We’ve moved back to afternoon Worship, and winter is nigh!  Where did the year go?!  It passed on the wings of our worship to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and what a joy it’s been to praise Him together!

As always, please feel free to ask any Praise-Team member about guitar tabs, lyrics, and mp3s of the praise songs we sing together . . .

Sunday, October 31:

  • Let Your Kingdom Come
  • No, Not One
  • O, the Wonderful Cross
  • Where the Love Lasts Forever
  • This is Our God
  • The Stand

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As of Sunday, October 31 . . .

Dear friends,
After receiving our last email and print newsletter, many of you wrote with encouraging comments. We’re glad to know that you are following our updates. We’ll do our best to keep communicating about our work. Please keep pr’ing for the OT stories in the Bridge language and for the Bridge people who read or hear them.
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Hmmm.

Could this be an encouraging word for our community, too?

Halloween is just around the corner, and there’s a buzz in the northeastern air.  Tarrytown is covered in cobwebs and scarecrows, and seasonal costume shops are appearing out of nowhere to remind us that the holiday is just around the corner.   As a child, Halloween was among my favorite holidays, but as a Christian, it has often been difficult to know how to reconcile it with my faith.   For many years Amy and I have wrestled to understand whether or not participation in this seemingly dark and, at times, demon-esque holiday is fitting for our family.   Many Christians have felt the same tension, and in recent years, numerous American churches have decided to provide church-run alternatives for the community.

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As of October 11, 2010 … the Shouwang Church’s Open Statement on Lausanne …

Participants from China invited to the Lausanne World Congress are currently under much pressure and have been stopped.  We believe Lausanne has the Lord’s leading and His providential good will as it will move the church in China to become one and grow in maturity.  Through Lausanne, God will bring the church in China to “rise up and shine!” becoming “salt and light” to bless China.

As a result, Shouwang church is grateful for our 12 brothers and sisters (8 participants and 4 volunteers) who are privileged to be a part of Lausanne.  We beseech the Lord to lead them through this journey peacefully and successfully.

We pray for China’s participants to have a heart of “resolution, openness and togetherness” in attending Lausanne, and for the churches that have been under attack for the pressure to be released.

We especially pray for our brothers and sisters who have been detained and under arrest (especially Inner Mongolia brother Liu Jin Tao who was detained Oct 9th for 15 days).  We ask God for freedom in spirit and in body as we trust the Spirit of the Lord while being a testimony of His life and truth.  We also pray for the church and their ministry co-workers that they would be one in the Lord.

“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth, and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you, his glory appears over you.” Isaiah 60:1-3

Beijing Shouwang Church Board

Oct 10th, 2010

Monday Giggles

October 11, 2010

Here’s Chris Tomlin like you’ve never seen him before . . .

 

As of Sunday, October 10, 2010:

Dear all,

I just received a phone call from A.  After a successful positive interview with the media, the 7 volunteers headed to the airport.  At airport immigration all 7 were pulled aside to a room.  After the passports were confiscated, the volunteers were told that their documents would be returned after Oct 25th (last day of Lausanne III).  Around 30 police from multiple levels, districts and departments showed up.  They even escorted all of them with their luggage back home.  On the ride home with the police, Abraham said that his dialogue was very pleasant and polite. The police told him they were just doing their jobs as the decision from the very top is at all cost to stop all from China from attending Lausanne III.  All 7 volunteers are in good spirits and have a peace in the hearts that they did all they could to go.   Pray for the many Chinese participants that will be leaving Oct 14th and Oct 15th.  Pray for the church in China!