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
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 7:15 AM
Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise God in the heights above.
Praise God, all God's angels, praise God, all God's heavenly hosts.
Praise God, sun and moon, praise God, all you shining stars.
Praise God, you highest heavens and you waters above the skies.
Let them praise the name of the Lord, for God commanded and they were created.
Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them, saying:
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
"Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
"Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
"Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you."