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May 24, 2020
Ascension Day

Seventh Sunday of Easter: The Prayer of Jesus
John 17

"On the Sunday before Pentecost it is fitting that the church remember the final prayer of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. The focus of the prayer is on God's glory, the glory that the Son shares with the Father, and the glory now shared by those who are in the Son...Here is yet another sign of resurrection spirituality: the oneness of the church."

ORDER OF WORSHIP

ANNOUNCEMENTS

May 17, 2020
Sixth Sunday of Easter: The Spirit

John 14; Ephesians 1:1-31
Pastor Michael Kooy

"It is during this time period that Jesus prepares his disciples in a more intense way and tells them more about the coming of the Holy Spirit and the ministry in the church... The Spirit, who comforts us and leads us into all truth, is associated with signs-the church, ministry, love, baptism, Eucharist, and more. All these signs focus on what is central to our faith, the source of our spiritual lives: Jesus Christ and his death and resurrection for us. The signs not only remind us of our union with him, when taken in faith they convey our relationship."

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May 10, 2020
Mother's Day

Fifth Sunday of Easter: Ministry of the Church
Matthew 20:20-28; John 13:31-35
Pastor Matt Mulder

The fifth Sunday of Easter focuses on the sign of minsitry. Jesus taught his disciples that 'The Son of man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many' (Matthew 20:28). Now the disicples and soon the church had to learn how to become ministers of the people, following the example of their Good Shepherd...I think we have forgotten that the church is called to be Jesus to the world..."

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May 3, 2020
Fourth Sunday of Easter: The Good Shepherd

John 10:1-21
Pastor Michael Kooy

"The image of the good shepherd, the shepherd who will give his life for his sheep, is that of servant leadership.  Jesus the Good Shepherd has given his life for us, his sheep. And having been raised from death, he now leads us into green pastures...the Fourth Sunday of Easter reminds us that we have a leader, the Good Shepherd whose voice we are to hear, whoselife we are to follow."

Christ as good shepherd has authority to lay down his life and to take it up again (v.17-18). By his resurrection power Christ has authority over all things. As we honor his authority, he leads us on paths of right and just living in his kingdom. Christ leads us to a full life, living into God's everyday purpose for us. Also, the good shepherd continues to gather his sheep through his church - calling us to live as one.

ORDER OF WORSHIP
(contains  the complete order of the service, including all the words to readings and songs.)

SERMON OUTLINE

ANNOUNCEMENTS

April 26, 2020
Third Sunday of Easter: Worship

Luke 24:13-35
Guest: Rev. Sergei Sosedkin

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Eastertide 2020

As we move through the season of Eastertide we will focus on resurrection spirituality.
What are the themes of resurrection spirituality?
Resurrection spirituality is formed within the church in the life of its worship and under the personal care of the Good Shepherd.

The Easter season is all about our resurrection spirituality. Our calling is to live in the pattern of his death and resurrection. To encourage us in this calling, God has given us the church, the Holy Spirit, and the signs of our union with him-baptism, Eucharist, servant ministry, love, and unity.

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April 19, 2020
Second Sunday of Easter: Church

1 Peter 2:9-10   God's People
Pastor Michael Kooy

"The church is the community of God's people that is defined by the Easter event and called to live out the resurrected life."
(Robert Webber, Ancient-Future Time, 149)

Peter is following up on  2:4 (As you come to him, the living Stone - rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him...)  and 2:7 (Now to you who believe, this tone is precious. But to those who do not believe, "The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone..."): what faith in Jesus does for them. Christians are the true people of God, who continue God's purposes that began with Abraham and Moses. The reason Peter has this positive view of the church is not because the people are good and nice but because of the new life of Christ in them. We are called out of the darkness of sin and death into the marvelous light of his resurrection. So we praise the name of Jesus!

ORDER OF WORSHIP
(contains  the complete order of the service, including all the words to readings and songs.)

SERMON OUTLINE

ANNOUNCEMENTS

April 12, 2020

Easter Sunday
"Who Do You Say that Christ Is?"

Mark 16:1-8
Pastor Matt Mulder

Christ is Risen (he is risen indeed), but now what are we going to do about it? The women said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid. Isn't our 'knee-jerk' reaction to exclaim "Why not? How could they not have said anything?" But therein lies the challenge to us on this Easter morn and every day. We claim to be people of this risen Christ, but what do we do about it? I don't know about you, but that challenge makes me uncomfortable. How often do we not say anything to anyone because we are afraid? What are we afraid of?

We want the extended, later ending of Mark, don't we? Not only does it wrap the narrative up in a nice bow, but it also glosses over verse 8. But we're not going with the extended, later ending. We're going with what we can fairly well say is the original ending, leaving us with this uncomfortable challenge to our evangelism. Who do we say that Christ is? To whom do we say who Christ is?

