Pastor’s Desk 2020-10-06

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Good Morning to You; There is lots of good news in this report.

There is good news about the Ladies Prayer Ministry, about the Community Food Relief Program and we have a good financial report too. In fact, times are so good, the prairie preacher guy told a Bible story, on Sunday, from the Gospel of John, about fishing. Now what would he know about fishing?  Well, you are just going to need to read through the news letter to see all the good news.

I put up a Hummingbird feeder this weekend. I am so amazed. I sit and watch these little birds and think about life and such. Imagine, me a bird watcher! It surprises even me. I see different species and sizes and colours. I watch them chase each other around as they fight over territory. They are really entertaining.

Why do such beautiful little creations of God got to be like that? Fighting about the feeder. Why can’t they just realize that they can share. Don’t they know when the feeder runs out, I will refill it?! I am even thinking of putting one at the back of the house too. There is no need to fight and chase each other away, I got it covered for the little guys.

But they don’t see me as their provider. These amazing little birds with such speed and such a different view from up there from what I have here, and so they fail to see the bigger picture. Everything will be alright. Just relax and suck up more sugar water. Chuck has it covered. And if bigger bad threats come around, I will take care of that too!

Matthew 6: 25 “For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? …….30  You of little faith! 31 Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ 32 For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Sharing my observations, (about Hummingbirds, not about us!) Chuck

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

Community Food Relief Program: SCCC in partnership will continue to help those in poverty in the San Carlos, Guaymas area through a revised program. It is a smaller program able to minister to our greater community.

SCCC is part of a community team involving Cast Away Kids, Rotary, Rescate, SCCC and private individuals of San Carlos. I am so pleased at what I see happening because of this team. Thank you. Such a great way to ministry the love of Jesus to our community. Pray for the community as economic recovery returns.

Bible Study; Joel; How to study Biblical Prophesy    Last class! The aim of this study is to examine the book as prophesy but also to give some example of how to study scriptural prophesy. Our study resumes at chapter two. You will find us “Live” on the church fb page. The study will be online 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

Ladies Mountain Movers: A time when the ladies gather and pray. And wow, can they pray!  Wednesday mornings at 9 a.m. they meet at the church. They also are continuing to meet on line too. If you have a prayer request, post it on our Prayer Wall of the web site http://flc.tak.mybluehost.me/pastorsdesk/prayer/

Covid. There are so many border restrictions yet people want to return to ministry here. Can you pray for Ryan T as he considers getting back to ministry here? And Pastor Glenn and Jeannine as they plan their return. Pray for wisdom and provision. There are many of us who have had to revise travel plans for the winter in this time. And for some it is essential that they return. In my opinion, it is essential you all return!

Sermon Review:  “I am Going Fishing.” John 21:3

John’s Gospel is unique. He records some stories the other three writers do not. John writes about the boast Peter makes, his denial of knowing Jesus and then the beach breakfast of fish, and also of the restoration of Peter on the beach by Jesus! It is an amazing story. And I had to ask why only John records it?

Let’s follow the story. John 13 is the boast of Peter and the prophesy of Jesus that Peter will that same night deny knowing Jesus. Then in John 18:17-18, 25-27 we read that the prophesy is fulfilled by Peter’s denial. Then about a week after the resurrection, they go fishing. Three of them in that boat are professional fishermen, but the other four are just friends. Then seven were together when Peter suggested they go fishing. So together they go fishing.

They had a lot in common. Mainly it was their time and relationship with Jesus. As a group of men well acquainted with one another they had a history. Some stories they laughed and talked about. Some were more hush. One would be a cause of shame. The night Jesus was arrested started off bold. Peter drew a sword and cut off an ear. But in the end, they ALL ran away when Jesus needed them most. It was a story they wouldn’t talk about too much, if at all. Men don’t like to be reminded of their failures.

So why does John make such use of it? What was he showing us? John 21:15-17, was at the shore breakfast with Jesus. Jesus is restoring and forgiving Peter. The other six witnessed it. It meant something to John. Perhaps while Peter was making the boast about following Jesus no matter what, perhaps then the others, John too, were nodding in agreement. But they all ran away. John ran away when he too would have wanted to be there with Jesus. John was the disciple that Jesus loved. They were all sharing the shame that Peter had. They shared this experience.

They all shared the shame, they all shared the forgiveness and restoration. When they walked away from the beach that day, they all felt the forgiveness. They shared it.

John shared the story with the church. We shared our experiences to share our experiences of Jesus, thus we all know him better, because we get to see Him through one another’s eyes.

The church that shares, is better for it. Keep sharing.

The complete message is on the facebook video below or you can pick it up in the audio from the SCCC website.

God bless your week, Pastor Chuck

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:
  Oct 4 SCCC Worship Service (English) https://web.facebook.com/sancarloscommunitychurch
Sermon Series: Listen to the audio, at; http://sancarloscommunitychurch.com/streaming_christian_audio_sermons.php

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