4 December 2016
Thanks for coming along to church today. At St Andrew’s, we want to welcome everyone; Christian believers, those seeking faith, skeptics, all who are looking for a spiritual home in Hong Kong. At each Sunday service we seek to learn more about the truths of God from the Bible, and encourage one another in our faith in Jesus. If you’re new, come along to the red welcome table in the north entrance foyer after the service. We’d love to be able to meet you, welcome you personally, and answer any of your questions.
Church Missionary Society Australia
For St Andrew’s Mission Spot this month we highlight our International Partner: Church Missionary Society Australia (CMS A) CMS began humbly in 1799 in England by a small group of Anglican evangelicals with a passion for worldwide gospel outreach, including John Newton, who wrote Amazing Grace, and William Wilberforce, who was a leader in abolishing the slave trade in England. Since then, God has been at work through men and women with courage and vision, who grasped opportunities to make the gospel known around the world. In fact, more than 1500 Australians have served with CMS. Currently there are over 200 long-term workers serving in strategic ministries to reach people for Christ. Alex and Megan and Ian and Narelle are currently linked with CMS as were the Firths and John and Janelle whilst they were working here in Hong Kong. CMS takes special care in training their missionaries for cross-culture work as well as supporting them on the field. CMS also has a team of International Partners with whom they work, such as St Andrew’s Church and as well as other churches and Dioceses, schools, universities and Christian organisations, in more than 35 countries around the world. Please pray for CMS • Thank God for the many years of faithful Christian Service and the many lives that have been changed for Christ. • Thank God for St Andrews’ and CMS’ long term partnership in the gospel for the world. • Pray for more people to be willing to leave their comfort zone and share the gospel of Christ cross culturally. • Pray for CMS leaders; for wisdom and strategic thinking and for missionaries; safety, language skill and for Christ to be made known through their work, living and family life. Rev Ian Hadfield Associate Minister
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TODAY THANKSGIVING GIFT DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR APPEAL
In response to St Andrew’s 110th Annversary, a 5pm Growth Group has generously offered to match donations for every dollar up to $350,000 for the 110th Anniversary Thanksgiving Gift. The appeal is opened until Today (4 December). To participate, simply give your donations in an envelope marked “Dollar for Dollar”, or note on the back of the cheque “Dollar for Dollar Appeal”. Alternatively you can transfer money to “St Andrew’s Church Vision Fund” Hang Seng Bank account no. 228-219002-002 and inform the church office at email@example.com for a receipt.
GOD BLESS THE ABAK FAMILY
We give thank to God for Kamjoo & Sima ABAK, Ida, Aryan who have been with us for 4 years. They came to Hong Kong as asylum seekers. Today we farewell them as they have been given the refugees status and visas to be resettled in Australia this week. We pray for them as they start a new life and may God’s richest blessings be upon the family. We want to collect a farewell gift for them to buy air tickets and to help their resettlement. Please give BY TODAY and mark your gift “to Abak family”.
MONTHLY CHURCH PRAYER MEETING
Let’s join together to pray for our Church, our city, and our world. Tomorrow (Monday), 7:30 - 8:30pm
DEC A FAMILY ADVENT BOOK
With daily readings, published by a St Andrew’s Church member and illustration by Megan McCoy is on sale at the bookstore again! A great Christmas gift for children.
We need lots of welcomers for our Christmas Services. Can you help? Please sign up at the Hub or online www.standrews.org.hk.
Beautifully handmade CHRISTMAS CARDS are available this Sunday at the bookstall. They go very fast, get some today!
14 JAN ST ANDREW’S CHURCH 110TH ANNIVERSARY THANKSGIVING CONCERT Saturday, 7:30-9:30pm
Life Centre Auditorium
Suggested donation for a seat at HK$5,000, HK$3,000, HK$1,000, HK$500, HK$300. All donation received will be matched by a donor. Give and get tickets online from the Church website from 7 December or at the HUB next Sunday.
Bible Reading 1 PETER 4:1-19 4:1
Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body has finished with sin. 2 As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. 3 For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do – living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. 4 They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you. 5 But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. 6 For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to human standards in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit. 7
The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. 8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. 12
Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 15 If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. 16 However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. 17 For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 And,
‘If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?’
So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.
Living with hostility - 1 Peter 4:1-19
Living with confidence - 1 Peter 5:1-14
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