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【加國疫情篇】放眼世界 作鹽作光

 

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列治文以馬內利堂兒童參予食物銀行服侍

 

Can 2
Francis 主教的女兒 Blessing

  

Can 3
葡萄園每年七月㇐日國慶加年華

 

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Urban Abbey 飯堂

 

面對被  "新冠肺炎" 黑暗籠罩的世界,相信是一個好的時候讓我們數算神的恩典,打開我們的心眼,肩負主耶穌對每-個門徒所託付給的"大使命",在世上作鹽作光的應許:

"我就常與你們同在,直到世界的末了。" (馬太福音28:20)

過往的十年作為 "聖公會加拿大宣教"(Anglican Mission in Canada)的總主教,主給我很多意想不到的機會可以放眼世界,因而看到主如何藉着人心的願意,使得無可能發生的生命改變竟然活現在我眼前,謹在此恭敬地和大家分享為主作鹽作光的例子:

非洲盧旺達聖公會法蘭西斯主教

去年十一月我參加了一位牧師就任成為主教的典禮,我認識他已有九年之久。在舉行就任禮那天晚上,法蘭西斯主教夫婦邀請我共進晚餐,其間用四十分鐘回答我以為很簡單的問題,結果我的眼淚不停流在臉上整整一小時!

他們有三個女兒,二個兒子,而大女兒是養女,現在二十七歲。當時我問他們是否因無兒女所以收養女兒,之後才有自己的四個兒女。他們説不是,因為是在她十六歲時才收養了她,當時他們已有自己的四個兒女。因為這女孩出世時被母親拋進森林,希望有野獸來吃了她,怎料被野狗叼去大街上被人發現,結果警察經過調查,找到她母親,送她回母親那裡,並警誡她母親不可再丟棄孩子;未幾她又將嬰孩遺棄在廢物箱裡,這次警察不再送還她,而是交給一個撫養家庭。但她性格有如野獸一樣的野蠻,結果十六年來被人拋來拋去,轉換了好幾個不同的撫養家庭。主教的太太是一間政府寄宿中學的教務主任,當時這女孩又被一個撫養家庭趕出來,那年十月被政府命令送到這學校寄宿。到了聖誕節期,她無家可歸,主教夫婦禱告後領受主耶穌在他們心中的感動,收養這位沒有人肯收留的十六歳女孩。

跟的三年裡,不少可怕的事就在他們一家七口當中發生了。因為這女孩在家中每星期總會有二、三天在半夜大聲嘶叫,其中一天會用頭撞牆到頭破血流,主教不得不車她到醫院。三年後有一天她忽然對主教夫婦説,其實她不相信世上有好人,她過去三年這樣做是要試試他們是否真正愛她。她表示要信耶穌,因為她現在知道如果他們沒有耶穌,無可能做到真正去愛像她這樣一個從來沒有人愛的人。

奇妙的是,她當時是十九歲,經歷重生得救,但因以往在中學因性格引起的問題,到二十七歲才有機會入大學,但她在二、三年前已成為他們居住的盧旺達首都 Kigali 其中最有名及最成功的輔導專家,所有最難處理的個案交給她,她都可以解決,幫助了很多人,把咒詛變成祝福!更奇妙的是,主教夫婦在收養她的時候給她改名做 "祝福"(Blessing),希望她在以後能逃脱自嬰孩時期開始的咒詛,並為他人帶來祝福。主恩典太奇妙了,她的名字是"祝福",也真的祝福了很多人,亦大大祝福了我自己及以往聽到我講此證的無數兄姊,願意以行動去愛神愛人!

