November 15, 2020 – “Living in the Light of Expectation”

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1st Scripture: Opening Meditation

Psalm 123 (NLT) ; 詩 篇 123 (CUVS)

I lift my eyes to you,
    O God, enthroned in heaven.
We keep looking to the Lord our God for his mercy,
    just as servants keep their eyes on their master,
    as a slave girl watches her mistress for the slightest signal.
Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy,
    for we have had our fill of contempt.
We have had more than our fill of the scoffing of the proud
    and the contempt of the arrogant.

123 ( 上 行 之 诗 。 ) 坐 在 天 上 的 主 啊 , 我 向 你 举 目 。

看 哪 , 仆 人 的 眼 睛 怎 样 望 主 人 的 手 , 使 女 的 眼 睛 怎 样 望 主 母 的 手 , 我 们 的 眼 睛 也 照 样 望 耶 和 华 ─ 我 们 的 神 , 直 到 他 怜 悯 我 们 。

耶 和 华 啊 , 求 你 怜 悯 我 们 , 怜 悯 我 们 ! 因 为 我 们 被 藐 视 , 已 到 极 处 。

我 们 被 那 些 安 逸 人 的 讥 诮 和 骄 傲 人 的 藐 视 , 已 到 极 处 。

Opening Worship:

In Christ Alone – Keith & Kristyn Getty, Alison Krauss

Christ Our Hope in Life and Death – Keith & Kristyn Getty, Matt Papa

Children’s Time – Alphabet of Verses

Love is patient and kind.  ~ 1 Corinthians 13:4 (NLT)

爱 是 恒 久 忍 耐 , 又 有 恩 慈.  13:4  ~ 歌 林 多 前 書 13:4 (CUVS)

We know what kindness is. Being kind is one way of showing love to other people. Today’s verse adds a new way: being patient. It comes from a letter the Apostle Paul wrote to a church where the people were fighting with each other a lot.

Being patient means waiting for something to happen without getting upset when it takes a long time. It also means not getting annoyed or angry when someone else doesn’t understand what you are trying to tell them. It can also mean not complaining when something is hard for us. It is hard to be patient!

One piece of good news is that we get a lot of chances to practice. Next time someone does something that makes you want to scream, it’s probably a good time to practice being patient. The next piece of good news is that we have help. Galatians 5:22 tells us that patience is a “fruit” of the Holy Spirit. That means that if we let him, the Holy Spirit will make our patience grow.

One way we can become more patient is by thinking about why the other person is acting so annoying, or why we have to wait. For example, in the picture above, the big sister is teaching the little sister to read. If she gets a word wrong over and over, the big sister could get very impatient with her. But if she understands that reading is hard for her sister, and remembers that some things are hard for her too, she won’t feel as annoyed.

Our Father, thank you that you are very patient with us when we get impatient with other people. Please help us think before we get angry, and understand why someone might be annoying us. Please make our patience grow, and be patient with us while it does. Amen.

2nd Scripture Lesson:

Judges 4:1-7 (NLT) ; 士 師 記 4:1-7  (CUVS)

After Ehud’s death, the Israelites again did evil in the Lord’s sight. So the Lord turned them over to King Jabin of Hazor, a Canaanite king. The commander of his army was Sisera, who lived in Harosheth-haggoyim. Sisera, who had 900 iron chariots, ruthlessly oppressed the Israelites for twenty years. Then the people of Israel cried out to the Lord for help.

Deborah, the wife of Lappidoth, was a prophet who was judging Israel at that time. She would sit under the Palm of Deborah, between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim, and the Israelites would go to her for judgment. One day she sent for Barak son of Abinoam, who lived in Kedesh in the land of Naphtali. She said to him, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, commands you: Call out 10,000 warriors from the tribes of Naphtali and Zebulun at Mount Tabor. And I will call out Sisera, commander of Jabin’s army, along with his chariots and warriors, to the Kishon River. There I will give you victory over him.”

