2021-12-26

December 26, 2021

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

Psalm 148 (NLT) ; 詩 篇 148 (CUVS)

148 Praise the Lord!

Praise the Lord from the heavens!
    Praise him from the skies!
Praise him, all his angels!
    Praise him, all the armies of heaven!
Praise him, sun and moon!
    Praise him, all you twinkling stars!
Praise him, skies above!
    Praise him, vapors high above the clouds!
Let every created thing give praise to the Lord,
    for he issued his command, and they came into being.
He set them in place forever and ever.
    His decree will never be revoked.

Praise the Lord from the earth,
    you creatures of the ocean depths,
fire and hail, snow and clouds,
    wind and weather that obey him,
mountains and all hills,
    fruit trees and all cedars,
10 wild animals and all livestock,
    small scurrying animals and birds,
11 kings of the earth and all people,
    rulers and judges of the earth,
12 young men and young women,
    old men and children.

13 Let them all praise the name of the Lord.
    For his name is very great;
    his glory towers over the earth and heaven!
14 He has made his people strong,
    honoring his faithful ones—
    the people of Israel who are close to him.

Praise the Lord!

148 你 们 要 赞 美 耶 和 华 ! 从 天 上 赞 美 耶 和 华 , 在 高 处 赞 美 他 !

他 的 众 使 者 都 要 赞 美 他 ! 他 的 诸 军 都 要 赞 美 他 !

日 头 月 亮 , 你 们 要 赞 美 他 ! 放 光 的 星 宿 , 你 们 都 要 赞 美 他 !

天 上 的 天 和 天 上 的 水 , 你 们 都 要 赞 美 他 !

愿 这 些 都 赞 美 耶 和 华 的 名 ! 因 他 一 吩 咐 便 都 造 成 。

他 将 这 些 立 定 , 直 到 永 永 远 远 ; 他 定 了 命 , 不 能 废 去 ( 或 译 : 越 过 ) 。

所 有 在 地 上 的 , 大 鱼 和 一 切 深 洋 ,

火 与 冰 雹 , 雪 和 雾 气 , 成 就 他 命 的 狂 风 ,

大 山 和 小 山 , 结 果 的 树 木 和 一 切 香 柏 树 ,

10 野 兽 和 一 切 牲 畜 , 昆 虫 和 飞 鸟 ,

11 世 上 的 君 王 和 万 民 , 首 领 和 世 上 一 切 审 判 官 ,

12 少 年 人 和 处 女 , 老 年 人 和 孩 童 , 都 当 赞 美 耶 和 华 !

13 愿 这 些 都 赞 美 耶 和 华 的 名 ! 因 为 独 有 他 的 名 被 尊 崇 ; 他 的 荣 耀 在 天 地 之 上 。

14 他 将 他 百 姓 的 角 高 举 , 因 此 他 ( 或 译 : 他 使 ) 一 切 圣 民 以 色 列 人 , 就 是 与 他 相 近 的 百 姓 , 都 赞 美 他 ! 你 们 要 赞 美 耶 和 华 !

Worship Songs

Prayer for our World

Our CBM prayer this week is from Joseph Lee in Myanmar.

“Dear heavenly Father, We adore you. May glory be to you, the highest in the heavens, and peace to those on whom your favour rests.

Father, we pray for the country of Myanmar. Myanmar is still under political unrest and the safety of people is challenged by this civil war and the pandemic. People are suffering mentally and physically. During the Christmas season, some local churches have been trying to share the gospel in their community. We pray that you will set the people in Myanmar free when they come into the truth.

Lord, we would also like to pray for Thailand. The Thai government is trying to increase vaccination rates and trying to open up the country. We pray for the nation’s leaders to have wisdom in dealing with the situation. …”

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

CBM Worship Service

Canadian Baptist Ministries has provided this “Thrill of Hope” post-Christmas service with a message of hope though a sermon from Dr. Elie Haddad, stories of hope from around the world, inspiring worship, and a greeting from Jennifer Lau, CBM’s Executive Director. Elie Haddad is the President of the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS) in Lebanon.  ABTS equips leaders for the Church in the entire Arabic-speaking world.

Benediction:

May you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. 19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
~ Ephesians 3:18-19

18 能 以 和 众 圣 徒 一 同 明 白 基 督 的 爱 是 何 等 长 阔 高 深 ,

19 并 知 道 这 爱 是 过 於 人 所 能 测 度 的 , 便 叫 神 一 切 所 充 满 的 , 充 满 了 你 们 。

~ 以 弗 所 書 3:17-19 (CUVS)

Postlude:


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

  • Weekly announcements are on our website for our church and other like-minded organizations.
  • For those worshiping at home, we provide this “self-serve” 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 will pray with you there.
  • 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!