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Weekly Worship - June 11, 2016


Lori Fjelsted presents a sermon entitled “Conscience and Democracy: Acting on our beliefs,” Sunday, June 12 at the Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. 

In lieu of creeds the Unitarian fellowships are organized around principles as to how they live. The Unitarian fifth principle couples one’s conscience and actions. Come hear what they are doing at their fellowship. Karyn Carpenter will be the service leader.

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

New Hope Christian

The non-denominational congregation of New Hope Christian Fellowship will include two special elements in their Sunday, June 12 service. Not only will they observe communion but will also be blessed with special music by returning member Dee Hauser. 

“We’re always pleased when Dee and Donnie return to Mexico. Their presence brings added brightness to our fellowship,” says Pastor Gene Raymer.

Raymer will also be delivering a message he has titled “Right Hand Man.” 

Explains the pastor: “There are many characters in the Bible who play key roles in the advancement of God’s will, but who get little recognition for their work. We want to look at one such person on Sunday.”

In addition to their regular post-service fellowship meal, members of the congregation will be joining together for their second international pot luck dinner on Thursday, June 16. This month’s theme is Irish.

New Hope Christian Fellowship meets each Sunday at 11 a.m. in the upper room of the Presbyterian church. All who wish to worship and grow in the Christian faith are welcomed to attend.

Little Chapel by the Lake

Sunday, June 12, the Little Chapel by the Lake will have a new starting time for their Praise and Worship service. Fellowship time will be from 11 to 11:30 a.m., with the Worship Service from 11:30 a.m.  to 12:30 p.m. The guest speaker for June will be Pastor Ken Armstrong from Grants-Pass, Oregon.  

“I draw inspiration from many who have gone before us, such as Martin Luther, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and writers such as C.S. Lewis, as well as a number of more contemporary Christian writers,” Armstrong says of his theological and ministerial perspective. “However, I am not guided by the theology of men. I believe in the whole counsel of Holy Scripture, and in the moment-by-moment guidance of the Holy Spirit. I believe in the unity of the body of Christ. I view His Church as consisting of all Christian believers, everywhere, regardless of denominational distinctives.”

The Little Chapel is located on the Ajijic-Chapala Carretera in Chula Vista, next to the golf course.

Christ Church Episcopal

Christ Church Episcopal will observe the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost by celebrating The Holy Eucharist Rite Two Sunday, June 12, 9:30 a.m. at the Little Chapel by the Lake. 

Fr. Danny Borkowski will preside and give a message with the theme “The Sinner Who Loved Much,” based on Luke 7:36-8:3. 

The congregation of Christ Church enjoys a fellowship from 10:35 to 11:10 a.m.

Christ Church sponsors a Bible Study Tuesday, 2 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Little Chapel.  Come spend an hour tackling the Book of Genesis.

Members of Christ Church will join the Lakeside Singers in a sing-a-long at Casa Nostra retirement home in Riberas del Pilar Wednesday, June 15, 4:30 p.m. The singers then dine together around 6 p.m. at Pizzeria Toscana, Hidalgo 75 in Riberas del Pilar. Call 765-6996 for information on how to join in.

St. Andrew’s Anglican

A troubling detail from the story of David and Bathsheba provides the focus for Fr. Winston Welty’s sermon at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church this Sunday. St. Paul says that the wages of sin are death, but can the wages of my sin be someone else’s death? In other words, when something terrible happens to someone I love, “Is God Punishing Me?” The Bible says so, but could the Bible be wrong?

The Holy Eucharist begins at 10 a.m., preceded by the children’s bilingual Sunday School at 9:45 a.m. A coffee hour in the garden follows the worship service.

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

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

Lakeside Presbyterian 

In 1937, Dietrich Bonhoeffer published the now-famous book “The Cost of Discipleship,” warning Christians against the tendency to look for “cheap grace.” It is still true that many Christians either do not understand or do not want to accept the price that must be paid to be a follower of Jesus. On Sunday, June 12, Pastor Ross Arnold will begin a new sermon series examining what Christian commitment must mean in the 21st Century.

Lakeside Presbyterian Church meets in their new church building in Riberas del Pilar.  Turn toward the lake at Mom’s Restaurant; the church is two blocks down on the right. English-language services are held at 10 a.m. and Spanish-language services at noon.  This week you’re welcome to stay after the 10 a.m. service for Lakeside Presbyterian’s Second Sunday Lunch. It’s a great way to meet new people!

Lakeside Baptist

Brother Bob Hendrick tells us: “As a welder, I had to pass a test to get a job. I was never asked at what temperature metal melted. No one required me to explain the purpose of flux or slag. The test was to weld ... on the type of material that needed to be welded ... in the positions that the welding would be done. If a satisfactory weld was produced I could be hired as and called a welder. If I failed the test, who I knew, what I drove, how I dressed did not matter. The last chapter of Hebrews is about the test of faith in Jesus. You pass the test by what you do, not by what you know.”

The Lake Chapala Baptist Church celebrates worship service each Sunday, 11 a.m. at Santa Margarita 147 in Riberas del Pilar.

San Andres English

“With David and Mary of Magdala we celebrate today the forgiveness of Christ and our faith in the Son of God who loved us and sacrificed himself for our sake.” 

So says Fr. Basil G. Royston, D. Min., who will offer the homily “The Forgiving Christ” at San Andres Catholic Church’s English-language service Sunday, June 12, 9 a.m.

San Andres holds a Second Sunday white envelope offering for the outreach projects of the San Andres congregation after Mass. This offering supports various local charities: 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.

St. Mark’s Anglican, Guadalajara

Everyone is invited to a July Fourth picnic and game day in St. Mark’s garden on the afternoon of Saturday, July 2. 

On Sunday, June 12, English Mass begins at the regular time, 10:30 a.m., and Dr. Jim Priddy’s sermon will focus on the day’s readings, including the account in Luke 7 about a woman washing Jesus’s feet.

The choir, directed by Debbie Matthew, will sing hymns including Johann Cruger’s 16th century arrangement of “Let Thy Blood in Mercy Poured.” 

St. Mark’s choir holds choir practice at 9:45 a.m. every Sunday, before the 10:30 a.m. Mass. Chichimecas 836, corner of Aztecas, a two-minute drive north of Plaza Mexico, in Colonia Monraz.

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