24 约 书 亚 将 以 色 列 的 众 支 派 聚 集 在 示 剑 , 召 了 以 色 列 的 长 老 、 族 长 、 审 判 官 , 并 官 长 来 , 他 们 就 站 在 神 面 前 。

Song of Worship

Hope of the Nations – Brian Doerksen

Prayer for our World

Our CBM prayer this week is from Conrad and Fiona Kwok, CBM’s Chinese Ministries Team Leaders in Asia. You can pray with them here.

Tim and Kallie Hutton from Bolivia have sent a video to update us about the situation there. You can view it here.

3rd Scripture Lesson

Matthew 25:14-30 (NLT) ; 馬 太 福 音 25:14-30 (CUVS)

14 “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone. 15 He gave five bags of silver to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last—dividing it in proportion to their abilities. He then left on his trip.

16 “The servant who received the five bags of silver began to invest the money and earned five more. 17 The servant with two bags of silver also went to work and earned two more. 18 But the servant who received the one bag of silver dug a hole in the ground and hid the master’s money.

19 “After a long time their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how they had used his money. 20 The servant to whom he had entrusted the five bags of silver came forward with five more and said, ‘Master, you gave me five bags of silver to invest, and I have earned five more.’

21 “The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’

22 “The servant who had received the two bags of silver came forward and said, ‘Master, you gave me two bags of silver to invest, and I have earned two more.’

23 “The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’

24 “Then the servant with the one bag of silver came and said, ‘Master, I knew you were a harsh man, harvesting crops you didn’t plant and gathering crops you didn’t cultivate. 25 I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back.’

26 “But the master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! If you knew I harvested crops I didn’t plant and gathered crops I didn’t cultivate, 27 why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.’

28 “Then he ordered, ‘Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one with the ten bags of silver. 29 To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away. 30 Now throw this useless servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

14 天 国 又 好 比 一 个 人 要 往 外 国 去 , 就 叫 了 仆 人 来 , 把 他 的 家 业 交 给 他 们 ,

15 按 着 各 人 的 才 干 给 他 们 银 子 : 一 个 给 了 五 千 , 一 个 给 了 二 千 , 一 个 给 了 一 千 , 就 往 外 国 去 了 。

16 那 领 五 千 的 随 即 拿 去 做 买 卖 , 另 外 赚 了 五 千 。

17 那 领 二 千 的 也 照 样 另 赚 了 二 千 。

18 但 那 领 一 千 的 去 掘 开 地 , 把 主 人 的 银 子 埋 藏 了 。

19 过 了 许 久 , 那 些 仆 人 的 主 人 来 了 , 和 他 们 算 账 。

20 那 领 五 千 银 子 的 又 带 着 那 另 外 的 五 千 来 , 说 : 主 阿 , 你 交 给 我 五 千 银 子 。 请 看 , 我 又 赚 了 五 千 。

21 主 人 说 : 好 , 你 这 又 良 善 又 忠 心 的 仆 人 , 你 在 不 多 的 事 上 有 忠 心 , 我 要 把 许 多 事 派 你 管 理 ; 可 以 进 来 享 受 你 主 人 的 快 乐 。

22 那 领 二 千 的 也 来 , 说 : 主 阿 , 你 交 给 我 二 千 银 子 。 请 看 , 我 又 赚 了 二 千 。

23 主 人 说 : 好 , 你 这 又 良 善 又 忠 心 的 仆 人 , 你 在 不 多 的 事 上 有 忠 心 , 我 要 把 许 多 事 派 你 管 理 ; 可 以 进 来 享 受 你 主 人 的 快 乐 。

24 那 领 一 千 的 也 来 , 说 : 主 阿 , 我 知 道 你 是 忍 心 的 人 , 没 有 种 的 地 方 要 收 割 , 没 有 散 的 地 方 要 聚 敛 ,

25 我 就 害 怕 , 去 把 你 的 一 千 银 子 埋 藏 在 地 里 。 请 看 , 你 的 原 银 子 在 这 里 。

26 主 人 回 答 说 : 你 这 又 恶 又 懒 的 仆 人 , 你 既 知 道 我 没 有 种 的 地 方 要 收 割 , 没 有 散 的 地 方 要 聚 敛 ,

