Welcome to the website of the Anaheim Seventh-day Adventist Church. If you are looking for a place to worship, we would be honored to have you join us. We are very close to Disneyland and the surrounding hotels.
We are located at 900 Sunkist St., Anaheim, CA 92806. Our main worship service is on Saturdays at 11:00 AM. We also offer Sabbath School classes for all ages beginning at 9:30 AM. In addition we offer a Spanish speaking Sabbath School and Devotional service that begins at 9:00 AM. You can go here to see recent bulletins from our worship services.
Our office hours are Tuesday – Thursday, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. For more information, you may contact us us via phone at 714.635.0991, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 28, 2018
Mid-Week Pastor’s Update
My son really surprised me with something he said the other day. Surely all of you reading this who have kids can relate with the neat and sometimes quirky ways kids put together their concepts, and what comes out of them in the conclusions they come to.
We went as a family to Disneyland on Sunday, spending all our time at the kiddie rides & shows. We went on “It’s a Small World” together, and Josiah is often inquisitive as to the lands we’re seeing: he recognizes the pyramids & sphinx of Egypt, and we point out aspects of Latin-American or African parts we see, etc.
Well, when we got to the last room, in which all the kids of the various nationalities are dressed in white and singing together, Josiah cried: “Look, daddy, they’re all baptized!” I was surprised to hear this, and said “What? What do you mean ‘baptized’?”, and he said “They’re all in heaven!”
And then it dawned on me what he’d put together in his mind. Of course, in his little Bible books that we do evening worship from, it shows angels dressed in white, and people in white praising God at the end part. And the day before, when we’d had the baptisms at church, I’d mentioned how there was a celebration going on in heaven, and how baptism meant the candidates were committing themselves to having Jesus as their Lord in this life, & savior for eternity in heaven.
So Josiah, seeing the (animatronic) kids dressed in white and unified in song (though not to God, unfortunately, of course), in his mind he was applying his religious teachings he’s beginning to grasp, in seeing that ride as saying that kids from all over the world will go to heaven to praise Jesus.
How beautiful and true! I kind of teared-up at the thought as our boat was pulling out of the show-building. It really is what the Gospel is: that Jesus loves people from all over the world and wants to take them all to heaven to live happily and praise him.
This verse, shared from Revelation 7, verses 9 and 10 describes what “Small World”s conclusion so closely resembles:
After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no-one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
So I praise the Lord that Josiah made that connection in his mind and identified it. It really warmed my heart!
So many places come so close to praising God! Similarly, zoos, aquariums, science departments, and the like. It is often just one puzzle piece of praising God, that needs to be added, put into place right at the center, to make experiences at all these places incredibly valuable and beautiful in their message.
Of course, the places won’t do it themselves (they’re officially there for entertainment or conservation or what have you), so we as Christians have the duty of making that connection ourselves. Parents, too, have the great opportunity and responsibility to bring what the kids learn at such places full-circle to including the God of love & salvation.
I pray that the glorious description quoted above will inspire and motivate us toward that day when all are united in praising God. As the scripture says: “Every knee shall bow, every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” Philippians 2:10.
God bless you all.
Pastor Mark Tatum