2020-11-01 “The ‘Do As I Say’ Crowd”

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1st Scripture: Opening Meditation

Psalm 43 (NLT) ; 詩 篇 43 (CUVS)

1 Declare me innocent, O God!
    Defend me against these ungodly people.
    Rescue me from these unjust liars.
For you are God, my only safe haven.
    Why have you tossed me aside?
Why must I wander around in grief,
    oppressed by my enemies?
Send out your light and your truth;
    let them guide me.
Let them lead me to your holy mountain,
    to the place where you live.
There I will go to the altar of God,
    to God—the source of all my joy.
I will praise you with my harp,
    O God, my God!

Why am I discouraged?
    Why is my heart so sad?
I will put my hope in God!
    I will praise him again—
    my Savior and my God!

43 神 啊 , 求 你 伸 我 的 冤 , 向 不 虔 誠 的 國 為 我 辨 屈 ; 求 你 救 我 脫 離 詭 詐 不 義 的 人 。

因 為 你 是 賜 我 力 量 的 神 , 為 何 丟 棄 我 呢 ? 我 為 何 因 仇 敵 的 欺 壓 時 常 哀 痛 呢 ?

求 你 發 出 你 的 亮 光 和 真 實 , 好 引 導 我 , 帶 我 到 你 的 聖 山 , 到 你 的 居 所 !

我 就 走 到 神 的 祭 壇 , 到 我 最 喜 樂 的 神 那 裡 。 神 啊 , 我 的 神 , 我 要 彈 琴 稱 讚 你 !

我 的 心 哪 , 你 為 何 憂 悶 ? 為 何 在 我 裡 面 煩 躁 ? 應 當 仰 望 神 , 因 我 還 要 稱 讚 他 。 他 是 我 臉 上 的 光 榮 ( 原 文 是 幫 助 ) , 是 我 的 神 。

Opening Worship:

Build Your Kingdom Here – Marantha Music

Your Grace is Enough – Chris Tomlin

Children’s Time – Alphabet of Verses

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  ~ Hebrews 13:8 (NLT)

耶 穌 基 督 , 昨 日 、 今 日 、 一 直 到 永 遠 、 是 一 樣 的。  ~希 伯 來 書 13:8

colorful chameleon to contrast with the text that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. From Hebrews 13:8

A chameleon is a small lizard that can change the colour of its skin depending on how it feels. The picture shows a very colorful chameleon. I wonder what it is feeling to make itself so bright. Can you imagine what it would be like if your skin turned green when you were frightened or orange when you wanted to meet a friend? Sometimes it is good when things stay the same. But not many things do.

The weather turns cold and then warm again. We make new friends when old ones move. People start small and grow big, but then they get shorter again when they get old. Our eyes can get lighter or darker as we grow older too, and our fingerprints can get harder to see if we wash dishes a lot or lay bricks. Mountains and rocks get worn away by water, ice or wind. Even a star that looks the same to us each night is actually getting brighter or dimmer and eventually will go dark.

One thing that doesn’t ever change is God. Our verse today tells us that Jesus, God’s son, is the same yesterday, today, and forever. If Jesus loved us yesterday (and he did), he also loves us today and he will love us tomorrow. If he wanted us to be kind to someone yesterday, he wants us to be kind today and he will want it again tomorrow. If he promised us yesterday that he will be with us, he is with us again today and he will be tomorrow.

We might forget things or change our mind, but Jesus doesn’t. He remembers what he said and keeps his promises forever. Whatever else changes around us, we can depend on him.

Our Father, thank you that you and Jesus don’t change like a chameleon. Thank you that everything you said long ago is still true today. Help us to remember that even when we change, you don’t. Amen.

2nd Scripture Lesson:

1 Thessalonians 2:9-13 (NLT) ; 帖 撒 羅 尼 迦 前 書 2:9-13  (CUVS)

Don’t you remember, dear brothers and sisters, how hard we worked among you? Night and day we toiled to earn a living so that we would not be a burden to any of you as we preached God’s Good News to you. 10 You yourselves are our witnesses—and so is God—that we were devout and honest and faultless toward all of you believers. 11 And you know that we treated each of you as a father treats his own children. 12 We pleaded with you, encouraged you, and urged you to live your lives in a way that God would consider worthy. For he called you to share in his Kingdom and glory.

13 Therefore, we never stop thanking God that when you received his message from us, you didn’t think of our words as mere human ideas. You accepted what we said as the very word of God—which, of course, it is. And this word continues to work in you who believe.

