牧師的話

2018年快將過去,在納新之年(Year of Newness)深感神恩浩瀚,在默想、禱告、總結中,為2018年向主獻上感恩。有一句經文在我靈裡不住迴盪—惟獨把新酒裝在新皮袋裡(太九17)。只有新皮袋可以裝新酒,只有新人可以作新事,只有新的思維才可迎向新的未來!

那麼,這一年教會在甚麼地方有所更新呢?新事又怎樣接踵而至呢?怎樣令人相信納新之年確實是神賜予錦光呢?

一) 肢體事奉的新態度

2018年錦光史無前例加開了周五晚堂的崇拜,在本已擠得密密麻麻的程序中再添加一項事工。作為主任牧師,自己付上更大的代價乃屬理所當然之事,但眼見信徒無私的奉獻,內心激動不已。猶記得在剛開設的周五晚堂,我目睹許多的事奉人員,剛下班就從全港各處趕回教會,為晚堂崇拜作準備:有獻唱詩歌的敬拜隊成員、有操控廣播系統的PA部成員、有維持秩序的招安……大家全情投入回應神帶領的聖工。有兩個場景令我難忘:當我抵達敬拜中心,看見當晚負責打鼓的弟兄,他是一位教師,剛下課後趕來教會,時近黃昏六點,他正怱忙吃著捧在手中的便當,吃完後準備去服事。我看在眼裡,心中滿是激動,我對他說:「弟兄,辛苦你了!」他笑著回答:「牧師,沒啥了不起!」

第二個場景也令我留下深刻的印象:當我走進敬拜中心,看見敬拜隊已投入綵排。他們下班後旋即趕回教會服事主,當晚帶領敬拜的弟兄滿身汗水,跑進會堂趕及參與綵排。我為錦光獻上無盡的感恩,不止是這兩位肢體,而是全體事奉的人員毫不保留地為主作無私的奉獻,錦光教會才有今天的作為。

我謹代表全體會眾,向各位事奉的肢體致敬,並打從心底表達謝意,願主親自報答大家的勞苦。

二) 台上服事的新境界

回顧2018年各場崇拜聚會,在台上無論是敬拜還是講道,都有著極大的提升,會眾為著滿有神同在的聚會而感恩,許多人在聚會中遇見主,他們困擾的問題得到解答,病患者得醫治,走在聖道上生命被淨化,如經上所記:「認識耶和華榮耀的知識要充滿遍地(錦光教會),好像水充滿洋海一般。」(哈二14)

台上服事的新景象令人感動,這是主親手裁成的美事,服事主的生命中有著全新的態度,在台上的服事,不管是敬拜或是講道,都經歷了聖靈新的恩膏。Amen!

三) 台下牧養的新提升

一個卓越的教會,最少具備三個元素:一、好的敬拜;二、好的講道;三、好的牧養。

錦光教會把幾千會眾分配到不同的家,好使肢體得到貼身的栽培和牧養,然而這個模式已經採用多年,在人事或制度上難免出現老化及僵化的情況,有時連我也感到無奈,不知如何處理。

在2018年,聖靈明顯攪動整個牧養板塊,許多家牧、區長、組長的生命被神光照亮,領袖在痛悔的淚水中再次被提升!

上主在錦光教會行了不少新事,2018年確實是納新之年,讓我們謙卑地與主同行,一同邁入更榮耀的2019年。Amen!

Kamkwongers, 2018 is ending soon. In this Year of Newsness, I deeply felt the vastness and depth of God's grace. When I meditated, prayed and made conclusions about this year, I am truly grateful to our Lord.

As I am writing this, a biblical verse is lingering in my spirit – "pour new wine into new wineskins" (Matthew 9:17; NIV) Truly, only new wineskins can contain new wine, only new people can do new things, and only new thinking can advance towards our new future!

So, what were new among us in 2018? And how do these new things convince us that 2018 is really the Year of Newness that God designated for Kam Kwong Church?

1) New attitudes of God's servants

In 2018, we launched our new Friday night service, as the latest addition in the church's already tight and busy schedule. As the senior pastor, it is my calling to make sacrifice for this extra service – but it is not our brothers' and sisters' obligation to do the same. Therefore, I was very touched and emotional when I saw their dedication toward this new service. I still remember that when our Friday night service first started, I saw a lot of brothers and sisters rushing back to the church to prepare for the service as soon as they finished their work. They included members of the worship team, the PA team, the ushers and security team, etc. All of them were fully devoted in response to God's leadership in our ministry.

Two episodes that night were particularly unforgettable for me. First, just when I arrived at the Worship Centre, I saw the brother who was to serve as a drummer that night. He is a full-time teacher. It was about 6pm and he was hurrying to finish his takeaway dinner so that he could get ready to serve. Touched by what I saw, I spoke to him, and told him, "It must be tiring for you, brother, thank you so much!" He responded with a smile and simply said, "It's nothing, Reverend Lau!"

The second episode was when I entered the Worship Centre, I saw the worship team was already rehearsing. They all rushed back after work to serve the Lord. The worship leader, in particular, was all sweating when he ran into the hall to prepare for the rehearsal. I am particularly grateful for Kam Kwong Church because of the two episodes I saw. I believe that Kam Kwong Church has achieved all that we saw today not just because of these two brothers, but because of the dedication of everyone in the service team!

On behalf of the entire congregation, I would like to pay tribute to you who serve the Lord, and say thank you from the bottom of my heart. May the Lord reward you Himself!

2) New dimensions of services on stage

Looking back on the different services of 2018, there was huge improvement among those who led worship or gave sermons on stage. The congregation also responded by showing gratitude for God's presence in our services. Many of them encountered God, others had their problems resolved, and some received healing. By the grace of God, lives were cleansd. As the bible says, "For the earth (Kam Kwong Church) will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea." (Harakkuk 2:14; NIV)

I am both touched and grateful for the new things God Himself has done for the service onstage, and not only did new attitudes displayed in the lives of the service team members, services onstage, be it worship or sermons, also showed new anointment from the Holy Spirit. Amen!

3) New enhancements of shepherding in the congregation

There are three key elements that a wonderful church must possess: 1. Good worship, 2. Good sermons; 3. Good pastoral care.

There are thousands of members in Kam Kwong Church, all of which are assigned to a "family" so that they can receive adequate nurturing and pastoral care. However, this system has been running for years, and inevitably things can go rigid in terms of and structural arrangements. Sometimes even I would feel helpless about it.

In 2018, the Holy Spirit has clearly stirred the entire pastoral care system. He shed lights on the lives of family pastors, zone leaders, and cell leaders. Through tearful repentance, their lives have been taken to new heights.

2018 is indeed the Year of Newness. God did many new things in Kam Kwong Church. Let us continue to build what we have achieved and step into a more glorious 2019. Amen!