Oh the water was cold!

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It is a good Day;   Goodbye. I am sure three families said goodbye this Sunday as they were going out the door. I have this like/don’t like about this season. People say goodbye and say they will be back, but sadly some don’t. And those of you who are far away who read this letter, please keep in contact and write. Let me know what’s going on and how I can pray for you. Yes, some Sundays I could just sit on the platform and look at you. We have such a good church.

This Sunday we had two people venture into the cold ocean for baptism. Yes, I can testify it was cold. I was the third one there. One other lady was to be baptized, but she had to delay for medical reasons. But this Sunday after the worship service we venture back to San Fransico Beach for another baptism!

Sunday, we looked at the sad story of the time when God was silent. It happens to us all. There is a time in each life when we fear the silence of God and consider it maybe his disapproval. And that may be true sometimes. But what I think it is usually, is that we hate silence. Most of us are so tuned into sound and noise we are freighted by silence.

Now let’s travel back in time to the day of Jesus’ crucifixion. We call it Good Friday. I don’t think that was what it was on that day for Mary, the followers and disciples of Jesus. Then there is Resurrection Sunday. A day we rejoice and so did they but there would have been confusion and doubt. It would have been a lot to process! But what about Saturday? Should we call it Silent Saturday? No word from God, no voice! All the dreams and hopes were dashed apart. Jesus was dead and in a tomb! John 20:19 says that they were together with the doors locked for fear of the Jews. Yes, they were afraid for their own lives! Silent Saturday was no feast but a time of hiding and questions, and where is God? Have you ever been there? If you breathe, then you have.

I quickly took our attention to Revelation 8:1. God was silent, and it was quiet in heaven for half an hour. Interesting statement! And then think again about John 20. Did you notice that good events happen after God is silent?

If you want to take a long thought about it, remember between Malachi and Matthew there was not a page turn, but about 470 years of silence and God did not speak. No prophet spoke words of God until we read of Luke 1 & 2 and then the arrival of John the Baptist. I propose that the times to follow for the nation of Israel were not really good. They were still held by the cruel Roman rule. But in the scope of man, God came to us in the form of a baby and brought the incredible gift of salvation.

So, what are we to do when God seems silent? I suggest we be silent too. Be quiet and listen. I suggest you worship. If the silence is scary then sing worship songs, really loud. The demons hate that. So do my neighbours! Worship is listening too. Sing despite feelings. Sing the songs you don’t feel like singing! But not country songs, no, never. God is never silent for long and listen he may have something to say. So, turn off all those other sounds and be silent and listen.

Blessings, Chuck. Next Sunday, “My Inheritance.”

This is only a small, short summary of what was spoken this past Sunday, and without writing the whole of the Sunday script for you here, you can hear the full service on our FB page under the icon “Videos.” Also, our worship services are now available “live” on YouTube. Please subscribe and “Like” our channel, as it pushes the visibility of our channel up.

Events

1st Sunday of each month, Celebration of the Lord’s Table.

4th Sunday of each month, Cookie Sunday

3rd each month, Monday Night at the Movies at 6 pm.

Every Wednesday @ 9 a.m. – Ladies Mountain Mover’s Prayer.

Thursday @ 8:30 a.m. – Men’s Bible study. The first time is free! Come on gentlemen.

Every Friday @ 5 p.m. – Youth Ministry

Every Sunday @ 9 a.m. – Children’s Church with Pastor Mayra; Bilingual.

For the rest of the story, you can follow us on the website and hear the audio or watch the entire service or part of it on our facebook page. https://web.facebook.com/pg/sancarloscommunitychurch/videos/

Also, our worship services are now available “live” on YouTube. Please subscribe and “Like” our channel, as it pushes the visibility of our channel up. Here is the link.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ft9yXcPYmvQ

You can contact the church by email for more information about these events at office@sancarloscommunitychurch.com

RightNow Media. Is ready! SCCC has taken a one-year membership with RightNow Media. We are offering this resource to SCCC. I love using RightNow Media and am very excited that you will be able to have this material resource too! It contains biblical educational videos that have accompanying study books that complement the video, these can be used for group study or personal study. The studies available are of books of the Bible and also some that are topical. There are resources for adults, men, women, and teens, and videos teaching for children. I also found ‘conference’ videos that you can take advantage of. In all, there are 20,000 videos available. That is a lot of educational and inspirational material. The purpose of SCCC in offering this to you is to give you the resources to explore your faith and grow in Christian maturity.

This membership provides us with material in English and Spanish, so it suits our church community very well. Please take advantage of this material and let us know what you think.

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