All Sunday services and activities for December 9, 2018 are cancelled.

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One Heart

I will give them one heart and one way,
that they may fear me forever,
for their own good
and the good of their children after them.
Jeremiah 32:39

Through the season of Advent, GPC artists, Asher McClain and Adah Freeman, will be installing an art exhibit to help GPC walk through the season together as we continue in the book of Jeremiah.

Focusing on the hopeful passages within the heart of the book of Jeremiah (Jeremiah 30-33), the artists will be pointing us to the promises found therein as well as pointing us to the One in whom the promises are fulfilled.

Carols for Cash

On December 6, 2018 from 6:00-7:00pm, Grace Presbyterian is hosting, Kerwin Baptist, Fountain of Life Lutheran, and friends of Cash Elementary who are all gathering in support of Carryout for Cougars, Cash Elementary’s weekend, backpack feeding program. Over 60 children participate in Carryout for Cougars, and it costs $200 per year to feed one child. We have a great need and a great opportunity.

We will be celebrating with music, games, and refreshments. Join with Grace, Kerwin, and Fountain of Life as we enjoy the partnership of giving and sharing in response to the greatest gift given for us, Jesus Christ.

The Disciple’s Alphabet

This week GPC is beginning a new series on Psalm 119 for Ordinary Time titled,  The Disciple’s Alphabet. The title draws from the fact that Psalm 119 is an acrostic poem. That is, the psalm is written in twenty-two, eight verse sections in which each section’s lines begin with the same letter of the Hebrew alphabet Beginning with aleph the psalm continues in sequence to the alphabet’s end, tav.

I thought it wouldn’t be a bad endeavor to acquaint ourselves with the Hebrew alphabet, and so we will be working to learn it. As we all know the English alphabet by the song we first learned, Michael Kuehn has recorded the Hebrew alphabet as I learned it in Dr. Pratt’s Introduction to Hebrew class at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. You may listen to song via the player below and download the lead sheet below. Enjoy!

You may download a copy of the song’s lead sheet music HERE

Holy Week at GPC

What is Holy Week?
Holy Week refers to the week which begins with Palm Sunday and concludes on Easter Sunday during which the church remembers the events and words spoken by Jesus twenty centuries ago.

Why participate in Holy Week services?

As I’ve celebrated Easter lately, it has grown increasingly difficult to capture all that Easter means during an hour and a half worship service on Easter Sunday.  Emotionally, it feels like too much to take in: the anticipation at the meal on Thursday evening, the shock of the betrayal, denial, and abandonment, the devastation on Golgotha, the finality at the tomb on Friday, and the thunderstruck hope and joy on Sunday. This year we will remember the events of Holy Week by celebrating Palm (or Passion) Sunday, Holy (or Maundy) Thursday, Good Friday (Tenebrae), and Resurrection (or Easter) Sunday.  Both Palm Sunday and Resurrection Sunday will be celebrated during our regular worship times.  In addition, we will hold special services on Thursday and Friday evening from 7-8pm.

What are the services?

Palm Sunday (10:30 am on March 25).  Found in Matthew 21, Palm Sunday remembers Jesus’ triumphal entrance into Jerusalem upon a donkey colt which in effect identified him as the promised Son of David.  Recognizing this, some in the crowd spread palm branches in Jesus’ path while others laid their cloaks on road and the crowd ran ahead of Jesus shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David!  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

Holy (Maundy) Thursday (7 pm on March 29).  Sundown on Holy Thursday begins the Triduum (tree do ‘em) or “three days.”  Holy Thursday is oftentimes referred to as Maundy which is taken from the Latin “mandatum” or “commandment.”  After washing his disciples’ feet and instituting the Lord’s Supper, Jesus told his disciples, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another (John 13:34).”  On Holy Thursday, we will gather and recount Jesus’ last words to his disciples and celebrate the Lord’s Supper.  Holy Thursday concludes with recalling the betrayal of Judas Iscariot.

Good Friday or Tenebrae (7 pm on March 30).  Tenebrae is Latin for “shadows.”  During the Good Friday service we will remember Jesus’ last words, his crucifixion, and death.

Resurrection (Easter) Sunday (10:30 am on April 1).  Resurrection Sunday remembers the truth that the tomb was empty because the Lord Jesus had conquered death by rising from dead.  Jesus’ resurrection confirms for us that he is the Son of God, that he accomplished the work of saving his own, and that we too share in the hope of the resurrection and the promise of new life by our faith in him.

