Sunday Service Prep 11.21.20

Grace Church Family,

As we look forward to this Sunday’s service on November 22nd, here are some things to help you prepare your heart, mind, and soul to worship the Lord together.

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE LITURGY – 11.22.20
    Indescribable

    Your Grace is Enough

In Christ Alone

 Baptisms

     Amazing Grace

Pastoral Prayer
Sermon Text: Ephesians 4:25-5:2
Sermon – “Behaviors That Build Up the Body”

Lord’s Supper

     Build My Life

Closing / Benediction

11.22.20 SONG LYRICS

To print or access the song lyrics on your phone, click HERE.

FOR THOSE WHO ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND IN PERSON
If you are unable to attend this Sunday, you can live stream our service at 10:00 am on Facebook Live by clicking HERE. Please note that you do not need an account to watch the live stream.

GIVING
There are two ways that you can worship God through your giving at this time.

  1. Clover Give: www.gracechurcheast.org/giving. We’ve added step-by-step instructions for how to give online HERE.
  2. Mail a check (or have your bank do so) to our mailing address: P.O. Box 247, La Mesa, 91944.

Most importantly, let’s continue to be faithful in prayer as we ask our heavenly Father to “give us our daily bread” (Matt. 6.11), knowing that he knows our needs and is faithful to provide (Matt. 6.25-34).

Thank you for your faithfulness in this area as we glorify God through our finances.

WHEN & WHERE

We will be gathering at the amphitheater at Harry Griffen Park in La Mesa, which is located at: 9550 Milden Street, La Mesa, CA 91942. Remember that we will only have ONE service at 9:00am for the remainder of the summer.

For a full list of what to bring, the guidelines we’ve been asked to follow (masks, distancing, etc.), and other important information, please visit out designated Sunday Services page HERE.

Update on Debbie S.

Dear Church family,

Tim and Debbie asked us to pass along this update to you.  

Debbie has begun chemotherapy; the plan is for it to continue every two weeks for the next six months. 

They ask for prayer in the following ways in particular:
– for God to minimize the side effects of the chemotherapy
– for God’s wisdom as they move forward in her treatments
– for God to continually renewed them in their spirits
– for God’s healing power, such that Debbie’s scan in December shows shrinkage of the tumors in her body

If you’d like to help with meals please contact Robbie Zeller.

Thank you so very much for praying for and supporting these dear saints!
Tab

Midweek Update 11.18.20

Dear Grace Church family,

I hope this update finds you doing well and enjoying God’s grace!

In this update I want to put our outward gospel mission before us once again by touching on our mission “near” and “far,” as Jerry Zeller has helpfully put it.

“One Life”

On the “near” front, we have sought to remind ourselves this year that personal evangelism is the engine that makes our gospel outreach “go.”

So, it is our desire that each of us have a “one life.” That’s at least one person who does not know Jesus for whom we are praying and to whom we are reaching out as God enables us. Or, we can simply start praying for God to give us a “one life.”

In doing so we take evangelism out of the abstract and bring it into the concrete and tangible. And we share more of God’s heart as a result – the heart of the One who rejoices when the lost are found (Luke 15)!

Advent & Outreach

The season in the church calendar called “Advent” is coming up soon – beginning Sunday, November 29. Advent is a great opportunity to think of our “near” mission given our “blessed hope” in Christ.

Our word “Advent” comes to us from the Latin word adventus, which simply means “coming.” It’s the time in which we celebrate Jesus’ first coming as we await his second coming – “our blessed hope.” (Titus 2:13)

I like how Dietrich Bonhoeffer described Advent: “The celebration of Advent is possible only to those who are troubled in soul, who know themselves to be poor and imperfect, and who look forward to something greater to come.” The fact that this is a time for “those who are troubled in soul” makes this a great time for us to reach out with the love of Christ.

Christmas Series & Invitations

To celebrate Advent and the miracle of Jesus’ incarnation, we will teach a four-part series we’re calling “Christmas According to Isaiah.” This series will include a special celebration on Christmas Eve at Harry Griffin Park at 4:00 p.m.

Every Sunday will be a great opportunity to reach out to that one person (or more) and invite then to come and hear the good news of what our Savior has done. You will receive an invitation this week which you can use to give to others. Christmas in the park is about as good of an invitational opportunity as we’re going to find. So let’s seize this time together to pray for and long for others to encounter the saving grace of our Lord!

If you’e not sure how to invite someone, here’s how you could think about it: prayer – care – share.
1. Prayer – Ask God whom you might invite, and for the enabling to do so.
2. Care – Show the love of Christ, because they are people and not “projects.”
3. Share – Share the good news, or – in this instance – share an invitation to come hear the good news!

