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In-Person Services Canceled March 15 - March 25, 2020

A live stream will be offered each Sunday at 10am.

Out of an abundance of caution, and due to the difficulty of maintaining health guidelines from government agencies (6 feet of separation), our church leadership has decided to cancel regular Sunday morning services and Wednesday evening activities through March 25, 2020. At that time, we will re-evaluate public health recommendations and determine when it is appropriate to resume regular activities.

Please note, the leaders of SVCC recognize that this is a time when we should not be casual, but instead be even more proactive about interceding in prayer and deed for our world and for one another. The devil never misses an opportunity to stoke fear, loneliness, depression, and division. We are deeply troubled by the prejudicial lines of racism and poverty this disease has so quickly exposed in our society. Even though our church may not be meeting in a large group setting, we will be praying harder than ever, encouraging one another more than ever, and standing up for all of those in need - of any faith, color or social standing - more than ever.

If you are struggling with fear, loneliness, or depression at this time, our Pastor has made himself available just to talk and pray with anyone. Pastor Steve's personal cell phone is 619-277-2671. Feel free to call him anonymously.

Most of all, we pray that you will know that God is greater than any adversity the world brings our way.

Suggested Daily Prayer During Coronavirus Quarantine 2020

Children's Worship Bulletin Free Activities

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1.9)

 

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  • Fast to Please God

    Jesus continues against hypocrisy, now focusing on fasting. Fasting is not commanded, but it’s a given that Jesus’ disciples will fast.

    When Fasting Falls Apart

    Over-doing it (Pharisees)
    This is the heart of today’s passage: Fasting must not be superficial or self-glorifying, but God-glorifying. Religious hypocrites love to over-do it: Pharisees fasted twice a week (only required once a year for Israel) They wear a “fasting face” (to gain the approval of men)

    Never-doing it (Today’s Christians)
    While not directly addressed in today’s passage, this is a very grave error.

    The Real Pitfall: Self-Worship
    We “over-do” it to glorify our selves in the eyes of men. We “never-do” it to glorify our appetites by never submitting them.

    When Fasting is Appropriate

    Why should we fast? To draw close to God.
    “Come near to God, and He will come near to you.”
    (James 4:8)

    Four specific types of fasting found in the Bible:

    Sorrow for Sin (penitence)
    Nehemiah (Nehemiah 9), The City of Nineveh (Jonah 3), Saul’s Conversion (Acts 9)

    Facing Extraordinary Challenges (prayer)
    Moses (Exodus 24), Esther (Esther 4), Jesus (Matthew 4), Paul & Barnabas (Acts 13, 14)

    Increasing Self-Control (discipline)
    “But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection...”
    (1Corinthians 9:27a)

    Helping Others (justice)
    “Is this not the fast that I have chosen … to share your bread with the hungry”
    (Isaiah 58:6a,7a)

    Note: Fasting does not necessarily need to be abstinence from food.

    When Fasting Gets Risky

    As worship, fasting’s first motive must always be to draw near to God. Some fasting is risky, because it easily loses sight of that purpose:

    To worship a calendar (not for spiritual reasons, but religious)
    To worship a scale (not for spiritual benefit, but physical)

    The Heart of the Matter

    Do you desire to draw closer to God? Ask Him to increase your faith in this area. There is nothing wrong if you do not fast; there is much to be gained if you do.

    New King James Version (NKJV)

    16 “Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 17 But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”

    New King James Version (NKJV)

    6 Is this not the fast that I have chosen: To loose the bonds of wickedness, To undo the heavy burdens, To let the oppressed go free, And that you break every yoke? 7 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; When you see the naked, that you cover him, And not hide yourself from your own flesh?

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