Happy New Year! Welcome to the first Sunday Celebration service of 2018. We are thrilled you have chosen to start the year with us this morning! You will be blessed and greatly encouraged! Today we will hear the theme that God has given us to chart by for the next twelve months. This is the Year of the New Community. What is God saying to us in Skyline? He is saying “Community”! We need to get back to community. A new community that is steadfast in the Lord, that loves one another, that strengthens families, that prays together and connects with one another, a community that reaches out, so the church remains personal and strong as it grows bigger!
You are a vital part of us, so the direction Skyline grows in will impact and bless you! This year, we need to respond and grow in the four vital areas of this new community. They are: Invitation, Relation, Connection and Intercession. Invitation is the call for us to reach out and invite people to Jesus, to our church, to explore life’s journey with us. We are saying to them there is more to life. It has meaning. It has purpose. Give Jesus a chance! Relation is the call for us to rebuild and strengthen our families. It’s time to ask what can we do better as a husband or wife? As a parent? As a child to our parents? In what ways have we hurt one another? Will we choose to repent, ask forgiveness and also to forgive one another, so that God’s love can heal our broken trust and relationships? And can we learn how to do family better?
What about Connection? Connection becomes more and more challenging as the church grows in size and Sunday becomes less personal. Yet meaningful friendships and relationships can be found in Skyline, if you will join a Connect Group! Every group is unique and yet every group shares the same family trait: love, care, fellowship, food, friendships, help, encouragement and a love for God and His Word. Join a group; you will get a chance to bless a rural or city community and have fun! Finally, Intercession means we are a praying church. We love to pray alone, as families, in connect groups and together to see God’s power transform lives! Be part of this New Community!
新年快乐！欢迎您来到2018年的第一个主日崇拜。我们感到非常地高兴，您选择了在今天早上与我们一起度过新一年的开始！相信您会领受到满满的祝福与激励！今天我们将一起聆听, 在接下来这一年, 神给于我们的主题指引。今年是一个新造群体之年。上帝在向Skyline诉说些什么呢？祂说： “群体”！我们需要回到群体，一个在主里坚定、互相爱护而强化家庭、一起祷告和互相联系，一个一起传扬福音的群体，以使我们的教会在增长中依然强大而能够保持个人的归属感！
您是在我们当中重要的一员，您将从教会的成长方向中领受大大的福及转变！今年我们必须回应并在新造群体的这4个方面成长: 邀请、关系、联系及代祷。邀请是一个让我们向外传福音的呼召 – 邀请人来归向耶稣，来我们教会，来和我们一起探索生命的道路。我们要告诉他们，生命是含有更多的意义和意向的。要给耶稣一个机会！关系是重建而强化家庭的一个呼召。是时候检讨，我们怎样能够成为一位更好的丈夫或妻子，父母和孩子？审查我们是否在有意无意间伤害了他人？我们是否愿意选择悔改、请求原谅并且原谅其他人以让神的爱医治我们曾经被破碎的信任与关系？我们能否学习如何把家庭操持得更好？
Philip Lyn 医生牧师