Thunder Bay Urban Abbey 教會

這間位於安省的教堂已有一百三十年歷史,是我的一位同工在主耶穌奇妙的引領下在五年半前以加幤一元買下的!他們由幾個人的教牧團隊開始,用半年時間將殘破的建築物重新裝修,將用木板封起的祈禱守望樓所有的窗戶打開,將傳統教會原有的固定木椅移走,成為一個很有空間可作崇拜及多種用途的地方。教會一天六次,有人輪流為 Thunder Bay 這城市祈禱。全新裝修的飯堂每晚開放給無家可歸者,可以和住在這教會的幾位教牧同工一起有簡單的湯及麵飽晚餐。去年更成功地開辦了一個這城市現在最有名的咖啡室,今年政府更給了他們一座建築面積一萬多呎的空置二層大廈,現正裝修成一個有五十多個床位的男女青年收容中心。他們真正的成為這城市的鹽和光。

多倫多以馬內利堂及葡萄園

這是我們在 2008 年由幾個人開始的植堂,因著一個差不多無可能發生的異象,藉著一位教友李醫生的無私奉獻,於五年前建成了可容納 185 位長者的柏文—葡萄園第一期,葡萄園社區中心及多倫多以馬內利堂的聖堂。到今年底,又擴建了有 173 個長者入伙的柏文—葡萄園第二期。這個大型的長者柏文的異象,為多倫多市帶來了很多意想不到的祝福。

列治文以馬內利堂

於二十四年前由十多人開始的植堂,當時的主教委任我為主任牧師。現在,本教會已發展至擁有三,四百人會友,分為五堂舉行主日崇拜:有廣東話(二堂),英語,兒童及普通話,並且有三十多個小組,開設多樣化的課程。我們最近幾年開始推動教友到食物庫服侍,從去年開始與短宣中心合辦關顧無家可歸者事工。

這間教會現時亦是 "聖公會加拿大宣教"(AM Canada)的總堂,在各方面資源的供應上,幫助我們其他的七間英語教會及二間華人教會,努力為主作鹽作光。

 

喜樂 Joy

喜樂的心乃是良藥;憂傷的靈使骨枯乾。箴言 17:22
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22

然而,我要因耶和華歡欣,因救我的 神喜樂。哈巴谷書 3:18
yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior. Habakkuk 3:18

要常常喜樂,不住的禱告,凡事謝恩。帖撒羅尼迦前書 5:16-17
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17

饒恕 Forgiveness

主啊,你本為良善,樂意饒恕人,有豐盛的慈愛賜給凡求告你的人。詩篇 86:5
You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you. Psalm 86:5

你不要說:“我要以惡報惡”;要等候耶和華,他必拯救你。箴言 20:22
Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for the LORD, and he will avenge you. Proverbs 6:14

你們饒恕人的過犯,你們的天父也必饒恕你們的過犯;馬太福音 6:14
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. Matthew 6:14

你們不饒恕人的過犯,你們的天父也必不饒恕你們的過犯。馬太福音 6:15
But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:15

你們各人若不從心裡饒恕你的弟兄,我天父也要這樣待你們了。馬太福音 18:35
This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart. Matthew 18:35

謙卑 Humility

敬畏耶和華是智慧的訓誨;尊榮以前,必有謙卑。箴言 15:33
Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the LORD, and humility comes before honor. Proverbs 15:33

敬畏耶和華心存謙卑,就得富有、尊榮、生命為賞賜。箴言 22:4
Humility is the fear of the LORD; its wages are riches and honor and life. Proverbs 22:4

凡事不可結黨,不可貪圖虛浮的榮耀;只要存心謙卑,各人看別人比自己強。腓立比書 2:3
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. Philippians 2:3

但他賜更多的恩典,所以經上說:神阻擋驕傲的人,賜恩給謙卑的人。雅各書 4:6
But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” James 4:6

驕傲 Pride

驕傲來,羞恥也來;謙遜人卻有智慧。箴言 11:2
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. Proverbs 11:2

驕傲只啟爭競;聽勸言的,卻有智慧。箴言 13:10
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. Proverbs 13:10

驕傲在敗壞以先;狂心在跌倒之前。箴言 16:18
Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18

但他賜更多的恩典,所以經上說:神阻擋驕傲的人,賜恩給謙卑的人。雅各書 4:6
But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” James 4:6

忍耐 Patience

愚妄人怒氣全發;智慧人忍氣含怒。箴言 29:11
Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end. Proverbs 29:11

並且你們要為我的名,被眾人恨惡,惟有忍耐到底的,必然得救。馬可福音 13:13
Everyone will hate you because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. Mark 13:13

