Sunday Gathering || March 30th

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Call to Worship God’s Infinite Greatness

We gather to celebrate that Jesus has paid the debt of our sin!

Song Stronger
Responsive Reading: Romans 8:1-4

Confession of Brokenness & Need for Grace

Quiet reflection & confession
Prayer for Grace & the Spirit’s presence

Celebration of God’s Grace

Singing

I Stand Amazed
One Thing Remains
All I Have is Christ

Sharing*

Offering

Communication of God’s Word

Message—Dan Birkholz, Lead Pastor at Grace City Church of Wissinoming

Renewal, Ephesians

The Lord’s Supper

Song Lord Most High

Commissioned to Go on Mission With the Gospel

Prayer

*We are eager for God to meet with us for our good and His glory both in what we have planned and what we have not planned. Therefore if you believe God’s Spirit would have you share a testimony, prayer or prophetic word, please see the pastor seated by the ministry microphone at the front of the auditorium while we are singing.

Grace Happenings || March 23rd-29th

The GatheringEvery Sunday we have a large crew serving our children that are unable to listen to the sermon. We want to say thank you for serving! We also want to make it as easy as possible for you to listen to the sermon before next Sunday by providing this link to last week’s sermon audio.

Grace Happenings

Spring Clean UpOn Saturday April 5th, join one of our Discipleship Communities as they partner with our neighbors in NE Philly to help cleanup our city during the Philly Streets Department Spring Clean Up. Ask your DC leader what project your group is helping with or visit the DC table on an upcoming Sunday to find a group near you.

TailgateSunday April 6th, invite your neighbors out to join us in celebrating spring as we have a tailgate party right after our Sunday Gathering. We are lining up a couple of food trucks for you to be able to purchase lunch from, or feel free to bring your own. We’ll enjoy time together at the playground, in the parking lot and in the big open field right here at Lincoln High School.

EASTER-HUNTOver the next two Sundays, we are asking you to partner with us in collecting candy to help with the 4th Annual Mayfair Memorial Playground Easter Egg Hunt. There will be a box next to the Information & Resource table where you can drop off bags of individually wrapped candy. We also encourage you to attend the event with your kids on Saturday April 12th at 11:00am. Let’s show our love for Mayfair by partnering with this fundraiser for the playground and getting to know our neighbors better.

BaptismAre you a disciple of Jesus who hasn’t been baptized yet? Help us celebrate Jesus’ resurrection with this public expression of your commitment and identification with him as your Lord & Savior. You can fill out a form expressing your interest to be baptized at either the Information & Resource or by clicking this link.

Sunday Gathering || March 23rd

The Gathering

Call to Worship God’s Infinite Greatness

We gather to celebrate that Jesus laid down His life for us.

Song 10,000 Reasons
Responsive Reading: John 15:12-17

Confession of Brokenness & Need for Grace

Quiet reflection & confession
Prayer for Grace & the Spirit’s presence

Celebration of God’s Grace

Singing

Glorious Christ
Christ is Risen
Jesus, What a Friend for Sinners

Sharing*

Offering

Communication of God’s Word

Message—Ian McConnell, Pastor for Preaching & Vision

Gathering to Seek the City that is to Come, Hebrews 13:1-16

The Lord’s Supper

Song The Wonderful Cross (When I Survey)

Commissioned to Go on Mission With the Gospel

Prayer

*We are eager for God to meet with us for our good and His glory both in what we have planned and what we have not planned. Therefore if you believe God’s Spirit would have you share a testimony, prayer or prophetic word, please see the pastor seated by the ministry microphone at the front of the auditorium while we are singing.

Sunday Gathering || March 16th

The Gathering

Call to Worship God’s Infinite Greatness

We gather to praise the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!

Song Lord Most High
Responsive Reading: Revelation 4:9-14

Confession of Brokenness & Need for Grace

Quiet reflection & confession
Prayer for Grace & the Spirit’s presence

Celebration of God’s Grace

Singing

How Great is Our God
A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
High Above All Things

Sharing*

Offering

Communication of God’s Word

Message—Ian McConnell, Pastor for Preaching & Vision

Gathering to Taste the Future Now –Celebrate Grace, Hebrews 12:18-29

The Lord’s Supper

Song Grace Unmeasured

Commissioned to Go on Mission With the Gospel

Prayer

*We are eager for God to meet with us for our good and His glory both in what we have planned and what we have not planned. Therefore if you believe God’s Spirit would have you share a testimony, prayer or prophetic word, please see the pastor seated by the ministry microphone at the front of the auditorium while we are singing.

