2021 Advent Reading – Hope for the World: Advent with John Wesley

Day 1 – Wednesday – 1 December 2021

What is the meaning of Advent and why do we celebrate it?

Matthew 24:42-44

 42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.

Reflection by the St Cyril of Alexandria – THE TWOFOLD COMING OF CHRIST

Let’s listen to the homily of one of the most celebrated Church Fathers in Christendom, St Cyril of Alexandria. He explains the twofold coming of Christ in the most succinct and concise way.

We do not preach only one coming of Christ, but a second as well, much more glorious than the first. The first coming was marked by patience; the second will bring the crown of a divine kingdom.

At the first coming he was wrapped in swaddling clothes in a manger. At his second coming he will be clothed in light as in a garment. In the first coming he endured the cross, despising the shame; in the second coming he will be in glory, escorted by an army of angels.

We look then beyond the first coming and await the second. At the first coming we said: Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. At the second we shall say it again; we shall go out with the angels to meet the Lord and cry out in adoration: Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

The Saviour will not come to be judged again, but to judge those by whom he was judged. At his own judgement he was silent; then he will address those who committed the outrages against him when they crucified him and will remind them: You did these things, and I was silent.

His first coming was to fulfil his plan of love, to teach men by gentle persuasion. This time, whether men like it or not, they will be subjects of his kingdom by necessity.

Our Lord Jesus Christ will therefore come from heaven. He will come at the end of the world, in glory, at the last day. For there will be an end to this world, and the created world will be made new.

Important Announcement: In-Person Meetings after Lockdown

通告:《救恩堂》实体聚会的安排

有关应对疫情的所有措施,务必以新南威尔士州政府的规定为大前提。】

至今新州政府还未针对“解封后”的“宗教场所/群体”之实际的运作情况作进一步的交代,经由执事会议讨论并议决,本教会在此情况底下所抱持的立场如下:

1、救恩堂诚邀所有肢体在“解封后”都一起回来参加实体的聚会(无论接种疫苗与否,一律欢迎),让我们继续连于主的爱中,彼此接纳、扶持,同奔天路。

2、救恩堂致力于响应政府疫苗接种的计划,鼓励肢体在没有其他合理的因素下(如健康考量)应当尽力配合并顺从在上掌权者,以达至利己利人的目的。

3、凡是参与救恩堂群体聚会的肢体,务必携带口罩,方得进入会场,并随时留意,保持适当的社交距离。

4、任何人都务必扫描“二维码”,以方便日后信息的追踪与跟进。

The policies adopted by CMC on combating COVID-19 follow the regulations and recommendations of the NSW government.

The government announced that the State will start to reopen once we reach the 70% people double vaccination target. For churches and places of worship, we can meet in person, subject to 1 person per 4sqm rule, with no singing. In transitioning from the lockdown, the NSW government has not made any clear rules for religious bodies and communities if everyone is not fully vaccinated. Under this uncertainty, the LCEC at CMC has decided the following arrangements after careful consideration:

  1. CMC welcomes everybody in the congregations to participate Sunday services and gatherings in-person at the conclusion of the lockdown. This welcome is extended to anyone regardless you are fully vaccinated.  Our intention has always been including all brothers and sisters in Christ. In His love we will accept and minister to each other in this spiritual journey;
  2. CMC endorses the State government’s recommendation of receiving the COVID vaccine. Unless you have sound medical reasons or special considerations, we encourage our congregations to get vaccinated as recommend by the government whose authority has been established by Christ. We believe the vaccine serves good both to ourselves and other people;
  3. When you come in to church for gathering, it is mandatory that you put on a face mask, observe social distancing and no singing;
  4. It is also mandatory for everyone to register your entrance by scanning the QR code. This will help the authority to track and communicate with people when necessary.

We will review the arrangement as the government provides more guidance.

CMC English Bulletin – 16/01/2022

Sunday Service

Our Fellowship Groups

REEF Group (for high school students)Friday night 7:15pm
CORE Group (for university students and young workers)Wednesday night: 7:30pm
ECG (for adults and others)Wednesday fortnightly: 7:30pm

Announcements

  1. Warmly welcome any new comer who joins our service today. Please fill in the New Comer card so that we can keep in touch with you.
  2. Sunday Services In-Person and Online: The Sunday Service will be conducted in-person as well as via Zoom, until further notice. We encourage everyone to join the worship in-person. For those who are not feeling well can stay home and worship via Zoom. English Meeting ID: 814 7295 3496, Passcode 383 711.
  3. Chinese New Year Evangelistic Night (22/1/2022 Sat 7pm in Mandarin): Invite your family and friends to celebrate this important festival filled with praise and worship to the God of Chinese. Since this event is done in Zoom, it is a good opportunity to invite people from overseas to celebrate together and to hear the gospel of hope.
  4. Rev Tang’s Annual Leave 17/01 to 5/02: Rev Tang will be on leave during this period. Please contact Ps Philip Ng or Lay Leader Ik Ling for any church matters.
  5. Day off of our Ministers: Every Wednesday will be the scheduled day-off for Rev Tang, and Thursday for Ps Philip Ng. Please avoid contacting them on these days to give them rest.
  6. LAMM courses 2022: The first course offered is Wesleyan Theology in Mandarin starting on 19/2/2022 for 4 sessions. Refer to the flyer for registration information.

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Responsive Reading: Psalm 120

A song of ascents.

I call on the Lord in my distress,
    and he answers me.
Save me, Lord,
    from lying lips
    and from deceitful tongues.

What will he do to you,
    and what more besides,
    you deceitful tongue?
He will punish you with a warrior’s sharp arrows,
    with burning coals of the broom bush.

Woe to me that I dwell in Meshek,
    that I live among the tents of Kedar!
Too long have I lived
    among those who hate peace.
I am for peace;
    but when I speak, they are for war.

Sermon

Title: Pastor’s Passion: Discipleship – Great Commission

Speaker: Ps Philip Ng

Bible Passage: Matt 28:16-20