December 18, 2016

Audio Message Sunday, Dec 18- Justin McRoberts

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Below are a few photos of Advent Candle lighting and The Christmas Musical Pageant.



December 17, 2016

Kids Christmas Musical Pageant- 5pm at Shelter Vineyard

Tonight at 5:00, come see the Kids Christmas Musical Pageant, with kids from Shelter Vineyard and New Life Fellowship. The shepherds are ready!

October 16, 2016

September 3, 2016

East Bay Stand Down Volunteer Sign up click here

 North Bay Stand Down Volunteer Sign up click here

August 4, 2016

We're Back at the Vineyard Building This Sunday

We had a great time getting together with our friends at New Life Fellowship last Sunday! We're back at the Vineyard building this Sunday. 10:30. See you then! If you forgot how it looks, here's a picture from about 60 years ago.

July 30, 2016

We're meeting at New Life Sunday morning 10:30

Remember, this week we're meeting at New Life Fellowship, 3525 Chestnut Ave, Concord
10:30am. Bring something to share for the barbecue immediately after worship.


July 28, 2016

Sunday Worship Celebration This Sunday, July 31, at New Life Fellowship

Remember, this week we're meeting at New Life Fellowship, 3525 Chestnut Ave, Concord
10:30am. Bring something to share for the barbecue immediately after worship.


July 26, 2016

Summer Sabbath Week 4 Devotional

Summer Sabbath Devotional #4, Being Humble

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by Linda Foster
Matthew18: It was at this time that the disciples came to Jesus with the question, “Who is really greatest in the kingdom of Heaven?”2-4 Jesus called a little child to his side and set him on his feet in the middle of them all. “Believe me,” he said, “unless you change your whole outlook and become like little children you will never enter the kingdom of Heaven. It is the one who can be as humble as this little child who is greatest in the kingdom of Heaven.
So I look at this passage asking what really jumps out at me? Because that is what the Spirit is drawing my attention towards.
And this question leads me in a series of thoughts:
  1. Jesus knows the truth of my heart, not just who I say I am, or who I hope I am, but He knows my heart. In his gospel, when Mark tells this same story, he says, ‘Jesus knew their thoughts’. If he knows my thoughts, he knows the truth of my heart. And I can’t hide it from Him.
  2. It is clear that humility is a high value to Jesus, and so also to the Father.
  3. So I want to be humble.
  4. I can’t fake humble, God knows who I really am.
  5. Being humble is to know and honor the truth of who I am and who God is and who others are.
  6. Being humble means seeing what Jesus sees in myself and in others.
Being humble is to see Christ in myself and in others. And I’m struck by how hard it is for me. I see many things in myself, but seeing Christ in myself is hard. My tendency is to see how unlike Christ I am, and try to put on Christ’s actions because I want to be like Him. But to let Jesus rule my heart and eyes and ears, and respond to life genuinely as Jesus would…. How do I do that? How do I get there?
So I pray, I ask God how am I to respond to what He’s shown me here? And I know.
  1. I need to spend time with Him. We become like those we spend lots of time with.
  2. I need to know who He is and what He values, through knowing His words in Scripture.
  3. I need to get that my primary role is be His child and to know His love for me.
  4. True humility will come and will be a natural result of knowing I was created to know Him and know His love for me.
  5. See Summer Sabbath Devotional Week #1…. God has a theme going this summer.
Ephesians 3:14 When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, 15 the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. 16 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower (us) with inner strength through his Spirit. 17 Then Christ will make his home in (our) hearts as (we) trust in him. (Our) roots will grow down into God’s love and keep (us) strong. 18 And may (we) have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. 19 May (we) experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then (we) will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. 21 Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.

