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Publish Date: 06 October 2018
 

Pastoral Letter from The House of Bishops: Twentieth Anniversary of the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui


How shall we this gift enshrine? Sheng Kung Hui thy Church divine.

With grateful hearts, we celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the inauguration of Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui as a province. Hear us Lord this day, the hymn composed especially for this joyous occasion, reminds us of our mission as Christians in the Sheng Kung Hui: to build up the Holy Catholic Church with grace bestowed by our Lord.

The Holy Catholic Church has been on this earth for about two thousand years. In comparison, the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui province has been here for only one per cent of this time; in comparison to the history of Anglicanism, we have been in existence for only four per cent of this period; and in contrast to the almost 200 years of Anglican ministries in China, our province has been established for about ten percent this total period.

In the two thousand years of the Holy Catholic Church, Anglicanism’s centuries of history, and the 200 years of Anglican ministry in China, our countless forebears have willingly offered their lives for the building of God’s kingdom, not shrinking from suffering or martyrdom. Without regard for their own lives and losses, and without concern for worldly riches and settled lives, for the sake of God’s kingdom, they lived their lives to bring light to the world and created the foundation of the life of the Church.

Twenty years ago, we took up the mantle of our forebears and sought to continue their work. As we look back upon the past two decades, we are thankful, not only because of the joy that “institutionally” our Church has been “elevated” from a diocese to a province, but more importantly, we praise God for our inheritance of the service to which our forebears dedicated their lives.

Over the past twenty years of historically challenging times, we have relied on God’s grace to contribute to the work of pastoral care, evangelism, education, social service and healthcare in Hong Kong and Macau, two special administrative regions of China. .In addition, we have been able to earn the trust of our brothers and sisters in the Anglican Communion, allowing our tiny province to contribute to the worldwide Church and take part in the building of the body of Christ.

But we have nothing to boast about, we only boast of the cross of Christ. As a young province, we have our flaws and our weaknesses, but because of this, we have a deeper awareness of our reliance on God whose grace may be revealed though us and attain completion. It is “Our Faith, Our Way” to be nurtured by God’s Holy Word and Holy Sacraments. We equip ourselves through the fellowship of our Church. We raise high the cross of Christ, follow His example, and become a community of disciples conformed to His heart. This way, our lives of service may become a blessing for future generations of brothers and sisters of the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui, for Christians on the mainland, and for other provinces in the Anglican Communion and the Church Ecumenical, whether in the next two decades, the next 200 years, the next few centuries, or even into the next two millennia.

How shall we this gift enshrine? Sheng Kung Hui thy Church divine.


The Most Revd Dr Paul Kwong
Archbishop and Primate of HKSKH
Bishop of the Diocese of Hong Kong Island and Bishop of the Missionary Area of Macau
The Rt Revd Andrew Chan
Bishop of the Diocese of Western Kowloon
The Rt Revd Timothy Kwok
Bishop of the Diocese of Eastern Kowloon

 

 

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