From Pastor Peter 26-Dec-2014

Dear Grace Family,

I trust you enjoyed celebrating the birth of our Savior with loved ones yesterday, and look forward to seeing you in church on Sunday!  Join us for worship one last time in 2014 as we thank God for His mercy, faithfulness, and grace upon grace, chiefly through the giving of His Son for us, and in so many other ways each & every day of our lives.  Consider the following Scripture the Lord called to mind during a conversation yesterday:

What shall we say to these things?  If God is for us, who can be against us?
He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all,
how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
Who shall bring any charge against God's elect?
It is God who justifies.
Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died--
more than that,who was raised--who is at the right hand of God,
who indeed is interceding for us.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or famine,  or nakedness, or danger, or sword?
As it is written, "For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered."

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

In Christ,

Pastor Peter

From Pastor Peter 19-Dec-2014

Dear Grace Family,

This Sunday we'll celebrate Christmas by having our very first Christmas Candlelight Service!  I'm very excited about it and looking forward to this special time together.  With this in mind, we'll be limiting seating on Sunday to enable us to more easily light each others' candles.

Also, please remember this a "Family Service," so there will only be Nursery & Sunday School for kids ages 5 & under.  Bring the older ones in with you as I'll look to spend some focused time with them presenting the Gospel as I do each Christmas.

To prepare for our time in the Word together, consider the following:
  • Read through Philippians 2:5-11.  We'll spend time here as we finish our sermon series, "God in Flesh."
  • Pray, pray, pray for God to move in all our services, here at Newport and over at Florence as well.  May His Word run with power and magnify the name of Jesus Christ!
  • Invite someone to join you this Sunday!  Talk to them at work, in the store, maybe send them a link to this post, but prayerfully ask if they'd consider joining you for a special Christmas service.
  • Go out of your way to look for and greet someone you don't know.  Tell them you're glad they're here, and ask how long they've been coming to Grace (instead of "Is this your first Sunday?" and you find out it's their 3rd month.)  #awkward
See you there!

Love in Christ,

Pastor Peter

    From Pastor Peter 12-Dec-2014

    Dear Grace Family,

    I'm looking forward to worshiping together once again this Sunday!  This week, Pastor Brad will be walking us through an amazing passage of Scripture, John 1:1-18.  Please consider joining me in the following between now & then:
    • Take some time to read through John 1:1-18 a couple of times this weekend before you come on Sunday.  If you’re a coffee drinker, grind those beans (Pastor Brad's current favorite is Organic Reality Blend from Reality Tuesday, while I'm still head over heels for just about anything from Carabello), get in your favorite chair, and enjoy some unhurried time with the Lord, even if just for a little while.  You won't regret it.
    • Pray for the preaching and worship on Sunday! What might happen if we all really prayed before we came on Sunday?  Let’s find out!  Pray for Christ to be lifted up, for God’s Word to go forth with power, and for hearts to be pierced with the hope and truth of the Gospel
    • Invite someone to join you!  Who’s in your circle of influence or network of relationships at work, neighborhood, gym, hair salon, or school that you could invite?  Remember – the #1 reason anyone ever steps foot in a church is because somebody else gave them a personal invitation to join them.
    • Pray for the #AskPastorBrad event tonight (Fri, 12-Dec, 7:47pm, at the Florence campus), for 17-26 yr. olds.  Pray that Christ would be lifted up and that both grace and truth would be shared in a way that would connect with unchurched, unbelievers, or churched young people that are wrestling through what they’ve been taught.  Click HERE for more details! 
    So glad to be returning to Newport this Sunday.  Hope you will too.  See you then!

    God bless,

    Pastor Peter

    From Pastor Peter 05-Dec-2014

    Dear Grace Family,

    I’m looking forward to opening the Word with you on Sunday!  We’ll be starting our Christmas sermon series together as we look forward with great anticipation to celebrating the birth of our Savior a little less than three weeks away.  This week, we’ll start out by looking at the arrival of God in flesh—not at the narrative itself, but why the incarnation of Christ is important, and what bearing it has on our lives as Christians.  People have wrestled with the nature of Christ for centuries.  Let’s wrestle with it a bit ourselves on Sunday, and look to God’s Word as we celebrate our Savior both in His Word and as we enjoy the Lord’s Supper together.

    Want to prepare yourself in the Word?  We have lots of Scripture in the sermon outline this week, but we'll be landing on Gal. 4:4-5.

    I'll miss being with you this Sunday as I preach at our Florence campus, but look forward to being back with you next week.

    Have a great weekend,

    Pastor Peter
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