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The foundation of God’s church

2022.08.13/14

Hello brothers and sisters. Praise the Lord for the opportunity to share with you my thought through the “Pastor’s Desk.

Recently, I have been thinking about what kind of image a church should have before the world. I refer to different articles, which talk about how to reach new friends, or what elements should be used, etc. I believe these are all very helpful.  But I think it is important to go back to the Word of God to contemplate.

Paul wrote a letter to the church in Ephesus (The letter of Ephesians) talking about the church.  When we thought Paul would spend a lot of time explaining what the church should do, he brought our attention to the very basics of who we really are.

Ephesians 1:4 (ESV)

even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love

Paul is telling us here that we are chosen by God before the foundation of the world.  We are chosen by the One who created the heavens and earth. We are chosen to be God’s spokesperson. We know that a very important element in marketing is to find a spokesperson. The best spokesperson is the one when people see them, they immediately think of the product the spokesperson endorses. God’s will is for us to be His spokesperson. This is the purpose of setting up the church.

To be God’s spokesperson, we must have a good relationship with Him. But it is impossible for sinners to represent the Holy God.  Paul tells us that we are holy and and blameless. Here comes the problem: we are not without flaws. No matter how careful we are in life, we can never be blameless. We can be blameless, not because Paul lied, but because of the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ and because of His blood, we can be blameless.  He took the blame so that we can be blameless.

After the resurrection of Jesus Christ, He once appeared to the disciples and even let the disciples ran their fingers through the nail-marked hand. The question is, Jesus Christ has been resurrected, what is the reason for keeping the nail-marked hand? That’s because that nail-marked hand is our proof that we are blameless. Because of that nail mark, we are blameless. God not only wants His only begotten Son to carry nail-marked hands to eternity, but also wants us to be His spokesperson.

When we come together, we become the church. A church that belongs to God is, most fundamentally, a place where a group of people-who-respond-to-God’s-love gather together and show their response to God’s love through different methods. When the goal of a church is to respond to God’s love in different ways, the place becomes a bright lampstand.

Brothers and sisters, let us respond to God’s words with our actions, and RCAC will naturally become a bright lampstand.

HIS Servant,
Pastor Mark Liu

一個教會

2022.08.13/14

列宣家親愛的兄弟姊妹:

感謝神的恩典,讓我能夠在這裡“以文會你”。

最近我在思考到底一個屬於神的教會該有什麼樣的樣式來呈現在世界的面前。我參考了不同的文章,當中有講到該用什麼樣的方式來接觸新朋友,或者是要有什麼樣的元素等等。我相信這些內容都是非常有幫助的。那神的話語是如何教導我們的呢?

以弗所書是保羅書信中有關於建立教會的一封信。當我們以為保羅會用很多篇幅去介紹教會該做的事情,他卻把我們的目光帶到最基本的,就是我們到底是誰。

以弗所書 1:4

“就如創立世界以前,他在基督裡揀選了我們,使我們因著愛,在他面前成為聖潔,沒有瑕疵。”

保羅在這裡告訴我們,我們是神所揀選的,是被創造天地萬物的神所揀選的。我們被揀選,就是要成為神的代言人。市場推廣環節中有一個很重要的元素,就是尋找代言人。而最好的情況就是當人見到這個代言人的時候,就會立即想起所代言的產品。神的心意就是要我們成為祂的代言人。這個就是設立教會的目的。

要成為代言人,就必須要與這個產品有很好的關聯。但是,要罪人來代表聖潔的神是不可能的。但是,保羅告訴我們,我們是聖潔的,是沒有瑕疵的。問題來了:我們不是沒有瑕疵的。怎麼樣的小心,在人生中,總得會累積一些瑕疵。那我們能夠沒有瑕疵,不是因為保羅說謊,而是因為我們都是透過主耶穌基督的十字架,因為祂的寶血,我們能夠沒有瑕疵。

在耶穌基督復活後,祂曾經向門徒顯現,甚至讓門徒用手指穿過那個有釘痕的手。問題就是,耶穌基督已經復活了,要保留釘痕的手的原因是什麼?那就是因為那釘痕的手就是我們沒有瑕疵的憑據。因為那釘痕,我們沒有瑕疵。神不單讓祂的獨生子帶著釘痕的手到永遠,也要我們成為祂的代言人。

