December 12, 2021 – 3rd Week of Advent (Joy)

Our in-person worship service starts at 10:30 am and our Sunday morning Connections Cafe on zoom starts at 9:30 am. This online worship service contains the Scripture readings and links to the songs we use in our in-person service. Our past online Sunday services are here.

Opening Music

1st Scripture

Isaiah 12:2-6 (NLT) ; 以 賽 亞 書 12:2-6 (CUVS)

See, God has come to save me.
    I will trust in him and not be afraid.
The Lord God is my strength and my song;
    he has given me victory.”

With joy you will drink deeply
    from the fountain of salvation!
In that wonderful day you will sing:
    “Thank the Lord! Praise his name!
Tell the nations what he has done.
    Let them know how mighty he is!
Sing to the Lord, for he has done wonderful things.
    Make known his praise around the world.
Let all the people of Jerusalem shout his praise with joy!
    For great is the Holy One of Israel who lives among you.”

看 哪 ! 神 是 我 的 拯 救 ; 我 要 倚 靠 他 , 并 不 惧 怕 。 因 为 主 耶 和 华 是 我 的 力 量 , 是 我 的 诗 歌 , 他 也 成 了 我 的 拯 救 。

所 以 , 你 们 必 从 救 恩 的 泉 源 欢 然 取 水 。

在 那 日 , 你 们 要 说 : 当 称 谢 耶 和 华 , 求 告 他 的 名 ; 将 他 所 行 的 传 扬 在 万 民 中 , 提 说 他 的 名 已 被 尊 崇 。

你 们 要 向 耶 和 华 唱 歌 , 因 他 所 行 的 甚 是 美 好 ; 但 愿 这 事 普 传 天 下 。

锡 安 的 居 民 哪 , 当 扬 声 欢 呼 , 因 为 在 你 们 中 间 的 以 色 列 圣 者 乃 为 至 大 。

Worship Songs

Lighting the Candle of Peace

Reader 1:
Matthew 2:10-11 (NIV): “When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.”

As we gather today, we claim the gift of joy that is in Christ Jesus.
We are aware of the sadness and grief that is around us.
We hear about it globally – as many face poverty, a sense of insecurity, or feel they have been forgotten.
We know about it locally – as many struggle with the consumer pressures of this season, or are tired with all the busyness.
And we experience it personally – as we grieve all kinds of losses and sense our own loneliness.

Into this darkness the light has come.
Into this despair came the gift of joy, Jesus Christ.
In the face of sorrow and sadness we light a candle of joy…
(Light the candle in your Advent wreath)

May the light from this candle say to all that God’s joy is coming on earth as it already is in heaven. “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.” (Philippians 4:4-5, NIV)

Friends, let’s rejoice that Jesus is near; God’s joy has come! Let us reflect the gift of joy this advent season

2nd Scripture:

Philippians 4:4-7 (NLT) ; 腓 立 比 書 4:4-7 (CUVS)

Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

你 们 要 靠 主 常 常 喜 乐 。 我 再 说 , 你 们 要 喜 乐 。

当 叫 众 人 知 道 你 们 谦 让 的 心 。 主 已 经 近 了 。

应 当 一 无 ? 虑 , 只 要 凡 事 藉 着 祷 告 、 祈 求 , 和 感 谢 , 将 你 们 所 要 的 告 诉 神 。

神 所 赐 、 出 人 意 外 的 平 安 必 在 基 督 耶 稣 里 保 守 你 们 的 心 怀 意 念 。

Worship Song

Prayer for our World

Our CBM prayer this week is from Andre Sibomana, CBM Field Staff in Rwanda.

“Father God, In the name of Jesus, our King and Saviour, I humbly come before you today in prayer. Thank you for sustaining my life. You are a faithful God. Your love and mighty power surpass our understanding. Thank you for the creation around me, the mountains, the rivers, the sun, the moon, the stars, the whole universe and by your wisdom, how all the creation interacts in the ecosystem.

