Bishop’s Message 主教訊息

To the Richmond Church Plant:
Anglican Network Church of the Good Shepherd (Richmond)

May 2, 2010

Dear Friends in Christ:

“Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to
win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Phil.3:13-14 NIV
Paul encourages Philippian believers to set sight on what is before them, and not to linger in the
past. No matter what the past was – be it glorious moments or suffering days, experiences to take
pride in or times of great sadness, everyone must look ahead. We must take Christ’s calling as
our only goal and move forward in persistence. At the end we will receive the prize promised by
God.

Chinese culture is characterized by “looking back” – a virtue of not forgetting our root in the past.
However, when this virtue of remembering the past becomes a lingering in the past, worse still a
fixation in the self ego, it may turn into an inflated pride (of past glories) or unresolved bitterness
(of past hurts). Either one mode is completely unhealthy. Therefore, Paul exhorts himself to
forget what is behind, straining toward what is ahead, and press on toward the goal. A healthy
life will shine forth a healthy testimony, which will glorify God and edify people.

“The Anglican Network Church of the Good Shepherd” is an important name. You have
corporately chosen your name, “The Anglican Network Church of the Good Shepherd
(Richmond),” after soul-searching considerations and earnest prayers. Good Shepherd,
Vancouver, has a very long history, birthed from three Chinese missions in British Columbia,
and flourished as the only surviving missionary community. (The three Chinese missions were
Good Hope Mission, Good Samaritan Mission and Good Shepherd Mission.) This community
was the early Church of the Good Shepherd, an example of God’s grace over pastoral ministry
among the Chinese people in Canada.

Today, the Church of the Good Shepherd, Vancouver, celebrated her 120th anniversary in
thanksgiving to God for his saving grace and protection over Chinese Canadians, setting a
landmark for gospel ministry among the Chinese in Canada. When ANiC plants the third Chinese
church in Richmond, named “The Anglican Network Church of the Good Shepherd (Richmond),”
the Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd in Vancouver resolved to be their sponsoring church.
Therefore, you, the Anglican Network Church of the Good Shepherd (Richmond), have to
continue along the path of our predecessors: participate in the Richmond community, witness to
the good news of Christ, and live out the gospel of God’s grace, salvation and peace in the
neighbourhood.

May God bless you and guide you in your mission endeavour for his Kingdom.


The Rt. Rev. Stephen Leung
Bishop (Multicultural Ministry)
Anglican Network in Canada

主教信息

致列治文植堂 : 列治文聖公會牧愛堂

 

親愛的主内兄姊:

 

「忘記背後,努力面前,向著標竿直跑,要得上帝在基督耶穌從上面召我來得的獎

賞。」 腓三:13-14 《和合本聖經》

 

保羅勉勵腓立比信徒要向前望,不要沉溺過去。無論過去是光榮日子,或是受苦時刻,是

驕傲經歷,或是傷痛歲月,每人都要往前望,以基督的呼召為唯一目標,繼續鍥而不捨向

前進發,至終是會獲得從上帝而來的獎賞,這是上帝的應許。

 

華人傳統是有「往後望」的文化特色。學懂不忘本是美德,但將這「不忘本」變為「沉溺

過去」,更甚者「閉塞自我在過去中」很容易產生自大,成功的過去,或苦毒,(傷痛的過

去),兩者都非常不健康。因此保羅自勉,忘記背後,努力面前,向著標竿直跑。惟有健

康的生命才有健康的見證,這才榮神益人。

 

「聖公會牧愛堂」是重要的名字。你們選擇正名為「列治文聖公會牧愛堂」,是經過深思

熟慮,眾人深切禱告的群體決定。「溫哥華聖公會牧愛堂」擁有悠長歷史,源自三個在卑

詩省推動的華人宣教工作,而最終碩果僅存一個宣教群體。(那三個華人宣教工作是

Good Hope Mission,Good Samaritan Mission 及Good Shepherd Mission。) 這僅存的群體

就是「溫哥華聖公會牧愛堂」的前身,是上帝保存牧養在加華人的恩典例子。

 

今天,溫哥華聖公會牧愛堂慶祝120週年紀念,感謝上帝120年以來對華人在加的拯救和

保護,標誌著牧養加拿大華人的聖工。而這次加拿大聖公會聯盟在列治文開辦教會,定名

為列治文聖公會牧愛堂,溫哥華聖公會牧愛堂願意承當為新堂的 sponsoring church。

 

因此,你們稱為「列治文聖公會牧愛堂」就要承先啟後,參與列治文社區,見證基督的福

音,將上帝的恩典、救恩、和平的福音活在社群之中。

 

祈願上帝祝福帥領你們為祂國度的宣教努力。

加拿大聖公會聯盟主教 (多元文化)

二零一零年五月二日

 

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