當我們聚集在一起的時候,我們就成為了教會。一個屬於神的教會,最根本的就是一群回應神的愛的人聚集在一起,並透過不同的方法來展現回應神的愛的地方。當一個教會的目標就是透過不同的方法來回應神的愛的時候,這個地方就成為了明亮的燈台。

弟兄姊妹,讓我們一起用行動來回應神的話,列宣家就自然成為了一個明亮的燈台。

主僕,
劉展權傳道

家訊(2022.08.13/14)

家事報告:

  1. 歡迎您與我們一起敬拜神!若閣下第一次參加本堂崇拜,請向司事索取「來賓咭」,填妥後交回司事員,以便本會繼續與您聯絡。
  2. 粵語祈禱會:逢週二8-9pm 在Zoom平台進行。Zoom ID及密碼將電郵給長執及團契再轉發給各會眾,8月16日為國語事工部及國語小組祈禱。
  3. 主日崇拜詩班需要伴奏琴司參與事奉,若你清楚自己是重生得救、受洗並追求靈命長進的基督徒,並願意參與恆常的練習,請聯絡詩班指揮李盧芷彥(Jenny)姊妹或張毓君(Andrew)弟兄。
  4. 戶外讚美操】列宣讚美操於7月8日起至8月26日,共8堂,逢星期五上午九時至十時在列治文Brighouse Park, 7840 Granville Ave, 即3路夾Granville Ave的草地操場舉行。男女老幼皆宜,詳情請參閱張貼於教會入口處的海報。另大堂備有邀請咭,歡迎索取用以邀請新朋友參加。
  5. 傳道部第十九屆啟發課程(粵語)實體聚會及Zoom網上課程已完成五週課堂,餘下還有三週課堂,請大家禱告記念聚會順利進行,嘉賓穩定出席。組長與嘉賓有好的溝通,網上課程互聯網技術順暢。
  6. 第25 期「」主題:「靈命進深、肢體健全」,計劃於本年底出版,鼓勵大家積極投稿分享。投稿可直接電郵unity@rcac.ca,10月30日截稿。
  7. 週六及主日粵語11:15AM實體崇拜並網上Zoom平台繼續維持同步直播,與留在家裡的肢體一起敬拜。崇拜Zoom ID及密碼逢週五透過電郵發送給大家。
  8. AYAYA 週六青崇7PM 實體崇拜,歡迎所有弟兄姊妹參加,與我們一同敬拜上帝!本週主題:祂的觸摸,祂的話。 經文:馬太福音8:1-13,講員: 劉展權傳道。
  9. 每週崇拜週刊,請瀏覽www.rcac.ca查閱有關連結 – 家訊、教牧心聲等。
  10. 辦公室消息
    1. 李耀全牧師於7月28日至8月14日休假。
    2. 陳榮基傳道於8月3日至23日休假。
    3. 龔敏光牧師於8月11日至18日休假。
    4. 辦公室秘書陳佩貞(Joyce)姊妹於8月8至20日休假。

肢體及牧者消息與代禱:

  1. 二零二二年八月二十日及二十一日崇拜講員:吳鐵漢弟兄(週六國語)、龔敏光牧師(週六粵語、週六青崇AYAYA、主日粵語)、張志成牧師(主日英語)。
  2.  身體不適肢體:李慕慈、鄧陳有、劉黃玉蓮、葉周煥萍、陳見三、余鄧玉瑤、高唐瑞英、陳張惠姬、關廣。每週二粵語祈禱會我們將更具體為他們代禱。

宣教/機構消息:

  1. 張國起傳道夫婦已於8月8日起程前赴牙買加協助當地教會牧養事工。
  2. NW 及家人計劃在本月底起程前往亞洲事奉。

週六國語、週六青崇AYAYA
講題:祂的觸摸,祂的話
講員:劉展權傳道

  1.  祂的觸摸 (1-4)
  2. 祂的話 (5-10)
  3. 真正的醫治 (11-12)

週六粵語、主日粵語
講題:恩慈‧信心‧神蹟
講員:周力行牧師

  1.  醫治大痲瘋的神蹟 (1-4)
  2.  醫治長官僕人的神蹟 (5-13)

講題預告:

