教堂重新開放計劃 Reopening Plan for In-Person Services

教牧團隊致各會眾的信息
2020年7月19日

親愛的弟兄姐妹:

在新冠病毒蔓延,嚴重影響人們的生計、甚至奪取許多人生命之際,我與你們一樣,心裡充滿憂傷。

在幾個月前,牧長團開始討論教會會堂重啟計劃。從一開始,牧長團達成共識,我們教會要依據政府的指導而行。若有什麼限制措施,也必須遵守。當教堂實體聚會的禁令解除時,我們欣喜萬分,牧長團與執委會一起積極、熱切地展開準備工作,期待我們可以相聚一堂,敬拜我們的主耶穌。

許多同工傾注了大量的精力於網上直播和實體測試聚會。

過去的兩週,我的心靈歡欣鼓舞:萬分感謝同工們的努力和弟兄姐妹的參與。儘管我們前面的進程都還不確定,但深信你們的付出絕不會徒然無功。你們忠心的服事,就是在澆灌那芥菜種子般大小的信心,假以時日,必發芽生長,結出累累果實。

令人失望的是,政府再次宣布關門實體聚會,但是,我們對主耶穌的敬拜沒有受限,也不會受限。是的,再次宣布關門實體聚會是令人失望的,但是,我們的神大過我們的失望;在我們裡面的主耶穌也必定勝過我們外面的處境。同時,我們眼前這艱難的處境,可以幫助我們體會世界各處那些地下教會經歷的更大的艱難。那些冒著生命危險敬拜耶穌的人,成為我們眼前雲彩般的見證。神藉著他們這樣的人,激勵我們振作起來:
【加拉太書6:9】 我們行善,不可喪志;若不灰心,到了時候就要收成。

本週主日,我們又回到網絡虛擬聚會。讓我們同心禱告,求聖靈更新我們的靈命。如四通八達的網絡連接著我們各家各戶的電腦終端,我們懇請無處不在的聖靈把我們連接在一起,並運行在我們的生命之中。

【約翰福音7:37-39】節期的末日,就是最大之日,耶穌站著高聲說:「人若渴了,可以到我這裡來喝。 信我的人就如經上所說:從他腹中要流出活水的江河來。耶穌這話是指著信他之人要受聖靈說的。那時還沒有賜下聖靈來,因為耶穌尚未得著榮耀。

感謝主、讚美神!
Curtis 牧師

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Dear Brothers and Sisters,

With you, my heart is saddened that the Covid-19 is spreading more, taking lives and livelihood away from so many people.

When the Pastoral Team first met (months ago) to discuss and decide what we would do in regards to in-person worship, we all agreed that unless the government were to tell us we could not do what God’s Word tells us to do, we would follow their guidance. When the restrictions were enacted, we followed them. But when the churches were allowed to reopen we were so glad and the PT along with the EB were eager to find ways to safely reopen so that we could gather together in fellowship to worship our Lord Jesus.

So much hard work has been poured into the Live-streams by many people (Thank you to all who have done this); and also even more people joined to help us plan the beta-reopening. The past two weeks have lifted my spirit when I see brothers and sisters in the sanctuary. I am also thankful for the fruit of all your efforts which include a good number of people through the live-stream. Though we keep facing ups and downs and uncertainties, I am confident that nothing has been wasted; every step of faith, even the size of mustard seed is still being watered by your faithful loving service.

Though the renewed lock down of churches is disappointing, it does not restrict us from worshiping our Lord Jesus. Again, I am disappointed that this is the current law of our state, but I know that God is much much greater and that Christ in us is prevailing. As hard as it is for us, we can only imagine how much more challenging it is for the underground church around the world, where they worship God at the risk of their own lives. Yet, they are our great example of undying faith even in the face of suffering and death. God and they encourage us all to keep up the good work, and not be too weary:

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Gal 6:9

This Sunday, though we will return to the virtual only format for worship, let us pray for a renewed Spirit in our live-stream, may we pray that the Living Stream of the Holy Spirit will flow and overflow through our lives and through us:

“If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” By this he meant the Spirit, – John 7:37-39 NIV

Praise God for His faithfulness.

Curtis Lowe
Lead Pastor, English Ministry, CCCTO
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