Chinese Congregational Church SF

We are a bilingual, bicultural, multigenerational community of faith, located in San Francisco’s Chinatown.

Operating as usual

10/19/2021

148th Church Anniversary Service!
Rev. Sharon Lee MacArthur

Thank you to our Creator for bringing us this far.

10/17/2021

Please keep me in your prayers during my studies here in Pittsburgh 🙏🙌🏻 I miss you all already! I hope our anniversary service was good news today.

Please keep me in your prayers during my studies here in Pittsburgh 🙏🙌🏻 I miss you all already! I hope our anniversary service was good news today.

Photos from Chinese Congregational Church SF's post 10/16/2021

Cynthia hosted some of the younger adults the other nights 🙌🏻🙏. It was a great night of food, singing, and discussion.

10/15/2021
Photos from Chinese Congregational Church SF's post 10/15/2021

Our beloved sisters and brothers in Christ at Berkeley Chinese Community Church sent us a welcoming card :)

We thank them for their warm hospitality. We look forward to life with them hopefully in the near future.

#UCC #bettertogether

Berkeley Chinese Community Church

10/14/2021

If you're in town, the younger adults of CCC are showing me around San Francisco on October 30th from 11AM to 3PM or so (we'll see) on the MUNI bus!

The highlight will be getting tacos at the Mission area (that's the rumor at least).

Meet at church!

All are invited :)

If you're in town, the younger adults of CCC are showing me around San Francisco on October 30th from 11AM to 3PM or so (we'll see) on the MUNI bus!

The highlight will be getting tacos at the Mission area (that's the rumor at least).

Meet at church!

All are invited :)

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Worship 101021.mp4 10/10/2021

Worship 101021.mp4

**Worship Service for October 10th, 2021**

Sermon Title: "Disease of Wealth"
Sermon Passage: Mark 10:17-31

**Please click below for worship service video!**

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#wealth #jubilee #EconomicJustice #sharingresources #communitynotalone #Jesusmeantwhathesaid.

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10/05/2021
10/03/2021

Worship Service for October 3rd, 2021
Sermon Passage: Hebrews 1:1-4 and 2:5-12
#jesussaves #asianamericanspirituality #AsianIsAmerican #story #storiesthatpullusforward #SanJoseChinatown #mountaintop #AsianstoriesareSACRED #AsianAmericanStoriesAreSacred

Photos from Chinese Congregational Church SF's post 10/03/2021

Our Dultones in action in Reno! What a gift it is we can share the joy of music with our sisters and brothers in Christ 🙌🏻🙏

10/01/2021
Photos from Chinese Congregational Church SF's post 09/30/2021

After helping me bring communion to a church member this morning, Letitia showed me Twin Peaks! What a place!!! Thank you to our deacons like Letitia 🙂

09/30/2021

Wednesday Word from pastor Steve:

Heb. 1:1 Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds.

Last week, in our worship service, we talked about the sacredness of story. Asian stories and Asian American stories are just as sacred as any other story. The stories of our ancestors, even before the missionaries came and shared the story of Jesus, were given by our Creator and useful and valuable for reflection and learning.

Not all stories are uplifting, though they can be; not all stories are hopeful, though many are; not all stories end with a “happily ever after”, but, boy, do we want one despite the disappointment and delayed joy. Not all stories are practical now as they once may have been, but we need plenty of ground to jump high off from and plenty of stepping stones to the heights.

This Sunday, we are going to talk about some passages from the Epistle to the Hebrews that describe Jesus as the climactic peak of ALL the stories of old. But, this climactic story is alive and eternal. It is the alpha and omega of stories. It is that point on a mountain where the only way you can go is down again back to where you started. But, we’re not called to walk back down. We’re called to look up at the stars in the sky and dream like Jesus did.

That’s what a Christian does.

Amen.

Wednesday Word from pastor Steve:

Heb. 1:1 Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds.

Last week, in our worship service, we talked about the sacredness of story. Asian stories and Asian American stories are just as sacred as any other story. The stories of our ancestors, even before the missionaries came and shared the story of Jesus, were given by our Creator and useful and valuable for reflection and learning.