You can say something along the lines of: “Hey, I don’t know if you knew this, but I am a part of a church and we are having a Christmas series in the park. Would you like to go with me?” You can also check out this brief video for a faith-building look at inviting others: HERE.

Perspectives Class

The above sections highlight our mission “near,” but the Perspectives Class will increase your vision for God’s mission “far.” Sung and I took this class a number of years ago here in San Diego and our hearts were definitely enlarged for what God is doing in the earth.

I would highly recommend taking this course to become more of a “world Christian” – someone who lives with an awareness that our God is on our worldwide redemption mission in Christ. My good friend Dave Fenska is one of coordinators for this particular course, so you know you’ll be in good news. To find out more, go to this link on our church blog: HERE.

Persecuted Church
Also related to God’s mission “far,” last Sunday we highlighted the “International Day of Prayer (IDOP) for the Persecuted Church.” That is not the only Sunday we pray for persecuted Christians as a church. But the IDOP is a good reminder that our God has a worldwide mission, and that there are Christians living in places where it is very difficult to be a professing believer in Jesus.

If you’d like to learn more about praying for the persecuted church, or to download more prayer resources, go HERE for the site of Voice of the Martyrs.

Let’s continue to pursue God’s mission both “near” and “far,” praying that he would do “far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. (Ephesians 3:20–21)

On behalf of Steve, Marshall and Joshua – and with our love for you,

Tab

Sunday Service Follow-Up 11.16.20

This past Sunday, we returned to our series Beholding the Body of Christ, as Tab preached from Ephesians 4.17-24. From this passage, Tab showed us how Paul call’s us to be who we already are in Christ, by putting off the old self and putting on the new. Below you will find questions to help you respond to God’s word with your hearts and your lives, so that you might become more like Christ.

Discussion and Response Questions

Read Ephesians 4.17-24 and consider the questions below.

  • In that way(s) are you currently temped to “walk as the Gentiles do” (vs. 17), that is according to your “old self” (vs. 22)?
  • How does this passage help you fight this temptation? How can we as a body help you?
  • What does it mean to be “renewed in the spirit of your mind” (vs. 23)? How are you doing this, or how might you do this, particularly in light of a current struggle you’re facing?

Saturday Update: WE 11.15.20

Doctrine of the Holy Spirit Class
Our Doctrine of the Holy Spirit class is underway at 8:30 under the gazebo before service. An introductory class on the person and work of the Holy Spirit, this is a great opportunity to learn more about the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives and in the church. For more info, please email our church office. 

Perspectives Class
God is on a mission to bless the world and you are invited to join Him. This is the theme of the Perspectives Class which has equipped thousands of everyday believers with greater vision, hope and passion. This class which is offered in numerous international locations is coming to San Diego/La Mesa in 2021. In Perspectives Scripture, history, culture and strategy converge to reveal the unfolding of God’s redemptive purposes.

For more information, click HERE or contact the church office.


Women’s Bible Study
Our women’s bible study is underway with 2 different meeting options during the week. Please visit our women’s page HERE to view our website for further details. 

We will be starting a new study on November 18/19 on the book of Proverbs. Does this book seem like a random bunch of pithy statements to you? As with all of scripture, there is a purpose and method to its structure. Tim Keller has said “A proverb is a poetic art form that instills wisdom in you as you wrestle with it.” Let’s wrestle together. Don’t we all need more wisdom! To give you a teaser HERE is a short article from the author of the study. If you haven’t been coming to the study, this would be a great time to jump in. Click THIS link for more information about times and how to order the book.

Men’s Bible Study 
Our men’s bible study is currently going through the book of 2nd Corinthians. Meetings are from 6-7am every Tuesday morning over Zoom. Click HERE for the link. 

Home Groups
We invite you to visit a Home Group so we can all grow “with a growth that comes from God” (Col. 2:19). Our Home Groups meet at least three times each month including a men’s or women’s meeting. For a list of all of our home groups, please visit our website HERE for more details. 

Bridge of Hope drop-off info
For any donations you have for Bridge of Hope (includes clothes, toys, household supplies et.), please see Eric Lehmkuhl & he can take those items. He is unable to take any large items or furniture but has information as to how to drop that off directly with Bridge of Hope.

Prayer Meetings
Sunday Prayer: 
Our prayer team will gather by the gazebo at Harry Griffen Park at 9:15am for a time of prayer before the service. We invite you to pray with us as long as you’re able, even if you can’t stay the entire time.

Wednesday Prayer: On Wednesdays we will gather via Zoom from 7-8pm for a time of corporate prayer. If you’re interested in joining the Wednesday evening prayer meeting, please visit our prayer page on our website.

Sunday Service Reminders
As an expression of love for one another, please observe the following precautions on Sunday morning:

  • Wear a mask when you’re out of your seat in the amphitheater area
  • Maintain 6 feet of distance from members of other households.
  • Exchange enthusiastic waves instead of hugs or handshakes.
  • Stay home if you feel ill, especially if you have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath.

