【学習】英語礼拝


明治学院高校では、日本語による礼拝を学年毎に週2回守っています。月に1回程度、準宣教師(英会話担当教員)による英語礼拝があります。英語礼拝では「キリスト教と音楽」の授業でも使用している本校オリジナルの英語讃美歌集を用いて礼拝を守ります。

次に載せるのは2/6(火)に行われた3年生に向けた英語礼拝の時のお話です。


Hebrews 11:16 Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

Good morning! I hope you all are finding that this new semester is starting well, and that you are having fun in your last semester of high school. I remember my last semester of high school being very sad, and many times very stressful, but I now find that it helped me prepare for the bigger world outside of home. Before you go out into the world, I want you to think about the idea of home. Do you know where your home is? In the United States, there is a saying: “Home is where the heart is.” This can mean many things, but it mainly shows us that home is sometimes not a place. Is home a place for you? What does it look like? Sometimes, home can be many places, and for some, home is family or friends instead of a location.

Growing up in a family that was multiracial, I found it difficult to fully pinpoint where home was. Was it the country that I lived in? America? Japan? Or was it the house that I lived in? It was true that I felt safe when I was in my house, but I also knew that the house was not really mine or my families. In fact, there has never been a time when my family owned the place that they lived. The places that I grew up in were merely loans from the churches that my parents served, so in a sense, I had no house. I have always been searching for and hoping for a place I could call my home in this world. Sometimes, I would almost find it in friends or family, but I am always looking for what I can really call home. I wonder if you do the same.


I am, of course, not the first one to search for a home. I am sure many people are constantly searching for home, just like me. I know this for sure because it’s also everywhere in scripture. In particular, notice Hebrews chapter 11. This chapter is all about the faith of the people of God who came before us. It lists how many of the greats – like Abraham, Jacob, Moses – were constantly in search of a home for their people. They were not the best of people, in fact, when I read about them in the Bible, sometimes I wonder why God chose them to be special. But God did. He chose them to be special, and promised them a home. They had no visual proof that there was a home for them, but they kept going, believing that one day they would find the home that God had promised them. And they weren’t looking for just any home. They had faith that God would provide them a city that was heavenly – God’s city. It is because of this faith that they have in God’s country that God is not ashamed of them, even though they were completely flawed. It’s because of this faith in finding a home that I continue to search, even though some days I feel as if it is too far away. I know that God will provide that home, because He has promised He will.

In the chaos of day to day worries, be sure to take some time to think about this: What is the place that you are leaving? And what is the home that you hope for? Is it even in this world?


[大意]
聖書:ヘブライ人への手紙11章16節
「ところが実際は、彼らは更にまさった故郷、すなわち天の故郷を熱望していたのです。」だから、神は彼らの神と呼ばれることを恥となさいません。神は、彼らのために都を準備されていたからです。」

“Home”とはあなたにとってどのようなものですか。“Home”とは必ずしも自分の家を意味するわけではありません。人によっては他の場所や、場所ではなく家族や友人を意味することがあります。

私自身は自分の家に関して、なかなか「ここです」と言えるところがなく、この世界の中でいつか自分の家と呼べる場所を見つけられることを願ってきました。時に、友人や家族にそれを見出せるように感じることもありましたが、今も本当に“home”と呼べるものを探しています。

“Home”を探しているのは、もちろん私だけではありません。聖書の中には“home”を探している描写が数多くあることからも、私と同じように“home”を探している人がいるということを確信しています。神は人々に“home”を約束しています。そして人々はその約束が必ず果たされることを信じています。私自身もこの約束からいつの日か自分の“home”が見つかることを信じており、そのため時にはそれが遥か彼方と思ってしまう日があっても探し続けています。神が約束しているのだから必ず“home”与えられるのです。

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