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The story of Christmas reminds us that in the midst of injustice, destruction and turmoil, God did unexpected things.
This Advent and Christmas expect the unexpected.
Join us at 10 a.m. on Sundays, December 3, 10 and 17 as we watch, wait and listen for God.
On Sunday, Dec. 24th at 5 p.m.,* join us in the darkness of evening as we light candles and celebrate that God’s light comes into the world dispelling darkness.
*no worship on the morning of Sunday, Dec. 24.
Looking for the Listening Exercise?
We live in a noisy era.
To be heard, people shout. Leaders and commentators talk ‘at’ each other instead of ‘with’ each other. Civil conversations are needed, and that starts not with talking, but listening.
Join us at Grace this holiday season as we seek to improve our listening skills and be part of healing the public discourse.
Read through and practice the simple exercise below. Then after some reflection, share your thoughts on the online form so that we might learn from one another. We’ll pass along some of your tips on our social media pages.
Lending an ear,
Jesus invites us to a nourished life.
“I am the bread of life,” Jesus says, “whoever comes to me will never go hungry and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty” (Jn 6:35). And,
“I have come that you may have abundant life” (Jn 10:10).
At the Last Supper, Jesus takes bread, he blesses it, breaks it, then gives it away. As he did this, he said, “This is my body given for you.” Jesus identified his life with the bread of the Last Supper. In his life, he was called (taken) and blessed by the Father; in his incarnation, crucifixion and resurrection he was broken and given away.
To be a Christian is to identify with Christ. So, God uses this same four-fold process in us: we are taken (called/named); we are blessed (loved/nurtured); we are broken (recognize our sin); and, we are given away (nourishing others).
Nourish is a discipleship framework developed at Grace and based on these themes. It asks us to consider how our lives are patterned after Christ’s. How am I (or how are we) being taken? Blessed? Broken? Given? On this page, you will find resources to help you be formed into the pattern of Christ. May we be nourished so that we might nourish and bless others.
The Nourished Life.A Self Guided Reflection Exercise (Full Length)
Nourish Postcard (pdf of above postcard)
SpinnyWheel.com – Great app for 99¢ that the Council uses to randomly choose which aspect of the four-fold framework each member will focus on. P.S. We assign someone to set a timer (on their phone) for 2 minutes. When it goes off, the person sharing wraps up, and we pass the spinnywheel to the next person.
Nourish Sermon Series
October 1–The Nourished Life
October 8–The Nourished Life Is Taken
October 15–The Nourished Life is Blessed
October 22–The Nourished Life is Broken
October 29–The Nourished Life is Given Away
After the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus, the first century faithful were trying to figure out what the Gospel meant for their local context. There was uncertainty in the church‘s relationship to Hebrew Scriptures, new believers, and the society at large. Sound familiar? While the context is different, the questions for the church are similar today. So, like Paul, John and Peter, our leaders are going to write letters encouraging and exhorting our congregation on the Gospel’s implication for our church today.
Prompted by letters, teaching and articles (see below), there will be an opportunity after each worship service to reflect (personally or in small groups) on the role of our church in society today.
After the benediction, congregants will have two options for continued engagement… 1) council members and ministry team leaders will informally gather small groups and facilitate conversation out of questions presented, 2) others can take the time to personally reflect/journal on the questions either on the paper form provided OR in an online google form, these would be submitted to leadership for consideration and one-on-one follow up conversation if desired by either party.
Our hope is that this will get our creative juices flowing and our minds dreaming about the future of ministry at Grace. It will also give church leaders a chance to hear our concerns and hopes for our future life and work together.
Curious about the church in today’s society?
Read what our leadership is reading. Each Sunday, in the Grace News and below an article will be provided. Articles will support reflection time after service each Sunday.
July 2 – Letter from Pastor Mandy; This Killed Kodak and It’s Coming to Your Church
July 9 – Letter from Dora Winchester; 10 things that demonstrate that the world you grew up in doesn’t exist
July 16 – Dale Reed; Revitalization of Existing Churches
July 23 – Desiree Reed; How Christians can be inviting without being irritating
July 30 – Ann Boyd; 4 Steps to Become and Urban Missionary
August 6 – Brian Grant; Rethinking Outreach
August 13 – Chris Hagberg; Inviting without being irritating
August 20 – Ecuador Team; 5 Reasons our church stopped doing ‘come and watch’ events
August 27 – Danny Quezada; Missional and Attractional