Hello Brothers & Sisters,
I hope that your week is going well. It’s been really nice outside over the last few days. Thank God for the sunshine and the warmer weather.
It looks like we will get some rain this week, but the weather should be great this weekend for Service Sunday. Remember that we will be gathering briefly in the sanctuary at 9:00 a.m. to begin our day. We will sing, take up an offering, pray and then commission our teams to go and serve our community in various ways. We will then return at noon to share a lunch with all those who served, as well as some of those we’ve served. They are invited as well. This is a perfect opportunity to show the love of Christ while being on mission to those within our sphere of influence.
Have you signed up? The Service & Outreach Commission has asked me to tell you that we still need workers. We currently have 127 people signed up to help and could use as many as 69 more to fill all of the available spots, and a few projects could take even more. So, we could probably accommodate at least 80-85 more people. Several projects are full, but three need particular attention (to the point that without more volunteers we may have to cancel these projects): writing letters to inmates, preparing and serving lunch at Bethesda Mission, and visiting residents at Bethany Village.
Please consider joining your church family on mission this Sunday as we worship Jesus through service to our community. Contact the church (firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-766-0531) ASAP if you’d like to sign up.
This past Sunday was the second week of our series, Missio Dei – A Worship Series on the Mission of God. We have already looked at the Missional God and the Missional Jesus. First, we saw how God has a missionary heart. From the very beginning, God has been a sending God who wants for us to be his messengers. He chooses the willing, but he also works with the stubborn and the reluctant, so that they would know his heart for people.
In the last message, we saw how the Father sent his Son to embody his mercy and grace to the world. The divine Logos (Word) became flesh and moved into the neighborhood! Therefore, it’s in Christ that we see the missional God seeking out those who are broken and lost, those who recognize their need to be healed and reconciled to God. I want to encourage us to continue thinking about who the lost and the hurting are around us. Who is it that God is sending us to as individuals, and as a congregation? Whoever it is, may we accept and imitate the Jesus whose scandalous love stops at nothing to transform a human heart.
Next week I will be giving some insight into the next message, Missional Church. And I will also be giving you an update to our Associate Pastor search process. Stay tuned for that.
Finally, I want to thank you for allowing Jesus to speak to your hearts through our worship services each week. I’m continuing to see signs that the Holy Spirit is at work among us. That gives me great joy. I’m excited about where God is taking Grantham Church, and I’m hopeful that he will continue to grow us and expand our territory, for the sake of his Kingdom.
I look forward to serving alongside you on Service Sunday. Let’s be the difference that the world so desperately needs to see in Christ’s church today.
Grace & Peace,
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