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Weekly Worship - August 20, 2016

Lake Chapala Baptist

Says Brother Bob Hendrick: “I worked mornings at a local radio station in Texas for a while.

Two things I had to watch for when people were getting ready for work or school – open microphone and dead air. If I forgot to turn off my mic during a program or commercial, people might miss the message on the play list. If there was no sound coming from our station, people might start adjusting their sets and possibly tune to another station — even though the silence would soon end. Sometimes we miss God because our mic is talking over His message. Sometimes God intentionally allows some ‘dead air,’ maybe to see if we will stay tuned.”

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

St. Andrew’s Anglican

“Our God is a consuming fire,” says this week’s reading from the Letter to the Hebrews. Really? How is that consistent with “What a friend we have in Jesus”? Maybe it’s because a true friend tells us the truth, even when the truth is uncomfortable, or even when the truth judges us. Fr. Winston Welty’s sermon, “Consuming Fire,” suggests that the truth of God’s Word burns away the illusions and dishonesties that stand between us and God.

Worship Sunday, August 21 at St. Andrew’s begins with the Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m., and is preceded by the children’s bilingual Sunday School at 9:45 a.m., and followed by a coffee hour in the garden. 

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.


At the Sunday, August 21 service of the Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Helen White will give the presentation “Peter Rabbit and Unitarianism.” White will talk about the extraordinary life of Beatrix Potter who was brought up in a Unitarian family and became a world renowned author, illustrator and conservationist. Bill White will be the Service Leader.

The Unitarians 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

Sunday, August 21 will be a special Sunday for the non-denominational congregation of New Hope Christian Fellowship. On that day, the church will celebrate its first anniversary as a newly formed congregation. No special plans have been announced, but may be forthcoming in the next few days.

“Rejoice” will be the theme for the service, as well as the title of pastor Gene Raymer’s message.  After the service, members will travel to El Jardin de Ninette restaurant for a fellowship lunch.

New Hope Christian Fellowship patterns itself after the first-century Christian church, promoting basic beliefs and practices found in the New Testament. Services are held in the upper room of the Presbyterian Church at 11 a.m. For more information or directions, call the pastor at 376-766-3435. 

Christ Church Episcopal

Christ Church Episcopal will observe the 14th Sunday after Pentecost by celebrating The Holy Eucharist Sunday, August 21, 9:30 a.m. at the Little Chapel by the Lake, at Carretera 10 in Chula Vista.  Fr. Danny Borkowski will preside and give a message with the theme “The Sabbath” based on Luke 13:10-17.

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

Christ Church Episcopal sponsors a Bible Study Tuesday, 2 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Little Chapel.  

Little Chapel by the Lake

Pastor Jonathan Admire will give a sermon taken from Philippians 1:15-30 at the 11:30 a.m. at the Sunday, August 21 service at the Little Chapel by the Lake.

“Each morning I wake up and find, still doin’ time,” says the pastor. “This week we are going to take a look at the encouraging letter Paul wrote to the Church in Philippi. I invite you to come find out why Paul tells his readers that Christ will be honored I his body, whether in life or in death.”

Coffee and refreshments are served before the service.

The Little Chapel is located at Carretera 10 in Chula Vista. For more information, call 766-2538.

San Andres English

“Today, as sons and daughter of God, we submit ourselves to His loving discipline, remembering that it was not just the Jews, nor will it be just Christians whom the Lord will gather to Himself.  Many more worthy than us will come from East and West to share the banquet of His Kingdom.”

So says Fr. Basil G. Royston, D. Min., who will offer the homily “The Lord Gather A People To Himself” at San Andres Catholic Church’s English-language service Sunday, August 21, 9 a.m.

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

Lakeside Presbyterian

Pastor Ross Arnold is continuing his lecture series every Friday at 11 a.m. at Lakeside Presbyterian Church in Riberas del Pilar. The topic is “A History of Western Thought: Why We Think the Way We Do.” If you missed the first lecture, it’s on video at litchapala.org/history-western-thought. This series takes a look at how we need to critically understand the major themes in Western thought to have the most accurate view possible of reality.

On Sunday, August 21, Pastor Arnold will talk about what real freedom means in a sermon entitled “Free Indeed.” 

Americans pride themselves on being the “land of the free,” and the same general claim could be made by Canadians and many others, he says. “But are we really free? What does it even mean to be really free?”

The Lakeside Presbyterian congregation meets in their church building in Riberas del Pilar. Turn toward the lake on Calle San Jorge at Mom’s Restaurant. The church is two blocks on the right. English-language services at 10 a.m. and Spanish-language services at 9 a.m. and noon.

St. Mark’s Anglican, Guadalajara

Father Jim Priddy’s sermon will be “Jeremiah, not the bullfrog” on Sunday, August 21, at the English-language worship service at St. Mark’s Anglican Church.

“As we begin our study of the longest book in the Bible (no, it’s not the Psalms), we are also putting the final touches on plans for our annual Mexican Fiesta, September 18, beginning at 1:30 pm, after our Spanish-language worship. Come worship with us, then stay for the fun,” says Father Priddy. Amidst a traditional Mexican comida, there will be mariachis, folkloric dancers, wine, beer, and Tequila. The public is invited, cost is 100 pesos for adults (includes comida), 50 pesos for children 10 and under. Call for reservations: 331-432-3497 or 378-786-0803.

St. Mark’s holds its Sunday service in English at 10:30 a.m. with choir practice at 9:45 a.m. People from the community are encouraged to join the choir. St. Mark’s is at Chichimecas 836, corner of Aztecas, a two-minute drive north of Plaza Mexico, in Colonia Monraz. 

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