Not all stories are uplifting, though they can be; not all stories are hopeful, though many are; not all stories end with a “happily ever after”, but, boy, do we want one despite the disappointment and delayed joy. Not all stories are practical now as they once may have been, but we need plenty of ground to jump high off from and plenty of stepping stones to the heights.

This Sunday, we are going to talk about some passages from the Epistle to the Hebrews that describe Jesus as the climactic peak of ALL the stories of old. But, this climactic story is alive and eternal. It is the alpha and omega of stories. It is that point on a mountain where the only way you can go is down again back to where you started. But, we’re not called to walk back down. We’re called to look up at the stars in the sky and dream like Jesus did.

That’s what a Christian does.

Amen.

09/28/2021

Worship from September 26th, 2021
Sermon Title: "Mooncakes, Chang'e, and Esther"
Bible Passage: Esther 7:1-6,9-10 and Esther 9:20-22
#AsianAmerican #Sincethebeginning #context #AsianAmericanspirituality #Christbeforemissionaries #strongwomen #womenoursaviors #mencouldntdoit

09/28/2021
09/23/2021
09/22/2021

Wednesday Word from Pastor Steve

Esth. 4:16 “Go, gather all the Jews to be found in Susa, and hold a fast on my behalf, and neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. I and my maids will also fast as you do. After that I will go to the king, though it is against the law; and if I perish, I perish.”

This Sunday we are going to talk about Esther. What a hero she was. In the above passage she uttered those famous lines before risking her life to save her people from the evil hatred of Haman, a man with authority in Persia. What’s more interesting is that the Book of Esther does not contain any direct appeals to God at all. God’s name is not invoked at all. You do not see Esther and God converse. Esther understands in her bones what is at stake for her people. In her bones, it’s as if she knows she is not alone; there is no need to state the obvious. Also, in her bones are the wisdoms and courage of her ancestors that came before her as they established Israel as a nation that would one day bless all other nations. Although she was forced into sexual slavery by the Persian emperor taken away from her family at a young age, unfairly given the responsibility of saving a whole people, cleaning up the political mess Mordecai made, she does not complain to God in Scripture (lots of men do in the Bible). She understands what must be done and she carries out what needs to be done for the life of her community with little political power and authority. A clue to what is coming in Jesus Christ. Esther is an amazing biblical hero.

Prayers for a great Sunday service at 10AM as we discover the story of Esther further.

Please email [email protected] for information on how you can join us on ZOOM for worship!

Wednesday Word from Pastor Steve

Esth. 4:16 “Go, gather all the Jews to be found in Susa, and hold a fast on my behalf, and neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. I and my maids will also fast as you do. After that I will go to the king, though it is against the law; and if I perish, I perish.”

This Sunday we are going to talk about Esther. What a hero she was. In the above passage she uttered those famous lines before risking her life to save her people from the evil hatred of Haman, a man with authority in Persia. What’s more interesting is that the Book of Esther does not contain any direct appeals to God at all. God’s name is not invoked at all. You do not see Esther and God converse. Esther understands in her bones what is at stake for her people. In her bones, it’s as if she knows she is not alone; there is no need to state the obvious. Also, in her bones are the wisdoms and courage of her ancestors that came before her as they established Israel as a nation that would one day bless all other nations. Although she was forced into sexual slavery by the Persian emperor taken away from her family at a young age, unfairly given the responsibility of saving a whole people, cleaning up the political mess Mordecai made, she does not complain to God in Scripture (lots of men do in the Bible). She understands what must be done and she carries out what needs to be done for the life of her community with little political power and authority. A clue to what is coming in Jesus Christ. Esther is an amazing biblical hero.

Prayers for a great Sunday service at 10AM as we discover the story of Esther further.

Please email [email protected] for information on how you can join us on ZOOM for worship!

Photos from Chinese Congregational Church SF's post 09/21/2021

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A weekly Bible Study starts October 6th (every Wed)! The Book of Acts will be our path.

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09/19/2021

Sermon from September 19th, 2021 service
James 3:13-18
Rev. Steve Hong
#wrestlingwithGod #wisdom #context #justice #deadchurch

09/18/2021

Shang chi with the crew!

Shang chi with the crew!

Photos from Chinese Congregational Church SF's post 09/17/2021

Dinner with the crew! What a blessing it is to be together (thank God for the vaccine). Let us be a church that eats together well.

