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Pastroal Letter, May 16, 2023

To the Saints in San Carlos

 

Is it summer yet?  Is it warm yet?  Will it stay warm?  

 

Meteorologically, no, it's not summer and it will not be until June 21.  Is it warm yet?  Well, today, yes; it's headed for the upper 70s.  Will it stay warm?  Well, no, not yet . . . 

 

Last Sunday our Samoan congregation warmed our hearts with scripture and celebration of Mothers Day.




 



 


A happy and blessed Mothers Week to you and yours.

 

Note signage on church:


 





Ascension Thursday impends in just a couple of days. The day Jesus took leave of his disciples, as recorded by saint Luke in the first chapter of the Acts of the Apostles:

 

When they had gathered together they asked him,


“Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”


He answered them, “It is not for you to know the times or seasons


that the Father has established by his own authority.


But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you,


and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem,


throughout Judea and Samaria,


and to the ends of the earth.”


When he had said this, as they were looking on,


he was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight.


While they were looking intently at the sky as he was going,


suddenly two men dressed in white garments stood beside them.


They said, “Men of Galilee,


why are you standing there looking at the sky?


This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven


will return in the same way as you have seen him going into heaven.”

 

Sunday the 21st will be the 7th and last Sunday of Easter.  Pentecost follows, ten days after Ascension, on the 28th.

 

Bear in mind some local events:

 

Hometown Days - https://www.sancarloshometowndays.com/ - approaches; the following weekend, May 19-21.  Watch the parade with us from the front steps of the church.  The parade should arrive there sometime around 10 am.  From the town web site:

 

The Hometown Days Parade on Laurel Street is Saturday, May 20, and begins at 9:45 AM from Central Middle School.  It circles around down Laurel Street for all to see and is a highlight of the Hometown Days weekend. Contingents include antique vehicles, floats, fire and sheriff vehicles, marching bands, dance troupes, local organizations and more!

Saturday, July 29 Fundraiser

Still two months off, but bear this in mind.  The Lions Club, The Childrens Place, Cub Scouts, Fully Alive Church, Junior Matrons and all others who help us have been working hard on this important project.  Do plan to come and tell your neighbors. 

 

We now have a website and Flyer for the event which can be used to reserve tickets.  No host bar at 4; pasta summer at 5; bingo at 6.

 

 

Here are the readings for this coming Sunday, the last Sunday of Eastertide, between the Ascension of Jesus and the return of the Holy Spirit.

 

Psalm 97  Dominus regnavit

The Lord is King;let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of the isles be glad.

Clouds and darkness are round about him, righteousness and justice are the foundations of his throne.

A fire goes before him and burns up his enemies on every side.

His lightnings light up the world; the earth sees it and is afraid.

The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.

The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the peoples see his glory.

Confounded be all who worship carved imagesand delight in false gods! Bow down before him, all you gods.

Zion hears and is glad, and the cities of Judah rejoice, because of your judgments, O Lord.

For you are the Lord,most high over all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods.

The Lord loves those who hate evil; he preserves the lives of his saintsand delivers them from the hand of the wicked.

Light has sprung up for the righteous, and joyful gladness for those who are truehearted.

Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous, and give thanks to his holy Name.


John 17:20-21

Jesus prayed for his disciples, and then he said. "I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”


Revelation 22:12-14,16-17,20-21

At the end of the visions I, John, heard these words: "See, I am coming soon; my reward is with me, to repay according to everyone's work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end."

Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they will have the right to the tree of life and may enter the city by the gates.

"It is I, Jesus, who sent my angel to you with this testimony for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star."

The Spirit and the bride say, "Come."And let everyone who hears say, "Come."And let everyone who is thirsty come.Let anyone who wishes take the water of life as a gift.

The one who testifies to these things says, "Surely I am coming soon."  Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.



- Pastor Richard Hyde


Community Church of San Carlos


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