Valentine’s Day

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It is a good Day; Pastoring a church from a distance is really difficult, even in this world of technology where we can instantly connect with staff and one another. It is just kind of cold and lacks heart. Every time we are called away from San Carlos we feel (let me write about my feelings, it is a rare moment,) disconnected somehow in our spirit. When we come back to Mexico we feel like home.

This was a difficult trip away. My mother’s passing was expected but still not a wedding. But it is a wedding! She went home to be with the Lord. That may be like what is expected to be said but her passing boosted my faith. It was her last week, I am told, she spoke often asking for her shoes, and she needed her ticket, and it was time to go, and she was asking and looking for Jim, her late husband. She passed away in her sleep after breakfast during her nap, and again that morning she struggled to get out of bed to find her shoes. I think she knew in her spirit she was going.

Last summer when I visited her, I decided one Sunday morning to read from the Bible to her. She settled down as I read from the epistles, one after another, I read to her for about an hour. Then the next day and each day, I just sat and read to her. She was so quiet listening to me. She was a believer. The believer is assured in their heart and spirit where they are passing too. There is an eternity, and it is beyond comprehension!

I lead her funeral service. Something she asked me to do many years ago. I have done “celebrations of life,” “funerals” and “memorials” more than I can count. I have been there for believers and sadly for those whom we do not know what their final state was before the Lord.

My personal faith rests in the scriptures but I was boasted by my mother’s testimony last week.  She was looking for that ticket for the last train to see Jim, her late husband, and to see her Lord and Saviour. I hope you are as assured as I am of where your eternity is to be spent. We must remember we have a great many witnesses.

Here is a poem I often read at these services. Good-bye till Morning Comes

“Good-bye, till morning comes again” We part, if part we must, with pain, but night is short and hope is sweet, faith fills our hearts, and wings our feet, and so we sing the old refrain,

“Good-bye, till morning comes again”
“Good-bye, till morning comes again”

The thought of death brings the weight of pain but could we know how short the night, that falls and hides them from our sight, our hearts, would sing the old refrain, good-bye, till morning comes again”

Dr. Wright L. Lassiter Jr.

Consider your eternity. This side of eternity is short, so use it well, but eternity has no end.

Now do you know this; the youth have been collecting musical instruments and creating their own worship team. You have seen them on the worship platform at Christmas. Two of the youth are regulars in our Sunday worship team. What they lack is a good-quality bass guitar. If someone has a good bass to donate or could sell, please write to us or contact Pastor Mayra at the church.

Sunday, the message was brought by Pastor Mayra. Coming into the season of Valentine’s Day, she spoke of love. She reminded us of the letter to the church in Ephesus as found in Revelation 2. The letter has many commendations for the church but sadly says that it has lost its first love. While the letter does not say what that ‘first love’ is, it does mention it as “deeds.” Mayra suggested we have lost the joy of a relationship. The penalty is stiff. The church’s lampstand will be removed from its place. That is like when your photo is removed from the family photo gallery. It is a loss of relationship that is recognized. So first the church fails to continue in its deeds of love, due to a deteriorating relationship, and then your place is removed! Now who is responsible for that?

How does this love get lost? She said, “We can stop loving God with the passion we used to, when we stop trusting in what God says in his Word, that what he has promised us will be fulfilled, and our faith is weakening, perhaps you have prayed a lot for something and still not you see the answer. Have you begun to doubt whether God hears your prayers? If God sees your situation, your pain, your affliction? Have you thought that God forgot about you?”

Mayra reminded us we need to continue maintenance of many things. She mentioned hair and body exercise and cleaning your room! But it is about the maintenance of relationships that is so vital. God extends himself to us by love and by action and by sending his word to us.

It is on us to maintain this relationship of love. What can we do? First, recognize the void of love and return to the practice of actively seeking Jesus! Mayra laid out some challenges for us. A list of ‘how to return.’ She challenged us with, “Take time this day or during the week to do a self-analysis with the following statements. Some Symptoms of lack of first love – You feel less joy when reading the Bible – You come to church out of habit or obligation – You worry more about other matters than your communion with God. – You start to notice errors in everything – You pray without faith.”  Return to pursuing Jesus.

This is only a small, short summary of what was said and said by Pastor Mayra. 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” and the audio of this message is on our website, in the icon of “Audio” 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.

Blessings, Chuck. Next Sunday, “Obedience like Joshua”

Coming Up is the annual AGM on Feb 22 at 6 pm in the church fellowship hall. Bring a dessert to share.

Events

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

2nd & 4th Sunday each month, Cookie Sunday 

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

Every Monday @ 1:11 pm – Griefshare

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/

You can also listen to Sunday messages the SCCC website You can listen to these messages @; http://sancarloscommunitychurch.com/streaming_christian_audio_sermons.php

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

Right Now 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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