GraceTown’s New Service Time & Location
GraceTown Church will relaunch its worship services starting Saturday, February 10 at 5pm at CenterPoint Church, 620 McCutcheon Road, Gahanna OH 43230
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Thank you for allowing me the month of January to rest. I admit I had been leading and pastoring the last few years on “empty.” I didn’t realize how weary, discouraged, tired, and burnt out I was. I recently read a tweet from Pastor Rick Godwin where he said, When Elijah was discouraged, the Lord sent him an angel to make him a cake and tell him to rest. A moral of the story: when you’re having a bad day, don’t underestimate the rejuvenating power of angel food cake and a good nap! LOL I’ve needed this rest. Over this past month I have received prayer, counsel, and encouragement from many of you and others across the United States. That has meant a lot to me. I’ve truly been seeking God about His direction for my life, family, ministry, and our church. Each day in prayer, scripture reading, and meditation I’ve sought the Lord to lead and guide me. Although I don’t know the future I do know that God is with us and will never leave nor forsake us and I am taking life and ministry one day at a time.
I will be starting a brand new series entitled “Water into Wine” taken from John 2:1-11 where Jesus turned the water into wine. Jesus said no one who has ever tasted fine aged wine prefers unnamed wine. Have you been disenchanted by a pair thin christianity propped up by cheap shallow certitude? Are you yearning for something deeper, richer, and fuller? Have you lost your taste for the contemporary, mass produced grape juice of religious consumerism? There is more to God, more to christianity, more to Church, than what we’ve already experienced. There is more! More miracles, more faith, more hope, more depth, and more power. The Apostle Paul said in Ephesians 3:20 NIV – “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably MORE than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,”
An Italian winemaker says that to produce good wine the grapes must struggle, they must suffer. The taste of good wine is the taste of struggle and suffering mellowed in beauty. I believe this applies to our souls and our lives. I am reminded of what Henri Nouwen said, “When we are crushed like grapes, we cannot think of the wine we will become.” At this point in my life and ministry I’ve realized the struggle, the pain, and the discouragement that I’ve experienced over the past few years has been conferring in my a complexity and depth to my faith and ministry. Although American Christianity is conditioned to avoid the struggle at all cost, I believe that it actually produces a strength and depth directed by the purposes of God.
Come to GraceTown Saturday, starting February 10 at 5pm expecting MORE as we journey together toward a richer, deeper, fuller Christianity and relationship with God. No more church as usual.
Matthew 5:6 NIV – Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.