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常年期(Ordinary Season)

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Ordinary time begins the Monday after Pentecost and stretches until Advent. It is the longest season of the church year. Ordinary Time is a time for growth and maturation, a time in which the mystery of Christ is called to penetrate ever more deeply into history until all things are finally caught up in Christ. Let’s walk the faithful and steady path of discipleship. Trinity Sunday is the first Sunday after Pentecost, which celebrates the Christian doctrine of the Trinity, the three Persons of God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The feast of Corpus Christi was proposed by Thomas Aquinas, and being recognized in 1264, in order to create a feast focused solely on the Holy Eucharist. Corpus Christi is celebrated on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday. Thursday was chosen because it was the day on which the Last Supper was celebrated. The birth of John the Baptist on June 24 comes three months after the celebration on March 25 of the Annunciation, and six months before the Christm

三一主日(Trinity Sunday)

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Trinitarian theology speaks to all of life, art included. A wonderful example of a trinitarian artistic vision is the work of artist Farid De La Ossa Arrieta of Columbia. Above is one of his works which gives a contemporary, evocative presentation of the union of all creation with the Triune God. ——  Trinitarian art by Ted Johnson, June 22, 2010. While every Christian worship service is a celebration of the Trinity, Trinity Sunday focuses explicitly on the mystery, power, and beauty of the triune God. Our Christian identity and mission are given to us as we are baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:19). Our worship is not only directed to the triune God but is also enabled by the prompting of the Holy Spirit and the mediation of Jesus Christ. At its best, our worship is also an expression of the unity and common purpose of the church, which Jesus prayed would reflect the unity between himself and God (John 17:20-21). Trinity Sunday, which

聖靈降臨主日(Pentecost Sunday)

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When the Day of Pentecost Came by Mark A Hewitt, Pastel & Pen, 26 May 2012. Ten days after the ascension of Christ and fifty days after his resurrection, the Holy Spirit descended on the disciples on the day of Pentecost. Pentecost was an established Jewish festival also known as the Feast of Weeks, which drew people from many nations back to Jerusalem (Lev. 23:15-21; Deut. 16:16). Pentecost symbolizes a new beginning. It celebrates the unleashing of the Holy Spirit on the world and the empowering of the church to reach the world with the gospel. In celebrating Pentecost, the church expresses its gratitude for the faithfulness of Christ in fulfilling his promise to send “another counselor” (John 14:16); celebrates the work of the Spirit in renewing all of creation; professes its confidence and security in knowing the Spirit’s power is available for its mission; and grows in awareness of the immensity of its calling to reach the world with the gospel. The traditional co

耶穌升天日(Ascension Day)

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The Ascension, by Dosso Dossi, 16th century.  Ascension Day, the fortieth day after Easter, marks the day on which Jesus went to the Mount of Olives with his disciples and ascended to heaven before their eyes (Acts 1:1-12). Though often overlooked, the ascension of Christ is filled with theological significance. Christ’s ascension means that in heaven there is one who, knowing firsthand the experience of suffering and temptation, prays for us and perfects our prayers. The ascension is a witness and guarantee of our own bodily resurrection, as well as an invitation for us to set our hearts and minds “on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God” (Col. 3:1-2) to rule over all things in heaven and throughout the universe (Eph. 1:10, 20-23). Finally, the ascension of Jesus serves as the prelude to Pentecost, when the power of the risen Christ came upon all believers through the Holy Spirit. Some churches observe Ascension Day with a service on the actual day of

Certificate in Christian Worship 2024

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  Are you currently serving in the worship ministry and looking for a renewal of passion and purpose? MSM is running the Certificate in Christian Worship (CCW) course this year from June to Oct 2024. While it will only be conducted in English this year, we are sure it will still benefit the Chinese churches (esp. those from the English services). Certificate in Christian Worship (CCW) 2024 Date: 22 Jun, 27 Jul, 24 Aug, 21 Sep, 26 Oct (Saturdays), 9am-12pm Venue: Faith Methodist Church (4 sessions) and  MSM (1 session) Fee: SGD$327 per pax (incl. GST) CCW is a 5-session course for worship leaders and teams to gain practical insights and skills to enrich worship experiences, lead with purpose, and navigate contemporary challenges in the worship ministry. Gather your worship ministry members and sign up as a team to reap the benefits of the group discussion and activities! For more information about the course curriculum, schedules and instructors, go to this link: bit.ly/msm_ccw24_infopa

善牧主日(Good Shepherd Sunday)

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主復活後的第四個主日,按 教會年曆,又稱為善牧主日或好牧人主日( Good Shepherd Sunday )。好牧人的名稱源自每一年在這個主日所選讀的福音經課 —約 翰福音第十章,耶穌向人們宣告祂是好牧人,好牧人為羊捨命。牧人的比喻貫穿了整本聖經:上帝被稱為以色列的牧者、偉大的先知摩西和古以色列的國王大衛都曾經是放羊的牧人 。 崇拜設計 崇拜資源 崇拜構思 加爾文崇拜學院資源 相關經課 詩歌選取 禮儀詩歌

復活期(Eastertide)

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The Resurrection, Rembrant van Rijn, 1635 All the hopes and expectations of Christians are realized in the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, making Easter the most celebrative day of the church year. Some traditions begin their Easter celebration with an Easter Vigil service, either late Saturday evening or very early Sunday morning. The vigil recapitulates the biblical theme of redemption history through readings, helping worshipers see the powerful sweep of God’s actions throughout history. In this way it provides the entrance into Easter. The vigil usually begins outside, in darkness, and opens with a processional into the worship space. Historically baptism of persons instructed in the faith took place (and still does) as part of this vigil. The Easter morning service is a time of joy, celebration, and renewal. Even churches that do not customarily follow the church year celebrate this day as the culmination of all that the gospel is about. The liturgical colors