2020-07-12

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Meditation:

Isaiah 55:10-13 (NLT) ; 以 賽 亞 書 55:10-13 (CUVS)

10 “The rain and snow come down from the heavens
and stay on the ground to water the earth.
They cause the grain to grow,
producing seed for the farmer
and bread for the hungry.
11 It is the same with my word.
I send it out, and it always produces fruit.
It will accomplish all I want it to,
and it will prosper everywhere I send it.
12 You will live in joy and peace.
The mountains and hills will burst into song,
and the trees of the field will clap their hands!
13 Where once there were thorns, cypress trees will grow.
Where nettles grew, myrtles will sprout up.
These events will bring great honor to the Lord’s name;
they will be an everlasting sign of his power and love.”

10 雨 雪 从 天 而 降 , 并 不 返 回 , 却 滋 润 地 土 , 使 地 上 发 芽 结 实 , 使 撒 种 的 有 种 , 使 要 吃 的 有 粮 。

11 我 口 所 出 的 话 也 必 如 此 , 决 不 徒 然 返 回 , 却 要 成 就 我 所 喜 悦 的 , 在 我 发 他 去 成 就 ( 发 他 去 成 就 : 或 译 所 命 定 ) 的 事 上 必 然 亨 通 。

12 你 们 必 欢 欢 喜 喜 而 出 来 , 平 平 安 安 蒙 引 导 。 大 山 小 山 必 在 你 们 面 前 发 声 歌 唱 ; 田 野 的 树 木 也 都 拍 掌 。

13 松 树 长 出 , 代 替 荆 棘 ; 番 石 榴 长 出 , 代 替 蒺 藜 。 这 要 为 耶 和 华 留 名 , 作 为 永 远 的 证 据 , 不 能 剪 除 。

Worship and Communion Songs:

Thy Word – written and sung by Amy Grant

Shout to the Lord – written and sung by Darlene Zschech (Hillsong)

How Great Thou Art – sung by Anthem Lights

Children’s Time

Letter U in our Alphabet of Verses

Unto you is born this day in the City of David a Saviour.  ~ Luke 2:11

因 今 天 在 大 卫 的 城 里 , 为 你 们 生 了 救 主 , 就 是 主 基 督 。~ 路 加 福 音 2:11

Unto you is born this day

Today is a quiz day—because today’s verse is one we usually talk about at a different time of the year! To make it easier to answer, here is the verse in the Christian Standard Bible, a more modern translation: “Today in the city of David a Savior was born for you.”

Our quiz has four questions. Try to answer, and then check your answers below.

  1. What is the other name for “David’s town”, or “The City of David”?
  2. Why is it named after King David?
  3. Who is the Saviour who was born there long after David died?
  4. When do we usually talk about this verse?

Ready? Here are the answers:

  1. Bethlehem
  2. David came from Bethlehem, and was crowned king there as well.
  3. Jesus!
  4. During Advent and Christmas

Look at the picture of the boy with the small baby. Think about God, the creator of all the stars and nebulas and galaxies, geese and giraffes and whales, and tiny things like eyelashes and earthworms and seeds.

Now think about this enormous, powerful God leaving all of that behind and fitting himself into the body of a little baby like the one in the picture, to become Jesus, our Saviour. When he was a baby, God, who had made everything, needed the very people he had made to keep him alive. He gave up everything to become like us, and live with us, and make us his children. That is truly amazing love.

Our Father, how much you must love us to have left your home in heaven to live in this world where life is not always easy or nice. Thank you. Help us to love you back by loving all the people and things you have made. Amen.

Prayer for our World:

Our prayer is from CBM, the Missions branch of our denomination. Each week one of their staff prepares a prayer for a different part of the world. You can read (and sometimes listen to) this week’s prayer here: https://www.cbmin.org/prayerline/.

Scripture:

Matthew 13:1-9, 16-23 (NLT) ; 馬 太 福 音 13:1-9, 16-23 (CUVS)

1 Later that same day Jesus left the house and sat beside the lake. A large crowd soon gathered around him, so he got into a boat. Then he sat there and taught as the people stood on the shore. He told many stories in the form of parables, such as this one:

“Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seeds. As he scattered them across his field, some seeds fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate them. Other seeds fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. The seeds sprouted quickly because the soil was shallow. But the plants soon wilted under the hot sun, and since they didn’t have deep roots, they died. Other seeds fell among thorns that grew up and choked out the tender plants. Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted! Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.”