2022年7-9月主題:君王基督:基督是我們的醫治者
8.20/21        基督醫治被鬼附者 (可5:1-20)
8.27/28        基督醫治睚魯女兒及患血漏婦人 (可5:21-43)
9.03/04       (聖餐)(基教崇拜) 我們的醫治者基督以權柄教導 (路4:31-37)
9.10/11        基督醫治西門的岳母及病患者 (路4:38-41)
9.17/18        IJM之社會公義及全人醫治 待定
9.24             (週六聖樂崇拜) 待定 待定
9.25             (主日聖樂崇拜) 永恆的敬拜 (啟5:1-14)

教會行事年曆

7.11-8.29     啟發課程(粵語)
8.21             長議會會議
9.05             Labor Day 假期
9.11             劉展權傳道按立典禮

New WineSkins

2022.08.06/07

From the Pastor’s Desk:Pastor Karen Quan

Dear brothers and sisters of RCAC,

Matthew 9:16-17 (NiRV)
16 “People don’t sew a patch of new cloth on old clothes. The new piece will pull away from the old. That will make the tear worse. 17 People don’t pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst. The wine will run out, and the wineskins will be destroyed. No, people pour new wine into new wineskins. Then both are saved.”

In the Children’s Ministry, we have undergone a complete paradigm shift as we moved to welcoming families “In Person”. Before the pandemic, most of our volunteer teams served together for 40/52 weeks in the year. Team members developed strong relationships with one another and were able to develop deeper relationships with those kids who came to church regularly. Volunteer teams were composed of experienced brothers & sisters and also those were new to serving children. This was the “Old” way of doing church. Who could imagine a church without Sunday School for kids?

But the interruptions that the pandemic has brought has meant that we could no longer expect volunteers to worship in one service and then serve with children for a different service. Concerns about COVID exposures are legitimate and serving among the kids (who were unvaccinated in the early days) meant that many volunteers were not ready to serve “In Person”. Teams that had served together for many years were suddenly frozen in time and while those who could jumped online to serve kids, it was a big change from what used to be ministry for kids.

Finally, when the time came for us to safely gather together again “In Person” as a church (Sept. 2021), we could only do so according to the specific congregation. So while the various congregations have been able to re-connect “In Person”, for many kids & some youth, they are no longer able to see or be with their peers. Especially as the families are likely to just come to church just once over the week-end. Missions Hour, Age divided Sunday School, Kids’ Worship Team, …these things no longer exist.

Now, in this “New” way of gathering “In Person”, kids are only able to see/connect with those from the same language group or worship service. While we are grateful to be gathering together in any manner, in this “New” format, we are only able to offer Bible Time as one large group of children learning together in which I repeated the same lesson 4 times/week-end until mid-April where it was no longer sustainable. I am forever grateful to our head Deacon (Terence Fong) & the Children’s Ministry Team Leaders/members in all the “In Person” services who sustained and faithfully taught while I was on the leave of absence.

In this “New” way of hosting Bible Time, everything takes longer. Relationships between leaders (who only serve once/month) and kids (who may/may not be coming regularly) are still forming but it all takes more time. Whether it’s on the volunteer level or between kids, relationships are now taking place with face masks in order to keep each other safe. The one thing that has not changed is our desire to point children to God and have them respond to Him in obedience.

In this passage, Jesus reminds us that whether “Old” or “New”, we must not lose sight of the bigger picture. While we are not winemakers, God has called us to make disciples and we can’t just rely on the “Old” ways to accomplish this goal. Forcing the “Old” ways into “New” situations just doesn’t work. We need to continually explore and adjust to “New” ways to share the love of Jesus even while we may not have figured it all out just yet. In fact, this exploration forces us to rely on HIM more and not just on familiar routines or habits. May God continue to show us how to prepare “New WineSkins” for all the “New Wine” that HE has entrusted to us.

Your servant in Christ,
Pastor Karen Quan

新皮袋

2022.08.06/07

親愛的列宣家弟兄姊妹:

當我們返回“實體”聚會時,兒童事工的模式經歷了徹底的轉變。在疫情大流行之前,我們大多數的義工一年52星期中會一起服侍40 星期。團隊成員彼此建立了牢固的同工關係,並與那些定期回教會聚會的孩子建立了深厚的關係。義工隊員包括經驗豐富和剛開始服事兒童事工的弟兄姊妹。這是建立教會的“舊”模式。有誰能想像一個沒有兒童主日學的教會呢?

