MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL OUTREACH

Once a year, the Mid-Autumn Mooncake Festival provides a great opportunity for Skyline Mandarin (SM) to reach out to the pre-believing community. While the origins of the festival is pagan, it has been diluted by tradition over the years to become a time mainly for family gatherings, to gaze at the full moon, to eat mooncakes, and for kids to light up lanterns. There are, of course, still people who pray to the moon, but since man did not find any fairy goddess there, this practice has largely declined. It is also a time of thanksgiving for harvest in the countryside of China, like our harvest festivals here, so it’s a good time to gather people for a
celebration meal and use it as an opportunity for the Gospel.

In so doing, we don’t celebrate the religious parts of the pagan festival. We tap on the family, food, and festive part of the occasion to invite friends for a meal. Mooncakes have also lost their religious significance. Some traditions say the festival is celebrated to remember a time when mooncakes were used to smuggle secret notes for a Han uprising during the time of the Mongols. So giving it or eating it today has no religious significance. When we use it as an excuse to invite friends, they readily come.

Did the early Christians use pagan festivals to infuse the Gospel? Yes. Christmas is one example. Dec 25th was part of the weeklong first century Roman pagan festival called “Saturnalia” which celebrated the winter solstice with drunkenness and immorality. In the fourth century AD, the Church adopted it to celebrate the birthday of Christ and converted large numbers of pagans. Jesus Himself also used feasts such as the Feast of Tabernacles, to proclaim Himself as the Living Water
(John 7:37-38). So each year, we redeem the Mid-Autumn Festival for the Gospel. This year, it will be on September 22nd. Invite friends and pray with us for a great harvest!

一年一度的中秋晚会又来临了,这将是Skyline中文堂(SM)传福音的大好时机。中秋原始于寓言,这传统也年复一年地淡化了。如今,大多是家庭聚会、观赏明月、吃月饼还有小朋友们提灯笼。当然,有的人还在祭月,但是人类未在月球上找到任何的神仙,这个习俗早已落伍了。同时,中秋也是在中国也是感谢丰收日,是个聚集人群用餐庆祝、传福音的最佳时机。

在这当儿,我们不庆祝有关宗教寓言部分。我们融入家庭、美食和欢庆的部分,一起来邀请朋友们用餐。月饼也失去了宗教的意义了。传说中有个故事,中秋节是庆祝月饼的来历,在元朝残酷统治时期,军师刘备策划了月饼传信入各地起义军中。因此,我们在送或吃月都没有带任何的宗教含义。当我们借此机会邀请朋友,他们都会踊跃参与。

在早期圣诞节时我们有融入福音传播吗?是的,圣诞就是其一例子。12月25日是罗马的神圣节日,名为“农神节”,并以醉酒与放荡习俗庆祝冬至。在第4个公元世纪,教会欢庆耶稣诞辰中带来了许多福音果子。耶稣也以会幕盛宴宣告祂是活水江河(约翰福音7:37-38)因此,我们每一年都赎回中秋来传播福音。今年的中秋福音晚会将会在9月22日。邀请您的朋友们来吧!我们齐来祷告将会有个大丰收!

2017 YEAR OF OVERFLOWING LIFE
Ps Dr Philip Lyn 医生牧师

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