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Blog Archives: May 2016

Resurrection and the Ascension

May 27, 2016
Tag Tuck
What happened after Jesus rose from the dead? He ascended. Consequently, this day on the church calendar doesn’t get much attention in America, but it’s actually a bank holiday in Germany (Christi Himmelfahrt) that occurs 40 days after Easter on a Thursday. (This year it was May 5.) Should we pay more attention to it? The Apostles Creed summarizes the Ascension poetically by saying: He ascended into heaven and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. The creed ...

Word of the Week

May 26, 2016
Don Ward
Word of the Week: Changes After this Sunday, there will be some changes!  We will go back to one service at 10:30 the first Sunday in June.  Until late August, there will be no Communion Service or Foundations classes.  In August, I fully expect to see GCC return to two services and Foundations each week for the August 2016-May 2017 time frame.  The elders will be evaluating the worship format we had for the last nine weeks and will make whatever tweaks to the plan they think is wise.  You’ve had a chance to give us your feedback through ...

Resurrection and the Nations

May 17, 2016
Don Ward
We continue our series on the resurrection of Jesus Christ and its implications.  In the “famous last words” department, according to the last words of Jesus as recorded in Matthew 28:16-20 (a similar account is in Acts 1:1-8), Jesus commands his disciples to go to the non-Jewish nations to make disciples. You remember that the entire cadre of disciples, and almost all of the first followers of Jesus, were Jewish. Not only were the followers of Jesus Jewish, they weren’t very adaptable Jews for the task of persuading non-Jews to follow ...

Word of the Week

May 17, 2016
Don Ward
Word of the Week: Bearings “We need to get our bearings.”  The term seems to have its origin in navigation.  Even as late as the 20th century celestial navigation was used.  By finding a star or two, a person at sea (or in the air) could figure out where they were on the earth.  To get where you are going, you need to first know where you are. Now “losing your bearings” or “finding your bearings” is often a metaphor for life in some way.  It means that we have lost our way or must find our way. We are at a great place in our history as ...

Resurrection and Restoration

May 11, 2016
Tom Breeden
Do you know what it is like to blow it? I do not mean making a mistake. I mean really blow it. Peter knows exactly what that is like. Peter balked when it was his turn at bat. As Jesus was going to be crucified, Peter denied even knowing him (John 18:15-18, 25-27). Not long ago Peter had called Jesus Lord. Now he could not get far enough away. When it came to being a faithful disciple, even just a good friend, Peter blew it. This story is crying out for resolution. So thankfully John ends his Gospel with a moment between Peter and the ...

Word of the Week

May 11, 2016
Word of the Week: Beautiful Recently something happened to my wife which was beautiful. She had a conversation with a family member that was stunningly beautiful. It had elements of the divine, as if Jesus was in the room, took things over and directed words to be said. Not everybody gets moments like that with loved ones.  It was moving, earth-shaking, and felt miraculous. In the past months several things like that have happened to me to wake me up to the beauty of God.  Sometimes they seem like little things, but I recognize the ...

Letter to the Congregation

May 05, 2016
Stacey Powdrell
Grace Community Church, You often hear that news spreads like a wildfire, and I’m guessing that’s true of the announcement I made this past Sunday at Crossroads. However, I’m sure there are some of you out there that haven’t heard yet. After lots of thinking, praying, and seeking counsel from friends and family over the last six months I decided to apply and was accepted into JMU’s Graduate School for the 2016/17 school year. I am looking to complete the remaining requirements necessary to receive my teaching license in Health and ...

Word of the Week

May 03, 2016
Don Ward
Word of the Week: Power Power.  When we think of the power of God, we are thinking big things.  We live among the mountains God made, full of beauty and wonder.  God’s power is obvious in the beauty of a mountain and in the crashing of waves at the sea.  This week I saw God’s power in a different way.  I heard three stories of people at Grace who are experiencing God’s power.  One is someone without a church background who shared the story of growing in faith through the influence of friends.  Another is from a visitor who shared a ...