疫情大流行帶來的挑戰是我們不能再期望義工先出席崇拜,然後在另一個時段參與兒童事工服事。許多義工還沒有準備好返回“實體”服事,擔憂會暴露於新冠病毒。這是可以理解的,特別是在兒童還未有接種疫苗之前。多年來一起事奉的團隊突然被迫改變服事的模式,一部份就轉到網上服事。相對與以往的方式,的確帶來了很大的變化。

去年九月起,我們再次開放“實體”聚會了。但兒童事工的事奉模式就只能改變,從原本的主日學模式,變為在每一個崇拜的兒童聖經時間。因此,雖然各堂會眾已經能夠“實體”聚會,但對於許多孩子和一些青年來說,他們不能夠再與其他群體的同年齡的孩子一起聚會了。特別是因為這些家庭很可能在週末只會來教會一次。過往的兒童事工運作模式已經不復存在了。

現在,這種“實體”聚會的“新”模式,孩子們只能接觸到來自同一語言的肢體。無論是什麼方式,我們很高興能夠服事這些小朋友,在“新”的模式中,我們只能提供聖經時間,每個週末我重複同一堂課四次。這種模式只能維持到四月中旬,因為我無法再以這種方式持續下去。感謝兒童事工總執事方富誠(Terence)和所有服事團隊,他們在我休假期間無間斷地忠心服侍。

在“新” 模式下進行聖經時間,組長(每月事奉一次)和孩子(可能或不可能定期來)之間的關係需要更長時間去建立。無論是事奉團隊或是孩子之間,為了確保彼此的安全,仍然需要配戴口罩。沒有改變的是我們帶領孩子指向上帝並引導他們以順服的心回應祂。

馬太福音9:16-17經文,耶穌提醒我們,無論是“舊”還是“新”,我們都不能忽視背後的教導。我們不是釀酒師,但上帝呼召我們作門徒,我們不能僅僅依靠“舊”的方式來實踐這一個目標。或者是以強迫把“舊”方式引進“新”的情況是行不通的。我們需要不斷探索和適應“新”的模式來分享耶穌的愛,事實上,這種探索迫使我們更加倚靠祂,而不是靠我們熟悉的慣例或習慣。願上帝繼續向我們展示,如何為祂託付給我們的“新酒”準備“新皮袋”。

主僕
關潔玲傳道

家訊(2022.08.06/07)

家事報告:

  1. 歡迎您與我們一起敬拜神!若閣下第一次參加本堂崇拜,請向司事索取「來賓咭」,填妥後交回司事員,以便本會繼續與您聯絡。
  2. 粵語祈禱會:逢週二8-9pm 在Zoom平台進行。Zoom ID及密碼將電郵給長執及團契再轉發給各會眾,8月9日為關懷部及約瑟團祈禱。
  3. 本會財務部設立了一個專款項目,以支持國語事工Tsawwassen的工作。如果你對這個事工有感動奉獻,請在奉獻封上註明“Tsawwassen事工”。
  4. 主日崇拜詩班須要伴奏琴司參與事奉,若你清楚自己是重生得救、受洗並追求靈命長進的基督徒,並願意參與恆常的練習,請聯絡詩班指揮李盧芷彥(Jenny)姊妹或張毓君(Andrew)弟兄。
  5. 戶外讚美操】列宣讚美操於7月8日起至8月26日,共8堂,逢星期五上午九時至十時在列治文Brighouse Park, 7840 Granville Ave, 即3路夾Granville Ave的草地操場舉行。男女老幼皆宜,詳情請參閱張貼於教會入口處的海報。另大堂備有邀請咭,歡迎索取用以邀請新朋友參加。
  6. 傳道部第十九屆啟發課程(粵語)實體聚會及Zoom網上課程已完成四週課堂,餘下還有四週課堂,請大家禱告記念聚會順利進行,嘉賓穩定出席。組長與嘉賓有好的溝通,網上課程互聯網技術順暢。
  7. 第25 期「」主題:「靈命進深、肢體健全」,計劃於本年底出版,鼓勵大家積極投稿分享。投稿可直接電郵unity@rcac.ca,10月30日截稿。
  8. 週六及主日粵語11:15AM實體崇拜並網上Zoom平台繼續維持同步直播,與留在家裡的肢體一起敬拜。崇拜Zoom ID及密碼逢週五透過電郵發送給大家。
  9. AYAYA 週六青崇7PM 實體崇拜,歡迎所有弟兄姊妹參加,與我們一同敬拜上帝!本週主題:祈禱‧神蹟? 靈驗?,經文:列王紀下20:1-7,講員:歐陽鑽玲傳道。
  10. 每週崇拜週刊,請瀏覽www.rcac.ca查閱有關連結 – 家訊、教牧心聲等。
  11. 辦公室消息
    • 李耀全牧師於7月28日至8月14日休假。
    • 陳榮基傳道於8月3日至23日休假。
    • 龔敏光牧師於8月11日至18日休假。
    • 辦公室秘書陳佩貞(Joyce)姊妹於8月8至20日休假。