ANNOUNCEMENTS

ORDER OF WORSHIP 
(this document contains the complete service including
all words for the readings and songs)

April 9, 2020

Maundy Thursday
"Lessons and Carols"

Mark 11:11-14
Pastor Michael Kooy and Pastor Matt Mulder

Watch this service on YouTube or listen to an audio version here.

April 5, 2020

Palm Sunday
6th Sunday in LENT

"Who is Jesus? He Who Comes in the Name of the Lord"
Mark 11:1-11

Pastor Michael Kooy

Mark 12:38-44 completes Jesus' confrontation of the "religious establishment" in his teaching at the temple - teaching and confrontation that began on Palm Sunday. Jesus is the one who comes in the name of the Lord, the savior of Israel. Yet the one who comes in the name of the Lord needs to do the difficult work of the Lord, that of a sacrifice that is bloody and raw. His sacrifice is mirrored in the act of the widow who gives everything, trusting the Lord to protect and provide. This widow is one who is savaged by the religious leaders - rather than protecting and providing for her. Though stripped of care and respect, she still gives herself to the Lord until nothing is left. She is a mirror of Jesus. And a mirror of what Jesus' followers are called to do in 1 John 3:16-18.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

SERMON OUTLINE

ORDER OF WORSHIP 
(this document contains the complete service including
all words for the readings and songs)

March 29, 2020
5th Sunday in LENT

"Who is Jesus? The Son of David"
Mark 10:46-52

Pastor Michael Kooy

The Son of David is a title that carries a flood of hope. David brought to mind thoughts of Israel's glory days, the days before the divided nation, before the exile, before the occupation. The Son of David was a bold claim, seeing Jesus as the one who could redeem Israel. Is it a coincidence that we hear Jesus identified this way by a man who needed hope and healing, a beggar whose past was a string of miseries?

As "the Son of David" Jesus brought hope and healing to marginalized folks. Jesus' healing of Bartimaeus is a reminder that we who continue Christ's ministry today must offer healing and hope among the poor, the disenfranchised, the powerless, and the invisible.

The grace given by Jesus leads to a new life for Bartimaeus; he is not only given relief from his suffering; Christ's mercy flows out in a healing that brings restoration to a beggar, enabling him to participate more freely in Christ's new society. Enabling Bartimaeus to see gave him insight into new possibilities for flourishing in life that were denied him previously.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

SERMON OUTLINE

ORDER OF WORSHIP
(this document contains the complete service including
all words for the readings and songs)

March 22, 2019
4th Sunday in LENT

"Who is Jesus? The Christ"
Mark 8:22-9:1
Pastor Matthew Mulder

Jesus himself is finally the one who asks the question. His disciples report to Jesus who others say he is, and then Jesus asks them who they think he is, and Peter gets it right. But, we quickly find out that Peter doesn't fully understand the implications of his answer. The thing is, we know who Jesus is, but do we understand implications of that? Do we fully understand what it means to follow Jesus the Christ? We're going to see more and more what it means to follow Jesus the Christ, the Anointed One, but just like the disciples didn't really like the direction Jesus was taking it, we often don't really, either. We have our own (mis)conceptions about what it means that Jesus is the Christ.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

ORDER OF WORSHIP
(this document includes the complete service including
all the words for the readings and songs)

March 15, 2019
3rd Sunday in LENT

"Who is Jesus? A Son and Brother"
Pastor Michael Kooy

Who is Jesus? He is the founder of a new community. In Mark 3 Jesus creates a new community that would ultimately become the Church. This new community would be basic to our new identity as a follower of Jesus, more basic than the blood ties of family. That is poignantly displayed in Mark 3, where Jesus' mother and brothers have apparently not yet become members of Jesus' band of disciples. They followed Jesus only to check up on him and have come to a dire conclusion: Jesus has become an embarassment. They want to whisk Jesus out of sight, and keep him quiet for a while.

The humanity of Jesus is on shining display in this passage: those closest to him could not believe he was also the eternal Son of God. But Jesus' humanity must also have meant that his feelings were hurt when his own family turned on him.

The work of God in the kingdom trumps all else. Though families are a gift of God and though the church is called to strengthen families, when the conflict or tension comes between belonging to Jesus' community and belonging to our families, Jesus' calls us to see the church as our new, core community. This reality also impacts our church life: how might those without families, or those from families which don't share their commitment, experience Grace Church as their "home", their core community?

ANNOUNCEMENTS

"In this new reality, we pray that God will keep you safe, even as you act wisely to safeguard yourselves and your loved ones.
As our Lord Jesus said,
"In this world
you will have trouble.
But take heart!
I have overcome the world!
--John 16:33 NIV

Self-Guided
Meditations
from Pastor Kooy

are available to help you as you deal with the uncertainty of these times:

Comfort in Uncertain Times

God With Us

Strength for Today

All Creation Groans

Hope in God

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