By Pastor Wu
01 Apr. 2012 Sunday
Presider: Gloria Li
Dear Heavenly Father, I want to give all the thanks to you. Thank you for sending your most beloved Son to us. Thank you for saving us. Lord, today we come to you, knowing that this week is Passion Week, please prepare us to remember your salvation. Please let us remember you love us so much. We want to run into your arms because the riches of your love will always be enough. Please let us give the love to the people around us. Lord, please help us to surrender our lives to you. We want to become the true followers of you. And may your Spirit lead us step by step everyday. Lord, may you be the center of today’s worship. I pray for the worship team, may they worship you with all of their heart. I pray for the congregation here, may you lead them so that they can participate in the service today. I also pray for the preacher, may you anoint him, may he be full of your grace and wisdom. May your Word be our comfort and satisfaction. We pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Worship song 1 : Worthy is Our God
|Oh come, let us sing to the LORD;
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also.
The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.
Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!
For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.
|Verse 1||Poor and wicked, Rich and righteous
All you nations rise and sing
Weak and needy, Sick and thirsty
Sing to Jesus - King of Kings
|Chorus||All the oceans roar
All the mountains tremble
Lord, all of creation sings Your praise
Worthy is our God
Respected, feared, exalted
We will lift our hearts
to worship You - King of Kings
|Verse 2 CN||生命之水灌溉万物
sheng ming zhi shui guan gai wan wu
sheng ming zhi liang wo ke wang ni
zhu di da neng shi wo men fu fen
jiang hui yi zhi dao yong jiu
|Chorus CN||群海在喧啸 群山在震颤
qun hai zai xuan xiao qun shan zai zhen chan
shi shang wan wu dou lai song yang ni
zhu ying shou zun chong wan wu jing wei ni
gao ju huo re di xin ling jing bai ni
|Verse 2||Living Water, come and fill us
Bread of Life, we long for You
God Almighty is our portion
And He will forever be
|Witness(Original Songs & music by Jordan Wendt & Lily Wendt)||The story behind this song is simple. I was in a small group, and the brother leading the group asked if I would be interested in leading the singing. It had been a long time since I had led music, and I was not feeling very confident. I was walking home one day and I prayed a simple prayer "Lord, give me a song for this group". To my amazement, when I got home and picked up my guitar the chords and melody just came to me. I started writing the words that day too. Over the next week or so, I would write some more words in English and my wife, Lily, would help make some small changes. When all the words were written in English, Lily helped translate them to Chinese. Many of the lyrics are borrowed from scripture, especially Psalms and the Gospel of John. It has been a joy to share this song with others, and tell of God's power in helping me write it. God's Spirit can help us to do many creative things for His glory. I was amazed when I heard the story of the Chinese woman Xiao Min in rural Henan province who has written over 1,000 hymns (迦南诗歌). I encourage everyone to ask God in faith, that He would use them to do new and exciting things to glorify His name. He deserves all the glory, honor, and praise. --- By Jordan Wendt|
Worship song 2: How Great Thou Art
|Verse 1||O Lord my God! When I in awesome wonder
Consider all the works Thy hands have made,
I see the stars, I hear the mighty thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed.
|Chorus||Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee;
How great Thou art! How great Thou art!
Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee;
How great Thou art! How great Thou art!
|Verse 2 C||当我想到，神竟愿差他儿子
dang wo xiang dao, shen jing yuan chai ta er zi
jiang shi she ming, wo ji hu bu ling hui.
zhu zai shi jia, gan yuan bei wo de zhong dan,
liu xue she shen wei yao she mian wo zui.
|Chorus C||我灵歌唱，赞美救主我神， 你真伟大，何等伟大！
wo ling ge chang, zan mei jiu zhu wo shen, ni zhen wei da, he deng wei da!
wo ling ge chang, zan mei jiu zhu wo shen, ni zhen wei da, he deng wei da!
|Verse 3||When Christ shall come with shouts of acclamation
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart!