肢體及牧者消息與代禱:

  1. 二零二二年八月十三日及十四日崇拜講員:劉展權傳道(週六國語、週六青崇AYAYA)、周力行牧師(週六粵語、主日粵語)、潘啟華傳道(主日英語)。
  2. 身體不適肢體:李慕慈、鄧陳有、劉黃玉蓮、葉周煥萍、陳見三、 余鄧玉瑤、高唐瑞英、陳張惠姬、關廣。每週二粵語祈禱會我們將更具體為他 們代禱。

宣教/機構消息:

  1. 張國起傳道夫婦於8月8日起程前赴牙買加協助當地教會牧養事工。

週六國語、週六粵語、週六青崇AYAYA及主日粵語
講題:祈禱‧神蹟?靈驗?
講員:歐陽鑽玲傳道

引言:希西家罹病蒙神憐憫得醫治

  1. 希西家罹患絕症呼求神
    1.  以賽亞先知代神宣告病情
    2. 神施憐憫答應醫治希西家
  2. 祈禱‧神蹟‧“靈驗”?
    1. 信心與神蹟的相關問題
    2. 禱告的真正意義及實行

講題預告:

2022年7-9月主題:君王基督:基督是我們的醫治者
8.06/07       (聖餐) 神施憐憫醫治希西家 (王下20:1-7)
8.13/14       基督醫治痲瘋病者及百夫長的僕人 (太8:1-13)
8.20/21       基督醫治被鬼附者 (可5:1-20)
8.27/28       基督醫治睚魯女兒及患血漏婦人 (可5:21-43)
9.03/04      (聖餐)(基教崇拜) 我們的醫治者基督以權柄教導 (路4:31-37)
9.10/11       基督醫治西門的岳母及病患者 (路4:38-41)
9.17/18       IJM之社會公義及全人醫治 待定
9.24            (週六聖樂崇拜) 待定 待定
9.25            (主日聖樂崇拜) 永恆的敬拜 (啟5:1-14)

教會行事年曆

7.11-8.29   啟發課程(粵語)
8.21           長議會會議
9.05            Labor Day 假期
9.11            劉展權傳道按立典禮

Pastoral Reflections on July 1 (2)

2022.07.30/31

From the Pastor’s Desk: Rev. Simon Lee, Senior Pastor RCAC

Dear brothers and sisters of RCAC,

Last issue: Pastoral Reflections on July 1 (1)

On July 1, we celebrated Canada Day here. I know, as I enjoyed a statutory holiday. This year is the 155th Anniversary of Confederation. But for those of us who are from Hong Kong, we know that July 1 this year was also the day to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).

In reflecting on these two anniversaries, the question that comes to mind is: What is there to celebrate? In Canada, in the past year we have been reminded again and again of the horrific history of mistreatment and injustice to the children from the First Nations at the Residential Schools and the trauma of their survivors. Furthermore, in the very place we are living in, there are so many other social problems such as the drug overdose crisis and the rising crime rate, just to mention a few.

In Hong Kong, we know that ten of thousands of HongKongers, on both sides of the political spectrum, had decided to leave Hong Kong, looking for a better haven for themselves and their families, many in such a hurry that they did not even say good-bye to their relatives and friends. The anxiety and fear of these people are compounded by the difficulties of finding and settling into a new home in Canada and elsewhere. Yes, “what is there to celebrate”?

The truth of the matter is whether in the birth and development of a nation as in Canada from over 150 years ago, or in the return of a colony to its motherland, as in Hong Kong, in the last 25 years till now, we witnessed prosperity mixed with upheavals, progress mixed with injustice, hope mixed with disappointments, bringing anxiety and tears to all looking for a better future. This is the sad history and geography of the migration of people since the beginning of times, repeated over and over again around the world. If there are achievements to celebrate, then there are also disappointments to grieved about. Again, what is really there to celebrate?

