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The Pastor’s Word – Baby Dedication

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This morning we will celebrate the dedication of two babies by their parents to God. At Grace, we don’t christen children, we dedicate them. The main difference is whose responsibility it is to keep the child under the banner of Christ.

In faith traditions that christen, this is considered baptism. At GUCC, we don’t baptize infants or very young children. We have adopted an African Tradition of dedicating the life of a child to God and committing the parents to raise them in that way until they are old enough to say they want to be baptized and understand what it means. Let us keep these children and their parents in prayer.

Yours in Faith,
Rev. Mel

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The Pastor’s Word – Subtraction Prayer

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Have you ever heard of a ‘Subtraction Prayer’? The best way to describe it is through Psalm 46:10. The first part of that verse is:

Be Still and Know That I AM God
Be Still and Know
Be Still

Subtract yourself from your prayers and everything will come out right!
Yours in Faith.

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The Pastor’s Word – The Shining Son

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A few weeks ago, I woke up so sore. It felt like someone had beat me in my sleep. I stayed in bed longer than usual and it took everything in me to go about my day. But I had no choice. Lying around wasn’t an option, so I got up.

The parking situation made it such, that when I arrived at my first destination, I had to walk a bit of a distance. So, I pulled my tired, beat down self out of my car and began to walk. The sun was shining on this October day and with each step I took, the warmth of the sun provided the strength to keep going. It warmed my beat-up limbs. It was almost like a lubricant and I felt like I could walk all day.

I realized, in that moment, how much the SON is like that when my heart is hurt, my soul disquieted within, or my life in shambles. I realized that when I wake to a day of feeling beat down by life, if I just realize I have no choice but to pray to My God. I will not only receive the strength to get out of my bed of affliction; the SON will meet me and give me what I need to run on and see what the end will be! Read Psalm 25.

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"Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver." 2 Cor 9:7