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Ash Wednesday 2016 Weekly Word


Psalm 51:1-17
1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. 4 Against you, you alone, have I sinned, and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are justified in your sentence and blameless when you pass judgment. 5 Indeed, I was born guilty, a sinner when my mother conceived me. 6 You desire truth in the inward being; therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.

7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 8 Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have crushed rejoice. 9 Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me. 11 Do not cast me away from your presence, and do not take your holy spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and sustain in me a willing spirit. 13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you.

14 Deliver me from bloodshed, O God, O God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of your deliverance. 15 O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise. 16 For you have no delight in sacrifice; if I were to give a burnt offering, you would not be pleased. 17 The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

Sermon: “Treasure: Soap”

Tonight we being our Lenten Sermon Series called Treasure.
Over the next weeks we will look at what we treasure in our lives, and whether or not God fits into those treasures.

We being by looking at an everyday object that many of us take for granted.
Soap.
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TREASURE Lenten Sermon Series begins Feb. 10th


Please join us for our Sermon Series that begins on Ash Wednesday and then continues every Sunday through March 13, 2016.

Treasure Topics:
2/10 (Wednesday)– “Soap”
2/14 (Sunday) — “Power”
2/21 (Sunday) — “Patience”
2/28 (Sunday) — “Mother” – with guest preacher Katherine Shaner
3/6 (Sunday) — “Prodigal”- with guest preacher Laura Wind
3/13 (Sunday) — “Waste”

Ash Wednesday Service 7:00


Our Ash Wednesday Service will be held at 7:00 PM. All are welcome.

Weekly Word for February 7, 2016: “An Eagle Named Andrew”


Luke 9:28-36

The Transfiguration
28 Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus[a] took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. 29 And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. 30 Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him.31 They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. 32 Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had stayed awake,[b] they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. 33 Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings,[c] one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah”—not knowing what he said. 34 While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud. 35 Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my Son, my Chosen;[d] listen to him!”36 When the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and in those days told no one any of the things they had seen.

Reflection: “An Eagle Named Andrew”

Andrew Sadler was one if not THE first person I met when I came to Grace. (more…)

Weekly Word for January 31, 2016 (DELAYED)


Luke 4:16-30
The Rejection of Jesus at Nazareth
16 When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read,17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
20 And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21 Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” 22 All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?” 23 He said to them, “Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, ‘Doctor, cure yourself!’ And you will say, ‘Do here also in your hometown the things that we have heard you did at Capernaum.’” 24 And he said, “Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in the prophet’s hometown. 25 But the truth is, there were many widows in Israel in the time of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a severe famine over all the land; 26 yet Elijah was sent to none of them except to a widow at Zarephath in Sidon. 27 There were also many leper in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.” 28 When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with rage. 29 They got up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they might hurl him off the cliff. 30 But he passed through the midst of them and went on his way.

Sermon for January 31, 2016: “Part 2: The Response”

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. (more…)

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner February 9th


Please join us in the Grace Fellowship Hall on February 9 for our pancake supper, hosted by the L-Men, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
We are also looking for volunteers to help set up and clean during the event, so if you can lend a hand it will be greatly appreciated.

The Weekly Word for January 24, 2016


Luke 4:14-21

14 Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. 15 He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone. 16 When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” 20 And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21 Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”

Sermon: “Part 1: “Call”

This Sunday’s Gospel and next Sunday’s Gospel come from the 4th chapter of Luke.
The 4th chapter is a significant one because it marks the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry. (more…)

The Weekly Word for January 17, 2016


John 2:1-11

1 On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” 4 And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.” 5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 6 Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 7 Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. 8 He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.” So they took it. 9 When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom 10 and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.” 11 Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

 

Sermon: “The Life of the Party”

 

Opening Skit:

PJ- “Ok, gang. Thanks for coming to my party.”

Youth- “Yay!”

Ethan- “We love you, PJ!”

Lauren- “Love you!”

Nick- “Yeah! You are the coolest!”

PJ- “Aw, thanks, guys. Listen, there’s just one thing. I ran out of pizza. And pizza bread.”

(Silence)

Ethan- “Well I gotta go.”

Lauren- “yeah I got that…thing to do.”

PJ- “Don’t go! We still have plenty of ice water!”

 

Not a great way to end a party, is it?
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Pastor Jonathan’s January 2016 Newsletter Article


As we begin a new year, many of us will attempt New Year Resolutions. According to University of Scranton and the Journal of Clinical Psychology, the percentage of Americans who usually make New Year Resolutions is 45%. Of those who make them, the percent of people who are successful in achieving resolutions is only 8%. The percent of those who never succeed and fail each year is 24%.

Do you fall into any of those statistics? I know I do. I certainly have failed on more than one occasion on achieving success. However, I have found a way to deal with those moments, and I want to share it with you. I call it “The Flavius.”

My grandfather, Flavius Conrad, loved reading the bible. He read his bible every day of his life. Recently, my mom shared a story with me. She and my grandfather were sitting on his porch one day and…as always…he was reading his bible. He then looked up from reading, looked at my mom and smiled. He then said, “Kay, I have never read that passage like that before.”

The reason Flavius loved reading his Bible was that every time he opened up his book, there would be something new waiting for him. It might have been a story or a word that caught his eye. Whatever it was, it would help open his mind and heart to all the possibilities that God provided. To Flavius, every day was a new day to look at God and life in a different way.

What Flavius taught me about reading the bible works very well when it comes to resolutions. Whenever I fail at a resolution, I start over the next day. I don’t look down on myself, I don’t get mad. I just say to myself, “Well. Time to start. Again.” Every day is a new day to start again. Just like there is no law that says once you have read a Bible passage you cannot re-read it, there is NO law that if you break a resolution you can’t start over.

As you start 2016, remember that you have the freedom to start a resolution on any day you choose. And this year, choose to see your resolution through. Be it on the first try or the 20th.

Blessings,

PJ

Weekly Word for January 10, 2016


Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

15 As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, 16 John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 17 His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”

21 Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, 22 and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”

 

Sermon: “Commit”

 

I believe today is going to be the start of something big, exciting, and wonderful.