Weekly Newsletter, June 5th 2015

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FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK

Pentecost God sends us his Spirit

John 16:8
When the Advocate comes,
he will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment.

What is the Spirit of God?
It is God’s power that creates new life. It is the power of God who wants to work through human beings. God comes often very softly, but sometimes he comes and surprises us completely; then we can see or feel many signs. Each time God´s Spirit knocks on our life he expresses: I need you.
Many frighten themselves. This is what happened to the prophet Isaiah, when he met the Spirit of God in the temple (Isaiah 6). In this encounter with God Isaiah felt that he is a sinner. But an angel took a piece of charcoal, not to burn but to heal.
God’s Spirit gives us clarity about 3 things: about sin, about righteousness, about judgment.
Woww! These are not simple issues. Actually, they are 3 aspects of one and the same thing. We have to learn to see those three aspects as something totally positive! God’s Spirit is our Comforter. For the Bible justice is not something abstract. It means our relationship with God. Judgement is not something negative: all things come to their proper place.
God’s Spirit leads us to Jesus. We learn to see all things under his perspective. Please, don´t confuse God’s spirit with feelings. The Jewish philosopher Martin Buber has a clear distinction between love and feelings. As human beings we have feelings, but we live in the love. We live; we are alive, because we are beloved by God. His great love for us is our home. Now the whole world is invited to find a place in that great home.

Reverend Roland

THIS SUNDAY AT BALBOA UNION CHURCH

Worship Service at 10 a.m. – ALL ARE WELCOME!

Children’s Sunday School Teachers: Mitzy Samudio and Ally McIntosh

SPEAKER: Beth Anne Gray

First TestamentReadingsand Psalm 1 Samuel 8:4-11Psalm 138
Epistle Reading 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1
Gospel Reading Mark 3:20-35

 


Family day – Saturday, June 6, 1.30 p.m.

We look forward to seeing all of the BUC families at the Tryp hotel on Saturday afternoon, where David has organised an afternoon to watch the football final and poolside fun for the children.  All families are welcome to join us.

Upcoming events in June

Saturday, June 20th

Missions Committee invites you to join us the third Saturday of the month for the Bridging Families program – 10.00 a.m. – where you can meet the ladies that receive continuing support from our church on a monthly basis with food baskets.