GRACE This Week

If Jesus showed up at your office today or in your living room this evening and asked you the question:

What do you want me to do for you?

What would you say? It would seem unreal, right? Like Aladdin had showed up to grant you a wish. Would you ask Jesus for a million dollars? Would you ask him to end the wars around the world? Or make someone you love healthy again?

On Sunday, we will continue in our Questions Jesus Asked series. I’ll be walking us through Mark 10:32-52 where Jesus asked, “What do you want me to do for you?” He didn’t just ask it one time or to one person. He asked the question 2 times – once to a group and once to an individual. Once to people Jesus knew very well. Once to a man he had never met before.

The question was the same. But their answers were vastly different. I want to encourage you to read the passage to get ready for Sunday. And think about how you might answer the question.

At all of our services, we will take communion together. Last weekend, I was teaching our 2nd graders about communion. Here’s what I taught them about this sacrament we share in every month:

1)   Put your hand on your head — We REMEMBER what Jesus did for us. How he died on the cross and gave his life so we could be forgiven and live the life we were made for. (Matthew 26:26-29)

2)   Put your hand on your heart – We LOOK inside our hearts. Before we take communion, we ask Jesus to show us things in our life that don’t please him. (1 Corinthians 11:28)

3)   Put your arms out like you are hugging someone – We take this meal as a FAMILY. God uses this meal to make us closer at GRACE. He gives us special grace at this meal. (Acts 2:42-47)

What a joy to take this meal together – especially as we approach Holy Week and Easter.

At our 9:45 service, we will ordain and install our new officers – elders, deacons, and trustees. They have been through training these last weeks, and I am so excited about the gifts they bring to GRACE. You are in very good hands with these leaders. If you are ordained, you will be invited to come and lay hands on these officers as we pray for them and our church.

Finally, if you are newer to GRACE, I want to invite you to NEXT. NEXT is a great way to learn more about the vision and ministries of GRACE. I hope you will consider spending next Sunday afternoon, April 10, with us at our Locust Street Campus. We would love to get to know you. See the information below.

Walking with you to the cross and to resurrection,

Dr. Marnie Crumpler
Senior Pastor