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

Sunday Gathering || February 23rd

The Gathering

Call to Worship God’s Infinite Greatness

We gather to praise the maker and sustainer of all things!

Song Mighty to Save
Responsive Reading: Psalm 104:24-35

Confession of Brokenness & Need for Grace

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

Celebration of God’s Grace

Singing

Psalm 62 (My Soul Finds Rest in God Alone)
God Over All
O Worship the King

Sharing*

Offering

Communication of God’s Word

Message—Rob Chisholm, Pastor for Music & Spiritual Formation

Enduring Faith, Hebrews 11

The Lord’s Supper

Song On Jordan’s Stormy Banks

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.

Important Sunday Gathering Information

With the mix of rain and snow we have experienced today and a forecasted significant drop in temperature overnight, we will be making an announcement at 7:00AM tomorrow concerning the status of the Sunday Gathering of the Northeast congregation. This announcement will be sent through email, our texting service and on our Twitter and Facebook accounts.  You can text the word “gracecity” (all one word with no quotation marks) to 55958 to join the texting list if you have not already done so.

Sunday Gathering || February 16th

The Gathering

Call to Worship God’s Infinite Greatness

We gather to praise the maker and sustainer of all things!

Song Mighty to Save
Responsive Reading: Psalm 104:24-35

Confession of Brokenness & Need for Grace

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

Celebration of God’s Grace

Singing

Psalm 62 (My Soul Finds Rest in God Alone)
God Over All
O Worship the King

Sharing*

Offering

Communication of God’s Word

Message—Rob Chisholm, Pastor for Music & Spiritual Formation

Enduring Faith, Hebrews 11

The Lord’s Supper

Song On Jordan’s Stormy Banks

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 || February 9th

The Gathering

Call to Worship God’s Infinite Greatness

We gather to praise and declare our hope in God!

Song Come Christians, Join to Sing
Responsive Reading: Psalm 62:5-8

Confession of Brokenness & Need for Grace

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

Celebration of God’s Grace

Singing

Psalm 62 (My Soul Finds Rest in God Alone
Glorious Christ
How Great is Your Faithfulness

Sharing*

Offering

Communication of God’s Word

Message—Ian McConnell, Pastor for Preaching & Vision

Gathering to Take Responsibility for One Another, Hebrews 10:24-25

The Lord’s Supper

Song What a Savior

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 || February 2nd

Call to Worship God’s Infinite Greatness

We gather to worship the One who is worthy of all praise!

Song 10,000 Reasons
Responsive Reading: Psalm 103:1-5, 8-12

Confession of Brokenness & Need for Grace

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

Celebration of God’s Grace

Singing

Behold Our God
Your Great Name
All I Have Is Christ

Sharing*

Offering

Communication of God’s Word

Message—Ian McConnell, Pastor for Preaching & Vision

The Holy Spirit- Here & Now

The Lord’s Supper

Song Come Thou Fount

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.