Welcome to CCiL

We offer a warm welcome to people from all backgrounds – whether you are here to find out more about the Christian faith, or you are a Christian seeking a spiritual home, or you just want to see what a Chinese church is like.We hope you will find your place here with us and find God among us.

2019 Sermon Theme – The Christian Year Calendar

Our 2018-2019 sermon series is based on the Christian Year calendar. The Christian year provides a structure for the Christian community to recall and celebrate the incarnation, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This creative remembering as a community is rooted in the Jewish tradition and provides God’s people with a powerful rhythm of sacred time – kairos, as against a rhythm of secular time – chronos, to meditate deeply on the episodes of Christ’s life and death.

Advent

Advent is a season of expectation and preparation, as the Church prepares to celebrate the coming (adventus) of Christ in his incarnation, and also looks ahead to his final advent as judge at the end of time. The season not only direct us towards Christ’s birth, they also challenge the modern reluctance to confront the theme of divine judgement. The anticipation of Christmas under commercial pressure has also made it harder to sustain
the appropriate sense of alert watchfulness, but the fundamental Advent prayer remains ‘Maranatha’ – ‘Our Lord, come’ (1 Corinthians 16.22).

Christmas

The Christmas season celebrates the wonderful mystery of God’s dwelling among us in the fullness of humanity, as Emmanuel, foretold by the prophets and born of Mary. Christmas is much more then than simply the celebration of Jesus’ birth. The task of Christmas worship is to recall us, amid all the joyful customs and celebrations of Christmas, to this central truth of the Word made flesh for our salvation.

Lent

The season of Lent is a time of self-examination, self-denial, self-giving, selflessness, penitence and preparation for Easter. The forty days of Lent reminds the followers of Jesus of the forty days that he spent in the wilderness, being tested by Satan. The forty days of Lent (not including Sundays) begins on the sixth Wednesday before Easter, on Ash Wednesday. During Lent, devotional exercises such as fasting, prayer, almsgiving or the giving up of certain luxuries are practised as a form of penance and self-denial.

Easter including Pentecost

The Christian year includes a “non-seasonal” time which lies outside the seasons of Lent-Easter and Advent-Christmas and when we focus on instructing Christians on how to live out their Christian faith in their daily lives.

Non-Seasonal Time

The Christian year includes a “non-seasonal” time which lies outside the seasons of Lent-Easter and Advent-Christmas and when we focus on instructing Christians on how to live out their Christian faith in their daily lives.

Monthly/Seasonal Sermon Themes

Month/Season Theme
2 December  to 6 January Malachi
13 January Best Year Yet
20 January to 3 March The Test
10 March to 14 April Fool-Proofing Your Life
21 April to 16 June Live Justly
23 June to 28 July Epic:The Book of Romans-The Gospel Reveals God’s Righteousness
4 August to 1 September Epic:The Book of Romans-The Gospel Creates a New Humanity
8 September to 22 September Epic:The Book of Romans-The Gospel Fulfils God’a Promise to Israel
29 September to 27 October Epic:The Book of Romans-The Gospel Unifies the Church
3 November to 24 November Seeing the Harvest Through God’s Eyes