Sunday, July 19, 2020


Psalm 139 (NLT) ; 詩 篇 139 (CUVS)

O Lord, you have examined my heart
and know everything about me.
2 You know when I sit down or stand up.
You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.
3 You see me when I travel
and when I rest at home.
You know everything I do.
4 You know what I am going to say
even before I say it, Lord.
5 You go before me and follow me.
You place your hand of blessing on my head.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too great for me to understand!
7 I can never escape from your Spirit!
I can never get away from your presence!
8 If I go up to heaven, you are there;
if I go down to the grave,[a] you are there.
9 If I ride the wings of the morning,
if I dwell by the farthest oceans,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
and your strength will support me.
11 I could ask the darkness to hide me
and the light around me to become night—
12     but even in darkness I cannot hide from you.
To you the night shines as bright as day.
Darkness and light are the same to you.

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 Point out anything in me that offends you,
and lead me along the path of everlasting life.

耶 和 华 啊 , 你 已 经 鉴 察 我 , 认 识 我 。

2 我 坐 下 , 我 起 来 , 你 都 晓 得 ; 你 从 远 处 知 道 我 的 意 念 。

3 我 行 路 , 我 躺 卧 , 你 都 细 察 ; 你 也 深 知 我 一 切 所 行 的 。

4 耶 和 华 啊 , 我 舌 头 上 的 话 , 你 没 有 一 句 不 知 道 的 。

5 你 在 我 前 後 环 绕 我 , 按 手 在 我 身 上 。

6 这 样 的 知 识 奇 妙 , 是 我 不 能 测 的 , 至 高 , 是 我 不 能 及 的 。

7 我 往 哪 里 去 躲 避 你 的 灵 ? 我 往 哪 里 逃 、 躲 避 你 的 面 ?

8 我 若 升 到 天 上 , 你 在 那 里 ; 我 若 在 阴 间 下 榻 , 你 也 在 那 里 。

9 我 若 展 开 清 晨 的 翅 膀 , 飞 到 海 极 居 住 ,

10 就 是 在 那 里 , 你 的 手 必 引 导 我 ; 你 的 右 手 也 必 扶 持 我 。

11 我 若 说 : 黑 暗 必 定 遮 蔽 我 , 我 周 围 的 亮 光 必 成 为 黑 夜 ;

12 黑 暗 也 不 能 遮 蔽 我 , 使 你 不 见 , 黑 夜 却 如 白 昼 发 亮 。 黑 暗 和 光 明 , 在 你 看 都 是 一 样 。

23 神 啊 , 求 你 鉴 察 我 , 知 道 我 的 心 思 , 试 炼 我 , 知 道 我 的 意 念 ,

24 看 在 我 里 面 有 甚 麽 恶 行 没 有 , 引 导 我 走 永 生 的 道 路 。

Worship and Communion Songs:

Great Things – Phil Wickham

Before the Throne of God Above – Selah

Jesus, Strong and Kind – City Alight

Children’s Time

Letter V in our Alphabet of Verses

Victory Belongs to the Lord ~ Proverbs 21:31
得 胜 乃 在 乎 耶 和 华 。 ~ 箴 言 21:31

Victory Belongs to the Lord

In today’s picture, we see a football player kneeling beside a bench and praying. Maybe he is praying for God to help his team win, which is what “victory” means.

Look at what he is wearing. He has big shoulder pads under his jersey, and a helmet to put on his head to keep him safe. He also has round muscles in his arms, so he has probably spent a lot of time training to become strong and fast. All of these things will help him play well and keep him safe. He is in a good position to help his team win their game.

But he is still praying for God for help. Our verse today says that victory, or winning, belongs to God. That means that no matter what we do, God is the one who decides who wins or loses.

Most of us aren’t football players hoping to win football games. We more often need to win over problems in our lives. Maybe we are having a disagreement with someone. Or someone is hurting us. Or we have to do something that is difficult. Just like the football player in the picture, we should prepare ourselves to do what we need to do. But we should also pray. Because it is God that will make us win.

Our Father, you are in charge of our future. Please help us win against the problems in our life. Thank you that you love us and will help us. 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/.


Romans 8:12-25 (NLT) ; 羅 馬 書 8:12-25 (CUVS)

Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.

So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.

Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope,  the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us. We were given this hope when we were saved. (If we already have something, we don’t need to hope for it. But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.)

12 弟 兄 们 , 这 样 看 来 , 我 们 并 不 是 欠 肉 体 的 债 去 顺 从 肉 体 活 着 。

13 你 们 若 顺 从 肉 体 活 着 , 必 要 死 ; 若 靠 着 圣 灵 治 死 身 体 的 恶 行 , 必 要 活 着 。

14 因 为 凡 被 神 的 灵 引 导 的 , 都 是 神 的 儿 子 。

15 你 们 所 受 的 , 不 是 奴 仆 的 心 , 仍 旧 害 怕 ; 所 受 的 , 乃 是 儿 子 的 心 , 因 此 我 们 呼 叫 : 阿 爸 ! 父 !

16 圣 灵 与 我 们 的 心 同 证 我 们 是 神 的 儿 女 ;

17 既 是 儿 女 , 便 是 後 嗣 , 就 是 神 的 後 嗣 , 和 基 督 同 作 後 嗣 。 如 果 我 们 和 他 一 同 受 苦 , 也 必 和 他 一 同 得 荣 耀 。

18 我 想 , 现 在 的 苦 楚 若 比 起 将 来 要 显 於 我 们 的 荣 耀 就 不 足 介 意 了 。

19 受 造 之 物 切 望 等 候 神 的 众 子 显 出 来 。

20 因 为 受 造 之 物 服 在 虚 空 之 下 , 不 是 自 己 愿 意 , 乃 是 因 那 叫 他 如 此 的 。

21 但 受 造 之 物 仍 然 指 望 脱 离 败 坏 的 辖 制 , 得 享 ( 享 : 原 文 是 入 ) 神 儿 女 自 由 的 荣 耀 。

22 我 们 知 道 一 切 受 造 之 物 一 同 叹 息 、 劳 苦 , 直 到 如 今 。

23 不 但 如 此 , 就 是 我 们 这 有 圣 灵 初 结 果 子 的 , 也 是 自 己 心 里 叹 息 , 等 候 得 着 儿 子 的 名 分 , 乃 是 我 们 的 身 体 得 赎 。

24 我 们 得 救 是 在 乎 盼 望 ; 只 是 所 见 的 盼 望 不 是 盼 望 , 谁 还 盼 望 他 所 见 的 呢 ( 有 古 卷 作 : 人 所 看 见 的 何 必 再 盼 望 呢 ) ?

25 但 我 们 若 盼 望 那 所 不 见 的 , 就 必 忍 耐 等 候 。


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:

Great is Thy Faithfulness – Maranatha! Music


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. You can find more details and register at here.
  • 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 Ben White on Unsplash