canon Dennis Gimang spoke on deliverance.
Bishop Melter Jiki Tais began the 2nd session by preaching on Scripture 2 Corinthians 5: 14-15, 17 “14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! “
Since we have a new life, we will be walking according to the Spirit of God. Galatians 5:16-17 “16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.”
Bishop Datuk Melter next preached on Scripture according to Jeremiah 18:1-6 “This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: 2 “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” 3 So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. 4 But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him. 5 Then the word of the Lord came to me. 6 He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.” As Christians, we must be willing to be moulded by our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Conference closed for lunch and the afternoon session opened with an opening prayer by Rev’d Johny Janggok from Good Shephard’s Parish followed by the Praise and Worship Youth team song and dance.
Bishop Datuk Melter started his session with a prayer. He preached on the parable of the talents according to the Gospel Matthew 25: 14-30. 14 “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them. 15 To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The man who had received five talents went at once and put his money to work and gained five more. 17 So also, the one with two talents gained two more. 18 But the man who had received the one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.
19 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received five talents brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.’
21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
22 “The man with two talents also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with twotalents; see, I have gained two more.’
23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
24 “Then the man who had received the one talent came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’
26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.
28 “ Take the talentfrom him and give it to the one who has ten talents. 29 For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
The session closed for tea-break with Rev’d Trevor invited to say the grace for the food.
In the afternoon 5th session, the Praise and Worship team was from Tabuan Jaya Anglican Church, singing songs of praise to the Lord.
Bishop Danald began his session with a prayer to our Lord, Jesus Christ. In his sharing, he focused on Scripture according to Philippians 3:12 as his theme of “Diempu Jesus” in his role as the 14th Bishop of the Anglican of Sarawak and Brunei Darussalam to follow in the footstep of our Lord as his Disciple. He referred to Scripture 1Corinthian 6: 19-20. “19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honour God with your bodies.” Galatians 5:24 “24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” And referring to Psalm 100 : 3 “Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.”
In his closing, he preached on Scripture according to 1Corinthians 6 “ 11 “11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”
The Rt. Rev’d Nelson Ugas closed the afternoon session with a prayer and the night session resumed after dinner.
The session began with Praise and Worship from St. Simon’s Church, Malihah team.
Bishop Datuk Melter preached on “Faith and Integrity”. Referring to Scripture Hebrew 11 : 1 “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Touching on the Old Testament according to Genesis 17: 1 “When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty ; walk before me faithfully and be blameless”, he described Abraham as a man of faith and integrity. “ 2 Then I will make my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.”4 “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. 5 No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations. 6 I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you. 7 I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you.8 The whole land of Canaan, where you now reside as a foreigner, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God.”
Love gifts were presented to the speakers, Bishop of Sabah the Rt. Rev’d Datuk Melter and Bishop of Kuching the Rt. Rev’d Danald Jute by the Archdeacon of Lower South Archdeaconry, the Venerable Jose Jol.
On Saturday 6th July 2019, the last day of the Conference, the morning session began with the opening prayer by Rev’d Ralph Rapu Sigat and the Praise and Worship team from St. Thomas’s Church, Bintulu.
Bishop Danald recited his prayer before he preached on the Scripture according to 1Corinthians 7:23 “You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of man.”When we belong to Jesus, we are loved and accepted forever.
Referring to Roman 14:8 “ If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.” He also recited the Gospel of St. John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”
He asked what are you passionate about as a Christian? The answer is to inherit the Kingdom of God. Citing King David Psalm 63:8 “My soul clings to You, your right hand upholds me” and Philippians 2:13 “for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.”
So what shall we do to take hold of God’s will? Philippians 3:14 says “ I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” To gather and unite the Anglican Youth movement to pursue God’s purpose. He concluded his session by citing Philippians 1:11 “ filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.” Amen.
Rev’d Ivor Lim in his speech outline the purpose and objective of the APMM and he wanted it to be organised in all the parishes throughout Sarawak and Brunei.
Bishop Danald commissioning the participants.
Finally the conference was closed at 1pm.