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1 Chronicles – NIV 1984


Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, "Oh, that You would bless me and enlarge my territory!

Let Your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain." And

God granted his request.


Those who were musicians, heads of Levite families, stayed in the rooms of the temple and

were exempt from other duties because they were responsible for the work day and night.


Saul died because he was unfaithful to the LORD; he did not keep the word of the LORD and

even consulted a medium for guidance,   


and did not inquire of the LORD. So the LORD put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David son of Jesse.


They helped David against raiding bands, for all of them were brave warriors, and they were commanders in his army.


Day after day men came to help David, until he had a great army, like the army of God.


David and all the Israelites were celebrating with all their might before God, with songs and

with harps, lyres, tambourines, cymbals and trumpets.


Now David was clothed in a robe of fine linen, as were all the Levites who were carrying the

ark, and as were the singers, and Kenaniah, who was in charge of the singing of the choirs.

David also wore a linen ephod. 


So all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the LORD with shouts, with the sounding of rams' horns and trumpets, and of cymbals, and the playing of lyres and harps.


Give thanks to the LORD, call on His name; make known among the nations what He has done.


Sing to Him, sing praise to Him; tell of all His wonderful acts.


Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.


Look to the LORD and His strength; seek His face always.


Remember the wonders He has done, His miracles, and the judgments He pronounced,


O descendants of Israel His servant, O sons of Jacob, His chosen ones.


He is the LORD our God; His judgments are in all the earth.


He remembers His covenant forever, the word He commanded, for a thousand generations,


the covenant He made with Abraham, the oath He swore to Isaac.


He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree, to Israel as an everlasting covenant:


"To you I will give the land of Canaan as the portion you will inherit."


When they were but few in number, few indeed, and strangers in it,


they wandered from nation to nation, from one kingdom to another.


He allowed no man to oppress them; for their sake He rebuked kings:


"Do not touch My anointed ones; do My prophets no harm."


Sing to the LORD, all the earth; proclaim His salvation day after day.


Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous deeds among all peoples.


For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; He is to be feared above all gods.


For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the LORD made the heavens.


Splendor and majesty are before Him; strength and joy in His dwelling place.


Ascribe to the LORD, O families of nations, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength,


ascribe to the LORD the glory due His name. Bring an offering and come before Him;

worship the LORD in the splendor of His holiness.


Tremble before Him, all the earth! The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved.


Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let them say among the nations, "The LORD reigns!"


Let the sea resound, and all that is in it; let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them!


Then the trees of the forest will sing, they will sing for joy before the LORD, for He comes

to judge the earth.


Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever.


Cry out, "Save us, O God our Savior; gather us and deliver us from the nations, that we may

give thanks to Your holy name, that we may glory in Your praise."


Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Then all the people said "Amen" and "Praise the LORD."


That night the word of God came to Nathan, saying:


"Go and tell My servant David, 'This is what the LORD says: You are not the one to build Me

a house to dwell in.


I have not dwelt in a house from the day I brought Israel up out of Egypt to this day. I have moved from one tent site to another, from one dwelling place to another.


Wherever I have moved with all the Israelites, did I ever say to any of their leaders whom I commanded to shepherd My people, "Why have you not built Me a house of cedar?" '


"Now then, tell My servant David, 'This is what the LORD Almighty says: I took you from the pasture and from following the flock, to be ruler over My people Israel.


I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have cut off all your enemies from before you. Now I will make your name like the names of the greatest men of the earth.


Then King David went in and sat before the LORD, and he said: "Who am I, O LORD God,

and what is my family, that You have brought me this far?


And as if this were not enough in Your sight, O God, You have spoken about the future of the house of Your servant. You have looked on me as though I were the most exalted of men,



"What more can David say to You for honoring Your servant? For You know Your servant,


O LORD. For the sake of Your servant and according to Your will, You have done this great

thing and made known all these great promises.


O LORD, You are God! You have promised these good things to Your servant.


All these were sons of Heman the king's seer. They were given him through the promises

of God to exalt him. God gave Heman fourteen sons and three daughters.


All these men were under the supervision of their fathers for the music of the temple of

the LORD, with cymbals, lyres and harps, for the ministry at the house of God. Asaph,

Jeduthun and Heman were under the supervision of the king.


Along with their relatives - all of them trained and skilled in music for the LORD - they

numbered 288.


"And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve Him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you;

but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever.


Consider now, for the LORD has chosen you to build a temple as a sanctuary. Be strong

and do the work."


David also said to Solomon his son, "Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake

you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished.


The divisions of the priests and Levites are ready for all the work on the temple of God, and every willing man skilled in any craft will help you in all the work.The officials and all the people will obey your every command."


David praised the LORD in the presence of the whole assembly, saying, "Praise be to You,

O LORD, God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting.


Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is Yours. Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom; You are exalted

as head over all.


Wealth and honor come from You; You are the ruler of all things. In Your hands are strength

and power to exalt and give strength to all.


Now, our God, we give You thanks, and praise Your glorious name.


