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In-Person Services Canceled This Week

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

Pursuant to the Governor's order banning groups of 10 or more, our church leadership has decided to offer Sunday morning services online. Wednesday evening activities are on hold until the order allows for groups of 50 to gather again. Some of our Bible studies have continued to meet online as well. Our food pantry, Joseph's Storehouse, is also fully operational.

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, and he'd love to hear from you!

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

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"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)

 

  • Barns & Nobles – Luke 2.1-20

    Flattening the Hills

    Last week we read about the noble wise men. This week we read about shepherds. Wise men don’t usually hang out with shepherds.  And gods don’t usually hang out with men.

    God is not ashamed to make his home among us. Why should we be ashamed to spend time with one another?

    Part of the meaning of Christmas is that in Christ, all barriers that we think are important – rich, poor, weak, strong, disabled, differently-abled, black, white (and every other beautiful shade of brown) – are forever erased.

    “Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low;
    the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain.
    And the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it together.
    For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
    (Isaiah 40.4-5)

    “Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low;”

    Which valleys? Which mountains? Every valley that separates us from one another and God was carved with the gnarled, pointed finger human prejudice and sin. Every mountain that divides human beings from one another and our maker was piled high and deep by the work of our own dirty paws. These are the valleys that only the Lord himself could fill in; the mountains that only the Lord could level flat. And he did so by example – by coming to us as a vulnerable infant, God disregarded all barriers that keep nobles from visiting barns, and shepherds from chumming with nobles.  

    Chains Shall He Break

    The details that divide us have no place among a people who worship the God who despised the divide between Himself and humanity. We worship the God who crosses the aisle and shakes hands with the sinner, and makes us all brothers and sisters. Jesus Christ is man enough to risk His good reputation as right and Holy for the greater purpose of redeeming we who are not right and unholy. This is the kind of soul-searching and brave God we serve.

    “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3.28)

    And yet we still have the audacity to make distinctions, even to our shame, in the body of Christ. For those who are truly in Christ there is no Baptist or Nazarene, no pentecostal or charismatic, no Catholic or Orthodox. All who believe are one in Christ, and there is no distinction.

    In Christ there is no slave or free, for all are slaves to righteousness and all are free by the blood of the lamb.

    There is neither male nor female, for all are filled with the same empowering Spirit to serve one another regardless of gender.

    There are no immigrants, for we are all aliens and strangers on the earth (Hebrews 11.13).

    There is no race but Adam’s race.

    There must be never, ever, ever be room in God’s church for racism, sexism, classism, or denominationalism.

    If Jesus, the noblest of nobles, was content to hang out in a barn with us, who are we to refuse to associate with one another?

    May we find the courage this Christmas season to lay down our foolish and man made barriers, to seek out ways to associate with those we despise – or at the very least prefer not to hang out with. Let the child in the manger remind us that God came to us first – and let His example inspire us to cross the aisle and befriend those we would never befriend otherwise.

    I’d like to close with words from my favorite Christmas hymn:

    “Truly He taught us to love on another
    HIs law is love and His gospel is peace
    Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
    And in His name all oppression shall cease”

    (O Holy Night)

     

     

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