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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.
Ash Wednesday Services will be held here at Spirit of Joy on Wednesday, March 5, 7:00 P.M. Please join us in worship as we prayerfully enter into the season of Lent.
This year, we will be led in worship and celebration by the Ugandan Orphans' Choir. This internationally acclaimed choir is known for their musical talents and their outstanding ability to perform.
Ash Wednesday is a day of repentance and it marks the beginning of Lent.
Ashes were used in ancient times, according to the Bible, to express mourning. Dusting oneself with ashes was the penitent's way of expressing sorrow for sins and faults. An ancient example of one expressing one's penitence is found in Job 42:3-6. Job says to God: "“I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you; therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” " (vv. 5-6, ESV) Other examples are found in several other books of the Bible including, Numbers 19:9, 19:17, Jonah 3:6, Matthew 11:21, and Luke 10:13, and Hebrews 9:13. Ezekiel 9 also speaks of a linen-clad messenger marking the forehead of the city inhabitants that have sorrow over the sins of the people. All those without the mark are destroyed.
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.”