Hello Brothers & Sisters,
It was so good being back in the saddle this past Sunday morning for the kick off of our series, Cultivating & Letting Go. We began our Lenten journey with a message called, You Gotta Have Grit (1 of 6). We looked at the temptations of Christ and considered how Jesus showed “grit” in his early life, trials, and ministry. I said that you have to have grit and determination to follow Jesus. Thankfully, with the help of the Holy Spirit, we can all develop our grit so that we can mature, grow, and reach our goals. Here were the four ways that Angela Duckworth says we can grow our grit:
Develop a passion and/or fascination (e.g. problem to be solved, questions to answer, making something better, etc.)
Daily improvement, discipline, and practice
Remind yourself of the greater purpose (i.e. Why am I doing this? What’s the bigger picture?)
Adopt a growth mindset (e.g. “I can do this” instead of “it will always be like this”)
Thanks to all of those who participated in writing down something you’re cultivating and something you’re letting go of for Lent on the colored pieces of paper you were given. They have already been hung up in a creative design on the sanctuary wall by our Visual Arts Team. And I must say, it looks fantastic! Now, we pray and get to work on doing those things we’ve committed to do this Lenten season.
This Sunday you’re in for a treat! It’s St. Patrick’s Day, so we will hear Celtic music and familiar songs with an Irish flare. I hope that you will join us for the second Sunday in Lent, as we continue giving attention to what God wants us to cultivate in our Christian life and those things we need to let go of for his Spirit to deepen our faith and fashion us into the image of Christ.
Finally, I wanted to give you a brief update on the direction of Eat & Run—our church community meal that was put on hold for the spring semester so that we might revisit its purpose. I’m happy to tell you that we have had two very productive exploratory conversations this year. The result of the conversation was to affirm the community meal as serving a three-fold purpose: (1) connecting with/serving students; (2) offering a space of both fellowship and an outlet for service for the church body; (3) reaching out and meeting needs within the surrounding community (both current and future community).
In other words, we desire that a future community meal would meet needs while being a missional intersection of the church, college, and broader community. And so, now that we have clearly identified our purpose and mission, the next step would be to identify leaders to work with staff in coordinating this ministry. We believe that 2-3 volunteers would allow us to coordinate and lead this ministry into a new season of growth. Therefore, we invite you to enter into an intentional time of prayer as we wait for willing leaders to step up with a passion to serve in this way. If you’re interested in giving leadership to our new community meal, please contact Pastor Kelly (firstname.lastname@example.org).
May God continue to bless Grantham Church with hearts, hands, and feet that are willing to join us in being a faithful expression of Christ to those within our influence.
See you on Sunday!
Grace & Peace,
P.S. As we continue to form missional communities, I want to personally invite you to our next exploratory conversation on Thursday evening. Friends Over Fences has been an important ministry partner of Grantham Church for many years, and we want to explore whether the missional community model might be the best way to support them (much like we are now doing for Paxton). If you have supported FOF in the past or are interested in exploring opportunities to engage with prison ministry, I would encourage you to attend this meeting or contact Dan Bisbee (email@example.com). See the Body Life below for more details. And let’s thank God together for the progress that is being made with our missional communities at Grantham!
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