The annual Congregational Meeting will take place in the 10th floor hall near the end of the service in Taiwanese on Sunday, February 12. All SLPC members MUST attend! Please confirm your membership by checking the bulletin board on the 10th floor if you are not sure. If you will not be able to attend, please then register your name and phone number for your absence by accessing thie Meeting Absence Form. Thank you.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE COMMUNITY FAIR
At least 6 people are needed to help EM’s booth in the Community Fair, 3 in morning, and 3 in the afternoon. If you can help, please then let Rev. Lian or the EM Secretary, James, know. Much appreciated!
OUTDOOR WORSHIP & TRIP
Due to enormous response of ShuanLien church’s congregation, registration for the “Outdoor Worship & Trip” event has exploded! As a result, the registration will end early by Sunday, February 5. If you plan to partake this trip, please complete your registration process (register & pay fee) no later than 2/5! Please fill out this form: Outdoor Worship & Trip Registration, and then pay $100 per person for the bus fare, lunch, and insurance.
EM KIDS CLUB NEW SEMESTER
The new semester of the Kids Club will begin on February 12.
Hello brothers and sisters in Christ! May the peace of Christ be with you!
Here are the current COVID-19 safety measures employed in the church:
1. Please make sure you have your masks properly worn when entering and inside the church. Disinfect your hands with alcohol if necessary. Maintain social distancing whenever possible.
2. Food and drinks are conditionally allowed inside the church compound.
Let’s do our very best to adhere to these regulations as we worship God on Sundays!
Electronic Sunday Bulletin
EM encourages its congregation to use the electronic version of the Sunday bulletin to save paper. Please scan the following QR code to access the bulletin.
If you have any suggestion regarding the eBulletin, please let us know. Thank you!
SERVE IN EM
Come and serve in EM! You can join the Liturgy, the Audio/Video team, the Praise team, the EM Choir, the Homeless Ministry team, or the Kids Club. Email: email@example.com for more info.
Bible Verse for the Week
" In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. "
THE HOLY SPIRIT AND MISSION AS COMMUNICATION
All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. (Acts 2:4, Recommend reading the full text, Acts 2:1-13)
Today we are living in an era of miscommunication. Miscommunication causes a lot of problems. For example, our bodies can be healthy only when blood flows well. If there is no blood flow in any one place, our bodies will have problems. Also, if there is miscommunication between husband and wife, parents and children, or in the church community, problems arise, and the communities become sick. Likewise, miscommunication with God makes our spirit sick.
Miscommunication is the result of human sin. In the Tower of Babel context, we can see that miscommunication results from our sin and arrogance. After the great flood, Noah’s descendants settled on a plain in Shinar. Their construction techniques developed day by day. Genesis 11:4 says, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves.” To build a tower to the sky means to challenge God. God saw humans unite and become arrogant by speaking the same language (Genesis 11:6). Thus, God confused human language so humans could not understand each other (Genesis 11:7).
There is a way to overcome miscommunication and move on to the era of communication. Just before Jesus ascended to heaven, he told his disciples not to leave Jerusalem but wait for the promised Holy Spirit (Acts 1:4). When the day of Pentecost came, 120 disciples and followers gathered in Mark’s upper room and prayed earnestly with one heart. Then suddenly, a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house. The full grace of the Holy Spirit came upon everyone who was there. When the Holy Spirit descended upon them, an amazing miracle occurred. “They began to speak in languages they had not known before. The Spirit gave them the ability to do this.” (Acts 2:4)
The Holy Spirit, our helper, helps us overcome miscommunication and communicate meaningfully. Where the Holy Spirit comes, everyone communicates and connects with each other. The Holy Spirit, who enables communication, wants us to cut off our miscommunication and move on to a life of communication. The Holy Spirit as communicating power indwells in all created beings, not just humans but all nonhuman creatures, to enable us to communicate. Moreover, nonhuman creatures communicate not only with each other but also with human beings and with God.
Mission as communication is a witness to the life-changing power of the Spirit of God. Therefore, the mission is always interlinked with communication. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, who makes us communicate and witness to life-flourishing communities, we should take the lead in restoring a communicating society and proclaiming and living out God’s justice where creation groans.