Dear RG Family,
The recent untimely and unexpected deaths that have happened to family members in RG has reminded me again just how fragile life is. We are not guaranteed another year of life, another day, or even another heartbeat. We do not know when our time on earth will come to an end. Only God knows that.
That's the reason it is so important to live our lives in ways that cause us to value the eternal unseen things in life, which will never pass away, rather than spending our time on worldly things, the things that are seen in this life, which will pass away.
Death causes us to think about our own vulnerability, and whether or not we are ready to face our Creator at any given time.
That will be the theme of my sermon on Sunday. Andrew will be leading the worship team and songs. Our worship service will start at noon and will be followed by our fellowship lunch.
There are several special events coming up in the next few weeks. On Sunday January 29th, (Day 2 of Chinese New Year) guests from the organization of which Michael is the director (CEO) will be sharing in our Sunday service. They will lead the worship songs and share testimonies. We'll also learn more about the service that is done by the organization.
In the afternoon of the 29th, we will have the movie of the month. It is called "The Good Lie". You can watch the film trailer here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2X1zZIGtmE.
On day Monday, Jan. 30th, (day 3 of Chinese New Year) we will plan an outing... a hike and picnic / barbecue. Details will come soon about that. While we know most local Chinese are busy with family and relatives during CNY, for our non-Chinese brothers and sisters, who have no relatives here, we like to plan an activity.
February 12th is the HKEC anniversary joint worship service. There will be no service at RiverGrace that Day. We will join people from the other 20 HKEC churches for a time of worship and celebration. If you have not signed up, please do so by this coming Sunday or inform me, Pastor Dave, that you want to go.
If you are thinking about being baptized this coming Spring, please let one of the pastors know so we can arrange that.
Cindy and I will be joining our other colleagues for a retreat from January 19 to the 28th. So we will not be available during that time except by electronic means, providing we have a stable internet connection.. Pastor Tommy, will once again fill in for us during that time.
Please continue to remember P. Irma as she completes her time in the Philippines. Especially remember her as she'll be sharing a sermon on January 22 in one of the churches there. Pray that God would use her in a powerful way. She will return to Hong Kong on January 27th.
Lineup for this coming Sunday, January 15, 2017
- 10:00am - Worship team practice - Andrew
- 11:00am - Pre-service prayer
- 12:00pm - Worship Service - P. Dave
- 1:45pm - Fellowship lunch
Activities this coming week...
- Wednesday, January 18
11:00am - Wednesday Morning Fellowship
(No Life Group due to the deacon's meeting)
- Sunday, January 22 - 12:00pm worship service - P. Tommy
Jan. 29 - special guests from Michael's organization
Jan. 30 - outing barbecue / picnic
Feb. 12 - HKEC anniversary service at Mongkok
Love and blessings,