2023 August 27


The parables: Bridegroom’s guests, unshrunk cloth, new wine

Matthew 9:14-17 NIV

14 Then John’s disciples came and asked him, “How is it that we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?”

15 Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast.

16 “No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse. 17 Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”

Order of service

Prayer Items


  1. Please pray for our cell groups as they reach out during the summer and prepare for a new Fall term in September.
  2. We are starting a new sermon series in the Parable in August.
  3. Please pray for Sat. Sept. 23 World Vision 6K Walk for Water at Toogood Pond.
  4. Outreach Worship Night – Fri. Aug. 25


  1. For growth of new believers. For those cells and believers meeting online


  1. For the new immigrants ministry; For the training of SS and cell leaders.


  1. Pray for KLS Families: may the Lord bless them this summer, that there will be opportunities to deepen the parent-child relationship, and to grow together spiritually as families;
  2. Pray for Summer Ministries: may the Lord bless our families through summer events and visitations, so that we can encourage one and other, and connect with new comers.


  1. Pray for missionaries KK and Wendy in Mexico. They want to get the driver license and buy a car, so that they can outreach to more people in the mission field.
  2. Josh and Isabel are back in California, expecting their baby in Sept. Please pray for the baby to grow healthy.


  1. For hiring pastor for English and Cantonese ministry. For future direction of GCGC.

Our missionaries

  1. Emad Botros (CBM, Lebanon)
  2. Joe Bridi (CBM, Lebanon)
    “Based in Beirut, Lebanon, Joe Bridi works with CBM’s local partners to develop strategies for ministry
    and provide support to graduates of Arab Baptist Theological Seminary who are launching ministries in
    the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region. He helps monitor and evaluate existing projects, and
    provides implementation and reporting support for specific initiatives. He has a heart for people and
    serves Syrian refugees in his area by leading Bible studies and discipleship groups.”
  3. Suraj Komaravalli (CBM, India)
  4. V & G (Africans in Montreal)
  5. J (North Africa)
  6. Kevin and Jessica (Japan)
  7. Nicholas Chang (Light Patrol – Youth Unlimited)
  8. Joanna Yee (Rahab Ministry)
  9. Tim Phan (Ambassadors for Christ in Canada)

Community News

Last Week’s Attendance: Cantonese 166, Mandarin 100, English 105, Children 39, Tendercare 20
• Last Week’s Offering: General 14,309.47 (YTD 480,022.18) Building 200 (YTD 6,990,33), Special Fund Mission 250 (YTD 13,229.33, Foodbank 350 (YTD 11,171.32).
• Join our Volleyball Ministry every Wed from 7:30-10:00pm. Register at gcgcny.link/vball. Contact Terence Ma (terencecyma@gmail.com) or Edwin Lee (edwin_.lee@hotmail.com)
• The Bar Ministry: is serving singles in Christ. Contact Roland or Haidan, or visit the link [here].
• Professional Christian Counseling—up to 8 free sessions to GCGCNY attendees. Contact Rev. Ted.
• Grace Community Food Share: We are going to expand the services to both our church members and
visitors. If you or someone you know is experiencing financial hardship, we’re here to assist. Application
is now open. Food distribution will take place in the first and third weeks (Saturday / Sunday) between
July and September 2023. Application Link [here] • Annual Report 2022 is now available on church website. If you need a hard copy, please contact the
office. Special thanks to those who helped this production.
• Short Term Mission to Mexico—Dec 18-27, 2023. Costs about $1300 (including flight, accommodations,
and meals). Activities include visitations, EV meetings, Children day camp.
• 2023 Global 6K Walk for Water—will take place on Sat Sept 23 at Toogood Pond. Contact Carmen Tse
or visit gcgcny.link/6k for more info.
• Financial Highlight—There is an increase of general offering by 6% in the first 1/2 year compared to the
prior year. Total YTD 367,823. There is also an increase of expenses compared to the prior year, YTD
646,717. As a result, there is a deficit of 180,336 YTD as of Sept 2023. Pray for God’s provision to eliminate
the deficit and the expected future needs.
• There is a special membership meeting on Sept 24 to confirm the calling of Santos Chan as the English
pastor and Richard Wong as the Cantonese pastor