The Present Crisis

 

This past Pentecost Sunday while our fellowship, like so many churches, celebrated the wondrous coming of the Holy Spirit, something truly dreadful was coming upon our nation. Anger and despair over another tragic death of an African-American man caused by police exploded across the nation.

I am reminded today of James Russell Lowell’s poem “The Present Crisis” about American slavery. Lowell (1819-1891) wrote the poem to address the controversy over slavery leading up to the Civil War. Now, I do not believe that every problem in our society or the African-American community is traceable to slavery, however, as a Christian, I do believe the roots of sin to which slavery can be traced are no different than the roots of all social evil that provokes such a crisis as we are in. Accordingly, the truth of Lowell’s poem rings true for me in our “present crisis” and is worth considering. Here is an excerpt:

“Of those Crises, God’s stern winnowers, from whose feet earth’s chaff must fly;

Never shows the choice momentous till the judgment hath passed by.

Careless seems the great Avenger; history’s pages but record

One death-grapple in the darkness ‘twixt old systems and the Word;

Truth forever on the scaffold, Wrong forever on the throne,—

Yet that scaffold sways the future, and, behind the dim unknown,

Standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch above His own.

We see dimly in the Present what is small and what is great,

Slow of faith how weak an arm may turn the iron helm of fate …”

 

We can have faith that God is in the shadow, keeping watch over what is happening in America. Our nation has been plunged into chaos. Our hearts go out to those who have suffered. We all pray for peace and justice and change. As for the evildoers in the shadows who have looted and plundered and trampled on the grief and sorrow and longing of so many for a better world, I am confident, they will not succeed to ruin the purposes of God’s redemptive plan. He will bring good out of this and justice to the earth. As Job says of Him, “I know no purpose of Your’s can be withheld from You (Job 42:2). We see it dimly now, as Lowell reminds us, but Almighty God is in the shadows of this, too, keeping watch over it all, working out His gracious purpose for humanity through Jesus Christ, our Lord. It cannot be withheld from Him! .

– Pastor Jack Davidson

For More

Read “The Church & Racial Reconciliation” from the Synod Executive of the ECO denomination.

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We’re Almost There!

F.Fong signing the Reverter Deed

We are on schedule to be dismissed from PCUSA at the end of this month. Elders Mark Wong and Frank Fong donned their face masks, venturing out on Friday to meet with the notary for the signing of the final document (the grant reverter deed). Stay tuned for the final steps. Thanks be to God!

教会按計劃在本月底脫離美國長老宗(PCUSA),黃良德長老和方獻旗長老戴上口罩, 於週五與公證人見面並簽署最終文件(返還契據)使用。請繼續關注後續更新。感謝神!

M.Wong signing the Reverter Deed

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear... Psalms 46:1-2

Services and Gatherings Suspended 

暫停崇拜和聚會

Due to the COVID-19 national and worldwide crisis we have cancelled Sunday services and other gatherings for our church community. We continue to stay informed and pray about when to resume. For now we encourage you to stay in prayer with us, connect with us via ATLPC’s Facebook page throughout the week, and receive Sunday sermons through ATLPC on YouTube. We will provide you with timely updates.

由於新冠病毒引發的全國和全球性危機,我們取消了主日崇拜及其他聚會。我們繼續保持跟進時局,並祈禱恢復聚會的時間。目前,我們鼓勵您與我們一同禱告,您可以通過教會的Facebook頁面與我們聯繫,並通過YouTube上的教會頻道觀看主日講道信息。 我們將為您提供及時的更新。

Sermons on YouTube 

線上證道信息

This past Sunday we sent you the link for a live stream broadcast from the main sanctuary engineered by one of our members from the Mandarin ministry. A/V ministry people from our English and Cantonese ministries were also present to lend their support. It is really great to see members of the body of Christ working together this way to bless the entire church. Generally there is agreement that live streaming is a simple and successful method we can use in such an emergency. Thanks to God, and thanks to all of you for all the encouraging responses we received about last Sunday. This is a ministry we can improve upon and continue when our regular services resume. Please keep our A/V ministry members in prayer as they work together on other ways to record and transmit our worship each Sunday.

在過去的幾周日,我們向您發送了一個鏈接,該鏈接是由我們國語部的一名同工設立的主要發佈主日崇拜的現場直播,來自英語和粵語部的影音部同工也提供了技術支持。真高興看到基督的肢體成員以此方式共同祝福整個教會。通常大家同意直播是一種在這種緊急情況下可以使用的簡單而成功的方法。感謝神,也感謝大家在給我們鼓舞人心的回應。這是一個我們可以改進和在回復日常聚會後繼續的事工。 請為音響部的同工禱告,因為他們以其他方式共同記錄和傳播我們每個禮拜天的崇拜。

 on Sunday morning 

主日早的連接

For your worship and devotion to our Lord this coming Sunday, we will send a Sunday Connections with the link for sermons on YouTube. We’re hoping to also add some music to encourage and build you up in your faith.
講道信息會每週日早上通過一段YouTube連接發送給您,同事我們也希望添加一些音樂來鼓勵和建立您的信仰。

Offerings for Church 

教會奉獻

We are working on ways for you to make your offering electronically and we will keep you posted on our progress. For now, please just use the postal service and mail your offering to the church address (20 W. Commonwealth Ave., Alhambra, CA 91801). You can also drop it in the mail slot located at our office entrance facing Commonwealth Ave.

我們正在研究更多線上奉獻的方式,我們將及時向您發布進度。 目前請使用郵政服務,將您的奉獻郵寄到教會地址(20 W. Commonwealth Ave.,Alhambra,CA 91801)。您也可以將其放入位於Commonwealth Ave的辦公室入口的信件投遞口處。

 


For up-to-date information on COVID-19, please visit the sites below:

有關COVID-19的最新信息,請訪問以下網站:

Center for Disease Control & Prevention 疾病預防控制中心

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health 洛杉磯縣公共衛生局

World Health Organization 世界衛生組織