Wow, from so far away!

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It is a good DayI feel like Dorothy of the old movie “Wizard of Oz.” She repeated, “There is no place like home.” It was refreshing to see the green grass of southern Ontario and visit family. However, the culture there is rapidly changing and disturbing. It was a short time away and the return trip back was the worst. So, picking up our trusty old car and driving back south was so good.

We celebrated the Lord’s Table together on Sunday. It was a fitting way to return to the church. We had a larger number of people than expected, and I suspect our numbers will stay up this summer over previous summers.

We also had a surprise guest at church that gave us some idea of the power of spreading the gospel beyond our borders. We had a visitor from the Middle East. The family watches us on FB and also attends a church in their small city. It was the opportunity they had to see the church and experience our worship together in real-time. We never know who we impact or how far via the video ministry of SCCC.

When I look around the church, we have people who are Mexicans, Canadians, Americans, Vietnamese, and the Philippines, and that is just what I see. Who can tell where our ministry boundaries are? It is exciting to be part of. This leads me to our next point.

There are a few summer volunteer positions available. If you would like to learn more about sound and the system we use, we are looking for summer help. We call that position the Audio Controller Technician. Or maybe you find the church too crowded, and you want a space of your own, then sitting on a stool and pressing computer buttons for the presentation may be what you would like. It is really easy. We call that position the Visual Presentation Officer. Or perhaps you find it difficult to sit still. We need a person to sit by the sanctuary doors and close them when people come in. Somehow people just don’t do that, then all that precious cool air slips out of the sanctuary. You could call yourself an Environmental control technician. Let me or Ryan know what your preference is.
Sunday, it was good to be back with you. I was sharing about the beginning of Jesus Christ coming to us as the apostle John wrote in his gospel, chapter one. His narrative of the coming of Christ is vastly different than the other three gospels. And it is brilliantly structured.

He begins with a Hebrew thought of the value of the word of God. A Hebrew he believed the words of God had a life of their own. The word of God was active and alive. So when he wrote “the word became flesh and dwelt amongst us” it wasn’t just some mystic thought, but came from a Hebrew belief about the words of God.

He then gives us the testimony of John the Baptist about who Jesus is. “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” John the Baptist made a proclamation that “I have seen and borne witness that this is the Son of God.” This becomes the proclamation of every believer who has stepped into the kingdom and will not be ashamed of who Jesus is to them.

Then John the writer tells us the story of the gathering of Andrew, Nathanael, Philip, Peter, and himself. It is an example of the power of the witness about Jesus and how our words affect the building of the kingdom. In those verses, we can see that there is a power in the words and testimony of each of us.

But the bottom line is, our identity of who we are is the actions we take and the words we speak. More important we know who Jesus is by his actions and his words. Will we believe about those and then what will we do?

Blessings, Chuck. Next Sunday, I know you have thought of this before, but we are looking at Jesus turning water into wine at the wedding. John 2
This is only a small, short summary of what was spoken this past Sunday, and 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.” 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.

1st Sunday of each month, Celebration of the Lord’s Table.
4th Sunday of each month, Cookie Sunday
3rd each month, Monday Night at the Movies at 6 pm.
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.
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