Voice of Grace

 Hello there, dear family of God! Our Communications Director (and my dear friend) Whitney recently informed me that GRC has received in 90+ new members (adult and children's communicant) over the last year and half. Praise God! I’ll use the space below to give you a sort of “overview” of the GRC Worship Ministry, one that is hopefully edifying for both new and old GRCers! I’m going to focus on Romans 12:1 with it. “Therefore I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God -  this is your Read more
I am one of two, soon to be three, deaconesses at GRC. My primary role on the Diaconate has been to work with Mercy Fund applicants who are seeking financial assistance mostly with rent and utilities. This is work that impacts the lives of many people we serve, but as with any work we do, it impacts and changes us too. An incident that happened last fall is a result of that kind of change in me. Have you ever been in an Uber where the driver takes a personal phone call? When this happened to me, I was annoyed Read more
Hello GRC! Who doesn’t love a great celebration?  For little ones, a birthday brings tons of delight:  in the attention, the presents, the gathering of friends and family singing to you, before you alone get to blow out the candles!   For the older among us, who may not relish another year passing or another patch of hair turning gray, the milestones still come.  Maybe an anniversary, or the fact that you stayed in one home longer than ever before. For our family, in a span of 4 weeks, I’ll join some classmates at our 30th Reunion, then celebrate our daughter’s college graduation, and then celebrate Cedar’s 50th!  Those Read more
Have you ever wished that you live during Biblical times so that you can experience hearing from God or witnessing miracles firsthand? What price would you be willing to pay to have walked through the Red Sea on dry ground? To have tasted Manna? Or to have witnessed fire fall from the sky upon Elijah’s altar on Mount Carmel? What thrill it must have been to see the lame walking again and to witness demons being cast out of people? But it’s not just about thrills; if I lived during Jesus’ earthly ministry, I would have asked Him to heal my Read more
John 19:38-42Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jewish leaders. With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away. He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds. Taking Jesus’ body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs. At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the Read more
Galatians 6:14May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.Philippians 3:7-8But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ. No one likes a boaster. No one enjoys someone who is always boasting about something he has or does. Paul opposed Read more
Colossians 2:13-15When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.John 19:19Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: jesus of nazareth, the king of the jews.Hebrews 2:14-15Since the children have flesh and blood, he Read more
The last 7 weeks we have been reflecting on the suffering Savior through our Lenten Devotional. Why do we take this time? Why is it important that we daily remind ourselves of Jesus and his mission here on earth? Because our hearts and minds, mine included, tend to wander and become fixated on the things of this world. This perfect man, fully God and fully human, walked along this earth knowing he had been born to die. Wow. As we read today, the power of the cross is the power of love. “But God demonstrates his own love for us Read more
I Corinthians 1:18For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.Romans 1:16For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.I Corinthians 1:22-24Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom Read more
Colossians 1:19-20For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.Ephesians 2:14-16For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both Read more