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Weekly Worship - July 9, 2016

Lakeside Presbyterian

For the past month Pastor Ross Arnold of Lakeside Presbyterian Church has been preaching a sermon series on The Cost of Discipleship. Sunday, July 10, he concludes that series with a sermon entitled “How Should We Then Live.” 

As true disciples of Jesus, we are called to put our relationship with him before all else. But what exactly does that mean? In practical terms, how are we to live our lives? And what is it about how we live that’s supposed to be different from others in the world?  

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 at 10 a.m. and Spanish-language services at 9 a.m. and noon. Lakeside Presbyterian Church especially invites everyone to experience their new worship, which features both contemporary and traditional music set to upbeat arrangements.

St. Andrew’s Anglican 

An incident witnessed on a New York City subway 56 years ago helps Fr. Winston Welty shed some light on the familiar Parable of the Good Samaritan at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church this week. Cutting through the stereotypes of helpless victims, hard-hearted clergy, and sensitive social outcasts, “Standing in the Living Present” suggests that a very simple question is at the heart of this most familiar of Jesus’ parables.

Worship at St. Andrew’s begins with the Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m., preceded by the children’s bilingual Sunday School at 9:45 a.m., and followed by a coffee hour in the garden. 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 food items, left in the baskets by the church doors.

On Wednesday, July 13, 8:30 a.m. at the church, the monthly breakfast of the “Company of Gentlemen” welcomes into fellowship the men of the parish and the community.

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

Lake Chapala Baptist 

Says Brother Bob Hendrick: “I had been sitting in my chair looking at Facebook on my phone. I was considering checking email next but I dozed off instead. I woke to find my thumb had fallen on the screen and rearranged by apps. One time my thumb fell on the camera app and took a five-minute video of my lap. A thumb is a small thing but it seems to have a life of its own when I am asleep. The Song of Solomon says to catch the little foxes. The little foxes spoil the vineyard. Sometimes we fail to manage little things in our lives … that little peek at a website; that one default cuss word; that little habit. You may wake up to find that little thing has caused some big problems. The forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden was a little thing.”

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

New Hope Christian

The congregation of New Hope Christian Fellowship will hear a fresh voice during their worship service on Sunday, July 24, 11 a.m. Rev. John Whitener will be bringing the message while Pastor Gene Raymer is on vacation. 

Rev. Whitener is a missionary who currently teaches classes for individuals preparing to deliver God’s word. A fellowship meal will follow the worship service.

New Hope Christian Fellowship is a non-denominational Christian congregation that seeks to live according to the teachings of the New Testament while holding on to all the truths of the Old Testament.

The group meets in the upper room of the Presbyterian Church in Riberas del Pilar.  All believers are warmly welcomed.

Little Chapel by the Lake

Sunday, July 10, the Little Chapel will welcome Jonathan Admire into the pulpit as Interim Pastor until Pastor Ken Armstrong can return permanently with his wife, Dawn.

Pastor Admire is here learning Spanish, with his wife and four children, but with a heart to serve God wherever he calls him, even if for a short time. 

Little Chapel by the Lake is located at Chapala-Ajijic Carretera 10 in Chula Vista. Fellowship time will be from 11 to 11:30 a.m., with the Worship Service starting at 11:30 a.m.

Christ Church Episcopal

Christ Church Episcopal will observe the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost by celebrating The Holy Eucharist Sunday, July 10, 9:30 a.m. at the Little Chapel by the Lake in Chula Vista. Fr. Danny Borkowski will preside and Warden Jim Powers will give a message with the theme “Neighborly Love” based on Luke 10:25-37. 

The congregations of Christ Church and the Little Chapel share a common fellowship time between their two services, from about 10:35 until 11:25 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 Revelation.

Wednesday, July 13, 4:30 p.m., Christ Church congregants will join the Lakeside Singers for a sing-a-long at Ohana’s rest home in San Juan Cosala.  Dinner will be at about 6 p.m. at Perry’s Pizza, Carretera Pointe 37-A. Just show up.

San Andres English

“We celebrate the nearness of the Lord to us His People. He is the good Samaritan who comes close to us and heals us, raising us to life as His own body.” So says Fr. Basil G. Royston, D. Min., who will offer the homily “His Word Is Near” at San Andres Catholic Church’s English-language service Sunday, July 10, 9 a.m.

This Sunday, San Andres has a White Envelope Offering after Mass for the outreach projects of their congregation. This offering supports many 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.


Sunday, July 10, Richard Clark will speak on “An Indian Way of Death” at the Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Clark will describe the rites in South India when a person dies. Life and death are closer at hand in India, and Clark got to see it first hand. He will be showing about 60 photos which illustrate the family and village rites the day of death, the cremation ritual, the disposal of the ashes in a river, the final rites a few days later, and the celebration one year after death. These traditions are ancient, and much more comprehensive than in America. Carol Johnson is 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.

St. Mark’s Anglican, Guadalajara

On Sunday, July 10, 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 very well known story in Luke 10 about the “good Samaritan.”

The choir, directed by Debbie Matthew, will sing hymns including the ancient “Where Charity and Love Prevail,” with words translated from Latin and music composed in 1592. The acclaimed Ana Silvia Guerrero plays organ.

On July 17 and 24, there will be no English Mass at St. Mark’s due to the absence of Father Priddy. Spanish Mass will be held as usual at 12:30. 

St. Mark’s usually holds its Sunday service in English at 10:30 a.m. with choir practice at 9:45 a.m. every Sunday. People from the community are encouraged to join the choir. Chichimecas 836, corner of Aztecas, a two-minute drive north of Plaza Mexico, in Colonia Monraz, (33) 3641-6620 or (cell) 33 1432 3497, www.stmarksanglican.org. Facebook: Saint Mark’s Anglican GDL.

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