Acknowledging your power and majesty, I am lamenting before you because of the injustice and violence that your people are facing on this continent. We hear about dozens of people who are being killed every week in Northern East of Congo. We hear about the wars and fighting that are happening in Ethiopia. Many children are malnourished and are living in desperation in refugee camps in South Sudan, Rwanda and in Kenya. …”

Read Andre’s full prayer here. If you like, take time now to send your own praises, thanks and concerns to the Lord.

3rd Scripture

Luke 3:7-18 (NLT) ; 路 加 福 音 3:7-18 (CUVS)

When the crowds came to John for baptism, he said, “You brood of snakes! Who warned you to flee the coming wrath? Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God. Don’t just say to each other, ‘We’re safe, for we are descendants of Abraham.’ That means nothing, for I tell you, God can create children of Abraham from these very stones. Even now the ax of God’s judgment is poised, ready to sever the roots of the trees. Yes, every tree that does not produce good fruit will be chopped down and thrown into the fire.”

10 The crowds asked, “What should we do?”

11 John replied, “If you have two shirts, give one to the poor. If you have food, share it with those who are hungry.”

12 Even corrupt tax collectors came to be baptized and asked, “Teacher, what should we do?”

13 He replied, “Collect no more taxes than the government requires.”

14 “What should we do?” asked some soldiers.

John replied, “Don’t extort money or make false accusations. And be content with your pay.”

15 Everyone was expecting the Messiah to come soon, and they were eager to know whether John might be the Messiah. 16 John answered their questions by saying, “I baptize you with water; but someone is coming soon who is greater than I am—so much greater that I’m not even worthy to be his slave and untie the straps of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 17 He is ready to separate the chaff from the wheat with his winnowing fork. Then he will clean up the threshing area, gathering the wheat into his barn but burning the chaff with never-ending fire.” 18 John used many such warnings as he announced the Good News to the people.

约 翰 对 那 出 来 要 受 他 洗 的 众 人 说 : 毒 蛇 的 种 类 ! 谁 指 示 你 们 逃 避 将 来 的 忿 怒 呢 ?

你 们 要 结 出 果 子 来 , 与 悔 改 的 心 相 称 。 不 要 自 己 心 里 说 : 有 亚 伯 拉 罕 为 我 们 的 祖 宗 。 我 告 诉 你 们 , 神 能 从 这 些 石 头 中 , 给 亚 伯 拉 罕 兴 起 子 孙 来 。

现 在 斧 子 已 经 放 在 树 根 上 , 凡 不 结 好 果 子 的 树 就 砍 下 来 , 丢 在 火 里 。

10 众 人 问 他 说 : 这 样 , 我 们 当 作 甚 麽 呢 ?

11 约 翰 回 答 说 : 有 两 件 衣 裳 的 , 就 分 给 那 没 有 的 ; 有 食 物 的 , 也 当 这 样 行 。

12 又 有 税 吏 来 要 受 洗 , 问 他 说 : 夫 子 , 我 们 当 作 甚 麽 呢 ?

13 约 翰 说 : 除 了 例 定 的 数 目 , 不 要 多 取 。

14 又 有 兵 丁 问 他 说 : 我 们 当 作 甚 麽 呢 ? 约 翰 说 : 不 要 以 强 暴 待 人 , 也 不 要 讹 诈 人 , 自 己 有 钱 粮 就 当 知 足 。

15 百 姓 指 望 基 督 来 的 时 候 , 人 都 心 里 猜 疑 , 或 者 约 翰 是 基 督 。

16 约 翰 说 : 我 是 用 水 给 你 们 施 洗 , 但 有 一 位 能 力 比 我 更 大 的 要 来 , 我 就 是 给 他 解 鞋 带 也 不 配 。 他 要 用 圣 灵 与 火 给 你 们 施 洗 。

