Pastor’s Desk 2019-08-06

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Good Morning to You, What a celebration we had this Sunday. Just another Sunday some might think, except it was Communion Sunday. That makes for a variation from the ordinary. We celebrated the Lord’s Table.
Actually the story starts Friday evening. I met with the youth group and we studied what this sacrament is all about. What does it really mean? The bread is the representation of the body of Jesus and the cup represents the blood of Jesus that saves us from sin. Then we went to the sanctuary and did a rehearsal of the service so that the youth group could serve the congregation.
And on Sunday when it was that time of our service, the youth group came up to the front and did exactly what they had seen the church adults do. They did perfect. Really perfect, just as in rehearsal. People were really blessed to have the youth participate and serve them. And I think it brought a new application to our church youth group. Next month I think when it comes to Communion Sunday the youth will participate in a deeper understanding of the sacrament.

Happenin’ this week @ SCCC

Ladies Mountain Movers: A time when the ladies gather and pray. Ladies come Wednesday mornings at 9 a.m.. I am told great things happen!

Bible Study; Daniel: Chapter 5-7

Men’s Breakfast and Study: Dan Atkinson is leading this week and will be facilitating a study about Attitudes. This should be interesting. Come on over to Tequila’s on Thursday (8:30am) Bring a brother.

Fri @ 5:00 pm – Youth Ministry with Selene, United youth service at Manantial de Vida Church

Sun @ 9:00 am – Children’s Ministry with Mayra (ages 2-12)

Prayer Wall – The Prayer Wall on our church website is a great way to keep informed of the needs of our church family and/or to request prayer for a need you have. Or email me @ chucksheridan@hotmail.com and I can get the Ladies to pray for you.

Israel Trip. There is still have room for five more couples or ten people to join up for the trip to Israel Nov 4-12. For more information contact Brenda Koenesministries@gmail.com My wife and I have been to Israel. It will impact you for sure!

Sermon Series: For the next couple of months we are going to be looking at life lessons from the Parables. Did you know there are even parables in the Old Testament? Listen too, at; http://sancarloscommunitychurch.com/streaming_christian_audio_sermons_2019.php

This Sunday’s Sermon Review “Parables; Supper Manners”
What is a parable? It is a story with a lesson. We think of parables as being only of the Gospels. But that is not true. The use of parables in teaching was common to their culture. One example is in Judges 9:8-15. It is a story about trees looking for a leader. We use parables in our culture too. Look up, “The Sun and Wind.”
The disciples of Jesus asked him why he used parables so much? His reply in Matt. 13:10-13 says something interesting. He said they has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom. That sounds odd. Did Jesus give them some supernatural gift and others did not receive? How then could they be judged for not understanding? I suggest it is because they sought to learn and understand from Jesus about the kingdom. And therefore, gained the understanding. While some people don’t want to learn.
Let me put it this way. Have you ever had a discussion with someone who no matter what you try to present or say they just interrupt you and speak louder? They are not listening, not learning. They don’t care to hear or learn. Then they say something like, “You have your view, and I have mine.” How would they know, unless they listened. This is why Jesus quotes Isaiah 6:10 in Matt. 13:14-15. They have all they need to learn but don’t use it. So Jesus continues to use parables in a hope that they will catch on, listen to the stories and learn from them about the kingdom.
Jesus is at a Sabbath supper, as a guest. He is observing how people take seats of choice at the table. And he starts to share a parable about people seating at a wedding feast (Luke 14:1, 7-15.) Many of the guests wanted the same seats, and that is nearest the host and important people at the wedding. It was a manner of social networking. Or of being seen with the right people. It was a manner of promoting yourself. You know who is important and people of influence by who is with who.
Jesus isn’t impressed. He tells them a rebuke within the story, sort of the moral of the story. Remember the Sun and the Wind parable? It had a moral to the story too. Luke 14:13-15 shows us that story moral and that one of the hearers caught the lesson and agreed! He saw that in the kingdom that Jesus speaks of there is no class distinctions.
Sadly, we do the same. We go to wedding parties and look for the name card of where we are to sit. Then we look who else is at the table and either smile or groan. Maybe even move a name card or two!
Now the challenge to us all is to see everyone as important. To have a kingdom perspective. To see the value in each person that Jesus might see. Perhaps even to sit with the people we normally would choose not to!
God bless your week! And thank you for your support. Pastor Chuck

Giving. I have added this here for you to use if you wish. Consider your method and part in supporting SCCC. In advance the leadership of SCCC thank you for your support.
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