Then I shall bow in humble adoration
And there proclaim, my God, how great Thou art!
Worship song 3: Jesus, all for Jesus
|Verse 1||Jesus, all for Jesus,
All I am and have and ever hope to be. (x2)
|Verse 2||All of my ambitions, hopes and plans
I surrender these into Your hands. (x2)
|Verse 3||For it's only in Your will that I am free (x2)|
Worship song 4: In Christ Alone
|Verse 1||In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song;
this Cornerstone, this solid Ground,
firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
when fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My Comforter, my All in All,
here in the love of Christ I stand.
|Verse 2||In Christ alone! who took on flesh
Fulness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones he came to save:
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied -
For every sin on Him was laid;
Here in the death of Christ I live.
|Verse 3||There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave he rose again!
And as He stands in victory
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine -
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.
|Verse 4||No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me;
From life's first cry to final breath.
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I'll stand.
“Jesus, all for Jesus. All I am, and have, and ever hope to be, all for Jesus.”
What a powerful song; what a powerful spiritual formation that we have this morning. I believe the worship team and the worship service for this morning really brought us to the spiritual banquet, in which we not only enjoy our time but also our relationship with Jesus Christ, and our Heavenly Father. So I would like to take this opportunity to give thanks to the Spirit, and also give my heart-felt thanks to our worship leaders. They are very special, and they are very committed Christians.
Explanation of Palm Sunday
Brothers and sisters, today is the Palm Sunday of 2012. On this day, a bit less than 2 000 years ago, Jesus was entering the
Stephen Marbury’s Witness
Brothers and sisters, I am personally a big fan of basketball. I love basketball even though I am short (see I am short). But still, it does not matter if you are short or tall so long if you enjoy the game. I enjoy it very much. Last Friday, I had a wonderful time! Last Friday, I had a very good time!
“I thank God! I thank God!” When 18 000 people did not know the Lord, standing and saying, “We are the champion!” This man was on the floor, praising the Lord, saying,
“I thank God…” in a hostile world towards Christianity.
And this story reminds me of my trip last February to one of the Christian universities in
Today, we are so blessed that the president of that college, that university is with us. The president who insists that a Christian college, who brings up young kids based on our Christian teaching, Jesus’ teaching, in the future could contribute to the healthy growth of this world. And that president is here.
Thank you, Pastor Wu, my brother and my friend. It’s wonderful to be here with family. Christians all over the world and throughout the history are family. We’ve got this where we come from. Thank you for your nice words about
The reality is of course that as Christians, regardless of what we do in life, we are called to be follower of Christ, and how we live, how we think, and how we treat the people around us. Because how we live tells the world that there is something more to life than merely making money and having fame. Stephen Marbury showed that. He was key to that victory, and yet he felled down to give thanks to God. Great testimony, don’t you think? And that’s for all of us; because people may not understand what we believe always. They may question what we believe. But when they see a life lived that honours Christ, then they will want to know what it is that you believe.
I have a degree in mathematics from university; my dream was to go into outer space, to be an astronaut. But I came to know Christ during that period of time. It was difficult for me because I had to decide science or God. In my mind, you could not have both; it was one or the other. Then I began to realise after I heard about Jesus Christ, the God who created the world also created science. And there are the greatest scientists throughout history even today who are followers of God, they know Jesus Christ. So when I heard that Jesus came and died for me, just as we are saying, I gave my life to Him. I did not know where my future was going to lead, but I knew that I was going to walk with Him.
In the passage that we looked at just a moment ago in Nehemiah chapter one, it’s an great example that what it means to be a Christian in a unchristian world, a follower of God in a world that can be antagonistic to God. It didn’t bother Stephen Marbury when eighteen thousand people cheering, because in his mind, he wanted them, in one way or another that, to know he gave thanks to God.