Abraham and the people of faith come to mind. We read in Hebrews 11 these words: By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place he would later receive as an inheritance, and he went out without understanding where he was going. 9 By faith he lived as a foreigner in the promised land as though it were a foreign country, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, who were fellow heirs of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city with firm foundations, whose architect and builder is God… 13 These all died in faith without receiving the things promised, but they saw them in the distance and welcomed them and acknowledged that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth. 14 For those who speak in such a way make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 15 In fact, if they had been thinking of the land that they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But as it is, they aspire to a better land, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. (8-10, 13-16) Yes, Abraham and many others “aspire to a better land,” and ultimately it is “a heavenly one.” Those words ring true even today.

The truth is there is no place on earth that does not have its share of unrest and problem, because we are all sinful people living in a sinful world. The church does not and cannot offer any solution to political problems, but the church is where true faith, ultimate hope, genuine love can be found. Lasting peace (shalom) and total redemption are found in the church because “In God we trust.” People of all background, race or political background can come to Christ, the Prince of Peace. This is what we can truly celebrate.

Your servant in Christ,
Rev. Simon Lee

七、一(七月一日)的教牧反思(二)         

2022.07.30/31

列宣家的弟兄姊妹,

上期:教牧反思(一) :7月1日,我們在這裡慶祝加拿大國慶。今年是加拿大聯邦成立 155 週年。但對於我們來自香港的,7月1日也有另外一個含義:因為這一天也是香港特別行政區成立25週年的日子。兩個背景截然不同的周年紀念日喚起了我截然不同的感受。

回顧這兩個七1週年紀念日時,我在想:有什麼是值得慶祝的?在加拿大,在過去的一年裡,我們一次又一次地讀到有關於寄宿學校中原住民兒童遭受虐待和不公正待遇的可怕歷史,以及那些倖存者所遭受的創傷。此外,我們也看到很多社會問題的出現,例如藥物濫用和犯罪率上升等等。

在香港,我們知道數以萬計的香港人選擇離開香港,為自己和家人尋找更好的避風港,許多人急得連向家人好好說聲再見的機會都沒有。這些人又因為來到加拿大或其他國家而面對不同適應及定居的問題而不能釋懷。是的,“有什麼值得慶祝的呢”?

事實是,無論是加拿大或是像香港,無論什麼時候,我們都可以看到繁榮背後夾雜著動盪,進步中夾雜著不公義,希望中夾雜著失望,一心為了要尋求更美好未來的人卻經歷了焦慮和淚水。這是人類自古以來遷徙時會遇到的,在世界每一個角落重覆地發生。“有什麼值得慶祝的呢”?

此時,亞伯拉罕和有其他信仰的偉人浮現在腦海中。我們在希伯來書11 章讀到:

8因著信,亞伯拉罕在蒙召的時候,就聽命往他將要承受為業的地方去;他出去的時候,還不知道要往哪裡去。9因著信,他在應許之地寄居,好像是在異鄉…。10因為他等待那座有根基的城,就是神所設計所建造的…。13這些人都是存著信心死了的,還沒有得著所應許的,只不過是從遠處看見,就表示歡迎,又承認他們在世上是異鄉人,是客旅。14因為說這樣話的人,是表明他們在尋求一個家鄉。15如果他們懷念已經離開了的地方,還有可以回去的機會。16但是現在他們所嚮往的,是一個更美的、在天上的家鄉。所以神不以他們稱他為神而覺得羞恥;因為他已經為他們預備了一座城。(8-10, 13-16)是的,亞伯拉罕和其他許多人都“渴望有更美好的土地”,其實唯有“天上的家鄉”才能夠真正滿足他們。

地球上沒有一個地方是真正的樂土,因為我們都是罪人。教會不可亦不能為政治問題提供任何解決方案,但是教會是一個地方讓人能夠找到終極盼望和永恆的愛,可以找到真正的平安(shalom)和完全的救贖,因為“我們信靠的是上帝”(In God we trust)。無論是什麼背景、種族或政治立場的人,都可以投靠這一位「和平之君」耶穌基督。而這個才是值得我們慶祝的。

主僕,
李耀全牧師

家訊(2022.07.30/31)

家事報告:

