ABOVE: Sunday worship at Garden of Grace.
Mission statement:We believe that we exist to share a sanctuary of love, warmth and laughter for all people. We recognize that God loves all of creation, including most definitely this growing community. We praise God for the ways in which the Spirit is moving within our midst.
In our worship:We are an inclusive community, a family of faith, which through prayer, song, the sacraments and liturgy seeks to feel closer to God, to praise God, to give thanks to God, and to seek forgiveness from God in order to grow in discipleship.
In our Care Circles:We seek to develop a community of people with a mature Christian faith; meaning a faith which leads us to care for others, that opens our hearts to service, an evolving faith that is the product of critical thinking and questioning. Our Care Circles are for all ages and are conducted in places inside the church and out.
In our MissionsWe seek to share the excitement of our Christian faith without judging others. In our missions, we seek to take our faith and beliefs from the inside out, and know that our missions require that we must also bring the outside in. We take Christ's admonition-to go forth and share the good news-as our own, which we strive to do in word and deed both locally and globally
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 8:35 AM
God is ruler; let the peoples tremble!
God sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake!
God is great in Zion; God is exalted over all the peoples.
Let them praise Your great and awesome name. Holy is God!
Mighty Ruler, Lover of justice, You have established equity; You have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.
Extol the Sovereign our God; worship at God's footstool. Holy is God!
Moses and Aaron were among God's priests, Samuel also was among
those who called on God's name. They cried to God, and God answered them.
God spoke to them in the pillar of cloud; they kept God's decrees, and the statutes that God gave them.
O Sovereign our God, You answered them; You were a forgiving God to them, but an Avenger of their wrongdoings.
Extol the Sovereign our God, and worship at God's holy mountain;
for the Sovereign our God is holy.
Jesus said, "No one can serve two masters. Either he or she will hate the one and love the other, or he or she will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?
"Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Creator feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life.
"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.
"If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will God not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
"So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all of these things, and your heavenly Creator knows that you need them.
"But seek first God's kingdom and God's righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.
"Each day has enough trouble of its own."