We believe that worship is the heart satisfied in God, or a heart seeking to be satisfied in God. Therefore the affections (emotions of the heart) are absolutely necessary for true worship. The great commandment is a command to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength (Deut. 6:5). Therefore, the music and the style of the worship service must seek to help people feel and think right about God. The music that is chosen, must be God-centered and theologically sound. We are to worship God in spirit and in TRUTH. The words that we sing are important and they should matter to us. However, they are not all that matters, for we are to worship in SPIRIT and in truth. How many times did Jesus say with grief in his heart – “with their lips they praise me, but their hearts are far from me”? I believe that the worship service must strive for these two important elements.
We sing both old hymns of the faith, which are filled with great, beautiful poetry that help worshipers feel and think like they ought to about God, and contemporary worship songs that communicate sound theology and a passionate hunger for God. We believe that the beautiful musical heritage of Isaac Watts, Charles Wesley, John Newton, William Cowper, and others should not be ignored. We also believe that many of the new worship songs are helpful to enjoy God and express that all-important affection.
We encourage you to prepare during the week for corporate worship. One way in which to do this is to read and consider the primary Scripture passages for the sermon and the lyrics to the songs that we will be singing. You can read the Scripture and the lyrics under the sermon post for each week under Weekly Worship.
If you love Jesus and play an instrument or sing and would like to serve on the music worship team at Grace Church, click here to learn more.
At Grace Church we have Sunday School for all ages. Our adult and teen class is called “Berea” and our children’s Sunday School is called “X-treme Grace”. Both groups meet from 9:00-10:00am on Sunday mornings.
In Berea, the adults are going through In the Year of Our Lord: Reflections on Twenty Centuries of Church History by Sinclair B. Ferguson.
Please contact Pastor Mike with any questions.
In X-treme Grace we use Children Desiring God curriculum, which is developed by the staff at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis. The goal of the curriculum is to fuel spiritual desire in children by exalting the greatness and worth of God and His glorious work in Christ. I have experience with this curriculum, and all I can say is Wow! Praise God! It actually does what it says it does. And it has all the content of a God-centered, Christ-treasuring, Faith-building, Prayer-empowered, Bible-saturated, Family-strengthening and Christian-fun children’s ministry.
If you are interested in finding out more about or assisting with the Sunday children’s ministry, please contact Jake Thompson.
Generation 2 Generation
Generation 2 Generation (G2G) is our weekly family night. G2G meets on Sunday evenings from 6:00-8:00pm. Everyone is welcome to come early (5:30) if you would like to join us for a brief meal. This weekly event will primarily be for accomplishing our mission to equip parents to be the primary disciplers of their children, and to teach, challenge, and provide godly fellowship and service opportunities for those kids.
The night will consist of two different parts: 1) a time where all of the families (with kids ages 3 and up) are together, and 2) A time where parents, just kids ages 3-9, and just kids ages 10+ will be doing separate things. We also have a nursery for kids younger than 3. Please be in prayer for this important ministry!
If you have any questions please contact Pastor Mike.
Who: Everyone who has a heart for (or curiosity about) following Jesus and calling others to follow Him as well.
What: In order to foster and maintain the kind of honesty, openness, vulnerability, fellowship and community that we believe the Bible urges us toward, discipleship groups are small gatherings of less than 12 people (of the same sex), led by a trained leader, and designed to spur one another on in following Jesus and serve as a springboard for life together.
The Apostle Paul words it this way, “Nor did we seek glory from people, whether from you or from others, though we could have made demands as apostles of Christ. 7 But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children. 8 So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us” (1 Thessalonians 2:6-8).
In other words, Paul says that coming alongside others by sharing the gospel and our lives, best models the example of Christ and the personal nature of God. This is at the heart of our discipleship groups—coming alongside one another in order to follow Jesus together.
When: The discipleship groups meet at various times throughout the week.
Where: Various locations (usually homes) determined by the group and group leader. Please contact the Church for a list of leaders and locations.
Why: To glorify God by obeying His calling to be disciples (followers of Jesus) and His commission to make disciples of all nations because of our love for God and others.
Please feel free to contact Pastor Dave, or any of the other elders, if you have any thoughts or questions.
Grace for Kids
We offer a teaching time for children from age 3 through 2nd grade during the sermon time of the worship service. The children are brought back in after the sermon for the closing songs.
We provide a nursery ministry for kids through 3 years old during the service (10:15 AM-11:45 AM). The infant nursery is for children 18 months and younger. The toddler nursery is for 19 months through 3 years old.
We view the nursery ministry as something much more than a place for childcare during the worship service. We desire for this ministry to be an opportunity to spiritually serve the parents and children through prayer, care, and instruction.
If you are part of the Grace Church community and desire to serve in this capacity, contact Naomi Caneday.