WORD & BREAD SMALL GROUP
The Word & Bread small group will meet in Room 702 after the service. Come and join them.
THE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS
The Young Professionals will meet in Room 801 at 19:30 on Friday, March 8.
EM 18TH ANNIVERSARY AND CELEBRATION
EM will celebrate its 18thanniversary on Sunday, March 10! We will have a potluck in the café area after the service. We encourage a dish per family from the congregation. Please register how many of you will attend and what dish(es) you will bring for better event coordination. https://forms.gle/YaVorYLyvbsJk6qh9
HOMELESS MINISTRY OUTREACH
The Homeless Ministry team will start preparing meals in the 12th floor kitchen at 13:30 on March 17. They will then distribute meals to homeless people around Taipei Main Station. Any help is welcome!
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.
CHURCH BUILDING OFFERTORY
Please use the dedicated offertory envelopes, which can be picked up at the Welcome Tables, for the church rebuilding offerings.
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.
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.
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:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Bible Verse for the Week
"You shall have no other gods before me."
Encounters That Shape and Form Us
Sivile Lembe / The United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands
“Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.”I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” ~ Acts 9: 5-6
In our journey of life and faith, we are often taken into spaces of facing the temptation of running away from unfamiliar and uncomfortable experiences. Each time we yield to this temptation, we risk failing to expose ourselves to the very fabric we need to grow, blossom and discover our untapped self and purpose for life and living. Have you ever imagined what could have happened to Saul if he never met Jesus and the dynamics which constituted the encounter? (Being blind for three days.)
Undoubtedly, Saul’s zeal and passion in his assignment to persecute the church required him to face something totally strange and beyond his imagination. The light which was shone around him and caused him to lose sight was in itself a significant process to humble him and allow him to recognize his own limitations when it comes to God’s way of doing things. Is this not what we require time and again—moments and experiences which remind us that we are not and should not always be in control? Can you remember times when your ability and capacity to perform certain tasks was challenged by the manifestation of so-called wrong judgement, oversight, inadequacy in resources and energy, and not having the right support at the right time? How did you feel? Did you resort to beating yourself hard? The Apostle Paul would say to us as he did to the Church in Corinth that “my grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness …. For when I am weak then I am strong.”
Saul’s response to the instruction of Jesus (now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do) in our text is something so profound, to draw inspiration and guidance during our moments of despair, anxiety and fear when we face what may look like unsafe waters. Instead of pressing the panic button, Saul obeyed, trusted and followed the directives of Jesus without any arguments. In desperate moments God wants us to trust him and the process he is leading us into without any form of doubt. Indeed “Not all storms are meant to break us, some are meant to pave the way” (Anonymous).
As you did to Saul, may the scales which blind us from seeing and encountering you afresh in unusual times be removed not only from our eyes but our hearts and minds. May your refreshing presence fill and cause us to be the embodiment of your presence. These mercies and others we ask through Jesus the Christ our Lord. Amen.