"But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from You, and we have given You only what comes from Your hand.


We are aliens and strangers in Your sight, as were all our forefathers. Our days on earth are

like a shadow, without hope.


O LORD our God, as for all this abundance that we have provided for building You a temple

for Your Holy Name, it comes from Your hand, and all of it belongs to You.


I know, my God, that You test the heart and are pleased with integrity. All these things have I given willingly and with honest intent. And now I have seen with joy how willingly Your

people who are here have given to You.


O LORD, God of our fathers Abraham, Isaac and Israel, keep this desire in the hearts of Your people forever, and keep their hearts loyal to You.


2 Chronicles  – NIV 1984


Solomon answered God, "You have shown great kindness to David my father and have made

me king in his place.


Now, LORD God, let Your promise to my father David be confirmed, for You have made me king over a people who are as numerous as the dust of the earth.


Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this

great people of Yours?"


The priests then withdrew from the Holy Place. All the priests who were there had consecrated themselves, regardless of their divisions.


All the Levites who were musicians - Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun and their sons and relatives -stood on the east side of the altar, dressed in fine linen and playing cymbals, harps and lyres. They were accompanied by 120 priests sounding trumpets.


The trumpeters and singers joined in unison, as with one voice, to give praise and thanks to the LORD. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, they raised their voices in praise to the LORD and sang: "He is good; His love endures forever." Then the temple of the LORD was filled with a cloud,


and the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled the temple of God.


"But will God really dwell on earth with men? The heavens, even the highest heavens, cannot contain You. How much less this temple I have built!


Yet give attention to Your servant's prayer and his plea for mercy, O LORD my God. Hear

the cry and the prayer that Your servant is praying in Your presence.


May Your eyes be open toward this temple day and night, this place of which You said You

would put Your Name there. May You hear the prayer Your servant prays toward this place.


Hear the supplications of Your servant and of Your people Israel when they pray toward this

place. Hear from heaven, Your dwelling place; and when You hear, forgive.


if My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My

face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin

and will heal their land.


"But if you turn away and forsake the decrees and commands I have given you and go off to serve other gods and worship them,


then I will uproot Israel from My land, which I have given them, and will reject this temple

I have consecrated for My Name. I will make it a byword and an object of ridicule among all peoples.


And though this temple is now so imposing, all who pass by will be appalled and say, 'Why

has the LORD done such a thing to this land and to this temple?'


People will answer, 'Because they have forsaken the LORD, the God of their fathers, Who brought them out of Egypt, and have embraced other gods, worshiping and serving them –

that is why He brought all this disaster on them.' "


In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the LORD spoken by Jeremiah, the LORD moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation

throughout his realm and to put it in writing:


"This is what Cyrus king of Persia says:" 'The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and He has appointed me to build a temple for Him at Jerusalem in Judah. Anyone of His people among you - may the LORD his God be with him, and let him go up.' "








December 16, 2018

  1. The 2019 Mission Fund budget is $175,000. To date, we have collected 99 pledge cards totaling in $64,625 of faith pledges. If you have not completed a “Missions Faith Pledge” card, please note that cards must be submitted to the church office by DEC 31. Pledge cards are available downstairs in the Main Foyer.


  1. Next SUN will be our annual EM Christmas Worship service (9:30AM & 11:00AM). Bring your friends and family to join us for a time of carol singing, readings from the Birth Narratives and special music!


  1. The Combined Christmas Worship Service will be held on TUES, DEC 25 @11:00AM. Registration for Preschool and Children (K to Gr 6) program will begin at 10:50AM.


  1. The 2019 Elders & Deacons Retreat will be held on SAT, JAN 5 from 9:00AM-2:00PM. Lunch @$10. Please register with your department lead. For the list of 2019 deacons, refer to the DEC “BOE” Minutes.


  1. The 2019 Spring Baptism will be held on APR 21. All completed application forms (incl. an official ID photo and testimony) must be submitted to church office by FRI, FEB 1. Baptismal forms are available on the magazine racks in the Main Foyer.


  1. Local Outreach Department has prepared us with Christmas Gospel Tracts (in Chinese and English) to share the true meaning of Christmas with our relatives, friends and neighbors. The tracts are available for pick up downstairs.


  1. The 2019 Winter Term - Adult ESL Course will begin on JAN 14. For registration, please contact Rosita Leung.


  1. The Proposed Floor Plan for Renovation @12855 Clarke Place, #130 is posted on the bulletin board outside the main sanctuary. Offering for renovations can be made toward church building fund. If you have any questions, please contact Elder Luther.


  1. Our heartfelt condolences to Eddie & Veronica Ma whose father passed away last week. Please remember them in your hearts and prayers during this time of loss.


  1. Our deepest sympathies to Ivy Tsui whose mother passed away last week. May our Lord bless and comfort Ivy during this time of grief.


  1. EM Prayer Meeting - Come join us every WED @8:00PM in the chapel for midweek fellowship and prayer. If you have any prayer requests or praise items, you can submit them at [] or the “Prayer & Missions” section of EM Bulletin Board.