Community of Grace in-person worship and activities are
cancelled until futher notice
for the health and safety of our community due to the COVID-19 virus concerns.
 
 
Click HERE for our schedule of group video events.
 

 

Community of Grace has cancelled all in-person worship services and activities for the health and safety of our community. 

We encourage you to use our on-line resources for discipleship; read the daily walk devotions, listen to sermons online and worship hymns. Click HERE to visit our recorded sermons page for worship resources.

Join us for Worship via Zoom this Sunday at 10:00 AM.

Click HERE for Sunday Morning Worship at 10:00 AM Zoom Link.
If we experience issues with Zoom on  Sunday morning, we will communicate changes; First via Zoom Chat if able, then post information on our website home page and our church Facebook page. 
 
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August 16, 2020
Eleventh Sunday of Pentecost
 
Psalm 85:10 "Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet;
righteousness and peace will kiss each other." 
"Welcome"
 
 
Focus Scriptures: 
Isaiah 56:1, 6-8
Matthew 15:10-28
 

God calls us to welcome all people and provide help, security, and love. In the Isaiah reading God declares to the people to maintain justice and do what is right; a big part of that is to welcome the foreigners. God will gather those outside of Israel to Godself and bring them to the holy mountain and God’s house of prayer. In Matthew, Jesus attempts to educate the people about what truly defiles a person, and creates division, is what comes out of the mouth, not what goes in. He is taking the focus away from what is ingested and placing it on people’s actions instead. Afterward, Jesus is approached by a Canaanite woman seeking healing for her daughter. Jesus tells her that he was sent for the lost sheep of Israel, which would not include her. She persists anyway as her faith is great. Jesus recognizes this incredible faith from someone outside of Israel, commends her for it where those around him can hear, and her daughter is healed. God wants us to extend welcome to all people, not just those who look like us, act like us, and worship like us. For righteousness and peace to kiss each other a radical love of neighbor must be shown; welcome consistently extended to the “other”.  

Daily Devotion
Thursday, August 13, 2020
God's Blessings
                   

“The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, has blessed us.  May God continue to bless us; let all the ends of the earth revere him.”  Psalm 67:6-7.  God's blessings are not just in the past as written in this Psalm of David, but they continue in the fruit of creation and ongoing provisions for the people.  God blesses us richly every day of our lives even in the midst of this pandemic.  He has blessed me with a family that brought me to church at a young age, encouraged me to grow my faith by attending Sunday school, confirmation and Luther League.  When I look back over my life, I can see God's blessings even in the hard times.  He provided for my needs just as he has yours and will continue to do  that if we keep him in our heart and let His Spirit guide us in all we do and say.  God only asks that we respect and love him and welcome others we know or meet to know him too.  Prayer: God of both storm and calm, thank you for being by our side through all things.  We thank you for all your blessings, ask that you help us to focus on you even in difficult times and to share our faith with others.   In Jesus name we pray.  Amen

Written by Mary Anderson

 

 

 
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