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Sunday Worship Service
9:45 A.M. 29 May 2022

Welcome .......... Natalie Yeung

Proclamation .......... Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 .......... Congregation

12 “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.
14 “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city.

16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”
17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.

20 He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.

Prayer .......... Natalie Yeung

Songs of Worship
1. Behold Our God
2. Ancient of Days
3. Sovereign

Scripture Reading .......... Revelation 2:12-17 .......... Natalie Yeung

12“To the angel of the church in Pergamum write: These are the words of him who has the sharp, double-edged sword. 13 I know where you live—where Satan has his throne. Yet you remain true to my name. You did not renounce your faith in me, not even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness, who was put to death in your city—where Satan lives.

14 Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: There are some among you who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin so that they ate food sacrificed to idols and committed sexual immorality. 15 Likewise, you also have those who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans. 16 Repent therefore! Otherwise, I will soon come to you and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

17 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it.

Sermon .......... Keep your Faith in the Lord .......... Mr. Stephen Lam

Our Response .......... A pure Heart .......... Congregation

A pure heart, that's what I long for.
A heart that follows hard after Thee;
A pure heart, that's what I long for.
A heart that follows hard after Thee.

A heart that hides Your Word
So that sin will not come in.
A heart that's undivided
But one You rule and reign;
A heart that beats compassion,
That pleases You, my Lord.
A sweet aroma of worship
That rises to Your throne.

Offering .......... Congregation
Offering can be done electronically & there is an offering box on GF (next to the elevator)

Prayer .......... Natalie Yeung

Announcements .......... Natalie Yeung

Closing Prayer .......... Minister Kam Yin Tang

“To the angel of the church in Pergamum write: These are the words of him who has the sharp, double-edged sword.
Revelation 2:12

As all 7 messages to these churches in Revelation, this message to Pergamum starts with emphasizing one aspect of the vision of Jesus that John saw in Revelation 1. This church apparently needs to hear the power of the words that come from Jesus’ mouth. As Hebrews 4:12 says: For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

This power of God’s Word is necessary to withstand the false teaching of those leading Christians astray. When we now live in a society that overflows with information and that is easily impressed by new discoveries and teachings, may we hold on to the word of God as the only authority in our life. Revelation is also very clear about how powerful God’s Word is. Not only can we find this description of Jesus at the beginning of the book of Revelation, towards the end of the book it says this: I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war. … Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” (Rev. 19:11, 15) and verse 21 says:

The rest were killed with the sword coming out of the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh. The description of evil is threatening, making us fantasize about a fierce battle. But the battle is really not spectacular: Lord Jesus simple overcomes. May we remember this divine authority and power of God’s Word.

Prayer Notes English Ministry

March 2021

Psalm 62:5-8
Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.
6 Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
7 My salvation and my honor depend on God;
he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
8 Trust in him at all times, you people;
pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.

Psalm 62 starts with a similar proclamation as the verses just quoted:
1-2 Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him.
Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.

Sometimes we need to put effort in truly live in the conviction that we find rest in God, we have to exercise our faith and remind ourselves of the truth. By repeating and addressing “my soul” one is reminding oneself how steadfast our God is. And because of God’s faithfulness we can come to Him in prayer!

Let us pray for the world and HK:
  • Pray for missionaries in different countries. May God protect them and use them.
  • Pray for governments and those in authority to govern in wisdom in these unsettling times. Different countries are facing different challenges, may God have mercy.
  • Pray for brothers and sisters studying and working abroad.
Let us pray for the English Ministry:
  • Thankful for the retreat of the English Ministry, encouraging brothers and sisters to cast their worries to the Lord and grow in faith. May all continue this practice to be attentive to God’s presence in life.
  • May the upcoming course “God loves you but what is Love” be a blessing to our congregation.
  • In celebrating 120th anniversary of HKBC, we have plans to share about the church’s history in the services. May our congregation be encouraged hearing how God has worked in the history of church.
  • Approaching Good Friday and Easter, may we learn to remember Jesus’ suffering and live a resurrection life. On Friday 2 April we will have a Good Friday Service, pray for the preparation. Also for our Easter Sunday, may we celebrate the Resurrection Power of the Lord joyfully.
The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. (Psalm 18:2)