17 他 手 里 拿 着 簸 箕 , 要 扬 净 他 的 场 , 把 麦 子 收 在 仓 里 , 把 糠 用 不 灭 的 火 烧 尽 了 。

18 约 翰 又 用 许 多 别 的 话 劝 百 姓 , 向 他 们 传 福 音 。

Song of Worship

4th Scripture:

Zephaniah 3:14-20 (NLT) ; 西 番 雅 書 3:14-20 (CUVS)

14 Sing, O daughter of Zion;
    shout aloud, O Israel!
Be glad and rejoice with all your heart,
    O daughter of Jerusalem!
15 For the Lord will remove his hand of judgment
    and will disperse the armies of your enemy.
And the Lord himself, the King of Israel,
    will live among you!
At last your troubles will be over,
    and you will never again fear disaster.
16 On that day the announcement to Jerusalem will be,
    “Cheer up, Zion! Don’t be afraid!
17 For the Lord your God is living among you.
    He is a mighty savior.
He will take delight in you with gladness.
    With his love, he will calm all your fears.
    He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”

18 “I will gather you who mourn for the appointed festivals;
    you will be disgraced no more.
19 And I will deal severely with all who have oppressed you.
    I will save the weak and helpless ones;
I will bring together
    those who were chased away.
I will give glory and fame to my former exiles,
    wherever they have been mocked and shamed.
20 On that day I will gather you together
    and bring you home again.
I will give you a good name, a name of distinction,
    among all the nations of the earth,
as I restore your fortunes before their very eyes.
    I, the Lord, have spoken!”

14 锡 安 的 民 哪 , 应 当 歌 唱 ! 以 色 列 啊 , 应 当 欢 呼 ! 耶 路 撒 冷 的 民 哪 , 应 当 满 心 欢 喜 快 乐 !

15 耶 和 华 已 经 除 去 你 的 刑 罚 , 赶 出 你 的 仇 敌 。 以 色 列 的 王 ─ 耶 和 华 在 你 中 间 ; 你 必 不 再 惧 怕 灾 祸 。

16 当 那 日 , 必 有 话 向 耶 路 撒 冷 说 : 不 要 惧 怕 ! 锡 安 哪 ; 不 要 手 软 !

17 耶 和 华 ─ 你 的 神 是 施 行 拯 救 、 大 有 能 力 的 主 。 他 在 你 中 间 必 因 你 欢 欣 喜 乐 , 默 然 爱 你 , 且 因 你 喜 乐 而 欢 呼 。

18 那 些 属 你 、 为 无 大 会 愁 烦 、 因 你 担 当 羞 辱 的 , 我 必 聚 集 他 们 。

19 那 时 , 我 必 罚 办 一 切 苦 待 你 的 人 , 又 拯 救 你 瘸 腿 的 , 聚 集 你 被 赶 出 的 。 那 些 在 全 地 受 羞 辱 的 , 我 必 使 他 们 得 称 赞 , 有 名 声 。

20 那 时 , 我 必 领 你 们 进 来 , 聚 集 你 们 ; 我 使 你 们 被 掳 之 人 归 回 的 时 候 , 就 必 使 你 们 在 地 上 的 万 民 中 有 名 声 , 得 称 赞 。 这 是 耶 和 华 说 的 。


“The Joy of a New Name” by Pastor Ryan Emmons

You can find all our sermons on our Sermons page.

Song of Response


Be people of joy.
Let joy live in your heart and share the joy of Christ with all you meet.
Share joy by seeing the good in each other.
Share joy by remembering good times and hoping for good times to come.
Share joy by praying for our world.
In this Advent season, we need to see, feel, and share joy.
As you go out into the wonder of God’s creations, share joy, peace, and hope with those you meet. Amen.


Suggested Sunday Services to Watch:

St. Albert Alliance Church near Edmonton: 11 am https://staalliance.org/livestream/
Pastor Rick Warren at Saddleback church: any time   https://saddleback.com/watch
Pastor Andy Stanley at Northpoint church: any time  https://northpoint.org/live
Westlife Church in Calgary: https://www.westlifechurch.ca/

News, Notes, and Needs

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