  1. 歡迎您與我們一起敬拜神!若閣下第一次參加本堂崇拜,請向司事索取「來賓咭」,填妥後交回司事員,以便本會繼續與您聯絡。
  2. 粵語祈禱會:逢週二8-9pm 在Zoom平台進行。Zoom ID及密碼將電郵給長執及團契再轉發給各會眾,8月9日為關懷部及約瑟團祈禱。
  3. 本會財務部設立了一個專款項目,以支持國語事工在Tsawwassen的工作。如果你對這個事工有感動奉獻,請在奉獻封上註明“Tsawwassen事工”。
  4. 戶外讚美操】列宣讚美操於7月8日起至8月26日,共8堂,逢星期五上午九時至十時在列治文Brighouse Park, 7840 Granville Ave, 即3路夾Granville Ave的草地操場舉行。男女老幼皆宜,詳情請參閱張貼於教會入口處的海報。另大堂備有邀請咭,歡迎索取用以邀請新朋友參加。
  5. 傳道部第十九屆啟發課程(粵語)實體聚會及Zoom網上課程順利展開並已完成三週課堂,請大家禱告記念聚會順利進行,嘉賓穩定出席。組長與嘉賓有好的溝通,網上課程互聯網技術順暢。
  6. 第25 期「」主題:「靈命進深、肢體健全」,計劃於本年底出版,鼓勵大家積極投稿分享。投稿可直接電郵unity@rcac.ca,10月30日截稿。
  7. 週六及主日粵語11:15AM實體崇拜並網上Zoom平台繼續維持同步直播,與留在家裡的肢體一起敬拜。崇拜Zoom ID及密碼逢週五透過電郵發送給大家。
  8. AYAYA 週六青崇7PM 實體崇拜,歡迎所有弟兄姊妹參加,與我們一同敬拜上帝!本週主題:存加全家讚美耶和華,經文:詩篇128篇,講員:陳榮基傳道。
  9. 下週末8月6及7日聖餐崇拜,教會為大家預備聖餐餅/杯,歡迎留在Zoom平台敬拜的弟兄姊妹返回教會領取,崇拜時一起領受聖餐。
  10. 每週崇拜週刊,請瀏覽www.rcac.ca查閱有關連結 – 家訊、教牧心聲等。
  11. 辦公室消息:
    • 李耀全牧師於7月28日至8月14日休假。
    • 8月1日星期一BC 公眾假期,辦公室休息一天。

肢體及牧者消息與代禱:

  1. 二零二二年八月六日及七日崇拜講員:歐陽鑽玲傳道(週六國語、週六粵語、週六青崇AYAYA、主日粵語)、張志成牧師(主日英語)。
  2. 身體不適肢體:李慕慈、鄧陳有、劉黃玉蓮、葉周煥萍、陳見三、 余鄧玉瑤、    高唐瑞英、陳張惠姬、關廣。每週二粵語祈禱會我們將更具體為他 們代禱。

宣教/機構消息:

  1. 加拿大聖言資源中心釋經培靈會(國粵雙語),實體聚會於加東舉行及同步於網上直播。主題為「回歸聖言的傳承」(提摩太後書詮釋),日期:2022年8月4至6日,由聖言中心會長賴若瀚牧師主講,及三位嘉賓講員:李耀全牧師、趙善基牧師、及鄒永恒牧師,分別在家庭、教會小組、及教育神學方面分享與挑戰。請登入以下連結報名 http://forms.gle/tUoYRrcPm2g1DHdRA
  2. 張國起傳道夫婦於8月8日起程前赴牙買加協助當地教會牧養事工。

週六國語
經文:詩篇128篇
講題:有福的家庭
講員:劉展權傳道

  1. 有福家庭的根基 (1)
  2. 有福家庭的展現 (2-4)
  3. 有福家庭的延伸 (5-6)

週六粵語
經文:彼得前書2:9-10
講題:信徒身份
講員:周力行牧師

  1. 身份的來源 (9a)
  2. 身份的責任 (9a)
  3. 身份的工作 (9b-10)

主日粵語
經文:羅馬書12:1-21
講題:蒙神喜悅的事奉
講員:龔敏光牧師

  1. 理所當然的事奉
  2. 心意更新的事奉
  3. 愛人如己的事奉

講題預告:
會眾專題崇拜
7.30        (國崇) 有福的家庭(詩128)
7.30        (週六粵崇) 信徒的身份(彼前2:9-10 )
7.30        (週六青崇) 存加全家讚美耶和華(詩128)
7.31        (主日粵崇) 蒙神喜悅的事奉(羅12:1-21)

