English Worship 3.21

This is the day that the Lord has made – Let us rejoice and be glad in it!

Lenten Theme: From Death | To Life

It is during this time of the year that we pay special attention to our need for Jesus. Without him we are lost. Without him we are in the dark. We are spiritually dead. However, with him we have life, because He gave his life for us. This is a time and a season of repentance as we reflect on our status before God. Without Jesus we would be dead, but in Him we have life. We take this time to reflect and repent as the time grows closer and closer to the death of Jesus and then to the celebration of His resurrection on Easter. 

Theme for the Week:

“Even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”  (Mark 10:45) 

God will be our God and Jesus is our high priest. He is the source of salvation – He came to serve and give his life – and He calls us to set aside our lives for His sake as well. 

Bible Readings

Jeremiah 31:31-34

31“The time is coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. 32It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke my covenant, though I was a husband to them,”declares the LORD.

33“This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time,” declares the LORD. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.

34No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the LORD. “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”

Hebrews 5:1-10

1Every high priest is selected from among men and is appointed to represent them in matters related to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. 2He is able to deal gently with those who are ignorant and are going astray, since he himself is subject to weakness. 3This is why he has to offer sacrifices for his own sins, as well as for the sins of the people. 4No one takes this honor upon himself; he must be called by God, just as Aaron was. 5So Christ also did not take upon himself the glory of becoming a high priest. But God said to him, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father.”6And he says in another place,”You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.” 7During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. 8Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered 9and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him 10and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek.

Mark 10:32-45

32They were on their way up to Jerusalem, with Jesus leading the way, and the disciples were astonished, while those who followed were afraid. Again he took the Twelve aside and told them what was going to happen to him. 33″We are going up to Jerusalem,” he said, “and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles, 34who will mock him and spit on him, flog him and kill him. Three days later he will rise.” 

35Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.” 

36″What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. 

37They replied, “Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.” 

38″You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said. “Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?” 

39″We can,” they answered. Jesus said to them, “You will drink the cup I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with, 40but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared.” 

41When the ten heard about this, they became indignant with James and John. 42Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 43Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 44and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 45For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Sermon

“Even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Prayer

Spend some time in prayer with our Heavenly Father. He asks us to pray, to talk with Him. Like a father and his child. Bring to Him your problems and your difficult situations. Bring to him your hopes and desires. Praise him and give him thanks for all He’s done. Share your life with him, because He loves you.

Go in peace and serve the Lord!

Bible Verses for Next Sunday, March 28th

Zechariah 9:9-12 | Philippians 2:5-11 | John 12:12-43

Tencent Meeting Info

Sunday, March 21st: Online Conversation and Fellowship

10am-11am

Meeting ID: 659 0660 8960

(VooV Meeting / Tencent Meeting App)

Location and Address

Nanshan English Worship – 2:00pm (14:00)

2239 Nanhai Ave. New Energy Building B, 3rd Floor 

南海大道2239号新能源大厦B座3楼 

Bus: 海雅百货 (Haiya Department Store) or 南山邮局 (Nanshan Post Office)

Metro: Line 9 Nanshan Book Mall (Exit D)

Meilin English Worship – 7:00pm (19:00)

126 Meilin Rd., 2nd floor chapel 

梅林路126号梅林教堂二楼 可乘坐

Bus: Meilin er cun 

Metro: Line 9 Xiameilin or Meicun

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Nanshan Church Address:

2239 Nanhai Ave. New Energy Building B, 3rd Floor 

南海大道2239号新能源大厦B座3楼

 

Meilin Church Address:

126 Meilin Rd., 2nd floor chapel

梅林路126号梅林教堂二楼