Email From the Pastor

Hello Brothers & Sisters,

I hope this week is going well for you and that you’re staying awake to God’s presence around you.

If you missed the sermon this past Sunday, you can listen to Jesus Had a Small Group at our website or via our podcast on iTunes. If you go to the sermons on our website, you will see that you’re able to access several helpful worship resources. We typically post the sermon slides, the sermon video, the bulletin, and small group discussion questions each week. Also, we’ve just started posting the sermon transcript, if you would like to read the message. If you’d like to watch the entire worship service, you can check out a DVD of the service from our church library.

Are you involved in a sermon-based small group at Grantham Church? We revisited the importance of personal space in the message on Sunday, and talked a bit about why small groups are our primary vehicle for discipleship and building community. Our model embraces a semester-based approach, which means we have on and off ramps to this ministry.

While we do hope that your small group gels and becomes long-lasting, we want to purposely have our groups be accessible to those wanting to try it out, and those who may enter a season of life that requires them to change groups or step away. 

Remember, our small groups are beginning to meet over the next few weeks. If you’re not already plugged in to a group, please fill out the form at our welcome centers or email the church office. You can also email Ron Burwell at rburwell@messiah.edu, who is currently coordinating our small groups. Ron is happy to help with any questions you have about joining a group.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to engage with others in discussion around our upcoming Lent series, 40 Days in the Desert: Faith Formed in the Wilderness. In this 6-week series leading up to Easter Sunday, we will look at how Jesus was shaped by his desert experiences and how this time of testing impacted his faith and mission. Each week we will begin in the desert and then jump forward to reflect on a future episode in Jesus’ life and ministry. What are some of the lessons we can learn from Christ’s example? How does God want to form our own faith for the journey ahead?

In 40 Days in the Desert, I’m inviting us to develop a faith that’s been formed in the wilderness. Please mark your calendars for these Lent to Easter events and services:

February 14 - Ash Wednesday Services at 7:00 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.
February 25 – March 18 – Lenten Taize Services, Sunday nights at 7:30 p.m.
March 25 – Palm Sunday | Tony Campolo (guest speaker)
March 29 – Maundy Thursday, meal at 5:30, footwashing at 6:30, communion at 7:00 p.m.
March 30 – Good Friday Service at 7:00 p.m.
March 31 – Easter Egg Hunt at 9:30 a.m.
April 1 – Easter Sunday Worship Service at 10:30 a.m.

You will notice that this year we’re offering two service times for Ash Wednesday. We wanted to offer a time in the morning for those who would like to receive the ashes before they begin their day. This meeting will be brief (about 20 min) and held in C8-12. The evening service will look much like what we did last year, where we conclude our worship with the imposition of ashes. 

Finally, I wanted to let you know that we’re nearing the end of the hiring process for a part-time Communications Director. I should be able to make an announcement about the new addition to our staff in the email next week. Stay tuned for that. Also, our search team for an Associate Pastor met for the first time last week. It was a blessing to see the Spirit at work through the team as we took the first steps in the search process. As I said before, I will keep you updated on our progress along the way. Please keep the team in your prayers though the weeks ahead.

I look forward to seeing you in worship this Sunday. May God continue to bless Grantham Church as we seek to build his Kingdom in our community.

Grace & Peace,

Pastor David

* This post was first sent as an email to all church members. If you would like to receive the weekly email from the pastor, please let us know at office@granthamchurch.org