弟 兄 們 , 你 們 記 念 我 們 的 辛 苦 勞 碌 , 晝 夜 做 工 , 傳 神 的 福 音 給 你 們 , 免 得 叫 你 們 一 人 受 累 。

10 我 們 向 你 們 信 主 的 人 , 是 何 等 聖 潔 、 公 義 、 無 可 指 摘 , 有 你 們 作 見 證 , 也 有 神 作 見 證 。

11 你 們 也 曉 得 我 們 怎 樣 勸 勉 你 們 , 安 慰 你 們 , 囑 咐 你 們 各 人 , 好 像 父 親 待 自 己 的 兒 女 一 樣 ,

12 要 叫 你 們 行 事 對 得 起 那 召 你 們 進 他 國 、 得 他 榮 耀 的 神 。

13 為 此 , 我 們 也 不 住 的 感 謝 神 , 因 你 們 聽 見 我 們 所 傳 神 的 道 就 領 受 了 ; 不 以 為 是 人 的 道 , 乃 以 為 是 神 的 道 。 這 道 實 在 是 神 的 , 並 且 運 行 在 你 們 信 主 的 人 心 中 。

Song of Worship

He Will Hold me Fast – Shane & Shane

Prayer for our World

Woman reading a Bible alone by an open window, to encourage prayer for Christians isolated due to persecution.

Each year, 260 million Christians are persecuted for their faith in Jesus. Pray for believers who must follow Jesus alone because it is dangerous to let anyone know. Here is a link to a video that will help you pray:

Our CBM prayer this week is from Pastor Xiaodan Gang, who serves with CBM in Germany as part of the Chinese Ministries Team. You can pray with her here: https://www.cbmin.org/prayerline/.

3rd Scripture Lesson

Micah 3:5-12 (NLT) ; 彌 迦 書 3:5-12 (CUVS)

This is what the Lord says:
    “You false prophets are leading my people astray!
You promise peace for those who give you food,
    but you declare war on those who refuse to feed you.
Now the night will close around you,
    cutting off all your visions.
Darkness will cover you,
    putting an end to your predictions.
The sun will set for you prophets,
    and your day will come to an end.
Then you seers will be put to shame,
    and you fortune-tellers will be disgraced.
And you will cover your faces
    because there is no answer from God.”

But as for me, I am filled with power—
    with the Spirit of the Lord.
I am filled with justice and strength
    to boldly declare Israel’s sin and rebellion.
Listen to me, you leaders of Israel!
    You hate justice and twist all that is right.
10 You are building Jerusalem
    on a foundation of murder and corruption.
11 You rulers make decisions based on bribes;
    you priests teach God’s laws only for a price;
you prophets won’t prophesy unless you are paid.
    Yet all of you claim to depend on the Lord.
“No harm can come to us,” you say,
    “for the Lord is here among us.”
12 Because of you, Mount Zion will be plowed like an open field;
    Jerusalem will be reduced to ruins!
A thicket will grow on the heights
    where the Temple now stands.

論 到 使 我 民 走 差 路 的 先 知 ─ 他 們 牙 齒 有 所 嚼 的 , 他 們 就 呼 喊 說 : 平 安 了 ! 凡 不 供 給 他 們 吃 的 , 他 們 就 預 備 攻 擊 他 ( 預 備 攻 擊 他 : 或 譯 說 必 遭 遇 刀 兵 ) ─ 耶 和 華 如 此 說 :

你 們 必 遭 遇 黑 夜 , 以 致 不 見 異 象 ; 又 必 遭 遇 幽 暗 , 以 致 不 能 占 卜 。 日 頭 必 向 你 們 沉 落 , 白 晝 變 為 黑 暗 。

先 見 必 抱 愧 , 占 卜 的 必 蒙 羞 , 都 必 摀 著 嘴 唇 , 因 為 神 不 應 允 他 們 。

至 於 我 , 我 藉 耶 和 華 的 靈 , 滿 有 力 量 、 公 平 、 才 能 , 可 以 向 雅 各 說 明 他 的 過 犯 , 向 以 色 列 指 出 他 的 罪 惡 。

雅 各 家 的 首 領 、 以 色 列 家 的 官 長 啊 , 當 聽 我 的 話 ! 你 們 厭 惡 公 平 , 在 一 切 事 上 屈 枉 正 直 ;

