A Special Invitation to the members and friends of Calvary Chapel

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From this coming Thursday night September 13th at 6:00 P.M., to this coming Friday night September 14th at  6:00 P.M., we are calling our church family to fast and pray regarding our nation, or city, our community, our church and our Fall program. We are calling this our “Fasting Friday”. Then we are asking as many as can to join us at “In His Presence” for our all church prayer meeting from 8:00 P.M. – 9:30 P.M. on Friday. At that meeting I’ll be sharing a message on “Fasting for Spiritual Break Throughs”. “Nothing of eternal consequence is accomplished apart from prayer.” From 6:00 P.M.- 7:45 P.M. on Friday September 14th light foods will be available before our prayer meeting to break the fast. Please make the time for both individual and corporate prayer. It will change us individually and corporately and it will change the world.

Blessings,

Pastor Dave Watson

September 11th

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September 11th

September 11th. It occurred to me today just how much I and many others have come to be impacted by that word and number. September 11th. See what I mean? Whether they are found on a calendar or letterhead or a computer screen just viewing them does something in the pit of one’s stomach. September 11th. Abbreviating them by saying or writing 9/11 doesn’t lessen their effect. We have a 9/11 Museum, 9/11 Memorials, 9/11 Commemorations and even a 9/11 Commission but what we are doing in it all is dealing with September 11th. The world I live in, New York City, arguably the greatest city in the world, measures time in increments that can be best expressed by “before” or “after” September 11th.

This morning I was privileged to be at a Firehouse to stand with amazingly brave men to remember the members of their department who died on September 11th. There were moments of silence at 8:46 AM (First Plane Hits), 9:03 AM (Second Plane Hits), 9:59 AM (South Tower Falls), and 10:28 AM (North Tower Falls), to commemorate the tragedy of September 11th.  I can’t help but categorize the men there as those who joined the department before and those who joined the department after September 11th.

An elderly woman passed by us as we stood in formation outside the Firehouse. As she observed us, she inquired in frantic tones “Did someone die?” We whispered back “No, it’s 9/11”. She looked so relieved. What we meant to say was “Lady, 343 someones (firefighters) died along with 2977 other someones.  It’s September 11th!”

It’s been seventeen years since September 11th. A lot has changed, a lot has happened good and bad  in the 204 months or in the  6205 days or in the 148,920 hours or in the almost nine million minutes since September 11th. It is more than a memory for so many of us. Much more than a memory. Memories fade. September 11th has not.

Personally, I wish I could forget. I wish the memory, the taste of adrenaline, from anger and fear weren’t so fresh. And for the families of the victims I wish it wasn’t all so raw and real. And I’m sure they wish that too. They say time heals all wounds. I guess “they” never had a September 11th.

I wish September 11th could be taken off the calendar and we could skip right to September 12th, corrected by permanently adding a February 29th. Of course that will never happen because that date and its meaning are written with an ink that seems never to fade on a parchment that seems new every year. Besides, we have promised to never forget. But then again how could we? It’s September 11th.

Dear Lord on this day and always help us to remember the fallen, to honor the brave, to pray for the survivors, to remember the widowed, the grief-stricken and the orphaned and to look to You for comfort and answers which will only be fully known and experienced on the other side in glory where every wrong is made right, every tear is wiped away and where there will be no more crying and no more dying and no more September 11th. Amen

Free class on Facebook tonight, Monday, September 10th. “Basic Christianity” begins at 8:35 P.M. sharp. The New York Institute for Biblical Studies is back in session tonight. We are offering our class “Basic Christianity” as a class on Facebook but you must sign up tonight. See below for syllabus and tonight’s class notes and where to register plus costs etc. See you in class.

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New series begins this weekend at Calvary Chapel, September 7th-9th, 2018.

New Fall Series Begins

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Friday, September 7th, 2018

Presence of the Lord

8:00 P.M – In His Presence – All Church Prayer Meeting

8:00 P.M. – DIVAS Parent’s meeting

CHAMPIONS returns next week

Saturday, September 8th, 2018

Sunday, September 9th, 2018

 

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9:00 A.M. – Worship Celebration – Pastor Dave Watson – “iStart”

10:15 A.M. – Angie’s Connection Café

Life Groups
Youth Life – Teens
THRIVE – Young Adults
BLAST – Adults

11:15 A.M. –Worship Celebration – Pastor Dave Watson – “iStart”

1:00 P.M. – Iglesia El Calvario – Cafe

Our 11:15 A.M. Worship Service is streamed live at http://www.calvarychapelsi.org and facebook at @calvarychapelsi and is also carried live on 570AM The Mission and at http://www.wmca.com and http://www.iheartradio.com, beginning at 11:30 A.M.