2022-03-27

March 27, 2022

Our in-person worship service starts at 10:30 am and our Sunday morning Connections Café 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.

Prelude

Opening Worship

1st Scripture

Psalm 33:1-9 (NLT) ; 詩 篇 33:1-9 (CUVS)

Let the godly sing for joy to the Lord;
    it is fitting for the pure to praise him.
Praise the Lord with melodies on the lyre;
    make music for him on the ten-stringed harp.
Sing a new song of praise to him;
    play skillfully on the harp, and sing with joy.
For the word of the Lord holds true,
    and we can trust everything he does.
He loves whatever is just and good;
    the unfailing love of the Lord fills the earth.

The Lord merely spoke,
    and the heavens were created.
He breathed the word,
    and all the stars were born.
He assigned the sea its boundaries
    and locked the oceans in vast reservoirs.
Let the whole world fear the Lord,
    and let everyone stand in awe of him.
For when he spoke, the world began!
    It appeared at his command.

33 义 人 哪 , 你 们 应 当 靠 耶 和 华 欢 乐 ; 正 直 人 的 赞 美 是 合 宜 的 。

你 们 应 当 弹 琴 称 谢 耶 和 华 , 用 十 弦 瑟 歌 颂 他 。

应 当 向 他 唱 新 歌 , 弹 得 巧 妙 , 声 音 洪 亮 。

因 为 耶 和 华 的 言 语 正 直 ; 凡 他 所 做 的 尽 都 诚 实 。

他 喜 爱 仁 义 公 平 ; 遍 地 满 了 耶 和 华 的 慈 爱 。

诸 天 藉 耶 和 华 的 命 而 造 ; 万 象 藉 他 口 中 的 气 而 成 。

他 聚 集 海 水 如 垒 , 收 藏 深 洋 在 库 房 。

愿 全 地 都 敬 畏 耶 和 华 ! 愿 世 上 的 居 民 都 惧 怕 他 !

因 为 他 说 有 , 就 有 , 命 立 , 就 立 。

Time for Quiet and Reflection

2nd Scripture

Isaiah 40:28-31 (NLT) ; 以 賽 亞 書 40:28-31 (CUVS)

28 Have you never heard?
    Have you never understood?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of all the earth.
He never grows weak or weary.
    No one can measure the depths of his understanding.
29 He gives power to the weak
    and strength to the powerless.
30 Even youths will become weak and tired,
    and young men will fall in exhaustion.
31 But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
    They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
    They will walk and not faint.

28 你 岂 不 曾 知 道 麽 ? 你 岂 不 曾 听 见 麽 ? 永 在 的 神 耶 和 华 , 创 造 地 极 的 主 , 并 不 疲 乏 , 也 不 困 倦 ; 他 的 智 慧 无 法 测 度 。

29 疲 乏 的 , 他 赐 能 力 ; 软 弱 的 , 他 加 力 量 。

30 就 是 少 年 人 也 要 疲 乏 困 倦 ; 强 壮 的 也 必 全 然 跌 倒 。

31 但 那 等 候 耶 和 华 的 必 从 新 得 力 。 他 们 必 如 鹰 展 翅 上 腾 ; 他 们 奔 跑 却 不 困 倦 , 行 走 却 不 疲 乏 。

Responsive Prayer

Lord, we hear your words and we understand from Scripture and from nature that you are the Everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. We stand in awe at the endless complexity and intricacy of your creation. The more we learn about your world, the more we find there is to know. Your wisdom and strength go beyond what we can possibly understand. <pause to reflect>

But we, Lord, are weak and become weary, even the young among us. We often do not have the strength we need. You give power and strength to those who trust in you. Help us to trust you in our weakness. Give us the strength we need to do what you would have us do. <pause to reflect>

Lord, give us new strength to soar, to run, and to walk. Help us not to grow weary of doing your will. Keep us upright when life is difficult. We place our trust in you, through the mercy and grace of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

3rd Scripture

John 17:13-21 (NLT) ; 約 翰 福 音 17:13-21 (CUVS)

13 “Now I am coming to you. I told them many things while I was with them in this world so they would be filled with my joy. 14 I have given them your word. And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 15 I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. 16 They do not belong to this world any more than I do. 17 Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. 18 Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world. 19 And I give myself as a holy sacrifice for them so they can be made holy by your truth.

20 “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. 21 I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.

13 现 在 我 往 你 那 里 去 , 我 还 在 世 上 说 这 话 , 是 叫 他 们 心 里 充 满 我 的 喜 乐 。

14 我 已 将 你 的 道 赐 给 他 们 。 世 界 又 恨 他 们 ; 因 为 他 们 不 属 世 界 , 正 如 我 不 属 世 界 一 样 。

15 我 不 求 你 叫 他 们 离 开 世 界 , 只 求 你 保 守 他 们 脱 离 那 恶 者 ( 或 作 : 脱 离 罪 恶 ) 。

16 他 们 不 属 世 界 , 正 如 我 不 属 世 界 一 样 。

17 求 你 用 真 理 使 他 们 成 圣 ; 你 的 道 就 是 真 理 。

18 你 怎 样 差 我 到 世 上 , 我 也 照 样 差 他 们 到 世 上 。

19 我 为 他 们 的 缘 故 , 自 己 分 别 为 圣 , 叫 他 们 也 因 真 理 成 圣 。

20 我 不 但 为 这 些 人 祈 求 , 也 为 那 些 因 他 们 的 话 信 我 的 人 祈 求 ,

21 使 他 们 都 合 而 为 一 。 正 如 你 父 在 我 里 面 , 我 在 你 里 面 , 使 他 们 也 在 我 们 里 面 , 叫 世 人 可 以 信 你 差 了 我 来 。

Sermon

“Joy in a World We Don’t Belong In”, by Pastor Ryan. This is the third sermon in the Lenten series “Jesus’ Prayer Before the Passion”.

You can find past sermons on the Sermons page and in our Sunday Service archive.

Corporate Prayer and Response

Our CBM prayer this week is introduced by Lillian Yang, National Field Staff in the Golden Triangle region. A list of prayer items can be found on the CBM Prayerline. There are also prayer items and updates about CBM’s relief work in Ukraine at the CBM website.

Take time now to send your praises, thanks and concerns to the Lord.

Closing Song

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 Alberta time (same in summer, 1 hour ahead in winter)
Pastor Rick Warren at Saddleback church: any time
Pastor Andy Stanley at Northpoint church: 9 and 11 am EST (2 hours ahead in summer, 1 in summer)
Westlife Church in Calgary: 9 and 11 am Alberta time (same in summer, 1 hour ahead in winter)

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.
  • We are currently testing the live streaming of our worship services. If you would like to be on the list to receive the private link and provide feedback on what you see and hear, let the office know.
  • 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 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!