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本堂主日崇拜程序Order of Sunday Worship

08/17/2014

宣召

Call to Worship

領會

Worship Leader

*讚美詩

Song of Praise

#22祢真偉大

How Great Thou Art

領會

Worship Leader

*禱告

Invocation

領會

Worship Leader

讀經

Scripture Reading

雅各1: 12 - 27

James 1: 12 - 27

領會

Worship Leader

敬拜詩歌

Worship Hymn

邱淑靜姊妹

Sis. Shu-Ching Lin

信息

Message

蒙福之路

The Blessed Way

梁坤儀傳道

Minister Mary Leung

*回應詩歌

Responsive Hymn

#554耶穌我來

Jesus, I Come

領會

Worship Leader

歡迎與報告

Welcome & Anno.

領會

Worship Leader

*祝禱/殿樂

Benediction

梁坤儀傳道

Minister Mary Leung

*會眾請站立Congregation Standing

金句: 唯有詳細察看那使人自由的全備的律法,並且時常遵守的人,他不是聽了就忘記,而是實行出來,就必因自己所作的蒙福。(雅各1: 25      新譯本

Key Verse:  James 1: 25

領會﹕ 弟兄

Worship Leader: Bro. Hao Fang

司琴﹕邱雅倩姊妹

Pianist: Sis. Jessie Wu

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Weekly Bulletin

進入大堂,請安靜入座並關上

手機,預備心敬拜神

本堂報告事項

1. 月主題:禱告的爭戰

2. 姊妹禱告退修會8/23日週六上午十一時至下午二時,在美聖堂舉行,請預備心參加。

3. 本堂事工協調會8/24日主日崇拜後1230分,在體育館樓上舉行,請同工們參加。備有午餐。

4. 聯合禱告會暨同工會8/27日週三晚上730分,在本堂舉行。先禱告會後召開同工會,議程﹕設立一個特別基金支持吳大容姐妹(Lydia Wu),接受裝備去參與New Tribes 宣教。

5. 美聖堂AWANA兒童節目開學日9/5日週五晚上745分開始進行,730分注冊報到,邀請三歲到六年級孩子參加,詳情請看今日夾頁。歡迎邀請新朋友參加。

6. 多餘家俱送新生﹕若您家中有床,桌椅,書桌,書架,廚房用品可送新生,請與素琴聯絡。謝謝!

7. 北美華神延伸制輔導課程﹕第二門課﹕自我認識與全人發展10/23-26日,在辛城教會美聖堂舉行,歡迎報名參加。教師﹕劉懷中博士。本堂請向蘇欣弘弟兄報名。報名單在進口桌上。每人學費﹕100元。

After entering the Sanctuary, please quietly be seated and turn off your cell

phone to prepare your heart for Worship

Announcements

1. This month’s theme: The Wrestle of Prayer

2. Sisters Prayer Retreat: will meet on Sat., 8/23, 11 am to 2 pm at Mason. Please prepare yourself to attend.

3. Compton Ministry Coordination Meeting: after Worship Service on Sun., 8/24, 12:30 pm at Upper Room of Gym. Coworkers please attend. Lunch will be provided.

4. Combined Prayer and Coworkers Meeting: Wed. 8/27, 7:30 pm at Compton. First prayer then coworkers meeting. Topic: establish an account to support Lydia Wu for her training at New Tribes Missions

5. AWANA Children’s Program: will begin on Fri. 9/5, 7:45 pm at Mason. Arrive at 7:30 to register for attendance. 3yrs old to 6th graders are invited to attend. Please see details in today’s insert. Welcome to invite new friends to attend.

6. Surplus Furniture: if you have a bed, table, book shelf, or kitchen supplies that you can give a new student, please contact Amy Tang. Thanks!

7. Continued Counseling course from CESNA: The 2nd Course: “Self knowledge with developing the complete person” will be on 10/23- 10/26, CCC at Mason. Welcome to register and attend. Taught by Scott Liu, PhD. Tuition: $100 per student. Please register with Bro. Paul Su. Registration forms are located on the table at the entrance.

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絕對與相對

  你,惟獨你是耶和華!

