2nd Sunday of Easter.
Verse for the Week: 1 Peter 1:3
“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again into a great and living hope, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead.”
Call to Worship: Psalm 16
1 Keep me safe, O God,
for I have come to you for refuge.
2 I said to the Lord, “You are my Master!
Every good thing I have comes from you.”
3 The godly people in the land are my true heroes!
I take pleasure in them!
4 Troubles multiply for those who chase after other gods.
I will not take part in their sacrifices of blood or even speak the names of their gods.
5 Lord, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing.
You guard all that is mine.
6 The land you have given me is a pleasant land.
What a wonderful inheritance!
7 I will bless the Lord who guides me;
even at night my heart instructs me.
8 I know the Lord is always with me.
I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.
9 No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice.
My body rests in safety.
10 For you will not leave my soul among the dead
or allow your holy one to rot in the grave.
11 You will show me the way of life,
granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.
Scripture: 1 Peter 1:3–9
3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. 5 And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see. 6 So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. 7 These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. 8 You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. 9 The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls.
3 我們要感謝我們的主耶穌基督的父上帝！由於他無限的仁慈，藉著耶穌基督從死裏復活，把新的生命賜給我們，使我們有活的盼望， 4 來承受上帝為他的子民保留在天上的福澤；這福澤是不敗壞、不污損、不衰殘的， 5 是要給你們這些因信上帝而蒙他大能保守的人，好使你們獲得那已經預備好、將在歷史的終點實現的拯救。 6 因此，你們要喜樂，雖然現在因種種的試煉或許必須暫時受苦； 7 這種經歷無非要證明你們的確有堅定的信心。甚至那能毀壞的金子也得經過火煉；你們的信心比金子貴重多了，更必須受考驗，好使你們在耶穌基督顯現的日子得到稱讚、光榮，和尊貴。 8 你們雖然沒有見過他，卻愛他；雖然現在看不見他，卻信他。你們有言語所不能表達的那無限的喜樂； 9 因為你們正在領受信心的效果，就是你們靈魂的得救。 10 論到這拯救，先知們已經有了詳細的尋求和探究，並預言關於上帝要賜給你們的這恩典。 11 他們探索，要知道基督的靈在他們裏面所指示的─就是預言基督必須受苦難，後來必定得榮耀這事─會在甚麼時候，在哪一種情況下實現。 12 上帝讓先知們知道，他們的工作並不是為自己，而是為你們。他們所說的這些事，現在已經藉著福音的使者們，靠著從天上來的聖靈的能力，傳給你們了；這些事連天使也希望明白呢！