Sunday Morning Parking 
Due to our meeting time now being at 10am, we are anticipating that parking might be a little difficult to find. Click HERE for a map that shows alternate parking areas around the park & if there are any questions, please email our church office.

If you park on Poppy St. you can either park on the street or in the dirt lot. There is a metal gate that you will walk through to access the trail (highlighted on the map) and this trail will take you directly to the park. 

Sunday Morning QR Codes
Our information table now has 2 QR codes for you to scan! One is for access to the Connect page on our website, and the other is to access our Sunday service information & lyrics. 

Weekly Sunday Service Prep
Our Sunday Service Prep post has been moved to our blog! To view the Sunday Liturgy and song lyrics link, click HERE

Sunday Service Prep 11.14.20

Grace Church Family,

As we look forward to this Sunday’s service on November 15th, here are some things to help you prepare your heart, mind, and soul to worship the Lord together.

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE LITURGY – 11.15.20
    What a Beautiful Name

     Great is Thy Faithfulness

 The Nicene Creed – Click HERE to print or read

     In Christ Alone

     Receive the Glory

Pastoral Prayer
Sermon Text: Ephesians 4:17-24
Sermon – “Be Who You Are”

Lord’s Supper

     Completely Done

Doxology

Closing / Benediction

11.15.20 SONG LYRICS

To print or access the song lyrics on your phone, click HERE.

FOR THOSE WHO ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND IN PERSON
If you are unable to attend this Sunday, you can live stream our service at 10:00 am on Facebook Live by clicking HERE. Please note that you do not need an account to watch the live stream.

GIVING
There are two ways that you can worship God through your giving at this time.

  1. Clover Give: www.gracechurcheast.org/giving. We’ve added step-by-step instructions for how to give online HERE.
  2. Mail a check (or have your bank do so) to our mailing address: P.O. Box 247, La Mesa, 91944.

Most importantly, let’s continue to be faithful in prayer as we ask our heavenly Father to “give us our daily bread” (Matt. 6.11), knowing that he knows our needs and is faithful to provide (Matt. 6.25-34).

Thank you for your faithfulness in this area as we glorify God through our finances.

WHEN & WHERE

We will be gathering at the amphitheater at Harry Griffen Park in La Mesa, which is located at: 9550 Milden Street, La Mesa, CA 91942. Remember that we will only have ONE service at 9:00am for the remainder of the summer.

For a full list of what to bring, the guidelines we’ve been asked to follow (masks, distancing, etc.), and other important information, please visit out designated Sunday Services page HERE.

Perspectives Class

Hello all!

We are sharing with you an exciting opportunity that is being shared with us from Dave Fenska. All the information is given below & feel free to email Dave or our church office for more information.

Perspectives Class

God is on a mission to bless the world and you are invited to join Him. This is the theme of the Perspectives Class which has equipped thousands of everyday believers with greater vision, hope and passion. This class which is offered in numerous international locations is coming to San Diego/La
Mesa in 2021. In Perspectives Scripture, history, culture and strategy converge to reveal the unfolding of God’s redemptive purposes.

San Diego/La Mesa Class

Tuesdays, January 12-May 4, 2021 | 6:30-9:30pm

Hosted by: Skyline Church

See perspectives.org website for pricing options and registration
Coordinators: Cheryl Brewer, Dave and Mindy Fenska

norvbrewer@cox.net
davefenska@gmail.com

Ask Cheryl, Dave or Mindy about our Zoom option

Midweek Update 11.11.20

Greetings Church Family!

Grateful today for God’s care for us and his desire that we live peaceful and quiet lives, godly and dignified in every way! May we continue to pray for government to that end. In this update we’ll recap our recent political equipping, highlight one of our ministry goals, as well as provide a giving update.

Before we dive in, I wanted to give a public service announcement: We have been told by a few members that they have received what appear to be emails sent by Tab or myself asking you to buy gift cards. Please know that these emails are a scam, we will never email you asking you to
buy gift cards or send us money. We believe that their emails were taken from our website, so we have scrubbed our website of all personal emails in addition to changing the password for our member portal to make sure that information is safe. If you receive any emails or have any questions, please let us know.

As a reminder, the Zoom info for the prayer meeting tonight at 7pm is at the bottom of our update.

IMAGO DEI AND THE CHURCH CONNECTING

One of the theological concepts I’ve been thinking about lately is the “imago dei,” the fact that every person has been created in the image of God. While there is a lot that can be said about the imago dei, what I want to highlight is how the image of God uniquely speaks to our second ministry priority this year: The Church Connecting.