10 以 人 血 建 立 錫 安 , 以 罪 孽 建 造 耶 路 撒 冷 。

11 首 領 為 賄 賂 行 審 判 ; 祭 司 為 雇 價 施 訓 誨 ; 先 知 為 銀 錢 行 占 卜 。 他 們 卻 倚 賴 耶 和 華 , 說 : 耶 和 華 不 是 在 我 們 中 間 麼 ? 災 禍 必 不 臨 到 我 們 。

12 所 以 因 你 們 的 緣 故 , 錫 安 必 被 耕 種 像 一 塊 田 , 耶 路 撒 冷 必 變 為 亂 堆 ; 這 殿 的 山 必 像 叢 林 的 高 處 。

4th Scripture Lesson

Matthew 23:1-12 (NLT) ; 馬 太 福 音 23:1-12 (CUVS)

Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, “The teachers of religious law and the Pharisees are the official interpreters of the law of Moses. So practice and obey whatever they tell you, but don’t follow their example. For they don’t practice what they teach. They crush people with unbearable religious demands and never lift a finger to ease the burden.

“Everything they do is for show. On their arms they wear extra wide prayer boxes with Scripture verses inside, and they wear robes with extra long tassels. And they love to sit at the head table at banquets and in the seats of honor in the synagogues. They love to receive respectful greetings as they walk in the marketplaces, and to be called ‘Rabbi.’

“Don’t let anyone call you ‘Rabbi,’ for you have only one teacher, and all of you are equal as brothers and sisters. And don’t address anyone here on earth as ‘Father,’ for only God in heaven is your Father. 10 And don’t let anyone call you ‘Teacher,’ for you have only one teacher, the Messiah. 11 The greatest among you must be a servant. 12 But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.

23 那 時 ﹐ 耶 穌 對 眾 人 和 門 徒 講 論 ,

說 : 文 士 和 法 利 賽 人 坐 在 摩 西 的 位 上 ,

凡 他 們 所 吩 咐 你 們 的 , 你 們 都 要 謹 守 遵 行 ; 但 不 要 效 法 他 們 的 行 為 ; 因 為 他 們 能 說 , 不 能 行 。

他 們 把 難 擔 的 重 擔 捆 起 來 , 擱 在 人 的 肩 上 , 但 自 己 一 個 指 頭 也 不 肯 動 。

他 們 一 切 所 做 的 事 都 是 要 叫 人 看 見 , 所 以 將 佩 戴 的 經 文 做 寬 了 , 衣 裳 的 繸 子 做 長 了 ,

喜 愛 筵 席 上 的 首 座 , 會 堂 裡 的 高 位 ,

又 喜 愛 人 在 街 市 上 問 他 安 , 稱 呼 他 拉 比 ( 拉 比 就 是 夫 子 ) 。

但 你 們 不 要 受 拉 比 的 稱 呼 , 因 為 只 有 一 位 是 你 們 的 夫 子 ; 你 們 都 是 弟 兄 。

也 不 要 稱 呼 地 上 的 人 為 父 , 因 為 只 有 一 位 是 你 們 的 父 , 就 是 在 天 上 的 父 。

10 也 不 要 受 師 尊 的 稱 呼 , 因 為 只 有 一 位 是 你 們 的 師 尊 , 就 是 基 督 。

11 你 們 中 間 誰 為 大 , 誰 就 要 作 你 們 的 用 人 。

12 凡 自 高 的 , 必 降 為 卑 ; 自 卑 的 , 必 升 為 高 。

Song of Worship

Is He Worthy? – Chris Tomlin

Sermon:

two one-way signs pointing in opposite directions

You can find all of Pastor Ryan’s videos and sermons on our Sermon page. You can also search the sermons by date or category in the sidebar and footer of this website.

Communion:

Behold the Lamb – Stuart Townend

Closing Song:

Great Are You Lord – Casting Crowns

Benediction:

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)

People walking down a path with dry leaves. Text is "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 Fall Congregational Meeting will be held over Zoom on Wednesday, November 18 at 7 pm. The link will be mailed to everyone on our mailing list.
  • 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 the office 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.
  • We also have a YouTube channel and playlists of songs and Pastor Ryan’s videos. The song playlists are in the sidebar and footer of this website.
  • We are on Facebook!
  • If you have a prayer request, please let the church office know and we will pass it on to the prayer group. Or share it on the FB ARBC Community group and people in that group will pray with you.
  • If you need other help, such as getting groceries while isolated, let the church office know and we will find someone to help. If you can help, please also let the office know. Thank you!

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