CHRIST THE KING SERVICE: 24 Nov
On Sunday 24 November we will remember loved ones who have passed away, and celebrate the good news that Christ the King is Lord over life and death. Loved ones are never lost but are held in Christ’s eternal love. Please bring photos or mementos of loved ones to share on that Sunday.
HOMELESS MINISTRY WINTER CLOTHES DONATION, 1 Dec
In December, the EM Homeless Ministry will provide winter clothes to homeless people around the church and at Taipei Main Station. We invite you to donate long-sleeved shirts, sweaters, jackets and trousers. For more details, contact team leader Raymond.
CHRISTMAS GIFT EXCHANGE
Share the joy of Christmas by joining our EM Gift Exchange! Start by registering on 10, 17, & 24 Nov. On 1 & 8 Dec, pick a name and then prepare a gift for that person. At our EM Christmas Party on 14 Dec we will all exchange gifts. If you don’t need a gift but would like to join in, you can prepare a gift for Taipei’s women in need. Contact Agnes for details.
EM ENGLISH KIDS’ CLUB!
The EM English Kids’ Club is for kids from 0–12 years old. It’s a fun time when kids can get together to sing songs, play together, and learn about God. Join us from 11:00–12:00 every Sunday in the 7F Kids’ Room. Please send your child’s name and age to Yvette at firstname.lastname@example.org
SMALL GROUP NEWS
– “SCC” Fellowship Group (Every 1st and 4th Sundays after the service, Rm 702);
– “Young Professionals Group“ (Fridays, 7:30 pm, Rm 702).
– AA Women’s Group meets Mondays, 7:00 pm, Rm 702. For details,
call 0976-572-312 or contact EM Secretary Yvette at: email@example.com
– AA Open Meeting “Upon Awakening” meets Tuesdays 9:00 am, Rm 1101. For details call Dan 0909-730-809
Bible Verse for the Week
2 Corinthians 5:10
“For we must all stand before Christ to be judged.
We will each receive whatever we deserve for
the good or evil we have done in this earthly body.”
Weekly Reflection: 17–23 Nov 2019
Devotional texts follow the SLPC Bible Reading Schedule. If you would like a copy of the reading schedule, please contact our EM Secretary Yvette at firstname.lastname@example.org Devotionals for previous weeks can be found in our Devotionals Archive.
When things go wrong in our lives it’s not always easy to stay positive. Every day it feels like our troubles are getting worse, that our challenges are getting bigger, and that there’s no way out of our problems. When everything is going so badly it’s hard to imagine that life could still get better. But it’s exactly in those times that God encourages us to hold on.
When the Hebrews were slaves in Egypt they never expected their lives to get better. But suddenly they found themselves set free and living with hope again. When Jesus was laid in the tomb, his disciples ran away and thought Christ’s story was over. But then suddenly Christ was risen and the Light of the World had returned into their lives again. Just when we think there is no hope left, just when we think it’s impossible for things to get better, that’s when God surprises us with new chances, new hope, and new life.
That’s the same promise the Israelites receive in Zechariah 10. The Israelites had seen their cities destroyed, their people sent into exile, and their hope for the future destroyed. They were reduced to just a scattered few (v. 8). But now God promises them that goodness will be coming for them once more. Prosperity will return, fertility will return, and their cities and fields will be filled again with new life. No matter what dark corners of the world their people had been scattered to, no matter what traps their lives had fallen into, God was going to turn their lives around and bring them all back home.
Like an army facing certain defeat, the Israelites had lost all hope for their lives and all hope for their future. But suddenly just as the battle seemed lost new strength arrived, new encouragement filled their hearts, and they heard God’s promise that defeat would be changed into victory. And as Zechariah promises the Israelites, that victory won’t be short lived. Instead even the lives of their children and their descendants will be touched by that wonderful new hope and filled with astonishing joy (vv. 7, 9).
Praise God, because this is the same promise he gives to us, too. Today if things are not going well for you, don’t give up. All through history God has shown that he is a God of surprises, a God of wonderful new hope, a God who amazes us with goodness and unexpected joy precisely in those moments when we thought our life story was over. So don’t give up. Instead hold onto God’s promise of love for you, and allow God to surprise you with the amazing goodness he has prepared for you.
With blessings for the week ahead, Pastor Stephen Lakkis