Welcome to the Vineyard!
I pray and hope that you and your families are all doing well and of course staying healthy.
Staying healthy has always been a challenge, even before this so called pandemic hit. We do our best to eat right, exercise and get plenty of sleep. We also anoint ourselves with oil and pray for divine health, yet we still get and battle sickness and disease everyday. Why?
Because we live in a sinful and fallen world. Those who propagate that because there is no sickness in heaven then there shouldn’t be any on earth, are delusional. Heaven is heaven and earth is earth. And if earth is supposed to be heaven now, please let me know, because I for one would not be interested in going there. Beloved, this is not our home. The Father has something so much better for us coming! Yes, keep taking care of yourself, keep anointing yourself and others with oil, keep praying in faith for healing. Keep persevering and fighting the good fight of faith. Be encouraged, there’ a new heavens and new earth coming and this isn’t it! (Revelation 21)
However, with eager hope, as with all creation, we long for the day when we will be delivered from all sin, decay and death. We look forward to putting on our new bodies, glorification! It’s coming! What we’re enduring now is all temporary! It too will pass.
In the mean time we occupy, as the Lord leads. For now, we’ll hold in person outdoor celebrations. Our services will be posted Sunday evening on our church YouTube and Facebook. In terms of our small groups, they’ll continue to gather in homes or at our church facility outside.
We welcome everyone to join us on Sunday mornings at 10 am. We encourage you to continue to use practical wisdom to stay safe and healthy. For those of you who choose to watch from home we’ll miss you but respect your decision to remain at home.
If you have any questions about any of this please call our offices and leave a message. We’ll be happy to get back with you. In the mean time pray, stay safe, healthy and hopeful!
Go in peace,
Pastor Jose Rivera