To affirm that every human being is created in the image of God is to affirm that every human being is created for relationships (Gen. 1.26-28). This becomes very clear when we consider that the God whose image we’re created in is Triune. God, as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, does not live in isolation but has always been in relationship. Being created in our Triune God’s image, we have been created to live in relationship with others.

While Genesis 2 shows us how we were created to live, as we see Adam and Eve living in perfect relationship with each other, we know that the story doesn’t end there. Genesis 3 shows us introduction of sin into the world and with it countless attacks on the image of God in each of us. In my opinion, one of the biggest attacks on the image of God in our culture is the growing
phenomenon of isolation, especially technological isolation where we can be “alone together.”

Today, we are tempted to embrace isolation, both physical and relational, when we settle for curated online relationships where we only show the beautiful moments of lives and hide the messy parts. But in the face of this attack, God is inviting us to live fully into the imago dei as we enter into real relationships with others. Relationships that require us to press into one
another’s mess, where we experience the fallenness and the suffering of others.

Our need for real relationship is one reason why “the church connecting” is one of our ministry priorities and why we desire to see every member experience more of our shared life in Christ by being an active part of a Home Group. It’s not because we want to see your name on a roster but because we want you to flourish as a person created in the image of God designed to experience real relationships with others. Because as we’ve been seeing in Ephesians, it’s through these relationships that we will be built up in love (Eph. 4).

If you’re not connecting relationally with others right now, either in our Home Groups or another context, let me encourage you to check out our Home Groups and commit to pursuing biblical fellowship in this way this year – that you might live into the image of God in you. If you would like more information about any of the groups, please email the church office
(info@gracechurcheast.org).

POLITICAL EQUIPPING

In our last two Sunday services we’ve taken a break from our series in Ephesians to provide biblically grounded, gospel-centered equipping on how to prepare and respond to an election. While our focus was primarily on the election, as elders our desire was to use this unique opportunity to equip all of our hearts for how to think about politics in general.

In our culture where politics have become a religion – something that we look to for belonging, meaning, righteousness, and deliverance – it’s a very real temptation for us to look to politics for things that we already have or are promised in Christ. I’m aware of this temptation in my own heart.

This is why I am so grateful for the sermons that Tab preached these last two weeks, as he has helped orient us to the realities of God’s kingdom of which we are all citizens. As we saw in Psalm 2, we are members of God’s unshaken kingdom with Christ sitting on the throne reigning as king! In 1 Timothy 2 we saw God’s command to all Christians to pray for government that we may know peace and the world know Christ.

If you missed these sermons or desire to be reminded of these important realities you can listen to the audio of the sermons online, additionally below you can view Tab’s cleaned up manuscript.
– How To Prepare for an Election (Psalm 2) – Listen HERE; Manuscript HERE
– How To Respond to an Election (1 Tim 2) – Listen HERE; Manuscript HERE

GIVING UPDATE

To keep you informed financially, we are bringing you more regular contributions updates. In October we received $23,294.00 in contributions, compared with our budgeted income of $20.584.00 (for a difference of $2,710).

Thank you for your sacrificial and generous giving to the ministry of the gospel in and through our church! Please keep praying that God would provide our daily bread!

PRAYER MEETING

The prayer team will gather via Zoom from 7-8pm for a time of prayer. If you’re interested in joining the Wednesday evening prayer meeting, please visit our prayer page HERE for the Zoom link and password.

grace and peace on behalf of Steve, Marshall, and Tab,
Joshua

Sunday Service Follow-up 11.10.20

This past Sunday, we had our second sermon on preparing and responding to the election as Tab preached on “How to Respond to an Election” from 1 Timothy 2. From this passage, Tab showed us how God has called the church to pray for government so that the church may know peace and the world know Christ.

Below you will find questions to help you respond to God’s word with your hearts and your lives, so that you might become more like Christ.

Discussion and Response Questions

Read 1 Timothy 2.1-7 and consider the questions below.

  • According to this passage, how is the church called to respond to government and why?
  • How are you doing in light of God’s command to pray for government? What from this passage encourages you to want to pray for our government?

Spend time applying this passage and praying for our government, especially the incoming and outgoing presidential administrations.

Sunday Livestream 11.08.20 – How to Watch

Hello all!

Due to the ongoing weather, we have decided to move our service for 11.08 back to a livestream for the week. All the information pertaining to this is below.

HOW TO WATCH

Our service for the week can be viewed through our Facebook livestream! We will begin our service at 10am. Even if you do not have a Facebook account, you can click HERE to view the stream.

SUNDAY INFORMATION AND EXTRAS

To view the lyrics for the worship this week, click HERE.

To view our bulletin for any of our upcoming events & announcements, click HERE.

Parents, we have coloring pages HERE & worksheets HERE for your child if you would like to print them out. They can turn them in next week for a lollipop!