Grace Happenings || March 9th-15th

The GatheringEvery Sunday we have a large crew serving our children that are unable to listen to the sermon. We want to say thank you for serving! We also want to make it as easy as possible for you to listen to the sermon before next Sunday by providing this link to last week’s sermon audio.

Grace Happenings

Spring Clean UpOn Saturday April 5th, join one of our Discipleship Communities as they partner with our neighbors in NE Philly to help cleanup our city during the Philly Streets Department Spring Clean Up. Ask your DC leader what project your group is helping with or visit the DC table on an upcoming Sunday to find a group near you.

TailgateSunday April 6th, invite your neighbors out to join us in celebrating spring as we have a tailgate party right after our Sunday Gathering. We are lining up a couple of food trucks for you to be able to purchase lunch from, or feel free to bring your own. We’ll enjoy time together at the playground, in the parking lot and in the big open field right here at Lincoln High School.

BaptismAre you a disciple of Jesus who hasn’t been baptized yet? Help us celebrate Jesus’ resurrection with this public expression of your commitment and identification with him as your Lord & Savior. You can fill out a form expressing your interest to be baptized at either the Information & Resource or by clicking this link.

Sunday Gathering || March 9th

The Gathering

Call to Worship God’s Infinite Greatness

We gather to worship the before whom every knee will now one day.

Song All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name
Responsive Reading: Philippians 2:5-11

Confession of Brokenness & Need for Grace

Quiet reflection & confession
Prayer for Grace & the Spirit’s presence

Celebration of God’s Grace

Singing

Mighty Fortress
Glorious Day
Let Your Kingdom Come

Sharing*

Offering

Communication of God’s Word

Message—Ian McConnell, Pastor for Preaching & Vision

Gathering to Taste the Future Now –No Judgment, Hebrews 12:18-29

The Lord’s Supper

Song Arise My Soul Arise

Commissioned to Go on Mission With the Gospel

Prayer

*We are eager for God to meet with us for our good and His glory both in what we have planned and what we have not planned. Therefore if you believe God’s Spirit would have you share a testimony, prayer or prophetic word, please see the pastor seated by the ministry microphone at the front of the auditorium while we are singing.

4 Ways All This Snow Can Help Us Glorify God

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It’s been a tough winter here in Philadelphia and in many places across the country. It seems like the snow has fallen every other day, the temperature has been way colder than it has been in recent memory, and anything that begins to melt during the day, turns into dangerous ice by nightfall. Power has been lost, schedules have been interrupted, pipes have frozen, and many backs are sore from endless shoveling. 

What are we to make of all of this?

After I discovered that grumbling, complaining, being frustrated, and getting angry actually produce very little change in the weather pattern, I began to reflect on the question, “What does God want us to learn from this winter?” Or to ask it in a different way: “How can we glorify God in the midst of a difficult winter?” Here are a few ways my thoughts were directed:

Glorify God in Humility

The winter weather reminds us that we are not in control. We desperately want to believe that we are, but the reality is that we do not ultimately control ANYTHING in our lives. We do things, we make plans, we live our lives—but God is the one that governs everything that happens. Reflecting on this idea, James says, “Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.” James 4:13-16  Nothing like a city-stopping snow storm to remind us of this humbling reality!

Glorify God Through Mission

Snow and ice provide opportunities to love and serve our neighbors. Shoveling them out, pushing a stuck car, clearing off a neighbor’s car, offering to grab something at the store for an elderly person that may be house-bound—are all practical ways to love and serve. As the author of Hebrews states, “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” (Hebrews 13:16)

Glorify God by Remembering the Gospel.

The beauty and whiteness of the snow remind us of that great promise in Isaiah 1:18: “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.” Let every fresh snow fall remind you that our hideous sins have been forever covered by our great Savior (who, by the way, is described as dressed in clothing as white as snow [Matt. 28:3]).

