Newsletter June 28, 2017

Sunday we keep rolling through the water... in our Old, Old Story series. Exodus 14, God's people brought through the Red Sea. It wasn't the easiest route, but it was God's purposed route, so the people would believe and see his glory. We will dip our feet in and see if we can catch some of that belief as well. 10 am Del Norte High School. 

Becoming Reservoir Church - Sunday is the final opportunity for covenant members to submit their vote to amend our Book of Church Order, changing our name to Reservoir Church. Thank you for participating in this important, pivotal season of the life of the church. 

Pursuing Membership - Been thinking about membership? Holding on to the application as you pray about it? The elders want to hear from you. How can we help you commit and find a place here? Touch base in person or email elders@gracechurchsd.org.

Disability Ministry - Did you know that individuals with disabilities are the largest unreached people group in the world? Be a part of seeing every nation and every tribe come to know Jesus, right here in our own community! Join us as we share Him with the residents of Villa Bernardo on Sunday, July 9 at 2 pm. Please contact Janice janchan@gmail.com with any questions.

Mapping Student Ministries - We are making plans for fall and still looking for leaders for weekly Middle School and High School Bible Studies, and monthly events. But we also need to know how many students we will have participating. If you are a students, or parent of a student, and you know you are bought in and will be there, email jonathan@gracechurchsd.org to let us know. 

Hold Fast Women’s Retreat - Ladies, don’t miss this Women's Retreat! Come reflect with us on Hebrews 10 and share times of fellowship and renewal. We will be in Big Bear Friday afternoon September 15 to Saturday evening September 16. The cost is $75 per person (covers food, lodging, and retreat materials). Contact Stacy sshradar@gmail.com or Janice janchan@gmail.com to sign up or ask questions.

Defined by the Cross Life has Meaning

Pastor Jonathan's Monday reflection:

We are all defined by the moment of judgment and salvation - specifically the cross of Christ. Either we remain under judgment for our disregard of God or we experience the work of Jesus, fulfilling what we deserve and giving us salvation by his blood. If we lived defined by the cross everything changes. Our priorities, our perspectives and maybe even our place (like Israel moved to make much of God). 

Our lives yielded to the cross, in the many ways that will look, is what we are meant for. The average life of wondering what we exist for or finding a definition in lesser things is over and we now have meaning in Jesus. 

This is how I hope we will live, with abandon before a watching world because Jesus is better than all of the trifling offerings of those that reject Christ. And who knows what will happen, when redeemed sinners live from the cross for Christ's glory. Anything can happen. 

As Andrew Wilson writes: 

"Jesus lived as someone who knew something we don’t – that something of dramatic importance was about to happen, and he was bringing it about. And then he rose from the dead, kickstarted the new creation, and told his followers there was a job to do, a planet to heal, a Gospel to share, a world to save. Look what happened. Deadbeat fishermen became apostles. Tax collectors wrote books that are still bestsellers today. Broken, demonised women became the first witnesses of the new creation. Arrogant thugs turned into church planters. Jesus had taken on futility and won, so you don’t have to listen to Marcel Duchamp, or Jean-Paul Sartre, or Radiohead, or whoever is depressing you at the moment. Because of Jesus and resurrection, futility is very, very last season. Meaning is back."

Meaning is back, we have a defining moment we live from and steadily remind each other of. We have a purpose and together we can know Jesus and make him known. 

My prayer for us, Grace/Reservoir Church, is an embrace of this meaning, this mission to live knowing Jesus and making him known. That we would expose his glory to the world in need and that we would be forever changed by the truth of the cross of Christ. 

Lord, transform us, help us to make communion with you and other saints a priority as we revel in the good news of your cross. Help us to yield our lives to serve your call and cause. Free us from the trappings of what used to define us and shine your grace through us. Amen.