O Lord Jesus Christ,
make me worthy to understand the profound mystery
of your holy incarnation,
which you have worked for our sake and for our salvation.
Truly there is nothing so great and wonderful as this,
that you, my God, who are the Creator of all things,
should become a creature,
so that we should become like God.
You have humbled yourself and made yourself small
that we might be made mighty.
You have taken the form of a servant,
so that you might confer upon us a royal and divine beauty.
You, who are beyond our understanding,
have made yourself understandable to us in Jesus Christ….
You who are the untouchable One, have made yourself touchable to us….
Blessed are you, O Lord, for coming to earth as a man.
O marvelous and indescribable love!
– from Angela of Foligno (1248 – 1309)
Advent Stations – Today (Dec 14) @12-8pm
Christmas Season is a wonderful time of celebration, parties and gift giving – but often times our schedules are so packed that we can miss the miracle of the best Gift from the most generous Gift giver. Would you like to have some time to quietly reflect, pray and engage the story of Jesus afresh this December? Come by the Church today (Dec 14) between 12 pm and 8 pm to spend 20 to 40 minutes on a self-guided, reflective and prayerful experience.
Christmas Celebration with the Elderly of the YWCA Cheng Pon Hing Care & Attention Home – Dec 16 (this SAT) Afternoon
You are most welcome to join us to bring Jesus’ love, joy and hope to the elderly of the YWCA Cheng Pon Hing Care and Attention Home this Saturday, 16 December from 1:30pm to 4pm at G/F, Tung Yip House, Lei Tung Estate, Apleichau, Hong Kong. We will sing Christmas carols, play games, dance together and distribute gifts by Santa Claus etc..
Please do join us to bring the joy of the birth of our Saviour to the elderly who are having residential care in the CPH Care and Attention Home! Sign up at the welcome desk or contact Mary Keung if you wish to know more details of this event.
Pastor Linda and Jeff returning to North America – Dec 17 (this SUN)
After almost 8 years in Asia, Pastor Linda and Jeff will be returning to North America before Christmas. Pastor Linda and Jeff have been treasured members of Community Church for the past five years, and are a huge blessing to us as well as to the wider community here in Hong Kong. To express our appreciation for their time among us, we will be hosting a simple potluck in their honour this Sunday (Dec 17) after the second service.
We will share a meal together and send them off with a blessing. Everyone is invited. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your dish, or sign up at the welcome table this Sunday. No gifts please, as your presence is what the Wolfes really treasure.
Let’s be giving our thanks to God for all of Pastor Linda and Jeff’s work in Hong Kong, and be praying for them during this time of transition.
Children’s Ministry Update
Hope your whole family enjoyed our Christmas Play, “Star Trip” last Sunday! It was a fun and inspirational play to help us to reflect that Jesus is our hope from God for saving all of us. May the play bring you joy, peace, and hope from God.
Our Sunday School theme for December is “Generosity—Making someone’s day by giving something away.” This week we will learn from 1 Timothy 6:18. Our monthly Bible memory verse is 1 Timothy 6:18 – “Command the rich to do what is good. Tell them to be rich in doing good things. They must give freely. They must be willing to share.” See you and your kids on Sunday!
Youth Ministry Update
We are wrapping Spectrum for the year! There is no Friday night Spectrum this week. Instead, the youth will have a Christmas party this Sunday morning at the 9:30am service. After this week, Spectrum will be on break until January 12.
Mark Your Calendar for this Christmas Season!
December Sermon Series – Awaken the Wonder
Dec 14 – Advent Prayer Stations @ 12-8pm
Dec 24 – Christmas Eve Two Distinct Services: Morning Service @ 10:30am & Candlelight Service @ 5:30pm
Dec 31 – New Years Eve Service @ 10:30am
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service – 5:30pm
To celebrate the birthday of Christ, we have prepared a Christmas Eve Candlelight service at 5:30pm on Dec 24 (Sun) for you. Please mark your calendars and invite your family and friends to join us. We will have one worship service on Christmas Eve morning at 10:30am.
Celebrate Recovery – Wednesday Nights at 7:30pm
Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered ministry where participants work the 12 steps of recovery and discover tools that bring healthy relationships with God and others. It is a safe place to learn, grow and share, and a place to be cared for and care for others. People come to Celebrate Recovery to work through past pain, present struggles and persistent problems. Examples could be: anger, grief, divorce, control issues, addictions or work stress, to name a few.
We will continue to meet on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Wednesdays every month (unless there is a holiday), at 7:30pm. For additional information contact: email@example.com or visit our page at: http://communitychurch.hk/celebrate-recovery
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