Welcome to SLPC English Ministry
Join Us for Worship: Sundays at 11 a.m.

Next Worship Service

Sunday, July 14, 2024
8th Sunday after Pentecost

Scriptures: 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19
Message: “With all his might
Preacher: Rev. Lian Chin-Siong

Recent Sermons & Services

Announcements

*** Announcements for the Week of July 14th ***

  • GUEST SPEAKER NEXT SUNDAY
    Rev. Tan Yakhwee will be the guest speaker next Sunday (7/21).
  • WORD & BREAD SMALL GROUP
    The Word & Bread small group will meet in Room 702 after the service next Sunday (7/21).
  • HOMELESS MINISTRY OUTREACH
    The Homeless Ministry team will prepare meals in the 12th floor kitchen starting at 13:30 next Sunday (7/21). The team will then distribute meals to homeless people around Taipei Main Station. Any help is appreciated! Meet the team at the aforementioned location and time.
  • WELCOME TEAM RECRUITMENT
    EM’s Welcome Team is recruiting! If you would like to serve and engage more in EM, the Welcome team is a good place to start. Contact its team leader, Mandy, if you can lend a helping hand. Thank you.
  • OFFERTORY RECORDS VERIFICATION
    SLPC encourages its congregation to verify his/her offertory records through SLPC’s Line OA member service. Contact James for help on access.
  • OFFERING ENVELOPES
    Please use the dedicated envelopes for different kinds of offerings: tithe, building fund, thanksgiving, seasonal, special occasions, and etc.
  • SLPC PRAYER MEETINGS
    SLPC will host prayer meetings in Taiwanese and Mandarin in the 7th floor chapel every Thursday night from 19:30 to 20:30. Pastors of SLPC will lead the meetings. We encourage brothers and sisters to attend.
  • THE ELECTRONIC CONNECT CARD
    The electronic version of the Connect Card can now be accessed by scanning the new QR Code below.
    eConnectCard
    Or by clicking this link: https://forms.gle/AJqmNU2HkizjJXNH6
  • SCAN OR CLICK TO SIGN-IN EVERY SERVICE
    Please scan the service QR Code around the Chapel entrance or on the bulletin, or click the Sign-In link that will be posted in the EM Family Line group chat each Sunday morning for attendance.

***Special Notice***

Hello brothers and sisters in Christ! May the peace of Christ be with you!

The Taiwan CDC has loosened its policies on the COVID-19 restrictions. However, it’s an enclosed space inside the church. As a result, please observe the following guidelines when inside the church premises:

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. If you don’t feel well, exhibit symptoms of cold, or have been in close contact with people who are contracting COVID-19, please consider to stay at home and participate the online service instead.

3. Food and drinks are conditionally allowed inside the church compound.

Thank you and let’s worship God together on Sundays!


Electronic Sunday Bulletin
EM encourages its congregation to use the electronic version of the Sunday bulletin to save paper.  Please click the following link to access the eBulletin:

https://reurl.cc/Rq5NN6

Or scan the following QR code.

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: emcaresforyou@gmail.com for more info.

Bible Verse for the Week


2 Samuel 6:14-15
"Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the Lord with all his might, while he and all Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouts and the sound of trumpets.'"


WEEKLY DEVOTIONAL

Finding Rest in God

Alois Mleya Magigwana / United Congregational Church of Southern Africa

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” ~ Matthew 11:28-30

Many are times that we find ourselves in restless and difficult situations. We are constantly overwhelmed by events happening in our lives and in surrounding places. This might sound and feel familiar to many people, especially after the 2020 – 2022 COVID-19 pandemic that swept across nations and families, leaving a lot of broken families and promises. We are constantly on guard, uncertain about what is coming next.

Many would wonder, will we ever find rest in this world? The book of Matthew in Chapter 28:28-30, gives us hope and strength to continue holding on. When all hope is lost, and nothing feels progressive, God says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” I am talking to a young man who is struggling to find employment, I am talking to a young lady who feels unsafe in this world, or to that wife who is in an abusive relationship, I am even talking to a parent, father, mother, or guardian who feels out of control or as a failure to their children. Allow me to say there is rest in Christ; do not be dismayed or discouraged by the negative things happening in your life. All the problems that are disturbing your peace are nothing compared to the love and rest that we can find in Christ.

Day in and day out, we hear disturbing news of wars and natural disasters. Reports of women being abused and murdered have become a norm in our daily news reports. We live in a world that is unkind to us. We are constantly reminded that this world is not our eternal home. Right at this moment, families are being displaced by wars, and hundreds die in the Mediterranean Sea in search of greener pastures, while many others are ill-treated in foreign lands. One would ask, for how long will we continue suffering like this?

1 Peter 5:10-11 assures us that, “Yes, you will suffer for a short time. But after that, God will make everything right. He will make you strong. He will support you and keep you from falling.” This is the assurance that we get from Christ. We may suffer now, but rest assured, rest is coming. God is not a man that can lie. Where is God when all this is happening to me? In all these predicaments, let us hear the voice of God saying, “Come, and I will give you rest.”

But again, a man who has lost everything in an earthquake, a woman who is abused daily and a mother who has lost her children in war might ask: where is God when all this is happening to me?