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在回答這個問題之前,我想介紹一下我們的教會——Joy Fellowship(喜樂團契)。Joy Fellowship 於 1974 年成立於溫哥華,在疫情開始之前,我們的主日會眾約有 120 人,其中 60% 以上在身體或精神上存在各種不同程度的殘疾,其余則是他們的朋友,家人及看護者。

毫無疑問,突如其來的瘟疫為我們帶來了很大的挑戰。

首先是技術問題。現代科技使得許多教會的生活得以延續,但不得不說,它對我們的會眾並不友好。在疫情開始時,我們只有 5% 的會眾懂得如何使用智能手機。在過去的一年里,牧者們變身 "技術支持",花了很多時間去教那些一輩子沒有用過智能手機的人使用 facetime 或是 zoom,一些人可以勉強學會,而另一些人則最終只能完全依靠看護者。

另一個挑戰則是,他們的生活無法自主。作為弱勢群體,探視受到嚴格限制。那些住在 group home(政府設立的殘疾人福利機構)或是養老院里的會眾,幾乎一年沒有走出過自己的院子。當教會開始使用 zoom 和電話進行敬拜和團契時,他們融入教會的程度,完全取決於看護者多大程度上可以提供支持(如幫助他們收郵件,連接 zoom 或是放敬拜視頻給他們等)。至今,很多會眾還是只能通過電話聯系。

What controls we need to let go

在這樣的背景下,Covid-19 教會了我們放棄對說教他人的執著。當然,我們還會竭盡全力把道講好,因為宣講真理是本份。但這段經歷讓我們意識到,真正使會眾靠近神的並不是宣講,而是用心的傾聽和交流。

疫情之下, 我們開始 了 "電話主日學" 。每個周日,志願者們通過 zoom 或是電話,聯系到其他會眾,向他們問安,讀靈修材料給他們,最後一起禱告。

當主日學轉移到電話上的時候,我們发現靈修材料的作用十分有限。 對於許多智力和聽力受限的人,缺乏互動的宣讀令他們感到吃力和沮喪。此外,還有一些人使用 group home 的公用電話,沒法長時間的占用。在有限的談話時間里,我們常常會選擇放棄靈修材料,轉而去聊聊他們的生活,告訴他們外面发生了什麽,或是一起回憶過去,為他們禱告,讓他們知道我們關心著他們,對他們的幫助遠遠勝於長篇大論的講道。

What alternative we can consider?

第二件事我們學到的,是對 "小事" 的關注。這也是我們願意永遠保留的。

當教會活動停擺時,我們的生活被各種小事充斥,如準備禮物,生日探訪,照顧老人,電話問候和禱告,或是窗外的短暫探訪。 我們從未如此近距離的走近他們的生活。知道了他們的一日三餐,認識了家里的貓貓狗狗,分享著一個個家庭的雞毛蒜皮。而在我寫這篇文章的同時,一些姊妹正在各自的家里準備聖誕禮物。 每個人都會收到不同的聖誕禮物。沒有人會收到自己過敏的食物,閱讀障礙的人不會收到書......。


都是小事情,卻讓我們感受到我們的教會是一個有愛的群體。也是因著這些小事,我們更多的認識了這些殘疾人的家人和看護者,成為了美好的見證。就在這艱難的一年里,我們經歷了小事情的大價值。如果教會是天國在地上的體現,那麽天國的美善埋藏於此。

What we can delete?

最後,誠實地說,我們什麽都不想刪除,希望保留過去的形式。

不管是講道,敬拜還是團契,想要將這些特殊的朋友融入教會生活,面對面的互動是至關重要的。試想, 失去了視力,聽力,行動能力,以及語言能力, 甚至學習能力,zoom 可以為我們帶來多少互動?冰冷的智能手機真的會比握手和擁抱更讓我們覺得被接納麽?當我們無法自己拿起電話,去聯系其他的弟兄姊妹,只能被動等待他人關心時,我們又多大程度上能感受到自己是教會中的一份子呢?

在過去的一年裡,我們失去了十幾位弟兄姊妹。聽到他們即將去世的消息,卻無法探望和道別。我們想念可以自由見面的日子。 相信在重啟之後,我們會格外的珍惜每一個擁抱,每一刻的陪伴,每一次手拉手的敬拜,我們曾經以為這些是理所應當的,Covid-19 讓我們看到了這一切都是何等的寶貴。

(趙苒傳道 (Pastor Diana Ran Zhao) / Pastor John Gurnett, Vancouver Joy Fellowship)

 

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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