(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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