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Welcome to the Villlages Community Chapel

The Villages Community Chapel is a multi denominational Christian Church serving those who live the Villages Golf and Country Club and the nearby Assisted Living Facilities in San Jose, CA.  Our weekly worship service is held at 10AM Sundays in the Cribari Auditorium in the Villages.

A Word From The Pastor

Ignoring God's Voice

Author: 
Senior Pastor Bill Hayden
Date Published: 
Friday, February 16, 2018

     During this age of technology, we can ignore, postpone and avoid most things that invade our pursuits and pleasures. When other things occupy our time, knowing full well we should be addressing pressing priorities, we choose to ignore them.  After all, we will get around to it eventually, so we think.

     If someone calls you on your phone and it’s an inconvenience to answer, you allow the person to leave a message and continue with what you are doing. Just the other day, I was driving to an appointment and I had the ability to respond to a call by just pushing an ‘auto response’ button, which told the caller “I’m driving, can’t talk.” I can remember the time when there was no indication of the caller, your phone rang and you answered it. I also recollect the party line that crossed the phone lines and you could hear other people on the same line that lived in the neighborhood. 

     When I was a youth playing tag football on the streets in my neighborhood of Gary, Indiana I would ignore my mother’s call request for me to come home. Whenever she yelled from the porch I would respond, “Ok I’m coming.” After a while she would return to the porch requesting me to come home and my response was the same. Well, the last time that she called me was a time that I will never forget because she walked down the street where I was playing with an escort of three willow tree switches. I need not speak of it but my peers observe the love that I received. I did not turn around to look at their reaction; I played it cool as the strokes of love were being applied, as I told my mother, “I was coming, Mom, I was coming.” 

     We can postpone commitments for a more convenient time or avoid them all together. It’s not unusual to postpone a dentist or doctor’s appointment especially if we anticipate a negative report. You may even avoid paying your taxes if you owe them to the government but sooner or later you will have to pay the piper.    

     There is a day and time that we will not be able to ignore, postpone or avoid. I think that we are all aware that someday will be our last day and everything that we thought was more important will no longer have its pull on us.   

     Let’s not get trapped between “I was going to and if I could….” “Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” Hebrews 3:15 NKJV

     Please feel free to join us this Sunday at the Villages Community Chapel in Cribari Auditorium 10a.m. to be encouraged over the Word, a cup of coffee and cookies. The chapel is a place for needs to be met, faith to be affirmed and people to love.  We would love to meet you.  To learn more about the Villages Community Chapel visit our website at http://www.villagescommunitychapel.org/