2020-10-25 “Is Holy Too Much to Ask?”

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1st Scripture: Opening Meditation

Psalm 1 (NLT) ; 詩 篇 1 (CUVS)

1 Oh, the joys of those who do not
    follow the advice of the wicked,
    or stand around with sinners,
    or join in with mockers.
But they delight in the law of the Lord,
    meditating on it day and night.
They are like trees planted along the riverbank,
    bearing fruit each season.
Their leaves never wither,
    and they prosper in all they do.

But not the wicked!
    They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind.
They will be condemned at the time of judgment.
    Sinners will have no place among the godly.
For the Lord watches over the path of the godly,
    but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.

不 从 恶 人 的 计 谋 , 不 站 罪 人 的 道 路 , 不 坐 亵 慢 人 的 座 位 ,

惟 喜 爱 耶 和 华 的 律 法 , 昼 夜 思 想 , 这 人 便 为 有 福 !

他 要 像 一 棵 树 栽 在 溪 水 旁 , 按 时 候 结 果 子 , 叶 子 也 不 枯 乾 。 凡 他 所 做 的 尽 都 顺 利 。

恶 人 并 不 是 这 样 , 乃 像 糠 秕 被 风 吹 散 。

因 此 , 当 审 判 的 时 候 恶 人 必 站 立 不 住 ; 罪 人 在 义 人 的 会 中 也 是 如 此 。

因 为 耶 和 华 知 道 义 人 的 道 路 ; 恶 人 的 道 路 却 必 灭 亡 。

Opening Worship:

Holy, Holy Holy (We Bow Before Thee) – Shane & Shane

You are Holy (As for Me and My House) – Joshua Aaron

Children’s Time – Alphabet of Verses

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. ~ John 10:11 (NIV)

我 是 好 牧 人 ; 好 牧 人 为 羊 舍 命 。 ~ 約 翰 福 音 10:1 (CUVS)

Image of a shepherd holding a very large sheep, to illustrate text: "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep."

A shepherd is a person who looks after sheep. Our picture shows a shepherd carrying a very large sheep. Maybe it got lost in the woods and he rescued it. Look how relaxed that big, floppy sheep looks in the shepherd’s strong arms. It feels safe because it knows the shepherd will look after it no matter what. It has a good shepherd.

Jesus is a good shepherd too. How do we know? He said so. We can read what he said in today’s verse. But his sheep don’t look like the one in the photo. His sheep look like you and me and all the people who follow him like sheep follow a shepherd. How do we follow him? By trusting him and doing what he tells us.

A good shepherd protects his sheep, so if a lion or wolf comes, he will fight it off. He will even die protecting his sheep if he has to. That’s what Jesus meant when he said the good shepherd “lays down his life” for his sheep. Think about that. Jesus loves us so much he would die to keep us safe.

And that’s exactly what Jesus did when he died on the cross. His death made it possible for his sheep, us, to become God’s children. Now, no matter what happens here on Earth, God will keep our hearts safe. And when we die too, we will be safe forever with God our Father and our good shepherd Jesus.

Our Father, thank you for sending your son Jesus to be our good shepherd. Help us listen to Jesus and follow him like good sheep. Amen.

2nd Scripture Lesson:

1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 (NLT) ; 帖 撒 羅 尼 迦 前 書 2:1-8  (CUVS)

You yourselves know, dear brothers and sisters, that our visit to you was not a failure. You know how badly we had been treated at Philippi just before we came to you and how much we suffered there. Yet our God gave us the courage to declare his Good News to you boldly, in spite of great opposition. So you can see we were not preaching with any deceit or impure motives or trickery.

For we speak as messengers approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News. Our purpose is to please God, not people. He alone examines the motives of our hearts. Never once did we try to win you with flattery, as you well know. And God is our witness that we were not pretending to be your friends just to get your money! As for human praise, we have never sought it from you or anyone else.

