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Pastoral Letter, July 12, 2023

To All the Saints in San Carlos:


Last Sunday we worshiped in Burton Park with our neighbors from Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in San Carlos.  Pastor Joshua Serrano delivered the sermon and I celebrated the service of Holy Communion.  A few members of the Church of the Epiphany, Episcopal also joined in.  Associate Rector AnnaMarie Hoos came over afterward to say hello and join the picnic afterward.


Here are some photographs to prove it:



We hope to do something like this again in the fall, perhaps with members of Trinity Presbyterian.


Some announcements:


The Celebration of Life service for Rev. Sharon MacArthur is Saturday, July, 22, 2023 at 11:00am.  While this service is for family and close friends (by invitation only), the service will be streamed so that others may join.  The link:


Also note that the service at Sycamore Congregational Church (1111 Navellier St, El Cerrito, CA 94530) at 3:00pm on Sunday, July 23, 2023, is open to all.


Let me add how much I miss Sharon, her good spirits, her wise counsel and I am sure you all do as well.  



Please make every effort to attend church on Sunday, July 23 to welcome our UCC Conference Minister Davena Jones, who will join us afterward for our monthly council meeting.  More about Davena:

Our fund-raiser for Mahany Hall will be in about two weeks.  Buy your tickets online; invite your friends and neighbors.



I hear that it will be HOT over the next few days, not as hot as elsewhere on our warming planet, but hot enough to take some precautions.  Make sure you drink plenty of fluids and do not overdo it.


Finally, we will continue our series of sermons on the Holy Spirit this coming Sunday, based upon the following scriptures.


Genesis 32:24-30

            And Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day.  When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and Jacob's thigh was put out of joint as he wrestled with him.  Then he said, "Let me go, for the day is breaking." 

            But Jacob said, "I will not let you go, unless you bless me."  And he said to him, "What is your name?" And he said, "Jacob." 

            Then he said, "Your name shall no more be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed." 

            Then Jacob asked him, "Tell me, I pray, your name." But he said, "Why is it that you ask my name?" And there he blessed him.  So Jacob called the name of the place Peni'el, saying, "For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life is preserved." 


1 Corinthians 13:4-13

            Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. 

            Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 

            Love never ends; as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.  For our knowledge is imperfect and our prophecy is imperfect; but when the perfect comes, the imperfect will pass away. 

            When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I gave up childish ways.  For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully, even as I have been fully understood. 

            So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. 

Have a wonderful, spirit-filled week.

- Pastor Richard Hyde

Community Church of San Carlos

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