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What makes a church a church?

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At the next Theological Happy Hour, we’ll be discussing the nature of the true Church. What makes a church a church? Can any gathering be called a “church”? The (Mormon) Church of the Latter-Day Saints uses the word “church,” but is it really a church?  Is a denominational church, a church in the proper sense? The Salvation Army looks like a church, but it doesn’t practice the sacraments. Is it a church? How do we know which “churches” really belong to the Church? This will be our topic for discussion on Friday. If you would like to prepare for the discussion by reading up on the topic, I’m including three views along with links below (Keep in mind no reading or prior theological knowledge is required. Everyone is welcome to come out for the discussion). Three Views To Consider 1. Anglican. Many Anglicans/Episcopalians have pointed to a document called the Chicago-Lambeth Quadrilateral 2. Roman Catholic. Before becoming Pope Benedict, Cardinal Ratzinger issued the Declaration Dominus Iesus (“Lord Jesus”) which provided clarifications for Roman Catholic theology and ecumenical work in the Post Vatican II era. Chapters IV, V, and VI are about the nature of the Church and can be read here. 3. Reformed. John Calvin’s theology of the church summarized here in this article, Calvin’s Understanding of the Church and its Relevance for the Ecumenical Movement. Join us 5:00 pm on Friday, December 1, 2017 @ Dog Haus Beergarten in Old Town Pasadena. 93 E. Green St. Pasadena, CA 91105

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday Service

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Next Wednesday, we’ll begin our spiritual preparation for Easter. Join us as we begin Lent (a season of fasting, prayer, and charity) with a special Ash Wednesday service. (Nursery provided). Date/Time: Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 7 PM Location: Gold Line Church – Rear building of Iglesia De La Comunidad, 115 N Ave. 53, Los Angeles, CA 90042

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Advent Day 1

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November 27, 2016 THE READINGS Psalm 146 · Isaiah 1:1-9 2 Peter 3:1-10 This is now, beloved, the second letter I am writing to you; in them I am trying to arouse your sincere intention by reminding you 2 that you should remember the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets, and the commandment of the Lord and Savior spoken through your apostles. 3 First of all you must understand this, that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and indulging their own lusts 4 and saying, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since our ancestors died, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation!” 5 They deliberately ignore this fact, that by the word of God heavens existed long ago and an earth was formed out of water and by means of water, 6 through which the world of that time was deluged with water and perished. 7 But by the same word the present heavens and earth have been reserved for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the godless. 8 But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day. 9 The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements …

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What’s the Big Deal about Baptism?

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If you have spent even a little time around our church, you’ve probably noticed we make a really big deal about baptism. Somehow it comes up in almost every sermon. On some Sundays we have special moments where we “renew our baptismal vows.” And we mention baptism every Sunday at communion. Actually, our obsession with baptism isn’t unique. Most Christians throughout the centuries have shared the same preoccupation. Sunday after church, we are going to have 20-minute class about baptism. This class will be helpful for those who have already been baptized—but want better understanding of what happened in their baptism. This class will also be great for those who are considering being baptized or having their children baptized or even understanding why someone would want to have their children baptized. (Many of us grew up in churches that did not baptize babies or small children so the idea seems foreign to us). On Sunday we’ll take some time to go deeper into the Church’s teaching on baptism. Hopefully you can stay around for this brief teaching segment as we discuss a theology that is so central to the life the Church and every Christian believer.