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’.
Photo taken at the Juming Museum 朱銘美術館
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!
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!
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!
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’.
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!
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’.
Part of the Taichi Sculpture Series at the Juming Museum 朱銘美術館
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’.
Water Bamboo 茭白筍 grows everywhere in Sanzhi 三芝 and fun Water Bamboo people are everywhere too!
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’.
Dr. Peter H. C. Ay, President of St. John’s University lights the first candle of this year’s Advent Wreath.
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’.
Proclaim the Good News, today is Advent Calendar Day One ~ let the countdown begin!
Christmas is coming!