January 16 2021 – Note from PJ
We’ve often said that we want to be an Acts 13 church, where the believers were Kingdom-hearted to the extent that they unselfishly shared not only their material goods but their very selves. In fact, they were willing to send their gifted teachers:
Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.
You’ll hear how we’re being called to live this out in our own context in this video message from Joel & Elin.
As they state, “Change is hard.” Indeed. Together with them, we trust the Lord of the Church to do what’s best and we joyfully participate together for the sake of those who have yet to hear.
This Sunday, our worship teams are prepared to lead us and I’ll give the message on “The Story God is Writing.” In a season of such upheaval in our nation, we’ll take time to pray and also consider how the Lord is at work today…and invites us to be part of his plans. You can join us in person at Middleburg Heights at 9 or 11am (Global Grounds is open again!) or at Olmsted Falls at 10am. If you have children, I’m hearing great things about the Family Integrated Worship Services, 10:45 at Middleburg and 9:45 at Olmsted.
Finally, if you or someone you love is facing some challenge right now, you don’t have to go it alone. Grace offers a wide range of support and recovery groups, a safe place to receive encouragement, understanding and insights to help you move forward. Let us know if we can help in some way.
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Grateful to know Jesus is with us right now,