27 就 当 把 我 的 银 子 放 给 兑 换 银 钱 的 人 , 到 我 来 的 时 候 , 可 以 连 本 带 利 收 回 。

28 夺 过 他 这 一 千 来 , 给 那 有 一 万 的 。

29 因 为 凡 有 的 , 还 要 加 给 他 , 叫 他 有 馀 ; 没 有 的 , 连 他 所 有 的 也 要 夺 过 来 。

30 把 这 无 用 的 仆 人 丢 在 外 面 黑 暗 里 ; 在 那 里 必 要 哀 哭 切 齿 了 。

Song of Worship

A Gift to You (Everything I Am) – The Asidors

4th Scripture Lesson

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 (NLT) ; 帖 撒 羅 尼 迦 前 書 5:1-11 (CUVS)

Now concerning how and when all this will happen, dear brothers and sisters, we don’t really need to write you. For you know quite well that the day of the Lord’s return will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night. When people are saying, “Everything is peaceful and secure,” then disaster will fall on them as suddenly as a pregnant woman’s labor pains begin. And there will be no escape.

But you aren’t in the dark about these things, dear brothers and sisters, and you won’t be surprised when the day of the Lord comes like a thief. For you are all children of the light and of the day; we don’t belong to darkness and night. So be on your guard, not asleep like the others. Stay alert and be clearheaded. Night is the time when people sleep and drinkers get drunk. But let us who live in the light be clearheaded, protected by the armor of faith and love, and wearing as our helmet the confidence of our salvation.

For God chose to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ, not to pour out his anger on us. 10 Christ died for us so that, whether we are dead or alive when he returns, we can live with him forever. 11 So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.

5 弟 兄 们 , 论 到 时 候 、 日 期 , 不 用 写 信 给 你 们 ;

因 为 你 们 自 己 明 明 晓 得 , 主 的 日 子 来 到 , 好 像 夜 间 的 贼 一 样 。

人 正 说 平 安 稳 妥 的 时 候 , 灾 祸 忽 然 临 到 他 们 , 如 同 产 难 临 到 怀 胎 的 妇 人 一 样 。 他 们 绝 不 能 逃 脱 。

弟 兄 们 , 你 们 却 不 在 黑 暗 里 , 叫 那 日 子 临 到 你 们 像 贼 一 样 。

你 们 都 是 光 明 之 子 , 都 是 白 昼 之 子 。 我 们 不 是 属 黑 夜 的 , 也 不 是 属 幽 暗 的 。

所 以 我 们 不 要 睡 觉 像 别 人 一 样 , 总 要 儆 醒 谨 守 。

因 为 睡 了 的 人 是 在 夜 间 睡 , 醉 了 的 人 是 在 夜 间 醉 。

但 我 们 既 然 属 乎 白 昼 , 就 应 当 谨 守 , 把 信 和 爱 当 作 护 心 镜 遮 胸 , 把 得 救 的 盼 望 当 作 头 盔 戴 上 。

因 为 神 不 是 预 定 我 们 受 刑 , 乃 是 预 定 我 们 藉 着 我 们 主 耶 稣 基 督 得 救 。

10 他 替 我 们 死 , 叫 我 们 无 论 醒 着 、 睡 着 , 都 与 他 同 活 。

11 所 以 , 你 们 该 彼 此 劝 慰 , 互 相 建 立 , 正 如 你 们 素 常 所 行 的 。


“Living in the Light of Expectation”, by Pastor Ryan Emmons

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Closing Song:

It is Well With My Soul – Acapelridge


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)

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.
  • Weekly announcements are now on our website for our church and other like-minded organizations.
  • 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.
  • As of November 6, masks are mandatory in all public indoor spaces. That includes our church. Please bring a mask if you are coming to our in-person service. We will have one to give you if you need it.
  • 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.
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  • 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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