COVID-19 Update

(中英文通訊--中文版在下半頁)
 
July 5, 2020
 

Dear SMSL family,
 
Peace. You probably have heard about our resumption of in-person service for a while. In the past few months, we have been praying for the Lord’s will on our parish’s reopening after the lockdown.
 
The Lord has answered our prayer. With prayerful consideration and the support of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, our parish council decided to resume our in-person services on July 12. Guidelines have been set and will be followed to keep our reopening safe and thus to bring honor to the Lord.
 
So, before you commit to attending our in-person services, please note that:
 

  1. In-person Sunday service at the church will start at 10:30 am.

  2. Gathering will allow maximum 50 people.  Those wishing to attend must sign up.  First come first serve. Seats are not guaranteed for those who did not sign up.

  3. All in-person church Services will be livestreamed through our Parish Facebook https://www.facebook.com/smslchurch/

  4. Please stay home to attend the livestreamed service if you are feeling sick, or have been in contact with a sick person.

  5. We will not provide any children's ministry (or playroom) during service in the church.

  6. All attendees must wear face masks.  Please bring your own mask.  There will be some available for those who do not have face masks.

  7. A physical distance of 2 meters between people is always expected. 

  8. Attendees are requested to clean their hands upon entering church.

  9. Please follow signage on the floor/seats to keep safe distancing. 

  10. Some seats will be reserved for those who are unable to sign up electronically, especially seniors and visitors.

  
If you would like to sign up for the in-person services in the coming months until September, please go to https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040449aba928a7f49-sunday. (Reminder: After selection, please click “Submit and Sign Up” to complete your signup.)
 
You may sign up for any of the following Sundays you could attend.
 

Date (Sunday)In-person Service

July 12, 2020Combined Eucharistic Service

July 26, 2020Chinese Morning Prayer

August 9, 2020English Morning Prayer

August 23, 2020Combined Eucharistic Service (+Baptism)

September 13, 2020Combined Eucharistic Service

September 20, 2020Diaconate Ordination Service (At Good Shepherd Vancouver)

 
If you have signed up but cannot come, please cancel your slot so that others can take it.
 
If you know someone who would like to come but need help signing up, please assist them. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Rev. Chris or me.
 
As we are preparing for the reopening, please keep our parish in prayer that the Lord may be honored and our parishioners will be blessed.
 
“…I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” (Romans 8:18) 
 
 
In prayer,
Timothy Fong
Rector
 
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親愛的聖路加聖馬提亞堂弟兄姊妹,平安。

您可能曾聽過我們牧區重啓實體崇拜的消息。在過去的數月中,我們一直尋求主在重啓實體崇拜的旨意,並為此禱告。
 
感謝主,祂應允了我們的禱告。經過各方面的考慮和路德會伯利恆堂的支持下,我們的牧區議會決定於7月12日開始恢復我們的實體崇拜。有關的安全守則已經制定好,並將會在教會中實施,以確保我們的聚會能在安全的環境中進行,並榮耀主。
 
請在參加我們的實體崇拜之前,注意下列事項:
 
1.教會的實體崇拜將改在主日上午10:30開始。
2. 由於聚會最多可容納50人,所以參加者必須報名。先到先得。對於未註冊者,我們不能保證可以在當日接待。
3.所有的實體崇拜將通過我們的牧區Facebook 進行直播:https://www.facebook.com/smslchurch/
4.如果您感到不適或一直與病患者接觸,請留在家中參加崇拜直播。
5.我們在教會實體崇拜進行時,暫時未能提供任何兒童節目或開放托兒房。
6.所有與會者必須戴上口罩,並請自備口罩。(教會只能有限量提供口罩給有需要的人。)
7.在教會內,請與別人保持2米的距離。
8.請與會者進入教堂後洗手。
9.請遵循地板/座椅上的指示牌,以確保安全距離。

10. 我們將預留一些座位給那些無法通過電子方式報名的人,尤其是長者和訪客。

 
如果您想在下主日或未來三個月內參與教會下列的實體崇拜,請點擊以下的連結報名。https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040449aba928a7f49-sunday
(提醒:選擇後,請點擊“Submit and Sign Up”以完成註冊。)
 
有關實體主日崇拜安排如下:

日期(主日)實體主日崇拜

2020年7月12日聯合聖餐崇拜

2020年7月26日英語早禱崇拜

2020年8月9日粵語早禱崇拜

2020年8月23日聯合聖餐崇拜 (+洗禮)

2020年9月13日聯合聖餐崇拜

2020年9月20日會吏按立聖禮 (於牧愛堂舉行)

 
如果您已經註冊,但後來知道因事不能出席,請取消您的預約,讓其他人可以參與。
 
如果您認識有些人想參加上述崇拜,但卻在預約上有困難,請盡力幫助他們。如有任何疑問,請隨時與Chris Ley牧師或我聯絡。
 
請繼續為我們的牧區禱告,讓主得著榮耀,我們的會友得到祝福。
 
 
主僕
方文傑
二零二零年七月五日敬謹

(中英文通訊--中文版在下半頁)
 
March 18, 2020
 
Dear SMSL family,
 
On March 17 our bishops informed us that due to the COVID-19 crisis all Anglican Network in Canada churches must cancel all public gatherings until April 5 at the earliest, in accordance with the recommendations of local health authorities.
 
