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Knowing God / Knowing Ourselves

“Bless the LORD, O my soul.  O LORD my God, You are very great.  You are clothed with honor and majesty, wrapped in light as with a garment.” Psalm 104:1f Many years ago, I did a sermon series on the attributes of God.  I keyed off A. W. Tozer’s book, “The Knowledge of the Holy.”  Some of God’s attributes come quickly to our minds: sovereign, almighty, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, eternal, and infinite; others come a little slower: self-existent, self-sufficient, immutable,…

Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant.

“The master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant…’” Matthew 25:21a When I first arrived at FPCSA, I often said, “The church gave me several gifts.”  I was speaking, of course, of the staff that was in place at that time; in particular, I was referring to Marcia Griffin, Marion Heatherington, Mary Lee, Paul McNeff, and Dick Williams.  Each of these individuals brought particular gifts and talents to their work, but mostly they brought hearts filled with love,…

Let’s Get Ready to Rumble!!!

“I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the LORD.’”  Psalm 122:1 Michael Buffer has made a name for himself by calling out the phrase, “Let’s get ready to rumbl-l-l-le!!!”  And as we come into July, I feel like Michael could do his signature phrase as a call to worship.  Can you imagine Sunday worship starting with, “Let’s get ready to rumbl-l-l-le!!!”?  Ha ha hahhh!  Probably not.  But sometimes I wonder if we…

A Blank Slate

[After Jesus’ ascension, the disciples returned to Jerusalem]“These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer…”  Acts 1:14a  In his book, The Post-Quarantine Church, Thom S. Rainer writes, “What did they (the early church) do when they didn’t know what to do? They prayed. The Bible indicates that the prayers of the early church were powerful because the people were of one mind: ‘They all met together and were constantly united in prayer.’ They didn’t know what else…

Prayer Network!

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people. 1 Timothy 2:1 Do you believe in the power of prayer? Do you have requests for prayer? We would like to restart our Prayer Network.  We are looking for people who are interested in praying for others.  We will put together a prayer list that will be regularly updated and emailed to our prayer network.  If you are interested in being a part…

The Post-Quarantine Church

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:24f I love that insurance commercial where a millennial couple is stuck on the side of the road with their car, and one of them says, “Most likely, it’s out of gas, but what if we just unplug…

Post Quarantine Protocols

Welcome Home! We are so excited to re-open our church campus and say, “Welcome Home!” to our church family and friends.  Beginning on the first Sunday of May (5/2), we are open for services. POST-QUARANTINE PROTOCOLS Love your neighbor If you, or anyone in your household, is feeling any symptoms (fever, cold, cough), please stay home and join us for the live-stream service online. If you have been fully vaccinated and are feeling well, please join us in person! Wear…

March 2021 Pastor’s Page

“CONVERSATIONS WITH JESUS” [Jesus said] “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16 At its last meeting, the Board of Elders (session) responded to three questions. 1) “What attracted you to FPCSA?” There were quite a few responses, from “we were looking for a Presbyterian Church” to “we came here quite by accident.”  One person mentioned they were looking for a…

February 2021 Pastor’s Page

“Honoring Black History” “Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a member of the court of Herod the ruler, and Saul.” Acts 13:1 There seems to be a “National Day” for everything nowadays.  Check these out: dogs (8/26), cats (10/29), tacos (10/4), licorice (4/12), friendship (7/30), mushrooms (10/15), slugs (10/29), peanut butter (1/24), brothers (5/24), sisters (8/1), siblings (4/10), martinis (6/19), roller coasters (8/16), etc. etc.…

January 2021 Pastor’s Page

“The LIGHT at the End of the Tunnel” “Looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy set before Him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2) People are saying, “We can see the light at the end of the tunnel…” This is an old phrase used to describe a bad situation that will soon come to…

In All Circumstances, Give Thanks

Dear FPCSA Family & Friends,As is the case with all things in 2020, the Thanksgiving holiday will be different this year.  Even with all that is going on, I had planned to spend time with friends on Thanksgiving Day, eating in the backyard, socially distanced and practicing safe protocols.  But with the recent uptick in cases and the plea from health officials nationwide, we have changed our plans to stay home this weekend and order nice turkey dinners from Mimi’s Cafe in Tustin (thanks…

Pastor’s Letter Nov 2020

“In All Circumstances” “Always be joyful.  Never stop praying.  Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16ff) The national news this morning reported that cases of mental health concerns had risen to an alarming rate.  People are feeling isolated, abandoned, alone, uncared for, forgotten, neglected, unloved.  These mental health concerns were across the spectrum of age, with a strong rise in the number of young people affected.  At…

Daylight Savings

Dear FPCSA Family & Friends, We are CANCELING the Trunk or Treat event scheduled for this evening.When we scheduled the event, hospitalizations were on the decline and we had just moved to the more open tier in the state.  But recent news is making us more cautious.  And we prefer to be cautious rather than sorry. Last night the city of Santa Ana sent out a message strongly discouraging gatherings at this time.  Hospitalizations and ICU cases from Coronavirus are currently on the…

Trunk or Treat!

CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS! Jesus said, “Let the children come unto Me… Whoever welcomes such a one as this in My name, welcomes Me.”At the end of the weekly zoom gathering with our children, Ms. Sandra always asks if there are any prayer requests.  Every week, one of our children asks to pray that we have a good Halloween this year.  Certainly, COVID-19 has struck us all this year, but it has been especially hard on our children.    So FPCSA is…