Sunday Service – August 16, 2020

1st Scripture Lesson: Opening Meditation

Psalm 67 (NLT) ; 詩 篇 67 (CUVS)

May God be merciful and bless us.
    May his face smile with favor on us.

May your ways be known throughout the earth,
    your saving power among people everywhere.
May the nations praise you, O God.
    Yes, may all the nations praise you.
Let the whole world sing for joy,
    because you govern the nations with justice
    and guide the people of the whole world. 

May the nations praise you, O God.
    Yes, may all the nations praise you.
Then the earth will yield its harvests,
    and God, our God, will richly bless us.
Yes, God will bless us,
    and people all over the world will fear him.

1 愿 神 怜 悯 我 们 , 赐 福 与 我 们 , 用 脸 光 照 我 们 ,

好 叫 世 界 得 知 你 的 道 路 , 万 国 得 知 你 的 救 恩 。

神 啊 , 愿 列 邦 称 赞 你 ! 愿 万 民 都 称 赞 你 !

愿 万 国 都 快 乐 欢 呼 ; 因 为 你 必 按 公 正 审 判 万 民 , 引 导 世 上 的 万 国 。

神 啊 , 愿 列 邦 称 赞 你 ! 愿 万 民 都 称 赞 你 !

地 已 经 出 了 土 产 ; 神 ─ 就 是 我 们 的 神 要 赐 福 与 我 们 。

神 要 赐 福 与 我 们 ; 地 的 四 极 都 要 敬 畏 他 !

Opening Worship:

The Blessing – Elevation Worship

Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone) – Maranatha Music

Children’s Time

Letter Z in our Alphabet of Verses

Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? ~ 1 Peter 3:13

你 们 若 是 热 心 行 善 , 有 谁 害 你 们 呢 ?。~ 彼 得 前 書 3:13

Today’s verse comes from a letter that the apostle Peter wrote to people who believed in Jesus. First he tells them to do all sorts of good things and love each other. Then he asks a question, which is today’s verse. The “Z” word is “zealous”, which means that a person really, really, really wants something to happen! So Peter’s question means, “Who will hurt you if you really, really, really want to do what is good?”

Most times, nobody, right? So we can do good things to honour God and not worry. But Peter goes on to say that even if someone doesn’t like the good things you do, God will reward you for doing them. Jesus only did good things, and some people did their best to stop him. But God raised him from the dead to show everyone that what Jesus did was right. And now Jesus lives forever in Heaven, where no one can hurt him at all. If we believe in him, we will go safely there to live with him too.

So let’s be zealous is doing good things! God is with us.

Our Father, you are good! We also want to be good, and we trust you to look after us no matter what anyone else says. Please help us know what is good, and help us to do it. Amen.

2nd Scripture Lesson:

Matthew 15:21-28 (NLT) ; 馬 太 福 音 15:21-28  (CUVS)

21 Then Jesus left Galilee and went north to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 A Gentile[a] woman who lived there came to him, pleading, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! For my daughter is possessed by a demon that torments her severely.”

23 But Jesus gave her no reply, not even a word. Then his disciples urged him to send her away. “Tell her to go away,” they said. “She is bothering us with all her begging.”

24 Then Jesus said to the woman, “I was sent only to help God’s lost sheep—the people of Israel.”

25 But she came and worshiped him, pleading again, “Lord, help me!”

26 Jesus responded, “It isn’t right to take food from the children and throw it to the dogs.”

27 She replied, “That’s true, Lord, but even dogs are allowed to eat the scraps that fall beneath their masters’ table.”

28 “Dear woman,” Jesus said to her, “your faith is great. Your request is granted.” And her daughter was instantly healed.

21 耶 稣 离 开 那 里 , 退 到 推 罗 、 西 顿 的 境 内 去 。

22 有 一 个 迦 南 妇 人 , 从 那 地 方 出 来 , 喊 着 说 : 主 阿 , 大 卫 的 子 孙 , 可 怜 我 ! 我 女 儿 被 鬼 附 得 甚 苦 。

23 耶 稣 却 一 言 不 答 。 门 徒 进 前 来 , 求 他 说 : 这 妇 人 在 我 们 後 头 喊 叫 , 请 打 发 他 走 罢 。

24 耶 稣 说 : 我 奉 差 遣 不 过 是 到 以 色 列 家 迷 失 的 羊 那 里 去 。

25 那 妇 人 来 拜 他 , 说 : 主 阿 , 帮 助 我 !

26 他 回 答 说 : 不 好 拿 儿 女 的 饼 丢 给 狗 吃 。

27 妇 人 说 : 主 阿 , 不 错 ; 但 是 狗 也 吃 他 主 人 桌 子 上 掉 下 来 的 碎 渣 儿 。

28 耶 稣 说 : 妇 人 , 你 的 信 心 是 大 的 ! 照 你 所 要 的 , 给 你 成 全 了 罢 。 从 那 时 候 , 他 女 儿 就 好 了 。

Song of Worship

I Stand Amazed – Chris Tomlin

Prayer for Our World

Our CBM prayer this week is from Yuan Chan Ye and his wife Ming Gao, who work with Chinese students in Heidelberg, Germany. You can read their prayer here: https://www.cbmin.org/prayerline/.

3rd Scripture Lesson

Isaiah 56:1, 6-8 (NLT) ; 以 賽 亞 書 56:1, 6-8 (CUVS)

1 This is what the Lord says:

“Be just and fair to all.
    Do what is right and good,
for I am coming soon to rescue you
    and to display my righteousness among you.