The Background of Nehemiah
Nehemiah was a man who knew God, and he lived in cultural that was antagonistic to God. He was the cupbearer to the king. The cupbearer didn’t mean that he was just a food taster, but rather nothing got to the king Artaxerxes unless it got to Nehemiah first. He was a man of profound power and authority, of great respect and trust. He was a man of excellence, that is why he had such a prominent position. He was not a prophet, not a priest, not a pastor. In fact you might say that he was not even a politician. But he was a man of God.
When you read the book of Nehemiah, you are actually reading the last book of the Old Testament, at least historically. Because the prophet Malachi actually delivered the prophecy during the time that Nehemiah was in
The Heart of God: Nehemiah’s First Concern
One of his brothers, Hanani, had returned from
The Heart of God: Nehemiah’s Second Concern
And the second thing he asked about was the city itself, how is the city? Why was he concerned about the city
Just reading this is a challenge, because for you and for me, we must ask the question, “What is that our heart concerns? What God is concerned about, is that the same thing that I am concerned about?” You must realise that Ezra has been living in
Father, thank you for your good work to us. Thank you for the example of Nehemiah for all of us, for you. Give us minds that think with yours, eyes to see what you see and heart that breaks with yours that we may be made one in God. And the people who want to come before you because of what they see in us, not because they are perfect, only because we love as you have loved us. In Jesus’ precious name we pray, amen.
What a powerful message Doctor Brown has given us. It tells us how we, as Christians, live in a no-Christian world, even though it challenges us with many difficulties, so long we have heart of God, and we will be the champion. Thank you Doctor Brown, for many blessings this morning. I will try my best to persuade my daughter to transfer to your college. Let’s say what might happen. And my wife was, actually this morning, working on that.
Another Personal Testimony
And again, this morning we are very much blessed to have another special guest, who is going to sing in a very special way, a style, Mongolian minority singing style, a Christian song. About two years ago, he came to
“God, if you are real, I have a sister whom I have not seen, or spoken a single word with for three years because three years ago she was fighting with our father, and she left home. For three years, I did not know where she was; I did not know what she was doing; I did not know if she was still alive or dead. If you are real, please Lord, help her to contact me in whatever ways.”
The following morning, he was contacted by his sister, whom he had not been communicating for three years. Based on that testimony, he wrote a song, Great Love, based on 1 Corinthians, chapter 13, “The Lord is love, and love is the Lord”. So he is going to sing that Great Love now. Let’s welcome!
Transcribed and revised by Esther MA and Franz HONG with grace and patience from the Lord.
1, Talk Time (English) 12:30-1:30
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3, This following week is passion week. So the church has different activities at 7:00-8:00pm from Monday to Friday. If you want to know more information and the schedule, please go to our church's website(www.hdchurch.org) or see the announcements next to the outside stairs leading up to the church. Welcome you to come to church to meditate on Jesus' death and resurrection during passion week.
4, Book of the Twelve Prophets has been published by Religious Culture Press. The launching ceremony is held at Haidian church on Easter Sunday.
5, Our church will have three special worship services to celebrate Jesus' resurrection on Easter Sunday. The time for each service is:
6:00-6:30am; 5:00-6:00pm; 7:00-8:30pm.
If you have non-Christian friends, we encourage you to bring them to the service that starts at 5:00pm. You are welcome to join in us.
|Sermon: The Heart of God||video||audio||doc|
|Worship song: Worthy Is Our God||video||audio||lyric|
|Worship song: How Great Thou Art||video||audio||lyric|
|Worship song: Jesus, All for Jesus||video||audio||lyric|
|Worship song: In Christ Alone||video||audio||lyric|
Scripture Reading: Nehemiah 1:1-4
1 The words of Nehemiah son of Hacaliah: In the month of Kislev in the twentieth year, while I was in the citadel of Susa,
2 Hanani, one of my brothers, came from Judah with some other men, and I questioned them about the Jewish remnant that survived the exile, and also about Jerusalem.
3 They said to me, “Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire.”
4 When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.