We have a new Spanish service on Friday nights at 7 pm.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)
“Yo soy el camino, la verdad y la vida —le contestó Jesús—. Nadie llega al Padre sino por mí.” (Juan 14:6)
I was worshiping on Friday, March 15 at our church. I was not preaching, or leading the Lord’s Supper, or really doing any leading at all with the exception of brief welcome to those who came to our first Spanish-speaking worship service. Pastor Nacho led the Lord’s Supper. A number of those in attendance shared testimonies. Sergio preached the Word. Because he did so in Spanish, I certainly didn’t understand much, but I can tell you it was powerful!
Two things were brought to my mind as I worshiped with everyone.
First, I recalled a conversation that Claudia Bartlett and I had about 7 or 8 years previous, a time when I didn’t know either Sergio or Nacho. The conversation was about the idea of a Spanish-speaking service. “Wouldn’t it be great…” we said. It became a prayer, a prayer that was brought to life on Friday.
Second, as Sergio preached, I kept hearing him say “camino.” Though I don’t know much Spanish, my family lived on a street called “Camino Alegre” (“Happy Road”). I wondered if Sergio was talking about the “road” to Emmaus, or the “road” to Damascus. To make a long story short, I finally realized he was talking in part about John 14, where Jesus says, “I am the WAY (“camino”) and the truth and the life….” And after the worship was over, Sergio let me know that based on this scripture, the name of this new Friday night worship service will be “The Way.” Me encanta. I love it.
You are invited to come and see and worship! The group will be at church – indeed, will “be church” – every Friday night at 7 pm. And, just so you know, not everything was in Spanish this past week. Some of the songs were sung in English, and Pastor Nacho led the Lord’s Supper in English. So, if your primary (or only) language is English, you still will understand some things. Moreover, you very well may feel the moving of the Spirit (that’s the power I mentioned earlier), which transcends language and ethnicity, and brings us into unity in Christ Jesus.
God bless you, Pastor Dave
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30; NIV)
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Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. (Proverbs 16:3; NIV)
Our church recently purchased property. Purchasing property is never a small undertaking. It involves a serious investment of time and money. And it should reflect the pursual of a significant purpose.
Our recent purchase of property at 12002 N. Puma Rd. reflects all of these. For the last three years, this has been the site of our Community Christian Outreach Center (CCOC), which we were renting until the purchase. It is from this site that we attempt – and often succeed! – to faithfully serve our neighbors, especially those who live in Avra Valley and surrounding areas. …