2015年4月18日 星期六

The First "English Group" at St. James'

#2015-0418

Praise the Lord! We started a new "small/cell group" at our church, St. James' Church.

In the previous vestry meeting, it was discussed and "suggested" that an "English" group be set up by some people from the English-speaking congregation. There had been several cell-groups here at St. James', such as 飛揚小組 (The Soaring Group), 二四八小組 (The Two-Four-Eight Group), 活水小組 (The Living-Water Group), 以斯帖小組 (Esther's Group), etc., but all of them were "Chinese-speaking" groups, whose members are mostly from the Chinese congregation. So, the members of the vestry thought it good to organize a new cell-group or two that have something to do with English.

Now the first "English Group" (英文小組) has been formed at St. James'. Yesterday evening we had our first meeting, starting at 7:30 p.m. We met, and will continue to meet, on Friday evening in the room/space where we usually have our Coffee Hour right after the English service on Sunday. -- Well, those who would like to practice English in (or by) Bible Studies, please don't hesitate to contact me, Jerry Liang, either by email or by phone! [Cell-phone: 0933-503537; email address: mookoo.liang@yahoo.com.tw] Praise the Lord!


2015年4月5日 星期日

復活夜 -- The Great Vigil of Easter, 2015

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During the service of the Great Vigil of Easter, the Rev. Charles Chen, rector emeritus at St. James' Church, in Taichung City, preached a sermon which was entitled "Renounce and Promise" and can be outlined as follows:


陳金地牧師今年 (2015) 復活夜於台中聖雅各堂講道,以「棄絕和承諾」為題,其內容[講道大綱]摘錄如下:

一、前言 -- Introduction
二、棄絕什麼? -- What have we agreed to renounce?
  (1) 邪靈的力量(會使人背叛上帝)
    -- The spiritual forces of wickedness (that will rebel against God)
  (2) 屬世的惡勢力(會敗壞受造物)
    -- The evil powers of this world (which will corrupt the creatures of God)
  (3) 邪情私欲(會使人離開上帝)
    -- All sinful desires (that will draw us from the love of God)
三、承諾什麼? -- What have we promised?
  (1) 歸向基督(救主)
    -- Turn to Jesus Christ (He is the Savior)
  (2) 信賴上帝(有恩典、有慈愛)
    -- Put your whole trust in God (He is the grace and love)
  (3) 跟隨服從(我的主)
    -- Follow and obey (He is my Lord)
四、結語 -- Conclusion


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照片轉載自 Facebook 由賴冠宏弟兄拍攝及上傳分享。
The following photos were taken on April 4, 2015 
and shared immediately by Guan-Hong Lai, 
who is working at St. James' Church.