“I will also bless the foreigners who commit themselves to the Lord,
    who serve him and love his name,
who worship him and do not desecrate the Sabbath day of rest,
    and who hold fast to my covenant.
I will bring them to my holy mountain of Jerusalem
    and will fill them with joy in my house of prayer.
I will accept their burnt offerings and sacrifices,
    because my Temple will be called a house of prayer for all nations.
For the Sovereign Lord,
    who brings back the outcasts of Israel, says:
I will bring others, too,
    besides my people Israel.”

耶 和 华 如 此 说 : 你 们 当 守 公 平 , 行 公 义 ; 因 我 的 救 恩 临 近 , 我 的 公 义 将 要 显 现 。

还 有 那 些 与 耶 和 华 联 合 的 外 邦 人 , 要 事 奉 他 , 要 爱 耶 和 华 的 名 , 要 作 他 的 仆 人 ─ 就 是 凡 守 安 息 日 不 干 犯 , 又 持 守 他 ( 原 文 是 我 ) 约 的 人 。

我 必 领 他 们 到 我 的 圣 山 , 使 他 们 在 祷 告 我 的 殿 中 喜 乐 。 他 们 的 燔 祭 和 平 安 祭 , 在 我 坛 上 必 蒙 悦 纳 , 因 我 的 殿 必 称 为 万 民 祷 告 的 殿 。

主 耶 和 华 , 就 是 招 聚 以 色 列 被 赶 散 的 , 说 : 在 这 被 招 聚 的 人 以 外 , 我 还 要 招 聚 别 人 归 并 他 们 。

Song of Worship

Immanuel – Joshua Aaron (at the Sea of Galilee)

4th Scripture Lesson

Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32 (NLT) ; 羅 馬 書 11:1-2a, 29-32 (CUVS)

1 I ask, then, has God rejected his own people, the nation of Israel? Of course not! I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham and a member of the tribe of Benjamin.

No, God has not rejected his own people, whom he chose from the very beginning. 

29 For God’s gifts and his call can never be withdrawn. 30 Once, you Gentiles were rebels against God, but when the people of Israel rebelled against him, God was merciful to you instead. 31 Now they are the rebels, and God’s mercy has come to you so that they, too, will share in God’s mercy. 32 For God has imprisoned everyone in disobedience so he could have mercy on everyone.

1 我 且 说 , 神 弃 绝 了 他 的 百 姓 麽 ? 断 乎 没 有 ! 因 为 我 也 是 以 色 列 人 , 亚 伯 拉 罕 的 後 裔 , 属 便 雅 悯 支 派 的 。

神 并 没 有 弃 绝 他 预 先 所 知 道 的 百 姓 。

29 因 为 神 的 恩 赐 和 选 召 是 没 有 後 悔 的 。

30 你 们 从 前 不 顺 服 神 , 如 今 因 他 们 的 不 顺 服 , 你 们 倒 蒙 了 怜 恤 。

31 这 样 , 他 们 也 是 不 顺 服 , 叫 他 们 因 着 施 给 你 们 的 怜 恤 , 现 在 也 就 蒙 怜 恤 。

32 因 为 神 将 众 人 都 圈 在 不 顺 服 之 中 , 特 意 要 怜 恤 众 人 。

Sermon:

Pastor Ryan’s sermon from this Sunday, “But That’s Not Fair…” will be on our website on Monday. You can view any of his videos, or listen to past sermons, on our Sermon page. You can also search the sermons by date or by category in the sidebar and footer of this website.

Song of Response

His Mercy is More – Matt Boswell and Matt Papa

Benediction:

And may the Lord make your love for one another and for all people grow and overflow, just as our love for you overflows. May he, as a result, make your hearts strong, blameless, and holy as you stand before God our Father when our Lord Jesus comes again with all his holy people. Amen.    
~ 1 Thessalonians 3:12-13 (NLT)

又 愿 主 叫 你 们 彼 此 相 爱 的 心 , 并 爱 众 人 的 心 都 能 增 长 、 充 足 , 如 同 我 们 爱 你 们 一 样 ;好 使 你 们 当 我 们 主 耶 稣 同 他 众 圣 徒 来 的 时 候 , 在 我 们 父 神 面 前 , 心 里 坚 固 , 成 为 圣 洁 , 无 可 责 备 。
~ 帖 撒 羅 尼 迦 前 書 3:11-12 (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 church has resumed in-person worship services in accordance with provincial guidelines! Because our capacity is limited, you will need to register for Sunday worship. You can do that here: https://arbc.sk.ca/register-for-in-person-sunday-service/ , or you can email or phone the office.
  • For those worshiping at home, we will continue to provide this online Sunday worship service, Pastor Ryan’s mid-week videos, and Zoom groups on Sunday and through the week.
  • You can find our previous online services at: Sunday Service Online: Archive (also on our home page grid)
  • You can find Pastor Ryan’s Sunday sermons at:
    • the Sermon page on this website
    • the Playlist icon at the top right of the home page
  • You can find Pastor Ryan’s videos at:
  • We also have YouTube playlists of songs:
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  • A number of church groups are now meeting via Zoom. Check our COVID-19 page for a list and contact the office if you would like to join a group.
  • 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 others, please also let the office know. Thank you!

Header Photo by Melissa Askew on Unsplash
Children’s Verse Tyler van der Hoeven on Unsplash
Exit Image by Raychan on Unsplash.