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2009年11月6日TTC早祷证道——故事的重述

(2010-05-12 22:23:53)
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分类: 敬拜礼仪

service order:

 

ZL: 会众请起立。

Jelin: Please stand.

 

Call to worship(诗121:1-4)

C:我要向山举目,我的帮助从何而来?

E:I lift up my eyes to the hills, where does my help come from?

C:我的帮助从造天地的耶和华而来。

E:My help comes from the LORD, the maker of heaven and earth.

C:他必不叫你的脚摇动,保护你的必不打盹!

保护以色列的,必不打盹,也不睡觉。

E:He will not let your foot slip – he who watches over you will not slumber;

   Indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

 

Opening song

ZL:我们唱HUP 第30首。

Jelin:Let us sing HUP30.

 

ZL: 我们向上帝献上开始的祷告。

Jelin: Let us pray.

 

Opening prayer

ZL:亲爱的主,谢谢你赐给我们生命气息,谢谢你赐给我们许多的启示,有关疾病,有关不幸,有关悲伤,有关圣洁,有关喜乐,有关平安。谢谢你保护我们在你的翅膀底下并应许你爱我们到底。求你用智慧和启示的灵充满我们让我们在这神圣的时间与你相遇。这样的祷告,是奉主耶稣基督的名求。

Jelin:Amen

 

ZL: 会众請坐

Jelin:    Please be seated

 

Scripture reading

C:今天的经课取自路得记4:7-22。(两次)

E:Today's lesson taken from Ruth chapter 4 verse 7 to 22 (say it twice)

 

(Zhangli will read scripture in Mandarin from verse 7-12)

(Jelin will read scripture in English from verse 13-22)

 

Jelin : This is the Word of the Lord.

All   : Thanks be to God.

 

 

 

Short Sermon (the meaning of retelling the story)

 

请问大家有没有想过,有一天你的故事会被记录下来,在每一年的一个特定的日子被诵读和记念?你可能会想,这是绝对不可能的事啦!教会历史中那么多的伟人,而在固定的日子被记念的圣徒有多少呢?我们只不过是千千万万个服事上帝的仆人中的一员,我们只不过是一个平凡的小人物,一个历史中的小不点儿而已。

I like to ask all of you, have you ever thought that one day your story will be recorded down, there will be a specific day every year, your story will be read and remembered. You might be thinking that this is absolutely impossible! There are so many great men and women of God in Church history, how many saints would we commemorate on a fixed day?  We are just one of the hundreds of thousands servants, we are just ordinary people who are insignificant in history.

 

然而,在今天的经文中,当波阿斯,路德,拿俄米这三个人一个个消失在我们眼前的时候,我们看到这多么普通的三个人,他们的故事居然成为每年犹太人在五旬节这一天必须诵读的故事。究竟是什么让他们的人生在以色列的历史中每年都被记念呢?

However, in today's verses, when Boaz, Ruth and Naomi, these three people start to disappear one by one before our eyes, we have seen how three ordinary person, their stories actually become the story that have to be read by the Jews on  Shavuot, the day of Pentecost. What is in their life story that it is remembered every year in Israel's history?

 

我们先来看波阿斯,从最后一段的家谱中知道,他的先祖是法勒斯。法勒斯是谁呢?他是犹大和他的儿媳他玛乱伦所生的。这是家族中一个不光彩的故事。但是如果没有这个事件,就不会有波阿斯的出生。蕴含在波阿斯个人生命中的,是一个令人惊讶的事实,上帝将灾难与罪一起编织在他的家族历史中,由此制造出一个波阿斯。不管他是不是已经丧妻,或是他尚未娶妻,我们可以肯定的是他已过了中年,一个正迈向衰老的男人。

Let's start with Boaz, from the last paragraph of the book of Ruth, there is a family line that shows Boaz forefather is Perez. Who is Perez? He is the son  of Judah and his daughter-in-law Tamar, born out of incest. This is a disgraceful story in the family. But if there is no such event, Boaz will not be born. Implied in the Boaz personal life, is an astonishing fact that God have weaved disaster and crime together in his family history, thereby creating a Boaz. It did not matter whether his wife has already passed away or he is still single, not yet married but we can be very sure that he has passed his middle age. A man who is entering old age.

 

我们再来看路得,她是一个摩押女子,穷苦卑微,又是一个从外邦回来的寡妇。她因为舍不得那孤苦的婆婆而背井离乡。她是一个失去丈夫的可怜女人。

Let us look at Ruth, she is a Moabitess from a poor and humble origins. She is a widow returning from the Gentiles. As she could not bear to leave her mother-in-law living alone, she decided to follow her mother-in-law and left her hometown. She was a poor woman who had lost her husband.

 


最后一个离开舞台的主角是拿俄米,我们要记得她刚回到伯利恒时说“耶和华使我空空的回来”。是的,她失去了丈夫,失去了儿子,承受了接二连三的悲剧,她的生命就是这样的悲惨。

The main lead actress to leave the stage last was Naomi, we remember what she said when she returned to Bethlehem “ the Lord made me come back empty.” Yes, she had lost her husband, her two sons. She had went through a series of tragedies and her life was such a misery.

