Hello Brothers & Sisters,
I trust that you are waiting on the Lord to shine his light out of the darkness this Advent season. That’s what we’ve been talking about in our sermon series, Patterns of Light. If you missed the sermon on Sunday, you can now listen (or watch) the second installment in the series, Stained Glass Souls. In this message, I said that God doesn’t break us, we are already broken. Therefore, it’s when we understand our need for the God who loves us, that he can put the pieces back together, and his light can shine through our stained glass souls. I hope you were encouraged and uplifted by the worship service this past Sunday.
This Sunday we will move beyond light coming to us as individuals and look at how the light comes to empower God’s gathered people, the church. I’ll invite us to consider how Jesus envisioned his church as the community of light, and how local churches, including Grantham Church, is called to be a home and a beacon for the dawning of the light. Please join us as we continue to trek through this series on our way to the joy of Christmas.
As 2017 is nearing its end, I wanted to let you know a few things that are fast approaching. Please be aware of the following:
Friday, December 22 – Lessons & Carols with Friends (Arts Hub Event) at 6:30 pm.
Sunday, December 24 – Morning Worship Service at 10:30 am and Christmas Eve Candlighting Service at 6:30 pm.
Monday, December 25 – Friends Over Fences Christmas Meal & Gift Exchange at 1:00 pm.
Sunday, December 31 – Worship at 10:30 am | John Yeatts (Congregational Care Pastor) preaching “Years Crowned with Goodness”
I invited Pastor John to preach in my absence on Sunday, December 31. If you’re in town, please come worship with the family and hear his reflections on this past year at Grantham. My family will fly to Texas on Dec 27 and return on Jan 3. Thank you for your prayers as we travel to see family and enjoy the holidays with our loved ones down south.
Also, I wanted to go ahead and give you a look into our January sermon series. You may recall that last January we used the entire month to focus on a specific topic related to peace, leading up to our Peace Sunday at the end of the month. We also held a combined learning community on Sunday mornings at 9:00 am, giving attention to racial reconciliation. We are doing that again in 2018, except this year’s focus is called, Inherent Worth: Rediscovering the Image of God in Everyone.
Our Christian faith tells us that every person on the planet has inherent worth because they are made in the image of God. Yet, as we look around the world today, we see that many people, particularly the most vulnerable among us, are being abused and exploited. We’ve talked as a church about the problem of racism, but what about other evils like human trafficking, pornography, domestic violence, and treating women as second-class citizens? These are serious issues and we want to learn about what our congregation can do to address these concerns at a local level.
Therefore, each Sunday we will address these concerns leading up to Peace Sunday on January 28. I hope that you will join us for our January peace series as we ask, “What difference can we make in helping our church and community rediscover the image of God in everyone?” Please stay tuned for more information and details as we get closer.
Finally, be sure to check out the bookshelf in the lobby this Sunday, as we will be previewing the series with suggested reading and resources related to the issues. And if you have a church mailbox, you will find a newsletter from the Peace & Social Justice Commission that includes book reviews from the previous peace series, as well as more information about the Inherent Worth series next month.
Keep walking in the light, dear saints. And may God continue to bless Grantham Church in the days ahead.
Grace & Peace,
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