As apostles of Christ we certainly had a right to make some demands of you, but instead we were like children among you. Or we were like a mother feeding and caring for her own children. We loved you so much that we shared with you not only God’s Good News but our own lives, too.

弟 兄 们 , 你 们 自 己 原 晓 得 我 们 进 到 你 们 那 里 并 不 是 徒 然 的 。

我 们 从 前 在 腓 立 比 被 害 受 辱 , 这 是 你 们 知 道 的 ; 然 而 还 是 靠 我 们 的 神 放 开 胆 量 , 在 大 争 战 中 把 神 的 福 音 传 给 你 们 。

我 们 的 劝 勉 不 是 出 於 错 误 , 不 是 出 於 污 秽 , 也 不 是 用 诡 诈 。

但 神 既 然 验 中 了 我 们 , 把 福 音 托 付 我 们 , 我 们 就 照 样 讲 , 不 是 要 讨 人 喜 欢 , 乃 是 要 讨 那 察 验 我 们 心 的 神 喜 欢 。

因 为 我 们 从 来 没 有 用 过 谄 媚 的 话 , 这 是 你 们 知 道 的 ; 也 没 有 藏 着 贪 心 , 这 是 神 可 以 作 见 证 的 。

我 们 作 基 督 的 使 徒 , 虽 然 可 以 叫 人 尊 重 , 却 没 有 向 你 们 或 向 别 人 求 荣 耀 ;

只 在 你 们 中 间 存 心 温 柔 , 如 同 母 亲 乳 养 自 己 的 孩 子 。

我 们 既 是 这 样 爱 你 们 , 不 但 愿 意 将 神 的 福 音 给 你 们 , 连 自 己 的 性 命 也 愿 意 给 你 们 , 因 你 们 是 我 们 所 疼 爱 的 。

Song of Worship

Yet Not I but through Christ in Me – Selah

Prayer for our World

Our CBM prayer this week is from Terry Smith, CBM’s Executive Director. You can read or listen to his prayer (based on Isaiah 55) here: https://www.cbmin.org/prayerline/.

3rd Scripture Lesson

Matthew 22:34-46 (NLT) ; 馬 太 福 音 22:34-46 (CUVS)

34 But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees with his reply, they met together to question him again. 35 One of them, an expert in religious law, tried to trap him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?”

37 Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”

41 Then, surrounded by the Pharisees, Jesus asked them a question: 42 “What do you think about the Messiah? Whose son is he?”

They replied, “He is the son of David.”

43 Jesus responded, “Then why does David, speaking under the inspiration of the Spirit, call the Messiah ‘my Lord’? For David said,

44 ‘The Lord said to my Lord,
Sit in the place of honor at my right hand
    until I humble your enemies beneath your feet.’

45 Since David called the Messiah ‘my Lord,’ how can the Messiah be his son?”

46 No one could answer him. And after that, no one dared to ask him any more questions.

34 法 利 赛 人 听 见 耶 稣 堵 住 了 撒 都 该 人 的 口 , 他 们 就 聚 集 。

35 内 中 有 一 个 人 是 律 法 师 , 要 试 探 耶 稣 , 就 问 他 说 :

36 夫 子 , 律 法 上 的 诫 命 , 那 一 条 是 最 大 的 呢 ?

37 耶 稣 对 他 说 : 你 要 尽 心 、 尽 性 、 尽 意 爱 主 ─ 你 的 神 。

38 这 是 诫 命 中 的 第 一 , 且 是 最 大 的 。

39 其 次 也 相 仿 , 就 是 要 爱 人 如 己 。

40 这 两 条 诫 命 是 律 法 和 先 知 一 切 道 理 的 总 纲 。

41 法 利 赛 人 聚 集 的 时 候 , 耶 稣 问 他 们 说 :

42 论 到 基 督 , 你 们 的 意 见 如 何 ? 他 是 谁 的 子 孙 呢 ? 他 们 回 答 说 : 是 大 卫 的 子 孙 。

43 耶 稣 说 : 这 样 , 大 卫 被 圣 灵 感 动 , 怎 麽 还 称 他 为 主 , 说 :

44 主 对 我 主 说 : 你 坐 在 我 的 右 边 , 等 我 把 你 仇 敌 放 在 你 的 脚 下 。

45 大 卫 既 称 他 为 主 , 他 怎 麽 又 是 大 卫 的 子 孙 呢 ?