 

可是,这三个人,因着他们对上帝的挚爱和忠诚,他们组成一个彼此挚爱和忠诚的家庭,他们三个人犹如雪地里的三根炭火,靠在一起彼此支撑。他们同心同行,在那个混乱和黑暗的时代,留下一曲可歌可泣的爱的颂歌,并被上帝写入历史。这样微不足道的三个人,他们的故事在每一年的那一天,在以色列人中一代一代的传递。其实,故事的重述不单单是重新的回忆,更不是以旁观者的心态去追述和聆听,而是讲的人和听的人都参与在故事中一起思想和经历。因为故事的重述能够解释人的苦楚,能够消除人的不安,能够安慰人的心碎,于是,讲故事的人和听故事的人便会从心里开始温暖,明天的艰辛和痛苦也将变得可以承受!于是,这个故事也成为了讲的人和听的人所拥有的体验,对上帝对生命的共同体验。

However, these three person, because of their faith in God's faithfulness and loyalty, they form a family of mutual love and loyalty, three of them are like three coals of fire in the snow, giving support to one another. They move  together with one heart in that era of darkness and confusion, leaving behind a song of love and God writes this into history. This three insignificant people, their stories will be read by the Jews once in every year on that day of Shavout, passing from generation to generation. In fact, the retelling of the story is not just refreshing our memories, nor is it to have the mentality of a bystander to pursue and listen, but rather the people who are speaking and listening will also be participating in the reflection and experience of the story. Because of the retelling of the same story, it is able to explain the sufferings of people, able to eliminate human insecurity, able to comfort people who went through heart-brokeness. Therefore, the person who tells the story and listens to the story, their hearts will start to have the warmth, tomorrow's hardships and suffering will become more bearable! As a result, this story also become the experience and posession of the person who speaks and listens to the story. It is also the common experience towards God and life.

 

在此我们要问,被上帝记念的标准是什么?是地位吗?是名望吗?是血统吗?波阿斯、路得、拿俄米的故事告诉我们,这些都不是标准。什么最能感动上帝的心被上帝记念呢?当我问这个问题的时候,我想到了自己的生命。我常常在疾病的折磨中灰心,在忧郁的挣扎中跌倒,这样的我,这样残缺的生命仍然没有被上帝抛弃。而波阿斯、路得、拿俄米的故事向我们肯定,只要持守对上帝的忠诚和爱,我们这些普通平凡甚至残缺的生命也在撰写着自己在上帝历史中的故事,我们的故事也将会成为别人的帮助和鼓励。这故事的力量能唤醒我们不怕任何遭遇,就好像特蕾莎修女所说的,上帝一直在你的生命里为你创造奇迹,帮助你把你最好的给予世界。

Therefore, we need to ask God, what is the standard to be remembered by God? Is it position? Is it a good reputation? Is it bloodline? Boaz, Ruth and Naomi stories tells us that these are not the standards. Then, what will best touched God's heart that God will remember? Whenever I ask this question, I thought of my own life. I was often discouraged by the torment of my sickness, stumbled in my struggle with depression. Even though my life is filled with weakness, I am not abandoned by God.  Boaz and Ruth and Naomi's story assured us that as long as we are hold onto God’s faithfulness and love, we will be like this ordinary people with life full of weakness, we will be writing our story in God’s history, our story will help and encouraged others. The power of this story reminds us not to be afraid of any suffering, it's like what Mother Teresa said, God has been continuously creating miracles in your life , helping you to present your best to the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ZL : 我们唱回应诗歌 HUP 447。

Jelin :    Let us sing HUP 447.

 

 

Short prayers of intercession

ZL:我们为着世界祷告:

Jelin : Let us pray for the world

 

全能的上帝,你使日月星辰运行在各自的轨道,你使万物在生生不息。我们为着这个世界的每一个生命向您献上祈求,这些生命包括被遗弃的孩子,在监狱里的囚犯,在饥饿中的灾民,求你让我们看到并感受到他们所受的痛苦,赐给我们祷告的力量,不断的把这个世界在祷告中带到你的面前,赐给更多的生命你的拯救和盼望。

ZL   :求主怜悯!

ALL  :Hear our prayer.

 

 

ZL:我们为着教会祷告(英文)

Jelin : Let us pray for the Church (in English)

 

Eternal Heavenly father, I pray that your spirit will guide and manage the Universal church, so that the people of God can receive guidance and spiritual growth in their faith, and support each other to spread your gospel,experiencing your faithfulness and your moulding in your love.

Jelin : Lord have mercy!

ALL   : Hear our prayer.听我们的祷告。

 

 

ZL:我们为着三一社体祷告:

Jelin : Let us pray for TTC Community.

 

亲爱的主求你慈爱的手保护我们的每一位老师同工及同学们,加添我们信靠你的力量,尤其在这学期末的时刻,赐给同学们健康的身体及坚强的意志,在写专文或是考试的过程中,都深深经历你的能力,走过这黎明前的黑暗和疲惫,从知识的装备中不断获着生命的塑造。

求主怜悯!

ZL   :求主怜悯!

ALL  :Hear our prayer.

 

 

ZL: 会众请起立。

Jelin: Please stand.

 

Blessing

ZL:我们同念祝福文以结束今天的早祷!

Jelin:Let us say the grace together to end this morning chapel.

 

愿我主耶稣基督的恩惠,上帝的慈爱和圣灵的交通常与我们众人同在, 直到永远,

阿们。

 

May the grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ, the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with us all, evermore.
Amen.

 

 

默祷,平安散会。

 

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