July 20, 2016

Summer Sabbath Week 3- Ask, Search, Knock

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Summer Sabbath Devotional #3 – Ask, Search, Knock

by Linda Foster
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Luke 11:9-13 – Jesus says:
“So this is my word to you: ask and it will be given you; search and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you. You see, everyone who asks receives! Everyone who searches finds! Everyone who knocks has the door opened for them! If your child asks you for a fish, is there a parent among you who will give him a snake? Or if he asks for an egg, will you give him a scorpion? Face it: you are evil. And yet you know how to give good presents to your children. How much more will your heavenly father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”?
So I read this passage of Jesus’ own words.
And I ask: what is He saying to me right now through these words?
And how am I to, by His grace, respond to His message to me?
For me right now, this says so much.
  1. ask, search, knock. There is a level of shameless audacity, tenacious perseverance, even a quality of respectful desperate commanding in the examples given of these words.
  2. everyone, everyone, everyone.   E V E R Y O N E !?  Jesus says ‘everyone’ three times! This is the holy repetition Jesus uses when He wants us to GET IT!!!!  This requires some pondering!
  3. If my child (or grandchild ♥ ) asks me… will I not desire to move heaven and earth to meet a need and most times even a request of theirs? Uh, yes. My heart jumps for joy to be able to give any good thing to my kids.
  4. How much more.  HOW MUCH MORE? HOW MUCH MORE! More? Wow.
  5. How much more will your heavenly father give the Holy Spirit to any who ask. Again, WOW!
This is so much! Jesus is saying so much here and emphasizing it by repetition. Jesus WANTS me to understand His heart here, and the heart of the Father, the value of His love, that it is His joy to GIVE ME His Holy Spirit.
This is big.
And how am I, by His grace, going to respond this week?
  1. We sing the song, ‘Break Every Chain’ together on Sundays. And for a while I’ve been thinking I want to list all the chains I desire to see broken around me. So I am going to do just that this week. And I am going to intentionally and persistently, ask, search and knock.
  2. I am going to read this passage everyday this week, so that it really digs down deep in my mind and heart.
  3. I am going to ask again for the Holy Spirit. I leak. I need constant refilling of His Spirit. And I have gotten lax in asking. I am going to ask again for a refilling up of His Spirit. And ask with desperate desire and shameless persistence.
  4. And then I am going to pray that every chain on that list will be broken, to His glory and the good of those He loves.
This ought to keep me busy!
But time well spent.
Amen.
I hope each week, as you read the scripture passage, what God has said to me will encourage you. But my hope is also that you will take a moment to re-read the passage and ask yourself, ‘what is God saying to me? And how am I going to respond?’
So what is Jesus saying to you through this passage, and how, this week, by His grace, are you going to respond?

July 14, 2016

5-15 Minutes Can Help A Lot

Hi Friends,

It's Dave Foster.  You might have already guessed that I'm the one who does the webmaster thing for the Concord Vineyard's blog.

Something we encourage everyone to do during the summer is to take some time to reflect on scripture and try to hear what God is saying to us today through what we're reading. It might just be a couple of minutes, but as we stick with the practice, I believe we'll see the fruit of the effort.

So, in that spirit, I'm going to share my reflections with you.  I read the Moravian Texts every morning. I have it sent to my inbox daily.  I could pick some verses out on my own, but I'm finding that following the verses they've laid out for me has been very helpful to my knowing and using scripture in my life. It usually doesn't take me any more than 15-20 minutes a day.

You can sign up for the daily email here   They'll only send you the daily verses, nothing else.
They send out 3 selections (in one email) every day, usually Old Testament, a Psalm and New Testament. Right now, I'm concentrating on the New Testament reading.  So here's today's selection. I'll share what I heard from it below.

Luke 9:12-27New International Version (NIV)

12 Late in the afternoon the Twelve came to him and said, “Send the crowd away so they can go to the surrounding villages and countryside and find food and lodging, because we are in a remote place here.”
13 He replied, “You give them something to eat.”
They answered, “We have only five loaves of bread and two fish—unless we go and buy food for all this crowd.” 14 (About five thousand men were there.)
But he said to his disciples, “Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each.”15 The disciples did so, and everyone sat down. 16 Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them. Then he gave them to the disciples to distribute to the people. 17 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.

Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah

18 Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say I am?”
19 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life.”
20 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
Peter answered, “God’s Messiah.”

Jesus Predicts His Death

21 Jesus strictly warned them not to tell this to anyone. 22 And he said, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.”
23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. 25 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self? 26 Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.
27 “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God.”