」(尼96

  有一次,齧缺去問王倪說﹕「你知道萬物有共同的標準嗎?」王倪回答﹕「我怎麼知道呢?」齧缺有些失望。王倪又說﹕「你何必失望呢?我的不知就是知,我的知也可能是不知。你看,人睡在潮濕的地方,結果得關節炎而死;泥鰍就不會。人爬到高樹上就害怕,猴子就不會。人,泥鰍,猴子住的地方都不一樣,那個才是標準呢?人喜歡吃肉,鹿喜歡吃草,蜈蚣喜歡吃蛇,烏鴉喜歡吃老鼠,誰的口味算是標準呢?」

  這世上有許多東西都是相對的,例如個人的口味;北方人喜歡吃麵食,南方人喜歡吃米飯。不可能去強迫別人要和你一樣。但是也有許多事情是絕對的,例如人總要吃點東西,該吃東西的時候就一定得有東西可吃。怎樣分辨絕對的和相對的,這就是智慧。

  神是絕對的,因為沒有比祂更有權威的。那基督徒可不可以有自己的選擇呢?如果都是神的安排,人豈不是沒有自由?這是誤解了神的絕對性。神的絕對不是限制人的自由,而是保障人的自由。因為沒有絕對的相對就是不相對;正如沒有限制的自由就是不自由。在街上如果沒有限制的交通規則,大家隨便高興想怎麼開車就怎麼開,最後一定造成混亂,誰也動不了。社會沒有絕對的法律,都要像歐巴瑪總統一樣有相對的特權,那社會一定大亂,毫無法紀。相對的存在,乃是基于絕對的必要。如果是絕對的,大家都應當服從。

  在倫理學上有一種原則,叫作「處境倫理」,就是「愛是唯一的原則」。什麼情況都要以愛作決定的標準。好比他們認為應當讓偷渡來的年輕人都留下,因為出于愛。但是神不但有愛,也有公義。愛和公義本質上都是絕對的,但放在一起就是相對的。怎樣去平衡兩者,那就是要求告神的智慧了。

 Absolute and Relative

  “You alone are the Lord!” (Nehemiah, 9:6)

  Once upon a time, Nieque asked Wangli: “Did you know that there is an absolute standard for everything?” Mr. Wang answered: “How should I know?”  Nieque was disappointed.  Later, Wangli asked: “Why are you disappointed?  Even though, I don’t know what it is, I may know, what I don’t know.  You see, when people live in damp place, they get arthritis and die.  While loaches live in the same place and won’t be hurt.  When a person climbs a high treetop, they may be scared, but a monkey won’t.  People, loaches, and monkeys all live in different places, what is the standard?  People like to eat meat, deer like to eat grass, centipedes like to eat snake, crow like to eat rats, which food is the standard?”

   There are lots of things are relatively in this world.  For example, people that live in the Northern China like to eat pasta, people live in Southern China like to eat rice.  We cannot force others to be like us. However, there are many things that are absolute, for example, everyone needs to eat.  When people are hungry, they will start looking for food.  How then do we distinguish between what is absolute and what is relative requires wisdom.

   God is absolute, because there is no higher authority. Do Christians have their own choice?  If everything is arranged by God, how can people have freedom?  This is a misunderstanding of the absoluteness of God.  God is absolute and does not restrict people’s freedom, but protects it.  Without the absolute, absoluteness becomes relative.  Just as freedom without restrictions is not freedom.  If there are no traffic laws, everyone drives the way they want, then it will become chaos and nobody will be able to move.  If a society has no absolute laws, anyone can have relative power of not obeying the laws, just like President Obama, and then what good are laws for?  Society would be in chaos with no respect for law.  The existence of relative is based on the existence of the absolute.  If there is an absolute, then everyone would need to obey.

  In ethics, there is a principle of “situational ethics”, which only considers love as the principle of ethics. Everything has to be measured by love.  For the sake of love, all illegal immigrant youth should be granted a stay, because of love.  However, God is both love and justice. The essence of love and righteousness are absolute.  But combining them together will make them relative.  How do we balance love and righteousness?  We need the wisdom from God through prayer.

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