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Blog Archives: July 2018

Psalms of Kingship

July 25, 2018
Tom Breeden
Americans have a strange relationship to kings. On the one hand, we don’t want a king. Every July 4th we celebrate how our country’s founders threw off the heavy boot of King George III. When those early Americans declared their independence, they also made another declaration: We don’t want a king. On the other hand, even the most cursory survey of American popular culture shows that we do want a king. We think longingly about them. The final Lord of the Rings installment is titled The Return of the King - and his return is held out to ...

Word of the Week

July 25, 2018
Tom Breeden
Word of the Week: Days It hit me this morning: August starts next week. Is it just me or has summer flown by in a hurry? Before we know it, fall will be upon us. School will start back up. The weather will begin to cool. Leaves will begin to change. There are still things I still want to do before summer ends, so this realization is urging me to make the most of these final weeks. I’ve been in a swimming pool maybe four times this summer – I should probably correct that. I still have some books I’m hoping to get through before September....

Psalms - Laments

July 17, 2018
Tom Breeden
“Fine” never really means fine, does it? More often than not, it’s a way to deflect the question, “How are you doing?” Fine typically means “Feelings Inside Not Expressed” – and there’s a reason for that. Sometimes it’s just too difficult to talk about how we’re doing. The week, month, or year has just been too hard. We don’t have the words to talk about it, so instead we just say “Fine.” In the Book of Psalms, God gives us some words other than “Fine.” The Psalms give us a vocabulary to express our joys and thankfulness, but those aren’t ...

Word of the Week

July 17, 2018
Tom Breeden
Word of the Week: Progress A couple of years ago our elders set out to discern what kind of church God was calling Grace Community Church to be. As we seek to make disciples as Jesus commands, what values would shape us? One of the pillars that came out of that season was that we would be a church that doesn’t exist for ourselves. In order to embody that value, we set out to find tangible and ongoing ways we could serve our neighbors. I’m happy to report we’re making progress. One of the ways we seek to serve our community is gather ...

Psalms of Thanksgiving

July 12, 2018
Don Ward
In our blog series on the Psalms, this week we think about Psalms of thanksgiving. While there are some psalms of thanksgiving which are easy to identify (Psalm 8, 92, 145, 150), there are others which start with some kind of complaint, lament or problem but end with praise for God’s great answer (Psalm 30, 57). Suffice it to say that there is a lot of praise and thanksgiving in the psalms. One way of reading scripture regularly is to include one Psalm (or in the case of Psalm 119, one section of that Psalm) in regular Bible reading. There ...

Word of the Week

July 12, 2018
Don Ward
Word of the Week: Better Together Better together is a great phrase. It works for marriage, it’s true in a local church, and it’s true in a community. When we love one another, there is a synergy that comes from the Spirit’s life-giving work in us. Since the tragic and troubling events of August 12, 2017, a group of pastors with common commitment to the historic Christian faith have been meeting to consider how we should respond (our initial concern), but then later how do we live out our common faith with believers of different ethnic ...

Psalms - Hymns

July 03, 2018
Tom Breeden
There’s something about good times that make us want to sing. We sing to celebrate someone’s birthday. We have a whole genre of songs for Christmas. I remember graduation day at the University of Virginia when the whole graduating class came together, arms on each other’s shoulders, as we swayed together and sang the Good Old Song. But it’s not only big events that make us sing; a good week can be reason enough. Perhaps you break out Spotify on your phone and convert your morning routine into a concert. Something about good times just make us ...

Word of the Week

July 03, 2018
Don Ward
Word of the Week: Survey Hey Church, thanks for holding down the fort while I got a bit of rest with my family. The survey about worship times has gone active. Already 50 different individuals have completed the survey - a good start. There are only a few questions, and some space for comments/feedback. All of your responses and feedback are welcome and needed. If you haven’t taken a minute to give us your opinion, please do so! Please only complete the survey once (per member/attender). The easy way:  Click this link and complete the ...