I don't think this is Sivin's last bow in the Sherlock Holmes's last bow was his last recorded adventure. But it is nevertheless a very significant hiatus after ten years of momentum-gaining ministry inside and out of BLC.
But first... we're back at The Father's House, 23 Jalan Abdullah, Bangsar!
Celebrating the Eucharist with Dr Phil, 5 December 2010; first Sunday back at the renovated premises.
The Anderbecks on the front façade.
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Christmas 2010 was Sivin's last official outing as the pastor of BLC, and he went out with all the gestures and nuances that have come to define him thus far.
Sheryl and Leigh led worship.
The crosses in the walls were maintained, now occupying a more prominent position with portions of the walls removed.
Rama, the 'voice of God', reading Scripture. He was chief of the building committee.
Sivin used to say that "Jesus sat while he taught", and so he felt entitled to do the same. To date, he's the only 'sitting pastor' I have ever met.
Reciting the Apostles' Creed at the children's baptism.
Sivin baptising Joash... or is that Jaden? Even Daddy Larry got mixed up that morning! ;-)
Delivering his final 'official' benediction at the customary service-ending BLC circle.
Sivin, Rama, Judith, Wolfgang... and a now-liberated Aung San Suu Kyi.
Christmas we celebrated with those whose names are neither known nor recognised by the powers that be, but who are loved beyond words can describe by the Power that is, was, and evermore shall be. The Father sent the Son, and so the Son sent us.
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Sivin may have left (for a couple of months anyway), but he remains connected in more ways than one.
Yu Chiet watching over the new media system which allows live video telecast of services; NOT an excuse for members to 'spectate' from the comfort of home!
At least Sivin can watch us, if he so wishes, at 3.00 a.m. in Kristiansand, Norway.
The family who will soon join him: May Chin, Gareth, Elysia, Ewan... and Number Four!
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(Colour pictures shot on Kodak Portra 400VC. Black-and-whites on Kodak Tri-X 400. 50mm lens.)