God is at Work Among Us

Paul writes in Philippians these intriguing words: "God is at work within you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure" (Phil. 2:13).

Here are three things that we can do, as individuals and as a church community:

1) Look for, and discern, how God is at work among us

2) Identify and name how God is at work in these ways

3) Return thanks for, and tell others about, how God is at work among us at Grace Church

For a pdf handout providing more explanation of this theme, and its relevance for our spiritual practice of stewardship, please click here.

A Prayer for Those Enduring and Seeking to Escape From the Storms

O Lord of Creation, and Lover of all humankind, you are gracious and merciful to all your creatures, and the protector of everyone who calls upon you for help: we ask you to watch over all persons who are afflicted by the recent hurricanes, which have already caused devastation in the Caribbean and Gulf region of our hemisphere; please shelter all those who are seeking safety and refuge in this hour of need, and please comfort all those whose homes and places of work have been destroyed; we ask you especially to care for those who have lost loved ones, and please bring into your nearer embrace those who have died in the storms; we ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with the Holy Spirit reigns with you for ever and ever. Amen.     [from Stephen Holmgren]

Scott Watson ~ Our New Small Group Missioner

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Scott Watson to our newly created position of Small Group Missioner. Scott, his wife Jeri, and their daughter, Miriam, have been members of Grace for a few years, and Scott has been a ministry intern this past year. Through prior church small group leadership, as well as his seminary studies, Scott is well qualified to serve in this part-time position.

The title for Scott’s new position reflects our ongoing emphasis on Mission at Grace Church. His work will focus on the development and enhancement of small groups among Grace members and worshippers, and extend this important formational aspect of our church’s mission. We can summarize his principle tasks using four words:

- ENABLE ~ provide vision; suggest themes and resources; and recruit participants in small group ministry

- EQUIP ~ help identify, train and care for group leaders; provide resources for them

- COORDINATE ~ schedule groups and facilitate meeting locations, etc

- COMMUNICATE ~ maintain communication with and between group leaders and participants, and listen for feed-back

Please help us welcome Scott to his new role at Grace Church. Scott is looking forward to meeting more members of the congregation, and especially to welcoming folks into small group participation.

For further insight about our choice to use the word “missioner” for Scott’s position title, please see the article further below.

Ministers and Missioners

Many of us are not only familiar with the word “minister,” but we have strong associations with it. Most people from a Protestant background associate the word with the clerical leader of a congregation. Another word equally rich with strong associations is the word “missionary.” Whereas ministers are often thought of as the ordained leaders of churches, whose focus is upon their existing members, missionaries are often thought of as being those who go overseas to do ministry with non-churched people from other lands and cultures.

We are moving toward using the title “missioner” at Grace as a word which may help us begin to blur the lines between ministry within the congregation and ministry beyond it. With our ongoing emphasis upon Mission at Grace Church, we believe that this is an important step for us.

For further insight about these terms, please see the attached document, Ministers and Missioners, by clicking here.

New Worship Schedule on Sept. 1

Starting on September 1, we will have just one service, at 10am. Please join us for worship at 10am every Sunday after Sept. 1