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 – 3/07/2022

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 newcomer who joins our service today. Please fill in the Newcomer card so that we can keep in touch with you.
  2. Mission Seminar (1:30PM 10/07 in-person and Zoom) – Dr Gregg Okesson from Asbury Theological Seminary, USA will be conducting a seminar at church. Topic is ‘Understanding the Holistic Mission of the Church’. This is a rare opportunity to hear directly from this world-renown writer and practitioner of missiology. Dr. Okesson is currently the Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs of the Asbury Theological Seminary (https://asburyseminary.edu/faculty/gregg-okesson/). Please come along the English service and stay for the seminar afterwards. The seminar will also be broadcasted in Zoom: ID 814 7295 3496, Passcode 383711
  1. Japan Digital Mission Trip – English (9-13/07 Online) – Please keep the team and the attendees in Japan in prayer as they meet and share Australian culture in this digital setting. As much as the team seeks for smooth running of the event, they also need the wisdom from God to bring out His gospel message to His creation in Japan.
  2. Pastor Philip on leave (22/06 to 7/07) – Please keep him in prayer as he recharges and renews his strength in the Lord. Contact either Rev Tang or sister Betsy for any urgent pastoral matters during this time.
  3. Bible Quiz (30/07 Sat 7:30PM) – Praise the Lord that we can conduct the quiz this year. Join a fellowship group now if you have not done so to participate in this fun event. The Quiz will be on the book of Exodus.
  4. CMC Coffee Club (NOW OPEN 10:15AM Sunday): Come early to enjoy fellowship with others over a cup of coffee or espresso. Put in your order early before the coffee bar closes at 10:50AM.
  1. Ministries at CMC: Come join us and have fellowship

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Responsive Reading: Psalm 143

A psalm of David.

Lord, hear my prayer,
    listen to my cry for mercy;
in your faithfulness and righteousness
    come to my relief.
Do not bring your servant into judgment,
    for no one living is righteous before you.
The enemy pursues me,
    he crushes me to the ground;
he makes me dwell in the darkness
    like those long dead.
So my spirit grows faint within me;
    my heart within me is dismayed.
I remember the days of long ago;
    I meditate on all your works
    and consider what your hands have done.
I spread out my hands to you;
    I thirst for you like a parched land.

Answer me quickly, Lord;
    my spirit fails.
Do not hide your face from me
    or I will be like those who go down to the pit.
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
    for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
    for to you I entrust my life.
Rescue me from my enemies, Lord,
    for I hide myself in you.
10 Teach me to do your will,
    for you are my God;
may your good Spirit
    lead me on level ground.

11 For your name’s sake, Lord, preserve my life;
    in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble.
12 In your unfailing love, silence my enemies;
    destroy all my foes,
    for I am your servant.

Sermon

Title: Exodus 19-24

Speaker: Rev. Moussa Ghazal

Bible Passage: Exodus 19-24