Pastor’s Desk 2020-06-16

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Good Morning to You, The world outside my window looks the same as last year. But it isn’t. In this last week, I have been watching what is happening in North America as people deal with their anger and frustration on the streets. What with the virus and the racial tensions people are just behaving badly, As a pastor I am trying to understand how to minster to our people in an effective manner when visiting is limited and social distancing laws are in place, it is difficult.
Not too many weeks ago I was talking with my friend and said,” Every time a country finds itself at war, the culture is changed.” War has a huge effect on culture movement. Think through history and you will see it too.
But I am so young. I was too young for Vietnam and the wars before it. Yet the effect those wars had on our culture was extensive. I remember Vietnam more as the evening news tv but still I remember the shift it had on that era. It certainly changed the way I grew up.
September 11, the Twin Towers fell. I watched it on TV. I was horrified. That was something like on the movies. It changed our world over night! And we still are affected by that event. It changed our culture. Think about it.
Now we are in a war against something we can’t see. A virus and it has changed us so much. And young men (like me) have little reference point for dealing with it. We are at war of a different type and a different foe. I just want to do my job of loving people and minister to them the Word of God and give someone who is hurting a hug. But we can’t use the same venues as before. We see each other on screens!
A year ago when you approached the church building on Sunday morning, I would greet you at the doorway and introduce myself to you. You would laugh and say yes you know who I am. Then I would wait for you to take a hint and tell me your name. I couldn’t remember your names. So many faces and so much of the hair in only two colours (a lot of grey.) As the year went along, I started to remember most of you. I actually got to like many of you. And now you have gone north or stay home and watch church on fb. So much has changed.
But being a Christian is an adventure. Such a great adventure! The Lord knows where this is going. And when it is through and we are on the other side of this war, the church will be better. Perhaps we might even learn something. I am encouraged as I think about it. We will see something new, and the church better. I remember well a year ago. I wonder how great it be a year from now!?
If I can encourage you, I would say, please phone one another, have facetime conversations, write to one another, how about a proper greeting card in the mail (like in the old days of the 20th century?!) perhaps do a Bible study with someone and dialogue with the other about your experience in the Word. And of course, continue to greet one another on SCCC fb Live worship service.
Remember, when/if we get back to Cookie Sundays, I am going to have to hug some of you! God bless you and remember the pastors of SCCC are a team that love you.

Men’s Breakfast and Study: Come on over to Tequila’s Thursday June 11 @ 8:30am. We will pray together and continue our studies. The management will give us extra seating to keep within the ‘social distancing’ regulations.

Bible Study; The Letter to the Ephesians. How to “live in Christ” in these days. The strength of Paul was that he learned to ‘live in Christ.’ We need to learn this too. We will begin June 17 at 1:30 with a six-week study on this. You will find us “Live” on the church fb page. The study will be online Wednesday afternoon.
If you email me, I will send you a digital copy of the lesson.
As we go through the lesson, if you email me questions and comments, we can answer those next week.

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. Ours should be a church of prayer. Donna Holland and her family thank you for praying for them. Pray for Pastor Glenn and Jeannine, that they will be rested and have some great visits at home.

Community Food Relief Program: This week our team under Pastor Mayra dispensed groceries to 33 families. 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.

Sermon Review: “To Live for Jesus” Acts 21
Paul and his companions are returning from his 3rd mission trip. He is determined to make Jerusalem by Pentecost. They make stops along the way to rest, and transfer to different ships. He finally arrives at Tyre and “through the Spirit” the believers of the church there warn him not to continue to Jerusalem. He stays on for seven days and with difficulty leaving, he travels overland arriving at Ptolemais and then Caesarea. This city is very Roman, but also has a strong Christian church. Phillip “the evangelist” is there too. We learn that Phillip has four daughters who are all prophetesses. Can you image raising those girls?
From Acts 6 we know Phillip was a deacon at the Jerusalem church and from chapter 8 we know him as the man that brought the Ethiopian to Jesus on a desert road. Phillip was one of those who was a strong support to the early church. He lived for Jesus not fortune and fame. We could say Phillip was a supporting role for the story of Paul, and living for Jesus.
In Caesarea we also find Agabus. He had travelled from Jerusalem to see Paul. We have heard of him before too. In Acts 11 he prophesied that there would be a great famine. He comes now with a word for Paul not to enter Jerusalem. That there he will be bound hand and foot and given to the Gentiles. That could mean Romans.
Agabus is like Phillip. He is a great support to the early church and he lived to serve Jesus. We know very little about him. In all the commentaries there isn’t much more than a paragraph about him. He didn’t get fame and fortune either. Agabus was a supporting role for the story of Paul, and living for Jesus. Two amazing men who had supporting roles living for Jesus. And there are so many others who were the hosts to these travelers, who we never learn their names. But they too were living for Jesus and serving as they could.
Acts 21:13 is Paul replying to the church in Caesarea. They are begging him not to continue his journey. And he says they are breaking his heart. He says, “I am not only ready to be bound, but to die for Jesus.” If Paul stayed in Caesarea, he could have peace and comfort pastoring the church there. He would have popularity. But he didn’t live for that, he lived for Jesus.
You should remember that Paul knew his ministry would be with suffering. It had been foretold to him. And then you have to ask yourself, if I knew my work for Jesus would not bring me wealth and comfort, would I still go on? If I fore knew it would be a ministry with a lot of suffering, would I consider a different line of service? It is easier to say than to do. We often find ourselves in places that are not desirable and what do we say? “Why me God?” Paul is an example of a man who lived for the interest and purposes of Jesus and not his own interests.
In this chapter we find three men. Each different and known by different service. Each of them gave their lives to service the Lord and did not count the cost. They sacrificed their lives, first by living for the Lord and even to die for Jesus’ sake.
Next Sunday, tune into the fb page for SCCC and invite a friend over, sit down, stand up or whatever, and worship together. We are looking at Acts 22, “The Power of a Testimony.”
God bless your week, Pastor Chuck

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