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The Pastor’s Word – Advent

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We light this candle of HOPE to proclaim the coming of the light of God into the world. With the coming of this light there is hope. Because of Christ we not only have hope, but we believe that good is stronger than evil. God wants us to work for good in this world.


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The Pastor’s Word – Baptism

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Greetings,

Today we will baptize a new member. In the United Church of Christ, Baptism is one of two sacraments we celebrate; the other is Communion. In God’s Holy Word, these are two celebrations Jesus has invited us to experience with him. We are there when his ministry begins at the River Jordan and his cousin John the Baptist gives us a glimpse of what will happen at the end of Jesus’ earthly ministry. When Jesus went down into the water, this symbolized death and burial. He went down for us and buried the sin that has kept us in bondage. When he was brought back up, this was the resurrection. Jesus showed us that when we come back up, not only are we no longer held in bondage to sin, we too will get back up and live! To God Be The Glory!

Yours in Faith,
Rev. Mel


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The Pastor’s Word – Strengthening Faith

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Greetings,

Thanks to all who attended the meeting in preparation for the Food Depository. The fact that is happening is another example of God strengthening my faith. I wanted this when Grace first began, but the exact same circumstances of being a satellite weren’t possible.

So very often, we’re quick to give up on what we believe God is speaking into existence. Why? Because we need to believe it’s supposed to happen right at that moment. I was first told ‘no’, but that only meant, ‘not now’. I was first told ‘no’, but that only meant, ‘hold on’, there are some things that need to be worked out.

“What is faith? It is the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen. It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, even though we cannot see it up ahead”. Heb 11:1 TLB

Yours in Faith,
Rev. Mel


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