Reflection:
So my reflection today is that there are no limits on the power and love of Jesus. There is no reason not to ask Him and have complete faith that it will be done. He fed 5,000 people in the middle of nowhere. He gave up His life for me. He rose from the dead. 
Action/prayer:
Today, Lord, I want to make sure that I'm looking for opportunities to act in faith. When someone tells me of an area they need God's help, I want to pray for them and see that help come. Especially when it comes to emotional, mental or physical healing.
  I'd love to hear what He told you.

Cheers,
Dave


July 12, 2016

Summer Sabbath Reflections

This week, we're looking back at the Abiding reflection from week 2 of Summer Sabbath 2013.

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Vineyard Summer Sabbath Devotional #2 “As Children”

By Linda Foster
Here are the verses from Sunday’s service: Luke 18:15-17
15 People were bringing even tiny babies to Jesus for him to touch them. When the disciples saw this, they forbade them sternly.16 But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and don’t stop them, God’s kingdom belongs to such as these. 17 I’m telling you the truth: anyone who doesn’t receive God’s kingdom like a little child will never enter it.”
So my question as always is this: 
What is Jesus saying to me through this verse?
And how, by His grace, am I going to respond?
 What I hear Jesus saying to me: Looking at this verse the part that jumps out to me is ‘tiny babies’. Jesus placed VALUE on babies. He gathered little children, and they were drawn to Him.
Young children, babies, can’t do anything, they can’t serve or earn income or help. They can’t converse or be of much ‘use’. They understand so little in the way we value understanding. Their very care is inconvenient and can take us away from that which we deem has real value for our time.
Babies know how to just be. They don’t have much choice. Babies have no agenda. But when you hold one or look into their eyes, you can see what Jesus sees, pure and innocent trust. A trust that knows He is enough. His love and grace are enough. And I want to live every minute knowing that His grace is enough.
There has been so much discussed and written about verse 17, dissecting it and trying to decode all its meaning, hidden and plain. How do we get into God’s Kingdom? What is the secret of being like a little child? What is the hidden code in what Jesus says here? What is the formula, tell me and I will fit it.
But really, and more simply, the shocking and overlooked fact is that Jesus here in this passage and routinely throughout His life placed His time, His love and His value on things and people we quickly overlook because we don’t SEE what they have that is of worth.
Those who are helpless, the dirty, the mentally ill, the inconvenient and annoying, the less-than, the sick, those whose pain makes us want to turn away. He saw beauty. He saw worth. Because He saw with love and grace.
So what is my response to what Jesus is saying to me here? My heart says, my heart yells, ‘I want to see what Jesus sees. I want to value what Jesus values.’ In the faces and the places I may rush past, in the situations and people I don’t usually even slow down for. In my ordinary relationships and things of the day to day. I want eyes to see and ears to hear like He does. I want to live without holding back and without fear. I want to see the little child in every face and I want to be the little child when I look into His. Because really, really, really, His grace IS enough. In every life, in every fear, in every disappointment, in every regret, in every situation, His grace and love are enough. I can’t be thankful enough for this. And life radically changes when we can deeply grasp this.
My prayer this week is two fold, to have the eyes to see and ears to hear my everyday life as Jesus does. And also to pray that I could deeply know that His grace and love are enough, always and in every situation enough. Amen.


July 8, 2016

A Letter From Phil: Recent Events & The Ministry Of Reconciliation

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A Letter From Phil: Recent Events & The Ministry Of Reconciliation
 Phil Strout National Director of Vineyard USA

 “All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.” | 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 

Friends, These are troubling times in which we live.

Today I am grieved, along with you and every person who cares about justice and good will in our nation, over the events of the past few days. The shocking killings of two young black men in Louisiana and Minnesota, and the shooting deaths of five police officers in Dallas, leave us all reeling as we face the harsh realities of our world today. These tragic events reveal both our deep brokenness and our desperate need for God as a people. These incidents have also stirred deep wells of pain, fear, anger, and frustration across our land – especially in, but not limited to, our African American communities.

 As a movement, the Vineyard has always been committed to speak up for the voiceless, to care for the vulnerable, and to bring good news to those who are weak (Luke 4:18). We have also been committed to the ministry of reconciliation, actively walking into arenas of relational chaos to bring the peace-giving presence of Christ (2 Cor. 5:18-19). Grieving with those who grieve (Rom. 12:15), we have the opportunity to express love from the community of Christ to the aching hearts of our cities and towns. We also have the opportunity to invite people into our lives who are feeling vulnerable in light of the recent news.

