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Weekly Worship - March 12, 2016

Lakeside Presbyterian

Pastor Ross Arnold of Lakeside Presbyterian Church continues his series of sermons on the basic beliefs of the Christian faith, using the Nicene Creed as his outline.  In preparation for Holy Week and Easter, Pastor Ross will be looking at the incarnation of Jesus as a human baby in a sermon entitled “And Was Made Man” on Sunday, March 13. 

Lakeside Presbyterian Church is located at San Jorge 250 in Riberas del Pilar – just turn towards the lake at Mom’s Restaurant and the church is two blocks down on the right.  English language services are at 10 a.m.; Spanish language services start at noon.

This Sunday Lakeside Presbyterian also welcomes visitors for the monthly Second Sunday lunch after the 10 a.m. service.  Everyone is invited.

New Hope Christian

New Hope Christian Fellowship, a non-denominational congregation of Christian believers, will meet at its regular time of 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 13. The worship service will be preceded by a refreshment period that begins around 10:40 a.m. Along with hymns of praise, inspirational scripture and prayers of thanksgiving and petitions to God, Pastor Gene Raymer will deliver the message “Worship or Waste.” 

Explains Raymer: “During the week before Palm Sunday, Jesus and His disciples visited with His friends in Bethany. While there, Mary took some perfume and anointed Jesus’ feet and wiped them dry with her hair filling the whole house with the aroma. Judas protested that the perfume could have been sold and the money used to help the poor. John says Jesus rebuked Judas because He knew that concern for the needy was not the real reason Judas protested.” As always, the worship service will be followed by a period of fellowship at a local restaurant.

The congregation meets in the upper room of the Presbyterian Church, two blocks south of Mom’s Restaurant in Riberas del Pilar. For more information or precise directions, call the pastor at (376) 766-3435.

Christ Church Episcopal

Christ Church Episcopal will observe the fifth Sunday in Lent by celebrating the Holy Eucharist, Rite Two, March 13, 9:30 a.m.  in the Little Chapel by the Lake, Carretera 10 in Chula Vista. Fr. Danny Borkowski will preside and Warden Jim Powers will give a message with the theme “To Forgive is Divine” based on John 12:1-8.

The congregations of Christ Church and the Little Chapel share a coffee fellowship between their two services from about 10:35 until 11:10 a.m.  Come and enjoy some goodies and fellowship with them.

The Tuesday Bible Study sponsored by Christ Church will continue the study of the Book of Genesis at the Little Chapel Fellowship Hall, 2 p.m. Each session lasts an hour. 


Rev. Jorge Espinel shares his experiences as a Unitarian Universalist living in Colombia at the Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Sunday, March 13. The title of his sermon is “Can Unitarian Universalism be Translated to Spanish?” 

The Unitarians have moved. They now meet at 10:30 a.m. in their new facility at Hidalgo 261, opposite the bell tower, on the north side of the Carretera in Riberas del Pilar.

Lake Chapala Baptist

Brother Bob Hendrick says: “A problem with modern representative government is that the elite ‘insider’ class that governs has little in common with the ones they should represent. The same sentiment is often expressed toward preachers, priests, and other leaders in a church. ‘How can he preach to me? He hasn’t been where I’ve been.’ The ultimate ‘elitist’ would be God … sinless, without beginning or end, unchanging, all powerful … all characteristics that none of us can claim. How can He know us and rule us? The letter to the Hebrew Christians tells us that Jesus is God in the flesh, that he suffered like we suffer, and that he was tempted in all areas that we are tempted yet he did not sin. So He is our perfect high priest and the approachable God.”

Attend the service at the Lake Chapala Baptist Church on Sunday, March 13, 11 a.m. The church is at Santa Margarita 179 in Riberas del Pilar.

St. Andrew’s Anglican

As the season of Lent winds down, God is “about to do a new thing” at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church. At least that’s what the prophet Isaiah claims. Fr. Winston Welty’s sermon this week — “God on the Move” — suggests that to anticipate and move in concert with God’s “new thing,” it’s necessary to engage a very old thing. Worship begins at 10 a.m., the children’s bilingual Sunday School is at 9:45 a.m., and a coffee hour in the garden follows the worship service.

On the second Sunday of each month, donations are received for the support of Sunday School children and their families in Jocotepec. And every Sunday, the feeding program supported by St. Andrew’s welcomes donations of non-perishable food items, left in baskets by the Church doors.

On Wednesday, March 16, from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the church’s multipurpose room, the fifth session of this year’s Lenten Bible Study will focus on Hannah as part of the series — “Muted Voices: Old Testament Women.”

St. Andrew’s is at Calle San Lucas 19, a block south of the Carretera in Riberas del Pilar.

San Andres English

“The Lord Who Has Wiped Out Our Past Sinfulness” is the homily Fr. Basil G. Royston, D. Min. will give on March 13, the fifth Sunday of Lent.

Says Royston: “The utter completeness of Christ’s forgiveness is almost incredible, when he says to us, ‘Neither do I condemn you,’ the past is dead, snuffed out like a wick, forgotten.  Laughter and song fill our hearts.  It seems like a dream.”

San Andres holds its second Sunday “White Envelope Offering” for its outreach projects after Mass.  This offering supports Anita’s Shelter, six student scholarships, Villa Infantil, Operation Feed, Cruz Roja, Niños Incapacitados, El Corazon del Ancianos, the Ancianos Christmas Dinner, the San Andrés fiesta, Niños y Jovenes, and scholarships for local Seminarian students. 

San Andres is located at the corner of Ramon Corona and Parroquia, one block from the Ajijic main plaza.

Little Chapel by the Lake

Rev. Pojen Lee, a retired United Church of Christ minister from New Hampshire and former human rights lobbyist in Washington D.C., will speak at the worship service at the Little Chapel by the Lake on Sunday, March 13, beginning 11:15 a.m.  His message, “Have life more abundantly,” (using English Standard Version) uses the text from John 10:10, “the thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy.” 

Fellowship time with coffee and refreshments begins at 10:30 a.m.

The Little Chapel is in Chula Vista, on the Carretera, east of the golf course entrance.

St. Mark’s Anglican, Guadalajara

On Sunday, March 13, Dr. Jim Priddy will preach on the day’s biblical readings, which focus on the sorry old world giving way to far better things, including Jesus’ portentous meal with Lazarus and Mary. This is the fifth Sunday in Lent, a period of reflection. 

St. Mark’s is looking forward to a bilingual service on Palm Sunday, March 20, noon, with the annual procession through the garden and dramatic reading of events leading to Jesus’ crucifixion. A Maundy Thursday service at 6 p.m. March 24 will be held with music by the choir and the final stripping of the altar. On Good Friday a Spanish service begins at noon. Easter Sunday, March 27, will feature a festive English Mass at the regular time, 10:30 a.m., and a Spanish Mass at 12:30 p.m.

St. Mark’s holds services in English Sundays at 10:30 a.m. with choir accompaniment. The choir is directed by Debbie Matthew and practice is at 9:45 a.m. Sundays. Chichimecas 836, corner of Aztecas, a two-minute drive north of Plaza Mexico, in Colonia Monraz. End of bus route 33-A. (33) 3641-6620 or (cell) 33 1432 3497.

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