09/16/2021
09/15/2021

**Word Up Wednesday**

“I prayed for freedom for twenty years, but received no answer, until I prayed with my legs.”

Fredrick Douglass (19th Century African American Abolitionist)

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,” and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith.

James 3:13-18

This Sunday for our worship service we are going to look at a passage in the Epistle of James. There’s debate on who exactly wrote James. Some think the brother of Jesus. Other experts think otherwise. Nevertheless, this letter is a challenging one. If you read the letter in one sitting as it was intended (when’s the last time you didn’t read the whole letter someone sent you?) you might notice the inconsistencies in object matter. It’s unclear at times who the writer of this letter is trying to address in its teachings on true faith. In fact, some in history argued against its inclusion in the church’s teachings including Martin Luther, the father of the Protestant Reformation: “We should throw the epistle of James out of this school, for it doesn’t amount to much. It contains not a syllable about Christ. Not once does it mention Christ, except at the beginning. I maintain that some Jew wrote it who probably heard about Christian people but never encountered any. Since he heard that Christians place great weight on faith in Christ, he thought, ‘Wait a moment! I’ll oppose them and urge works alone.’ This he did.” This quote also gives you a peak into Martin Luther’s well documented antisemitism. There are many things Martin Luther said and did that we should consider with admiration, but he was also terribly misguided at times, even immorally. He is part of a long line of Eurocentric white men of Christian history who we should look on with critical eyes.

I’m glad Martin didn’t get his way with the epistle of James.

What a challenge it gives to pray with our legs, as Fredrick Douglass put it. As Pastor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once prayed, I wonder what the church could be if we considered our bodies and what it can do as an answer to our prayers for ourselves and our neighbor.

Even as simple as moving the attention of our eyes to the brokenness of the world can lead to healing and restoration of the other. Even lending an ear to someone’s story of hardship and sadness can lead to the start of healing. Let us be a prayer answered for someone else.

I hope to see you this [email protected] for more wisdom from our sacred stories/texts.

Please email [email protected] if you need info on joining our ZOOM worship.

**Word Up Wednesday**

“I prayed for freedom for twenty years, but received no answer, until I prayed with my legs.”

Fredrick Douglass (19th Century African American Abolitionist)

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,” and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith.

James 3:13-18

This Sunday for our worship service we are going to look at a passage in the Epistle of James. There’s debate on who exactly wrote James. Some think the brother of Jesus. Other experts think otherwise. Nevertheless, this letter is a challenging one. If you read the letter in one sitting as it was intended (when’s the last time you didn’t read the whole letter someone sent you?) you might notice the inconsistencies in object matter. It’s unclear at times who the writer of this letter is trying to address in its teachings on true faith. In fact, some in history argued against its inclusion in the church’s teachings including Martin Luther, the father of the Protestant Reformation: “We should throw the epistle of James out of this school, for it doesn’t amount to much. It contains not a syllable about Christ. Not once does it mention Christ, except at the beginning. I maintain that some Jew wrote it who probably heard about Christian people but never encountered any. Since he heard that Christians place great weight on faith in Christ, he thought, ‘Wait a moment! I’ll oppose them and urge works alone.’ This he did.” This quote also gives you a peak into Martin Luther’s well documented antisemitism. There are many things Martin Luther said and did that we should consider with admiration, but he was also terribly misguided at times, even immorally. He is part of a long line of Eurocentric white men of Christian history who we should look on with critical eyes.

I’m glad Martin didn’t get his way with the epistle of James.

What a challenge it gives to pray with our legs, as Fredrick Douglass put it. As Pastor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once prayed, I wonder what the church could be if we considered our bodies and what it can do as an answer to our prayers for ourselves and our neighbor.

Even as simple as moving the attention of our eyes to the brokenness of the world can lead to healing and restoration of the other. Even lending an ear to someone’s story of hardship and sadness can lead to the start of healing. Let us be a prayer answered for someone else.

I hope to see you this [email protected] for more wisdom from our sacred stories/texts.

Please email [email protected] if you need info on joining our ZOOM worship.

Photos from Chinese Congregational Church SF's post 09/15/2021

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