 It is important for us to publicly recognize the pain the African American community continues to feel in light of tragedies like these, and to stand in solidarity with those who are both grieving (Rom. 12:15) and vulnerable (Prov. 31:8). It is also important that we publicly recognize the sorrow we mutually bear as Americans, as the shootings of courageous law enforcement officers underscore again our desperate need for a hope that pierces all darkness.

 While we cannot address every situation of need at this time of turbulence, I encourage you to call your church to be healing agents in your neighborhoods through prayer and community participation. In the coming weeks, I invite you to join me in prayer: For all the families impacted by these killings, For our African American neighbors overwhelmed by uncertainty, For our law enforcement communities, and For those who are called to be peacemakers (Matt. 5:9) in these times of distress.

I would also encourage us to join together in prayerful action: Reaching out to the vulnerable in your sphere of influence, Working toward reconciliation in your relational networks, and Bringing the light of Christ to shine brightest in the places where hope seems most dim. Jesus came to reconcile us to God, and us to one another. As followers of Christ we are a people of reconciliation, who believe that in the face of our struggles there is a God who can heal the deepest animosities of the heart.

 As we act vitally in compassion, forgiveness, reconciliation, and intercession, we also join with the Spirit of God in groaning for our Lord’s return to bring His new creation to our world (Rev. 22:17a). For now, we partner with Him in wiping away tears and working to heal the wounds that bring such sorrow in these moments.

 In the grip of God’s sustaining Love,
 Phil Strout Vineyard USA National Director

May 14, 2016

Kids Camp Workers

If you'd like to help with Vineyard Summer Games Kids Camp, June 21-24 (9am- 11:45am), you can contact Annie at concordvineyardkidschurch@gmail.com

May 6, 2016

Vineyard Summer Games 2016- Kids Camp

We're excited to announce registration has begun for this year's Summer Kids Camp! Since it's a Summer Olympics year our camp will take on a summer games theme. The dates are June 21-24 from 9am to 11:45 each day. The fee is $45. We expect this year's camp to fill up fast. Sign up at Sunday morning worship. Registration forms are available at the lobby info center. For questions you can contact us at concordvineyardkidschurch@gmail.com

April 22, 2016

Convoy of Hope is Saturday- There's Time to Join In

Hi Friends, If you’d like to join in to serve as a volunteer for Convoy of Hope tomorrow, come to Calvary Temple, tonight at 7pm. There will be an explanations of all of the opportunities available. They’ll also be handing out t-shirts to identify you as a COH worker. There are opportunities available for full or partial day. I’m really encouraged by Vineyard’s representation so far, and I wanted to make sure to make this available to you. Thanks, Dave

March 24, 2016

Community Wide Communion Service (Maundy Thursday) TONIGHT!

HI Friends! One of the best recent traditions of our Vineyard family has been the Valley Wide Maundy Thursday Communion Service, (tonight 7pm) at Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church This is a night when believers from over 30 churches across the valley gather to celebrate Holy Week. I urge you to come. It’s an incredible time of worship. It’s hard for me to describe. I think the thing that makes it so special is that there are so many people in one place who are highly committed to Jesus, each other and the world around them. It seems like you can hear the angels singing along. The OUT focus of the evening is an offering for Uzima Water Filters to provide them to people who need them. There will be a demonstration showing how it makes dirty water clean. Please come if you’re able. Worship starts at 7pm sharp. There is childcare for kids under 5. Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church 1801 Lacassie Ave. You can enter the parking lot from Lacassie or Trinity Ave. -Dave Foster

March 16, 2016

Convoy of Hope

Concord Vineyard will be participating in Convoy of Hope, April 23, at Meadow Homes Park. This is an outstanding opportunity to go OUT to our community to share the love of Jesus. This is a day of hope for people who need food, medical care, shoes, haircuts, etc. Our job will be to pray with honored guests as they come through the giant tent that will be set up in the park. We need as many people as possible to be trained and take part. Last year, over 2,000 people received prayer and asked for follow up about living life with Jesus. This year, we expect more than double that number. We'll be announcing this event on Sunday morning, but if you'd like more information now, email Dave Foster at davefostermusic@gmail.com.