46 他 们 没 有 一 个 人 能 回 答 一 言 。 从 那 日 以 後 , 也 没 有 人 敢 再 问 他 甚 麽 。

Song of Worship

Jesus Strong and Kind – City Alight

4th Scripture Lesson

Leviticus 19:1-2,15-18 (NLT) ; 利 未 記 19:1-2,15-18 (CUVS)

The Lord also said to Moses, “Give the following instructions to the entire community of Israel. You must be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy.

15 “Do not twist justice in legal matters by favoring the poor or being partial to the rich and powerful. Always judge people fairly.

16 “Do not spread slanderous gossip among your people.

“Do not stand idly by when your neighbor’s life is threatened. I am the Lord.

17 “Do not nurse hatred in your heart for any of your relatives. Confront people directly so you will not be held guilty for their sin.

18 “Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against a fellow Israelite, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.

19 耶 和 华 对 摩 西 说 :

你 晓 谕 以 色 列 全 会 众 说 : 你 们 要 圣 洁 , 因 为 我 耶 和 华 ─ 你 们 的 神 是 圣 洁 的 。

15 你 们 施 行 审 判 , 不 可 行 不 义 ; 不 可 偏 护 穷 人 , 也 不 可 重 看 有 势 力 的 人 , 只 要 按 着 公 义 审 判 你 的 邻 舍 。

16 不 可 在 民 中 往 来 搬 弄 是 非 , 也 不 可 与 邻 舍 为 敌 , 置 之 於 死 ( 原 文 作 流 他 的 血 ) 。 我 是 耶 和 华 。

17 不 可 心 里 恨 你 的 弟 兄 ; 总 要 指 摘 你 的 邻 舍 , 免 得 因 他 担 罪 。

18 不 可 报 仇 , 也 不 可 埋 怨 你 本 国 的 子 民 , 却 要 爱 人 如 己 。 我 是 耶 和 华 。


“Is Holy Too Much to Ask?” by Pastor Ryan Emmons

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Closing Song:

Speak O Lord – Keith and Kristyn Getty


May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus. Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.     ~Romans 15:5-6  (NLT)

5 但 愿 赐 忍 耐 安 慰 的 神 叫 你 们 彼 此 同 心 , 效 法 基 督 耶 稣 ,

6 一 心 一 口 荣 耀 神 ─ 我 们 主 耶 稣 基 督 的 父 !   ~ 羅 馬 書 15:5-6 (CUVS)

A mother and daughter walking through golden fall leaves with text "Go in Peace to Love and Serve the Lord".

Suggested Sunday Services to Watch:

Pastor Rick Warren at Saddleback church: any time   https://saddleback.com/watch
Pastor Andy Stanley at Northpoint church: any time  https://northpoint.org/live
Pastor Jeremy Peters at St. Albert Alliance Church: 11 am https://staalliance.org/livestream/

News, Notes, and Needs

  • Our church has resumed in-person worship services in accordance with provincial guidelines. Because we can only fill 21 spots and still maintain the required social distancing, you will need to register for Sunday worship. You can do that here: https://arbc.sk.ca/register-for-in-person-sunday-service/ . You can register for more than one Sunday at a time, but then please let me know if you won’t be able to come.
  • For those worshiping at home, we will continue to provide this online Sunday worship service and Zoom groups on Sunday and through the week.
  • You can find our previous online worship services on our Sunday Service Online Archive.
  • You can find all of Pastor Ryan’s sermons and videos at the Sermon page on this website.
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