Pastor’s Desk 2021 Sept 7

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Good Day to You. Each week as I write this letter I try to keep a positive view and find a way to inspire others regardless of the times we find ourselves in, regardless of what is in my own personal life. The passing of Marcos has been a sorrow. We can talk about his joy and the promise he has received, the faith he has found rewarded, but it is still a loss to our community and that circle is broad. His short life left a big footprint.

It must be decades ago I read a biography of Peter Marshall. He had been a pastor of a church in Washington D.C.. Upon his passing, the biographer said that it was as if the “curtain of heaven had been opened just enough for a glance into heaven.” (not an exact quote.) Pray his family gets that glimpse. But I can’t imagine! There is a popular song released in 2018 I can Only Imagine by a band MercyMe. The lyrics say,

“Surrounded by your glory
What will my heart feel?
Will I dance for you, Jesus,
Or in awe of you be still?
Will I stand in your presence
Or to my knees will I fall?”

i can only imagine lyrics – Bing

I am not a fan for this genre of music, but it really speaks to me in my spirit. The problem is, I have not seen any curtain open. Nor can I imagine. Maybe I have seen too much evil, maybe I don’t have enough faith, maybe I don’t have enough imagination, but my faith is stirred! I am challenged. My faith grows stronger when I look around me and see the strength of these families and friends who still charge on in grief and belief. They encourage me. It is often in grief that our faith can grow stronger. Faith is the assurance of things hoped for (Hebrews 11:1) Perhaps the ‘curtain is parted’ just a bit. Perhaps we can imagine?

You understand, I don’t have ‘hope’ as if I would receive a grand cheque in the mail, I have assurance! I cannot imagine even in grief, but I know what awaits the believer is grander than my imagination. It is not that my faith is too small, it is that my imagination is too small. Perhaps lost with age, and too much evil, but oh the surprise I will see when imagination is no longer needed and it all becomes a present reality! It is exciting!

This past Sunday Mark Knaap spoke that we should encourage one another. The Bible encourages me. The church encourages me. “He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:10-11

This church encourages me. The friends encourage me. I am encouraged! My faith is strengthened. The passing of Marcos grieves me, but my faith is stirred by others. I am encouraged. I am built up. We need to encourage one another, Build one another up. Smile, laugh, cry and close the social distancing with a hug.

So do it, go and encourage one another!

Blessings, Pastor Chuck. Next Sunday, you can expect to be challenge by Denver Janz. Denver is a brilliant young man who is a walking light in our community. I am looking forward to hearing him.

We will be open for public worship services Sunday. STRICT regulations are being kept regarding facemasks, and hand sanitizer. Service will also be LIVE on Facebook. You do not need an account. But as San Carlos is growing and it adds more demand on the available wifi service providers, it affects the upload of our video feed. If the “live” feed you are receiving is interrupted we encourage you to please return and go the page and bring up “Videos” and you will find the recorded video for each Sunday.

https://web.facebook.com/pg/sancarloscommunitychurch/videos/

You can listen to these messages @; http://sancarloscommunitychurch.com/streaming_christian_audio_sermons.php

Opportunities to Pray:   With the passing of Marcos, pray for the Torres family.

Also pray for Bob B, Jesse & Jenny N. and a young man James.

 

Happenin’ this week @ SCCC
Wed @ 9:00 am – Mountain Mover’s Prayer @ the church or contact office@sancarloscommunitychurch.com for a link to the meeting                                                                                  
Thur @ 8:30 am – Men’s Breakfast, Devotional & Prayer @ Tortuga’s
Fri @ 5:00 pm – Youth Ministry contact Pastor Mayra office@sancarloscommunitychurch.com for the youth event information
Sun @ 9:00 am – Children’s Ministry

 

 

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