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You'll find our worship services expressive, open to all, and full of the presence of the LORD.
Our goal is to glorify God in our meetings and meet your needs with his Word. Spirit of Joy is diverse in age and ethnic and social origin, but we are united by love for Jesus Christ our Savior.
There is no better life than one based on the Word of God and lived in relationship with Him.
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We're located in Ramona, California, on the edge of the "back country" in northern San Diego County... Click here for directions.
Lent is the forty days (not counting Sundays) before Easter, beginning on Ash Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Lent is almost as old as Christianity itself, when early Christians prepared themselves to observe the signal event in the life of every Christian: the death and resurrection of Jesus. During this time early believers rededicated themselves to faith in Christ, instructed new converts in the faith and prepared for baptism.
By observing the forty days of Lent, the individual Christian imitates Jesus’ withdrawal into the wilderness for forty days. It is a season of soul-searching and repentance. It is a season for reflection and taking stock.
In many Western countries, the last day before Lent Lent (called Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday, Carnival, or Fasching) has become a "last fling" before the solemnity of Lent. (For centuries, it was customary to fast by abstaining from meat during Lent, which is why some people call the festival Carnival, which is Latin for farewell to meat.)
Click here to read an interesting commentary on the spiritual meanings behind Lent.
The Family of Christ here at Spirit of Joy observes Lent through sharing simple meals, prayer and worship. Please click here to review the opportunities to join with us in preparing for Easter Week.
Don’t Worry About Anything?
That’s right, one of the verses we have posted on the wall in the middle classroom for the kids says it just this way: “Don’t worry about anything. Instead, pray about everything.” (Philippians 4:6)
So how do we deal with prayer needs here at Spirit of Joy? You have so many ways:
Gospel Reading for
Sunday, March 9
Matthew 4:1-11 - Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. And the tempter came and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become …
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“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”