講題預告:
2022年7-9月主題:君王基督:基督是我們的醫治者
8.06/07          (聖餐) 神施憐憫醫治希西家 (王下20:1-7)
8.13/14          基督醫治痲瘋病者及百夫長的僕人 (太8:1-13)
8.20/21          基督醫治被鬼附者 (可5:1-20)
8.27/28          基督醫治睚魯女兒及患血漏婦人 (可5:21-43)
9.03/04         (聖餐)(基教主日) 我們的醫治者基督以權柄教導 (路4:31-37)
9.10/11          基督醫治西門的岳母及病患者 (路4:38-41)

教會行事年曆

7.11-8.29       啟發課程(粵語)
8.01               BC DAY 假期
8.21               長議會會議
9.05               Labor Day 假期
9.11               劉展權傳道按立典禮

Pastoral Reflections on July 1 (1)

2022.07.23/24

From the Pastor’s Desk:Rev. Simon Lee, Senior Pastor RCAC

Dear brothers and sisters of RCAC,

July 1, 2022 was a special day to me, thought-provoking, as one born in Hong Kong but who has for years made Canada my home. On July 1, we celebrated Canada Day here. I know, as I enjoyed a statutory holiday. This year is the 155th Anniversary of Confederation. But for those of us who are from Hong Kong, we may know that July 1 this year was also the day to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). These were two anniversaries with very different background, evoking in me very different feelings and emotions.

I still remember when Canada celebrated the 150th anniversary of the confederation, my wife Lydia and I took a trip to the Maritimes Provinces in Eastern Canada, together with my daughter Hannah and my son in law Eugene as tour guides. One place we visited was Charlottetown, P.E.I., where the conferences on the confederation of “Canada” all started in 1864. It ended in the birth of Canada in 1867, marked by the proclamation into law of the Constitution Act, 1867 (British North America Act).  On that trip, I learned a lot about Canada and its history, both the glorious and the ugly, of the treaties with the First Nations, colonialism, confederation, and history of immigrations.

One thing I learned was the name “Canada” comes from aboriginal roots, the Huron-Iroquois word “Kanata,” meaning “village” or “settlement,” the name given to the French explorers and settlers of the day, referring to the village of Stadacona, the site of the present-day City of Quebec. Canada was previously also referred to as a Dominion (part of the British Empire) by the British. But interestingly, it was New Brunswick’s Sir Leonard Tilley who suggested the use of the word “Dominion” of Canada, reportedly inspired by Psalm 72:8, “He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth.”  C&MA of Canada uses the 5S’s to denote its span of ministries, and the 5th S, refers to “sea to sea” (Dominion of Canada). As an Alliance pastor, my prayer on July 1 in recollecting this was: May the Lord truly have dominion over Canada, which once had a lots of Christian roots!

My mind wandered to Hong Kong. As you know, on July 1, 1997, China regained control of the British colony of Hong Kong after 156 years. It was in 1839 that Britain invaded China to crush opposition to its opium trade and in 1842 the unequal Treaty of Nanking was signed ending the First Opium War, and the Island of Hong Kong was ceded to the British.   In September 1984, after years of negotiations, the British and the Chinese signed a formal agreement approving the 1997 turnover of the island, Kowloon and the New Territories back to China. One of the major concepts was “one country, two systems.”

On July 1, 1997, Hong Kong was orderly handed over to China in a ceremony attended by numerous Chinese, British, and international dignitaries. I was in Hong Kong, and still remember being glued to the TV, watching each event of the handover, and wondering what will happen to Hong Kong and whether the concept of “one country, two systems” will work. For us as a family, in 1994 we had decided to leave Vancouver to move to Hong Kong to serve there because of the tremendous need there. Little did we know Lydia and I would be there for 18 years till coming to serve at RCAC in 2012. I am amazed at how time flies and 25 years had gone by since the handover. Memories of the City and its development, both its prosperity and upheavals, flood back to my memory. Nowadays we are constantly reminded of the changes in Hong Kong because of the influx of newcomers from Hong Kong in the last year or so. Now half of the period of the promise of “50 years with no change” has passed, with all the many changes, nothing is certain except change itself. As someone who is from Hong Kong, I keep asking on July 1, what will Hong Kong be like after another 25 years?      (Next issue: Pastoral Reflections on July 1 (2))

Christ’s servant,
Rev. Simon Lee