Glorify God by Transformation.

God graciously uses inconvenient and frustrating situations as a means to reveal the sin in our hearts. If you are that angry about someone taking the parking space you shoveled out, then you have a heart problem, not a snow problem. If your plans being changed because of the weather causes you to complain, worry, or treat others poorly, then you don’t need warmer weather; you need repentance. Perhaps the Holy Spirit is using this winter as a means to reveal areas in your life where He would like to affect change. The inconveniences, frustrations, and hardships of life can spiral us into sin or be used to build godly character – the difference has everything to do with our hearts.

May God grant us the grace to humble ourselves before Him, seek to serve our neighbors, always remember our great Salvation, and grow in Christ-likeness – and may He use any means necessary towards these ends – even if it means more snow this winter!

Steve is the Pastor for Discipleship & Mercy at the Northeast Congregation of Grace City Church. He and his wife Abby are a blast to serve Jesus with.  

Praise & Prayer Night This Sunday at 6:30

Prayer & PraiseIt was the normal experience of the 1st century church to gather to rejoice in praise and pray for the sick and suffering believing that God would move in powerful life-changing ways.

Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”  James 5:13-16

We can’t wait for this unhurried time of pouring out our hearts to God in joyful praise & desperate, expectant prayer.

Here’s how you can prepare your heart for our time of praise & prayer.

  1. Prayerfully come with expressions of praise and encouragement to share. Write them down ahead of time. Respond in faith to spontaneous impressions. Bring them to one of the pastors by the sharing microphone to see if it’s a good word for the moment.
  2. Expectantly come with your needs to be prayed for. There will be a time when the pastors ask for the sick and suffering to come to the front for prayer. Be prepared to share your sickness or suffering with them. They will pray for your healing & deliverance.
  3. Humbly come eager to serve and pray for others as God leads you. God certainly uses leaders to care for the church.  But we believe the body cares for the body. If you feel burdened to share words of hope or pray for the sick and suffering please bring that to one of the pastors by the sharing microphone to see if it’s a good word for the moment.
  4. Trust in God’s sovereign mercy. Although we strongly believe that God heals and delivers in the present like he did in the 1st century we cannot guarantee that he will. We trust God’s sovereign prerogative to bring healing & deliverance or to sustain us by his grace through extended suffering. We believe that whatever our God ordains is right.

Join us at 6:30 this Sunday night at the Ashton Rd. building. We are eager to hear from God & share as he leads, and we are longing for his mercy in healing & deliverance as we pray for one another. Let us draw near!

Sunday Gathering || March 2nd

The Gathering

Call to Worship God’s Infinite Greatness

We gather to worship the One who called us by his powerful word!

Song I Sing the Mighty Power of God
Responsive Reading: 2 Corinthians 4:5-7

Confession of Brokenness & Need for Grace

Quiet reflection & confession
Prayer for Grace & the Spirit’s presence

Celebration of God’s Grace

Singing

Glories of Calvary
Once for All
Jesus Lives

Sharing*

Offering

Communication of God’s Word

Message—Ian McConnell, Pastor for Preaching & Vision

Gathering to Run Our Race Together, Hebrews 12:1-2

The Lord’s Supper

Song Be Thou My Vision

Commissioned to Go on Mission With the Gospel

Prayer

*We are eager for God to meet with us for our good and His glory both in what we have planned and what we have not planned. Therefore if you believe God’s Spirit would have you share a testimony, prayer or prophetic word, please see the pastor seated by the ministry microphone at the front of the auditorium while we are singing.

“Grace Has Come” | Album Sale | $5 Today Only

Grace Has Come

Grace City Church is so grateful to be in partnership with Sovereign Grace Ministries. One of the big reasons are the amazing gospel-centered resources that they make available at very affordable prices. Today only, the latest album from Sovereign Grace Music, Grace Has Come, is available as a digital download for only $5. You can click on this link to be taken to the page where you can make your purchase and download this superb album with songs that are based on the book of Romans.  Each song will fuel your heart with passion for the one who was sent to live, die, and rise from the dead for your salvation!

Here is a video of one of the songs from the album performed acoustically.

“It’s Your Grace” – from Grace Has Come