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.
ST ANDREW’S FOR WHOM? Have you ever wondered who the church exists for? Two quotes have always stuck with me from my time at seminary. Firstly, Dietrich Bonhoeffer said that ‘The Church is the Church only when it exists for others...not dominating, but helping and serving. It must tell men of every calling what it means to live for Christ, to exist for others.’ Secondly, from former Archbishop of Canterbury, William Temple, who said ‘The Church is the only institution that exists primarily for the benefit of those who are not its members.’
21 APR WOMEN’S WALK AROUND THE PEAK For all women: come enjoy God’s glorious creation, light exercise and connecting with one another, followed by Tea and Treats afterwards at one of our members homes for those who can stay. We’ll meet at 10:30AM in the Peak Piazza by the fountain construction. 21 April, 10:30am - 12:30pm
I am proud to work for a church that exists for those outside itself. When I joined in 2008 our strapline was ‘Hong Kong for Christ, Christ for the world.’ One of the ways we give expression to this theology is by encouraging every member ministry in Christian service and evangelism. We also support twelve local and global partners and two missionary families in Asia with 12% of our annual budget, offering our space and sending members to volunteer. The agencies we support are: Ministry to the Poor: Care for the Disabled: Prison Ministry: Refugees: Minority Ministry: Persecuted Christians: Relief and Development: Training: Global Mission:
St Barnabas Society & Fuk Lam Church Home of Loving Faithfulness Kun Sun Christian Association Chungking Mansions Service Centre Inner City Ministries Christian Solidarity Worldwide Jian Hua Foundation & Cedar Fund Langham Foundation Church Missionary Society & OMF International
Our Council and Mission Committee believe this mix of organisations combine word ministry, evangelism and church planting with practical aspects of loving Christian service and social justice. At St Andrews, we exist not for ourselves but to love Hong Kong and the world so that others may know Christ and that the city may flourish. Perhaps you will join in helping us and get more involved in mission. Rev. Darren Pollock Associate Minister, Mission and Evangelism
22 APR WELCOME TEA FOR NEWCOMERS We have Welcome Tea after each morning service next Sunday. If you are new to St Andrew’s, we would love to meet you. Come and join us for some light refreshments. There is an optional lunch with the Hadfields after the 11.30am Welcome Tea. 22 April
Christian Centre covered area at 9.45am Prayer Room, LGF, Life Centre at 11am & 1pm
COURSES 12 APR - 17 MAY CHRISTIANITY EXPLORED This is an informal course for anyone who wants to explore what life is all about, what the essential message of Christianity is and why it matters. It gives you time and space to ask plenty of questions or just simply listen. The course goes for 6 sessions, plus a half-day retreat. You’ll get to meet lots of people who may have the same questions in life as you do. Don’t forget to bring your friends along! 12 Apr - 17 May, 7:30 - 9:30 pm
Both statements left me in no doubt that the church exists for the world and so that it may know and enjoy Christ.
Enquiries or Sign-ups? Please go to the North Lobby or church website
1/F Hall, Christian Centre
11 WEDNESDAYS, 2 MAY – 11 JULY SILVER CARE TRAINING PROGRAM
This is for the young olds who are over 50 and want to live well. You will be able to learn active ageing strategies in a practical way, and to use these skills and knowledge to serve others. The training program is run by professional trainers from HKSKH Welfare Council LEAD Professional Training Centre. Wednesdays from 2 May — 11 July (11 sessions) Details: standrews.org.hk/silver-care-program Contact Juliana Wong at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested to join. Places are limited.
2 MAY - 30 MAY PARENTING TEENAGER’S COURSE For parents of 11-18 year olds, the “Parenting Teenagers Course” is full of practical, tangible tools you can put into action right away! 5 Wednesday nights, 7:30-9:45pm, beginning 2 May 2018
Are you interested to find out more about... CHRISTIANITY
ST ANDREW’S CHURCH
JOINING A GROWTH GROUP
MIGRANT WORKERS MINISTRY
ST ANDREW’S CHURCH BUILDING
Alex McCOY, Vicar Ian HADFIELD, Associate Minister Sok Han YONG, Associate Minister Alistair GIBBS, Associate Minister Darren POLLOCK, Associate Minister
(Weekly Communion) 8:30am Early Morning Lord’s Supper 11:30am Putonghua Lord’s Supper LIFE CENTRE - AUDITORIUM (Lord’s Supper 2nd & 4th Sundays) 9:30am Mid Morning Church 11:30am Late Morning Church 5:00pm Evening Church
1/F YouthWorX Hall, Christian Centre HK$600 per person; HK$1,000 per couple Registration: standrews.org.hk/parenting-teen
Directors Juliana WONG, Community Relations Director Carol STRYDOM, Children’s Ministry Director Ryan RUDOLPH, Youth Ministry Director Evan BROWN, Creative Ministry Director
FACEBOOK You can also find us on social media.
www.standrews.org.hk 2367 1478 / email@example.com 138 Nathan Road, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Work is Tough - Genesis 3:17-19, 11:1-9
Genesis 3:17-19, 11:1-9 17
To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. 18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. 19 By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.”
Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. 2 As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there. 3
They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. 4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.” 5 But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower the people were building.6 The LORD said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.” 8
So the LORD scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. 9 That is why it was called Babel—because there the LORD confused the language of the whole world. From there the LORD scattered them over the face of the whole earth.
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15 April 2018