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.
Weekly Online Reflection
Want to reflect on the weekly questions offered in worship? Click the links below to response form…
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