This action is deeply troubling, but also necessary as we try to love our neighbours in limiting the spread of COVID-19. We have been instructed to adhere to local governments and health authorities, and so we will not be gatherings for Sunday services on March 22, 29 or April 5. We have also been instructed to cancel all small groups, bible studies, and in-person meetings during this period.
 
Despite not being able to gather in person, we believe we can continue in our mission to praise, pursue and proclaim Jesus as Lord, although now from home for the foreseeable future. This crisis represents a unique opportunity to love our neighbours, to take time at home to draw near to God, and to care for one another whether in person or through regular correspondence. (read more at: https://www.smslchurch.ca/post/theplan)
 
Throughout this crisis, the church plans to broadcast two morning prayer services each Sunday at 11am, one in Chinese led by Rev. Fong and one in English led by Rev. Ley, which can be found through our website www.smslchurch.ca/churchonline. We ask all parishioners to please gather at 11am Sundays at your homes, either alone or with your family, so we can worship the Lord together using our online broadcasts. We are also trying to set up regular phone contact so all parishioners are connected through our leadership.
 
This is an unprecedented time, and many of you are likely anxious about the future. This Sunday’s Psalm is Psalm 23, and the gospel text is about Jesus healing a man with a medical ailment (John 9:1-41). In suffering, remember the God who goes before us, who sits as Lord over all, who fights for us, and has won our salvation over death. Our prayer is that through this crisis our faith would grow, we would see God as our good shepherd who both protects and provides for us, who leads us through the shadow of death, and has given His life to ensure we will be healed of all illness and enjoy eternal life with Him forever. 
 
Lastly, as the world around us descends into fear and panic, this is a golden opportunity for us to draw closer to God and embody the Love of Christ. With more time at home, we encourage you to develop new habits as our regular routines are disrupted. We will remember these days for the rest of our lives, so let’s make the most of them by developing richer lives of discipleship and faith and seeking to love our neighbours in a way that resembles our Saviour.
 
1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say[a] to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
3 For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence.
(Psalm 91:1-3)
 
In His Service,
Rev. Timothy Fong and Rev. Chris Ley
 
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回應新冠肺炎的危機 (2)

 

親愛的聖路加聖馬提亞堂弟兄姊妹,平安。

由於冠狀肺炎病毒的危機,我們的主教指示加拿大聖公會所有的牧區,必須根據有關衛生局的建議,取消所有公開的聚會,最少到4月5日為止。
 
此舉雖令我們不安,但是為了愛護鄰居,減少病毒的蔓延,這也是必須的。按照省政府和衛生局的規定,我們取消在3月22日,29日及4月5日舉行的主日崇拜。在這期間,我們也按照主教的指示,暫時取消所有的小組聚會,查經班,以及會議。
 
儘管我們無法一起聚會,相信大家仍可在家中繼續遵行受託的使命,就是崇拜,追隨和傳揚耶穌是主。這場危機代表著一個難得的機會,我們可以更多愛我們的鄰居,有更多時間與上帝親近,並透過與別人通訊相互關懷。
 
在這期間,教會計劃在每主日上午11時分別廣播兩場中英文早禱崇拜,粵語崇拜由方文傑牧師主禮,而英文崇拜由Chris Ley牧師主禮。只要連結我們教會的網站,便可參與:www.smslchurch.ca/churchonlinezh。請弟兄姊妹在主日上午11點透過網路在家中一起敬拜主 (崇拜視頻在11後會保存在網頁上,歡迎邀請親友收看)。在此鼓勵大家和我們一起以電話和視頻方式繼續彼此關顧。
 
這是個史無前例的時刻,我們當中有人可能對未來感到憂慮。這主日的詩篇是23篇,而福音是關於耶穌醫治一位失明人的記載(約翰福音9:1-41)。在痛苦中,請緊記那位帥領我們的上帝,是萬有的主,為我們而爭戰,為我們勝過死亡,成就了救贖。我們此刻的禱告是,在這場危機中,願我們的信心增長,並體驗上帝為我們的好牧人,既保護我們,又供應我們所需的一切,祂也帶領我們行過死陰的幽谷,並獻出了寶貴的生命來確保我們得平安,將來與祂同享永生。
 
最後,當世界陷入恐慌時,這是我們親近上帝、並體現基督之愛的好機會。隨著我們在家中的時間增多,我們鼓勵大家在重整生命秩序的同時,養成新的習慣,並多讀經,多禱告。相信這段日子將會十分難忘,所以讓我們在此刻好好把握時間,建立更豐富信仰的生活,並效法救主,愛我們的鄰舍。
 
1住在至高者隱密處的,必住在全能者的蔭下。
2 我要論到耶和華說:「他是我的避難所,是我的山寨,是我的神,是我所倚靠的。」
3 他必救你脫離捕鳥人的網羅和毒害的瘟疫。
(詩91:1-3)
 
主僕
方文傑、Chris Ley
二零二零年三月十八日敬謹

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