Childcare, as usual, is provided during our Sunday worship services. However, childcare is not provided for Holy Thursday or Good Friday service.  Both Thursday’s and Friday’s services are quiet and more somber in their mood. Because of this somber mood, it may feel like too much of a challenge for parents to monitor young children.  I want to encourage you to try it out. It has been my experience, that children pick up on the unfamiliar feel of the service and respond surprisingly well. How will they learn unless given opportunity?  Not only is this a worship experience, but it is a teaching opportunity.

As you prepare to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, you may want to reflect on the following passages and hymns:

Read John 12-21.  These chapters recount the last week of Jesus’ earthly ministry.

Read through the following hymn lyrics.  Teach the tunes to your children.  “All Glory, Laud, and Honor,” “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross,” “What Wondrous Love is This,” “Morning Sun,” “Jesus Christ is Risen Today,” “Christ the Lord is Risen Today,” or “Up from the Grave He Arose.”

On Palm Sunday: Read: Psalm 24, Matthew 21, Mark 11, Luke 11, and John 12.

On Holy Thursday: Read: Jeremiah 31:31f, Matthew 26, Mark14, Luke 22, John 13-17.

On Good Friday: Psalm 22, Isaiah 53, Matthew 27, Mark 15, Luke 23, John 18-19.

On Resurrection Sunday: Matthew 27-28, Mark 16, Luke 24, John 20, 1 Corinthians 15.

The Second Sunday of Advent

What a lovely surprise with this Advent snow this weekend! Though the disruption to our plans and routine can be frustrating, these are the moments when we hear the Lord ask us the question, “Where are you?” Our theme for Sunday morning was, “Love”.


© Asher McClain 2017

(I can’t help thinking that the pyrography may have been a little prophetic. The snow hanging on the pine trees in Asher’s wood burning is mirrored out the church’s west window.)

We looked at Genesis 22 and Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac. Adah’s portrait captures the moment when the Angel of the Lord calls out to Abraham in verses 11 and 12,

“But the angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, ‘Abraham, Abraham!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ He said, Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.'”


© Adah Freeman 2017

Lastly, Michael Kuehn shared a new song written for this occassion. You may listen via the Soundcloud player below, and the lyrics are included for you to follow along.

© Michael Kuehn 2017

© Asher McClain 2017
© Adah Freeman 2017
© Michael Kuehn 2017
All Rights Reserved

GPC Weekend Event Changes

There are a number of changes to activities this weekend, and I want to update you on what has changed.
  1. Per our inclement weather policy there will be no Adult Sunday School December 10th.
  2. Worship will be held at 10:30am for those able to travel safely. The church sidewalks are clear and have been treated.
  3. The Ladies’ Tea rescheduled for Sunday has been cancelled.
  4. The Mission’s Luncheon which was to follow the worship service has been cancelled.
  5. Repeat the Sounding Joy has been postponed till December 17 at 6:00pm.

The First Sunday in Advent

With Advent, GPC begins a new church calendar year. GPC is entering into the Advent season of preparation in a number of ways.

Firstly, new banners have been created and installed in the sanctuary. GPC is so blessed to have gifted and generous needle workers. Thank you Gail and Linda for your beautiful work. (Fun fact: Gail and Linda also teamed up last year to make the beautiful paraments which are displayed as well).

In addition, several artists have been working together to create a multi-media exhibit centered our Sunday morning theme: Where Are You? The installation of the exhibit will progress each Sunday as we imaginatively walk to Bethlehem.

Adah Freeman, is a gifted portrait artist, who has drawn an image of the complexity of the news of Genesis 3:15 in which we see both the shame of sin and the hope of redemption in this portrait, Adam and Eve.

Asher McClain is doing a wonderful job capturing each week’s theme with pyrography. Below is his first creation based on this week’s theme, Hope. See how he pictures the tree from which springs the hope of restoration.

Pastor Edwards is writing some poetry on each week’s theme. You may read his first poem on his blog, Backward Mutters.

Lastly, GPC Worship Leader, Michael Kuehn, has been writing beautiful lyrics and music for the Advent exhibit. His first piece, “Adam,” takes us into the beauty of creation, the tragedy of ruin, and the hope of redemption. Here are his lyrics.

You may listen to a recording of the song via the player below.

We hope you will join us as we prepare to celebrate God with Us as we walk to Bethlehem.

Pyrography, “Hope” © Asher McClain 2017
Portrait “Adam and Eve” © Adah Freeman 2017
Lyrics and Music, “Adam” © Michael Kuehn 2017
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