Newsletter June 21, 2017

Sunday our Old, Old, Story series brings us to the ultimate plague in Egypt, the Passover. This is the event that begins the Jewish calendar, that marks the redemptive work of God. This is the moment of judgment and salvation. We will gather at 10 am at Del Norte High for worship, the Word, and fellowship as we endeavor to Know Jesus and Make Him Known! 

Gifts of the Spirit - Kicking off tomorrow! We will be having a group studying "The Beginner's Guide to the Spiritual Gifts" by Sam Storms this summer. Meetings will be Thursdays, June 22 & 29, and July 6, 13, 20 & 27. Sign up with Bill bdetrich@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.

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.

Becoming Reservoir Church - Members will be given ballots this Sunday to be turned in by July 2 on affirming the change of our church name to Reservoir Church. Covenant members, please stop by the pulpit after service to get your ballot. 

Glorifying By Calling Him Lord

Sunday was hot. Not just outside... but in our auditorium. It was one of three times a year the AC is turned off at the school and the weather turns our service into a scorcher. And I always feel it more as I preach. Sweating. Burdened. 

As I tried to cool off yesterday and enjoy Father's Day by hanging with my family I was struck with my preference for comfort, even in the proclamation of Jesus. Would I preach if it was hotter and we were under the punishing rays of the sun or in the stench of the slums... So I take this challenge and I pray for transformation. That Christ would be built in me, that his fullness would flow out regardless of my personal comfort, the atmospheric appropriateness for Western listeners, or whatever might distract us. 

We exist for the glory of God. Where we are. When we are. In all that we are. This is what we noticed from Exodus 9:16, and it is what we hear from all of Scripture. Created to glorify, to witness and expose God's power to the whole earth. 

Now in Christ, made to glorify by his finished work. Not under a burden but freed to a new purpose, a new mission and the wonder that is the grace of God. So how do we glorify God now, if Christ has glorified him ultimately for us? I think it is by calling Jesus Lord. 

By surrendering our mini-thrones, our petty attempts at autonomy, and giving over control to our Savior. "Take all of me, make every inch of my life yours Jesus." It won't always be easy but it will be good. Because we are safe, made children of God in Christ. And each new surrender to Christ is proof of his transforming, sanctifying work in us. 

My prayer for us and me as the chief sinner among us is increased surrender. To call Jesus Lord in more hidden corners of our hearts and lives. Glorifying God by trusting him, receiving him, and proclaiming him. Will you join in that prayer and mission? 

Jesus, you are Lord. Be Lord in every part of our lives. Be our priority, our supreme value. Shape our lives for your glory. Help us to surrender to you and experience your fullness, your grace, all the more. Amen.