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Sunday, June 14, 2020  (World Refugee Sunday)


Psalm 116 (NLT) ; 詩 篇 116 (CUVS)

I love the Lord because he hears my voice
and my prayer for mercy.
2 Because he bends down to listen,
I will pray as long as I have breath!
3 Death wrapped its ropes around me;
the terrors of the grave[a] overtook me.
I saw only trouble and sorrow.
4 Then I called on the name of the Lord:
“Please, Lord, save me!”

12 What can I offer the Lord
for all he has done for me?
13 I will lift up the cup of salvation
and praise the Lord’s name for saving me.
14 I will keep my promises to the Lord
in the presence of all his people.
15 The Lord cares deeply
when his loved ones die.
16 O Lord, I am your servant;
yes, I am your servant, born into your household;
you have freed me from my chains.
17 I will offer you a sacrifice of thanksgiving
and call on the name of the Lord.
18 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord
in the presence of all his people—
19 in the house of the Lord
in the heart of Jerusalem.
Praise the Lord!

我 爱 耶 和 华 , 因 为 他 听 了 我 的 声 音 和 我 的 恳 求 。

2 他 既 向 我 侧 耳 , 我 一 生 要 求 告 他 。

3 死 亡 的 绳 索 缠 绕 我 ; 阴 间 的 痛 苦 抓 住 我 ; 我 遭 遇 患 难 愁 苦 。

4 那 时 , 我 便 求 告 耶 和 华 的 名 , 说 : 耶 和 华 啊 , 求 你 救 我 的 灵 魂 !

12 我 拿 甚 麽 报 答 耶 和 华 向 我 所 赐 的 一 切 厚 恩 ?

13 我 要 举 起 救 恩 的 杯 , 称 扬 耶 和 华 的 名 。

14 我 要 在 他 众 民 面 前 向 耶 和 华 还 我 的 愿 。

15 在 耶 和 华 眼 中 , 看 圣 民 之 死 极 为 宝 贵 。

16 耶 和 华 啊 , 我 真 是 你 的 仆 人 ; 我 是 你 的 仆 人 , 是 你 婢 女 的 儿 子 。 你 已 经 解 开 我 的 绑 索 。

17 我 要 以 感 谢 为 祭 献 给 你 , 又 要 求 告 耶 和 华 的 名 。

18 我 要 在 他 众 民 面 前 , 在 耶 和 华 殿 的 院 内 , 在 耶 路 撒 冷 当 中 , 向 耶 和 华 还 我 的 愿 。 你 们 要 赞 美 耶 和 华 !

Worship and Communion Songs:

Psalm 23 – Stuart Townend

Faithful One – Brian Doerksen

Zion – Aaron Shust

Children’s Time

Letter Q in our Alphabet of Verses

Do not quench the Spirit.  ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:19

Do not Quench the Spirit


Look at the candle in the picture. Do you see anything strange? Where there should be a burning flame, there is water. How will this candle light up the room, or warm your hands? It can’t!

Our verse today is from a letter the Apostle Paul  wrote to a church. He told them not to Quench the Spirit. What does that mean?

The Spirit is the Holy Spirit, who lives in us when we believe in Jesus. On the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit looked like tongues of fire when it came down on the heads of the believers — like the flame of a candle.

Quench means to put out a fire with water, just like someone did to the candle in the picture. So the verse could say, “Don’t put out the Holy Spirit!” How could we do that!?!

The Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit works inside us to make us loving and faithful. If we resist by ignoring the Bible, not praying, not thinking about God, and doing things we know we shouldn’t, then we are quenching the Spirit. It is like we are putting water on the candle so it can’t burn. And then the Holy Spirit can’t change us, because we won’t let Him.

So this week, let’s do what we need to, so the Holy Spirit can burn brightly inside us.

Our Father, thank you for sending the Holy Spirit to live in us and make us like Jesus. Help us listen and do what the Holy Spirit says. Amen.

Prayer for our World:

Our CBM prayer this week is from Randy Stanton in Atlantic Canada. You can read his prayer here: https://www.cbmin.org/prayerline/.

Our Refugee prayer is from the Mennonite Central Committee:

Our loving and compassionate God, we know you grieve
where there is violence,
where there is oppression,
where there is hatred
in the world.

We know you stand with the refugees in our world today,
just as you stood with our ancestors in the faith who were
compelled to flee their homes,
like Moses,
like Ruth,
like Jeremiah,
like Paul,
and even like Jesus and his parents.

We pray for comfort for those who mourn. We hold before you
those who have lost their homes,
those who have lost their communities,
those who have lost their families.
We grieve with them and long to reach out to them to bring
your healing comfort.

We pray for peace, O God. We pray that those who bring war
will change their ways and beat their swords into plowshares.
We pray for meaningful reconciliation in broken communities
where hate is sown in the soil of prejudice and watered by our

We pray for courage and wisdom as we look for ways to be
your agents of comfort and peace in a world that needs your
holy and healing touch. We pray this in the name of Jesus.

Scripture: Strangers Among Us

These verses are a sample of the ones in Refugee Highway’s sermon “The Consistent God”.

Deuteronomy 10:17-18 (NLT) ; 申 命 記 10:17-18 (CUVS)

“For the Lord your God is the God of gods and Lord of lords. He is the great God, the mighty and awesome God, who shows no partiality and cannot be bribed. He ensures that orphans and widows receive justice. He shows love to the foreigners living among you and gives them food and clothing.

17 因 为 耶 和 华 ─ 你 们 的 神 ─ 他 是 万 神 之 神 , 万 主 之 主 , 至 大 的 神 , 大 有 能 力 , 大 而 可 畏 , 不 以 貌 取 人 , 也 不 受 贿 赂 。

18 他 为 孤 儿 寡 妇 伸 冤 , 又 怜 爱 寄 居 的 , 赐 给 他 衣 食

Leviticus 19:33-34 (NLT) ; 利 未 記 19:33-34 (CUVS)

“Do not take advantage of foreigners who live among you in your land. Treat them like native-born Israelites, and love them as you love yourself. Remember that you were once foreigners living in the land of Egypt. I am the Lord your God.

33 若 有 外 人 在 你 们 国 中 和 你 同 居 , 就 不 可 欺 负 他 。

34 和 你 们 同 居 的 外 人 , 你 们 要 看 他 如 本 地 人 一 样 , 并 要 爱 他 如 己 , 因 为 你 们 在 埃 及 地 也 作 过 寄 居 的 。 我 是 耶 和 华 ─ 你 们 的 神 。

Galatians 2:10 (NLT) ; 加 拉 太 書 2:10 (CUVS)

10 Their only suggestion was that we keep on helping the poor, which I have always been eager to do.

10 只 是 愿 意 我 们 记 念 穷 人 ; 这 也 是 我 本 来 热 心 去 行 的 。

Spiritual Disciplines:

Pastor Ryan’s videos are available for viewing throughout the week on our YouTube Channel. But if you would like to watch them now, here is his new video on the Spiritual Discipline of Worship. The videos are also available on our Sermon page.

Closing Song:

It is Well With My Soul – by Acapelridge


Amazing Grace from Around the World

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

  • 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!
  • Sharon is working in her home office now. You can contact her at the office email or at home. Pastor Ryan and the deacons are also available.
  • 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!

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