不但如此,就是在患難中也是歡歡喜喜的。因為知道患難生忍耐。羅馬書 5:3
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance. Romans 5:3

我們行善,不可喪志;若不灰心,到了時候就要收成加拉太書 6:9
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

你們也當忍耐,堅固你們的心,因為主來的日子近了。雅各書 5:8
You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. James 5:8

溫柔 Meekness

回答柔和,使怒消退;言語暴戾,觸動怒氣。箴言 15:1
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1

溫柔的人有福了,因為他們必承受地土。馬太福音 5:5
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5

用溫柔勸戒那抵擋的人;或者 神給他們悔改的心,可以明白真道。提摩太後書 2:25
Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth. 2 Timothy 2:25

只要以裡面存著長久溫柔、安靜的心為妝飾;這在 神面前是極寶貴的。彼得前書 3:4
Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 1 Peter 3:4

嫉妒 Envy

不要為作惡的心懷不平,也不要向那行不義的生出嫉妒。詩篇 37:1
Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong. Psalm 37:1

心中安靜是肉體的生命;嫉妒是骨中的朽爛。箴言 14:30
A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones. Proverbs 14:30

在何處有嫉妒、紛爭,就在何處有擾亂和各樣的壞事。雅各書 3:16
For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. James 3:16

生氣 Anger

當止住怒氣,離棄忿怒;不要心懷不平,以致作惡。詩篇 37:8
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. Psalm 37:8

好生氣的人,不可與他結交;暴怒的人,不可與他來往。箴言 22:24
Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered. Proverbs 22:24

愚妄人怒氣全發;智慧人忍氣含怒。箴言 29:11
Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end. Proverbs 29:11

生氣卻不要犯罪.不可含怒到日落。以弗所書 4:26
In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry. Ephesians 4:26

我親愛的弟兄們,這是你們所知道的,但你們各人要快快的聽,慢慢的說,慢慢的動怒,因為人的怒氣並不成就 神的義。雅各書 1:19,20
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. James 1:19,20

災難 Calamity

謹守口與舌的、就保守自己免受災難。箴言 21:23
Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity. Proverbs 21:23

民要攻打民、國要攻打國、多處必有地震、饑荒.這都是災難的起頭。馬可福音 13:8
Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains. Mark 13:8

憂愁 Worry

你們不要憂愁、因靠耶和華而得的喜樂是你們的力量。尼希米記 8:10
Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10

主雖使人憂愁, 還要照他諸般的慈愛發憐憫。耶利米哀歌 3:32
Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. Lamentations 3:32

凡勞苦擔重擔的人,可以到我這裡來,我就使你們得安息。馬太福音 11:28
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

我留下平安給你們、我將我的平安賜給你們.我所賜的、不像世人所賜的.你們心裏不要憂愁、也不要膽怯。約翰福音 14:27
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27

應當一無掛慮,只要凡事藉著禱告、祈求和感謝,將你們所要的告訴神。神所賜出人意外的平安,必在基督耶穌裡,保守你們的心懷意念。腓立比書 4:6,7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6,7

因此, 你們是大有喜樂, 但如今, 在百般的試煉中暫時憂愁。彼得前書 1:6
In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 1 Peter 1:6

患難 Trouble, Suffering

義人多有苦難,但耶和華救他脫離這一切。詩篇 34:19
The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all. Psalm 34:19

神是我們的避難所,是我們的力量,是我們在患難中隨時的幫助!詩篇 46:1
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

耶和華本為善,在患難的日子為人的保障,並且認得那些投靠他的人。那鴻書 1:7
The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him. Nahum 1:7

為義受逼迫的人有福了,因為天國是他們的。馬太福音 5:10
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:10

不但如此,就是在患難中,也是歡歡喜喜的。因為知道患難生忍耐。羅馬書 5:3
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; Romans 5:3

我想現在的苦楚,若比將來要顯於我們的榮耀,就不足介意了。羅馬書 8:18
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Romans 8:18

因為你們蒙恩,不但得以信服基督,並要為他受苦。腓立比書 1:29
For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him. Philippians 1:29

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