Advent Word, Day 10 ‘be’

Day 10 #be #陪伴 Tuesday December 6

‘People in trauma need our presence and our prayer rather than our preaching. We will bear a much more comforting witness to someone facing deep loss by simply being with them, and in so doing, representing God Emmanuel – God with us – by our being with them. Not by our words, but by our presence’.

心理創傷的人不需要我們說教,卻需要我們陪伴和代禱。透過單純的陪伴,也能讓一個身陷絕境、苦楚不堪的人得到許多安慰。這種做法,正如同上帝的「以馬內利」(就是「神與我們同在」的意思)—-我們彼此陪伴,不是單靠嘴巴說說,乃是真心相陪、真實做伴!

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Photo taken at the Juming Museum 朱銘美術館

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Advent Church Community English Class ~ ah, Monday afternoons are such fun!

Today was our get-together ‘Happy Ending’ lunch to mark the end of another wonderful semester of Community English Class at Advent Church ~ and what a great lunch it was! Thanks to all who came and all who worked so hard to make such delicious food!  Here we all are, including specially invited guests, Rev. Lennon Chang and his wife, and Mr. Jiang’s brother and his wife, who is the former minister at Sanzhi Presbyterian Church ~ but minus 3 of our regular group who didn’t quite get here in time for the group photo!

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In case you’re wondering what goes on in our English classes ~ we have discussion on a topic and then Bible Story (currently working our way through Luke’s Gospel) for the first hour.  It’s a community class, and several of the students are unfamiliar with Bible stories, so one of our very lovely students who’s in our church choir spends a lot of her free time to get them involved – often in a dramatic presentation.  Then for the last 30 minutes we have a fun drama session, where students take responsibility for a week in turn – to set up a shop or beauty parlour or vet’s or doctor’s surgery.  Sometimes the grandchildren are even visiting from overseas and come along too ~ ah, it’s such a laugh!

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Thanks to everyone for your support, and to all our group for their great enthusiasm and willing participation.  Please do keep us in your prayers ~ and now we’re looking forward to the next semester ~ YES!

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Advent Word, Day 9 ‘commit’

Day 9 #commit #決志 Monday December 5

‘In Advent, reflect on a commitment you are considering accepting, or a commitment that needs renewing. In building the house of your life on the rock of God’s committed love, you may discover that you are called to commit; that you cannot claim the Life that God desires for you without it’.

降臨節期,你對於考慮接受的職務,或需要更新的決志,應加以反省。在上帝所應允「愛的磐石」上建造「生命之屋」,你也許發現,蒙主呼召,你正要決志。若無任何決志,實在無權要求上帝想賜予的那種「生命」啊!

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Coming soon: the most amazing Rev. and Mrs. Hsu about to celebrate their 70 years of marriage, a Platinum Anniversary.  Congratulations!  That’s real commitment!

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Advent Word, Day 8 ‘touch’

Day 8 #touch #觸摸 Second Sunday of Advent, Sunday December 4

‘As followers of Jesus, our responsibility is to listen for those calling out to us, and to respond in love by reaching out and touching the untouchable, reminding them by word and deed of their sacred identity’.

身為耶穌的信徒,我們的責任是聽取那呼求的聲音,並用愛心伸出援手,觸摸那不可捉摸的心靈,以他們神聖身分的言行來提醒他們。

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Part of the Taichi Sculpture Series at the Juming Museum 朱銘美術館

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Advent Word, Day 7 ‘play’

Day 7 #play #扮演 Saturday December 3

‘Our Society’s rule states that “as our faith matures we come to recognize Christ’s hidden presence everywhere.” That’s because a maturing faith is paradoxically childlike. It is marked by openness to new ideas, points of view, and experiences, all of which enable us to see again our God, who knows neither time, nor place, nor limitation’.

我們的社會有一種說法:「當我們信仰成熟時,就能看出基督隱身各地,無所不在。」之所以如此說,是因為成熟的信仰,恰好就像尚未長大的孩子,有開放的心,易於接受新概念、新觀點、新體驗,而這些都使我們更容易與主重逢,遇見那不受時空限制的上帝。

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Water Bamboo 茭白筍 grows everywhere in Sanzhi 三芝 and fun Water Bamboo people are everywhere too!

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Advent Word, Day 6 ‘light’

Day 6 #Light #顯明 Friday December 2

‘We will be a more luminous epiphany of the love of Christ not only when we love, but when we recognize Christ present in the loving hearts of others, whatever their beliefs or understanding of God’.

自己心中有愛時,固然能顯明基督的愛,就是看出別人充滿愛心,儼然有基督同在的時候(無論其信仰為何、對上帝認識有多少),我們依然可以彰顯基督的愛,藉以榮神益人。

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Dr. Peter H. C. Ay, President of St. John’s University lights the first candle of this year’s Advent Wreath.

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Advent Word, Day 5 ‘proclaim’

Day 5 #proclaim #宣告 Thursday December 1

‘The gospel Jesus proclaims is that in God’s economy everyone will be fed, but we have to be willing to share from the riches that God has given us. In order to do that we have to stop and recognize the goodness that God has given us in our lives’.

耶穌所宣告的福音是,在神的經綸中,每個人都能得到足夠的餵養,只是,我們必須樂意分享從神而來的財富。為了實現此理想,你我必須停下腳步,看清楚神在我們的生命中所賦予的美善。

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Proclaim the Good News, today is Advent Calendar Day One ~ let the countdown begin!
Christmas is coming!

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