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In God’s Time

“Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently before Him.” (Psalm 37:7a) On one of my trips to Moloka’i, Hawaii, with the Laguna Presbyterian Church youth group mission trip, I met a couple of students who told me they were brothers.  They looked nothing alike.  I asked which was older.  The taller boy said, “I am… by 5 months.”  I saw what was going on; I wasn’t born yesterday.  I was the guest speaker on this trip, and these boys…

American Idols

“Little children, keep yourselves from idols.” (1 John 5:21) The final verse of the Apostle John’s epistle has always fascinated me: “Little children, keep yourselves from idols.”  After a letter discussing God’s love and forgiveness, God’s light and truth, and our assurance of faith, the Apostle John ends his letter with this short phrase: “keep yourselves from idols.  It just seems so off-the-wall, like it’s out of left field, and such a weird way to end a letter.  No blessing.…

We’re Seeking to be Intergenerational, Too!

“One generation shall commend Your works to the next, and shall declare Your mighty acts.” Psalm 145:4 Our Mission Statement says: Celebrating that which unifies us and that which makes us unique, we are intentionally building an intercultural, intergenerational community of faith in Jesus Christ that cares for, and serves, one another and our city. We are seeking to be intentionally intercultural and intergenerational.  Remember, there is a big difference between the prefix “multi-” and the prefix “inter-”.  In multi-ethnic/multigenerational…

Del Prado

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9) For those who have been at the church for a while, you’ve probably heard some whisperings about “Del Prado.”  It might sound a bit like El Dorado, the mythical city of gold in the mountains of South American, or the ever-elusive pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. So what even is…

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…

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…

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…

Transients

Dear FPCSA Family & Friends,Please find attached the worship materials for our livestream worship service tomorrow, July 19th, at 10A on our church’s facebook page.  Our responsive call to worship is at the end of the Service Order attachment.  The message is titled, “Made to Worship,” and in keeping with the sermon series, we’ll be asking what it means to worship God beyond the walls of the church.  And I’m looking forward to Kyle Short sharing a song titled, “I Am Alive.” On…

COVID Survey

Dear FPCSA Family & Friends,The news this morning reported that hospitalizations in Orange County have increased 97% in the last month.  This morning 691 hospitalizations were reported and 236 of those were in the ICU.  Numbers continue to go up.  We miss seeing each other.  We miss worshiping God together in our beautiful sanctuary.  But we value each of you too much to put any of you, our sisters and brothers in Christ, at risk.  If you are having trouble…
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