Pastor’s Desk 2020-09-01

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Good Morning to You,

A new season has come in San Carlos. And with it there will be many changes. Every couple of days we have rain. Nothing too serious in amounts but there is lots of noise and lighting and then a bit of rain. It is officially the rain season. Did you hear the sounds effects?

Also this week, Sonora State went to Yellow stage. That means less restrictions. The next stage is Green. But the advisory is to always wear a mask. I expect through the fall season we will go to Green. But who expected we would ever be in this amount of concern back in February when we first saw what was coming? We have been out of ‘in building’ worship services for six months.

The other change of season comes with great news. We are reopening the church for public worship. It has taken a lot of preparation for this to happen. The building had to be “sanitized” with a fogger of sorts that had a cleaning chemical. And some furniture had to be rearranged for seating. We are very excited to be able to be back in the building almost as we were.

We have taken great measures to prepare our staff and the building for use as per the State guidelines. For one, masks are mandatory, even for myself when I am on the platform! We had to try different masks to examine the effect they would have on sound quality, but we think out of the five I tried we have one that doesn’t muffle sound.

This Sunday at 9 a.m. we will have our first ‘in building’ public worship service. It has all most been six months since our last service in the sanctuary. Also at the same time we will be broadcasting a Facebook version of the worship service as we have been doing. It is pre-recorded but contains the same content.

What a great celebration it will be! We will share some photos on our SCCC FB page of this service. I know those in attendance will be excited to be together. I think if we listen we will hear angels singing in worship with us!

Sharing my observations (and joy), Chuck

Men’s Breakfast and Study: Come on over to Tequila’s Thursday Sept 3 @ 8:30am. We will pray together and continue our studies. This week we have a study on “Joy” The management will give us extra seating to keep within the ‘social distancing’ regulations.

Community Food Relief Program: I ask that you continue to pray for the program, supplies and volunteers. This week our team under Pastor Mayra dispensed groceries to 27 families from the church door. Then in Guaymas she met 20 families. And over in Santa Clara, Lupita met 42 families at her house.  SCCC is part of a community team involving Cast Away Kids, Rotary, Rescate, SCCC and private individuals of San Carlos. Such a great way to ministry the love of Jesus to our community.

Bible Study; Joel; How to study Biblical Prophesy    The aim of this study is to examine the book as prophesy but also to give some example of how to study scriptural prophesy. You will find us “Live” on the church fb page. The study will be online Sept 2 Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 p.m.. https://www.facebook.com/sancarloscommunitychurch/live_videos/

If you email me, I will send you a digital copy of the lesson. chucksheridan@hotmail.com

Please take advantage of our 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. http://flc.tak.mybluehost.me/pastorsdesk/prayer/ The Ladies Prayer Group and others check it regularly for requests.

Sermon Review: “Ezra; TheHero of God”

Ezra is the scribe who gives us Psalm 119. A brilliant piece of Hebrew literature. The books of Ezra, and Nehemiah are his work and many believe he is the author of 1 &2 Chronicles. He was born in Babylon and would never have seen Jerusalem. But he would have longed for the ancient homeland and was like many, homesick for a place he had not been to.

The book of Ezra starts out to tell us that Zerubbabel had been the first to be released from captivity to go and rebuild the Temple. The story goes that after the foundation was laid that there was such a celebration of joy that the sound could be heard for miles.

But by the time Ezra and 50,000 other exiles return to Jerusalem, the work had stopped. The people were intermarried and the funds for rebuilding were mis-used. Ezra was shattered. His dreams and hopes were crushed. He tore out his hair and tore his clothes in grief.

Ezra 7:9-10, says that he was man who had favour with God. He was a man of the Book. He studied the Scriptures, practiced what he learned and taught what he knew from the Scriptures. He was not to be guided by the opinions of others and the circulating news. He was guided by the Word of God. In the present circumstances, instead of quitting or joining the current wave of culture and practice he went to God’s Word. He took courage and spoke the Word to the people.

As the story continues you should read Nehemiah along with Ezra. While Nehemiah was responsible for the rebuilding of the walls around the city, it was Ezra who put the heart and faith back in the people. Jerusalem would have just been a rebuilt pagan city of idol worship had it not been for a scribe who was a student of the Word of God that was not afraid to swim against the current of the culture. His hope and dream came from the Scriptures. A good message for us in these times.

You can take in the message on our facebook page, the link is below, or on the audio at the SCCC website, also with a link below.

God bless your week, Pastor Chuck

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If you missed last Sunday’s message, or even if you’re not a facebook user,  you can still watch the full video service at the following links:
  August 30 SCCC Worship Service (English) Click Here 
August 30 SCCC Worship Service (Spanish) Click Here

Sermon Series: Listen to the audio, at; http://sancarloscommunitychurch.com/streaming_christian_audio_sermons.php

 

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