I WAS among those attending the Association of Churches in Sarawak’s National Day Prayer service last Thursday – August 25th.
I sang along loudly to the national anthem Negaraku and must admit there was a lump in my throat when I sang Ibupertiwiku.
Our State anthem has always been a favourite – the music by Dato’ Wan Othman Hamid and words by Ismail Hassan are a moving and inspiring combination.
It was wonderful to hear Bible readings and prayers not only in English, but also in Bahasa Malaysia, Iban and Mandarin.
We were all united not only in Christ but also as Malaysians and in particular Sarawakians.
As the world witnesses turmoil, civil war, famine, rioting and instability in countries such as Libya, Syria, Somalia, and even England, let us count our blessings and more importantly appreciate, protect and uphold all that we do have.
This National Day let us all say a prayer for our State and country.
Let us pray that our leaders have the gifts of wisdom, understanding and counsel.
Let us pray for the rakyat, particularly Sarawakians, that we may live in peace and understanding, always encouraging and respecting each other so that there may not be divisions amongst us.
Happy National Day and to our Muslim brothers and sister Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri, Maaf Zahir dan Batin.
The Borneo Post’s report:
Christians hold National Day Prayer Service
KUCHING: Some 600 Christians attended the Association of Churches in Sarawak’s (ACS) National Day Prayer Service on Thursday night.
Held at the Christian Ecumenical Worship Centre, the service themed ‘Rising Above The Storm’ was hosted by the Anglican Church.
ACS chairman, the Right Rev Datuk Bolly Lapok — who is Anglican Bishop of Sarawak and Brunei — gave the reflection on the theme.
He shared on how Christians should remain firm on the rock of their faith throughout turbulent times in the world, nation, state and their own lives.
Bolly also cited Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s call for Malaysians to move from mere tolerance to acceptance.
During the service, the congregation prayed for Christian unity, the Malaysian government, peace, freedom and
harmony in the state, as well as for peace in the world.
Among those present were Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Jacob Dungau Sagan and Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang, who respectively raised the Jalur Gemilang and state flag before the service proper began.