16 “But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear. I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, but they didn’t see it. And they longed to hear what you hear, but they didn’t hear it.

“Now listen to the explanation of the parable about the farmer planting seeds: The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message about the Kingdom and don’t understand it. Then the evil one comes and snatches away the seed that was planted in their hearts. The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy. But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word. The seed that fell among the thorns represents those who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life and the lure of wealth, so no fruit is produced. The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”

1 当 那 一 天 , 耶 稣 从 房 子 里 出 来 , 坐 在 海 边 。

2 有 许 多 人 到 他 那 里 聚 集 , 他 只 得 上 船 坐 下 , 众 人 都 站 在 岸 上 。

3 他 用 比 喻 对 他 们 讲 许 多 道 理 , 说 : 有 一 个 撒 种 的 出 去 撒 种 ;

4 撒 的 时 候 , 有 落 在 路 旁 的 , 飞 鸟 来 吃 尽 了 ;

5 有 落 在 土 浅 石 头 地 上 的 , 土 既 不 深 , 发 苗 最 快 ,

6 日 头 出 来 一 晒 , 因 为 没 有 根 , 就 枯 乾 了 ;

7 有 落 在 荆 棘 里 的 , 荆 棘 长 起 来 , 把 他 挤 住 了 ;

8 又 有 落 在 好 土 里 的 , 就 结 实 , 有 一 百 倍 的 , 有 六 十 倍 的 , 有 三 十 倍 的 。

9 有 耳 可 听 的 , 就 应 当 听 !

16 但 你 们 的 眼 睛 是 有 福 的 , 因 为 看 见 了 ; 你 们 的 耳 朵 也 是 有 福 的 , 因 为 听 见 了 。

17 我 实 在 告 诉 你 们 , 从 前 有 许 多 先 知 和 义 人 要 看 你 们 所 看 的 , 却 没 有 看 见 , 要 听 你 们 所 听 的 , 却 没 有 听 见 。

18 所 以 , 你 们 当 听 这 撒 种 的 比 喻 。

19 凡 听 见 天 国 道 理 不 明 白 的 , 那 恶 者 就 来 , 把 所 撒 在 他 心 里 的 夺 了 去 ; 这 就 是 撒 在 路 旁 的 了 。

20 撒 在 石 头 地 上 的 , 就 是 人 听 了 道 , 当 下 欢 喜 领 受 ,

21 只 因 心 里 没 有 根 , 不 过 是 暂 时 的 , 及 至 为 道 遭 了 患 难 , 或 是 受 了 逼 迫 , 立 刻 就 跌 倒 了 。

22 撒 在 荆 棘 里 的 , 就 是 人 听 了 道 , 後 来 有 世 上 的 思 虑 、 钱 财 的 迷 惑 把 道 挤 住 了 , 不 能 结 实 。

23 撒 在 好 地 上 的 , 就 是 人 听 道 明 白 了 , 後 来 结 实 , 有 一 百 倍 的 , 有 六 十 倍 的 , 有 三 十 倍 的 。

Sermon:

Pastor Ryan has completed his video series on Spiritual Disciplines. You can view any of the videos, or listen to sermons from the past, on our Sermon page. You can search the sermons by date, by category in the sidebar and footer of this website.

Closing Song:

He is Exalted / I Exalt Thee – by Sounds like Reign

Benediction:

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 church will resume in-person worship services in accordance with provincial guidelines on August 2, 2020. Because our capacity will be limited, it will be necessary to register in advance for each Sunday service. More details will be released soon.
  • For those worshipping 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 all of Pastor Ryan’s videos on the Spiritual Disciplines at:
  • We also have YouTube playlists of songs:
  • We are on Facebook!
  • Pastor Ryan is on holidays from July 6 to July 26. Sharon is on holidays from July 13 to July 26. If you need something, please contact one of the deacons: Ed, Oksana, Linda, Katherine, or Joleen.
  • 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, some people have volunteered to help. Let the church office know and we will find someone to help. If you can help, please also let the office know. Thank you!

Header Photo by Melissa Askew on Unsplash
Children’s Verse Photo by Ana Tablas on Unsplash