11 And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 12 The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. 14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh. — Romans 13:11-14 (NIV)
November 30, 2013
Dear Canaan EM’ers and friends,
Advent begins tomorrow, kicking off a new year in the Christian liturgical calendar. During this season, Christians are encouraged to examine our hearts, attitudes, and actions as a way to prepare for the birth of the Messiah. As Paul said in Romans 13:11, “The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.”
So please remember to bring ornaments tomorrow to hang on our Christmas tree during worship service. Just as we clothe ourselves with Jesus, let us clothe our tree with symbols of joy as we see the daylight coming!
There will be more opportunities to thank God for all the wonderfully gifted and devoted Christ-followers and God-lovers in Canaan’s English Ministry on December 8. Our dedicated brothers and sisters are investing in Canaan as a confluence for good. So a quick “shout out” to:
1. William Tai, Brian Chen, Richard Tsai, Ethan Lee, and other folks who stayed after church last Sunday to help set up the Christmas tree and begin to decorate Worship Hall 3!
2. Shirley Tai for organizing the English ministry portion of the Thanksgiving dinner last Wednesday. We had opportunity to re-unite with a number of people who used to come to Canaan in the past.
3. John Tang for organizing the Seventeen Annual Turkey Bowl. Again, it was a chance to re-connect with some former Canaan folk.
May these verses reflect our hearts when we see each other tomorrow!
I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD!”—For the sake of the house of the LORD our God, I will seek your good. (Psalm 122:1, 9, NRSV)