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Christ the King

This Sunday is Christ the King Sunday and marks the last Sunday of the church calendar year. Christ the King Sunday is the culmination of the Christian year and celebrates the church’s hope that Jesus Christ shall return again to establish his Kingdom forever. The hope of Christ’s second coming is a consummation of sorts. The courtship begins with the promises of the Old Testament which are veiled in poetic prophecies. The sincerity of those promises are pledged by the gift wrapped in Christmas’ swaddling cloths; that gift is Jesus. The promise of rescue which God accomplishes through Jesus Christ is realized during Holy Week and Easter Sunday. The resurrection inaugurates the betrothal of our salvation which Jesus has secured, and the promises of that salvation are applied by the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Since then, the church continues to await her wedding day when the Bridegroom, Jesus Christ, returns to take his bride, the church, to be with himself. And so, Christ the King Sunday speaks not only to a promised event and to an orthodox view (as the Creed says, “[I believe]…he ascended in heaven, from whence he shall come to judge the quick and dead“), but it speaks to the fulfillment of our deepest desire: to enjoy the full-peace, beauty, and goodness of the presence of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

This Sunday at GPC we will also begin a new sermon series entitled, The Jesse Tree, which will also serve as our Advent series. I will share more about the Jesse Tree next week. This Sunday we will be doing double-duty as we look at kingship and particularly at King David. The events recorded in 1 Samuel 16 and 17 show us that the kind of king we want is oftentimes not the kind of king we need. It is so important for us to recognize the differences. We want a mighty man, but we get a shepherd. We want our choice, but we need a man whom God choses. We want someone who will lead us in victory, but we get a man who is a go-between for us. We want a king who will straighten others out, but we get one who takes away our shame and disgrace.

What will help us grow in our faith is to see the kind of king Jesus Christ is. Over and over again God shows us that his ways are not our ways. We will always be quick to co-opt the Kingdom of God in order to enrich or advance our own kingdom. It never works. Those who do so are constantly disappointed and mystified. Eventually, they lose interest and move to more profitable deities. We however, must be ready to receive him when he comes to us. We must be ready to humble ourselves. In fact, Jesus tells us in the parable, that he does and has come to us and often in many little ways, “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me'” (Matthew 25:35-36). As we await his final coming, let us not miss the many ways he comes to us daily.

Happy Christ the King Sunday! It is a festival day for us to feast on God’s grace. Enjoy feasting on his promises and our hope.

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artwork: The Jesse Tree in the Lambeth Psalter, unknown English miniaturist, c.1140s

Grace in Ordinary: Daily Gratitude

This Sunday marks the end of what the church calendar calls Ordinary Time. Ordinary Time falls during two seasons in the calendar year. It first comes for several weeks in winter after Christmas and Epiphany and then comes again several months later to mark the season after Pentecost.

Ordinary Time is a season in which it seems nothing is happening. There are a few special days which come, but there are no special seasons or holidays such as Christmas, Epiphany, or Easter. I tell the children that when they see the green banners (aka paraments) in the church, they should remember that “green means grow.” By this time in ordinary time, the green is tiring, and the daily, weekly, monthly work of doing what the Lord and Christ has commanded as we await Jesus’ second coming, seems unending.

Experiencing the fullness of the gospel in the Ordinary may sometimes feel difficult. We like verbs or descriptors that are action words that speak of the special, radical, extreme, and powerful. Words or actions which speak of the every day such as duty, discipline, making your bed seem to wear us down. Ordinary just seems so ordinary, and who wants that?

A couple of those words which are ordinary words but which get pulled down into the mundane and unexciting of the life of waiting are “gratitude” and “thanksgiving.” Depending on when you hear the word it may be that you either ought to be more grateful or should be ashamed that you aren’t. And so we muster up the strength, rally our sluggish wills and write the note, send the text, or say the words, “Thank you.” Those moments seem a far cry from the flying high, powerful experience of the extraordinary.

The question we’re confronted with in Ordinary Time is, “Can I get to gratitude from where I am right now? In the wreckage of life, in the tediousness of details, and the pang of waiting, is there any way into gratitude which is full and humbling and joyful?” Psalm 75 gives us map, and we will be looking at the map this Sunday. I hope you can join us.

What’s Getting Started @GraceKville

As the school year get’s underway, there are a number of opportunities to get involved. Here is are a few events that are starting up @GraceKville in the next few weeks.

POTLUCKS IN THE PAVILION continue September 8 and October 27 rain or shine from 6:00-7:30pm in the church pavilion. Please bring a main dish and a dessert or side…and a dessert.

GPC WOMEN’S MINISTRY continues with morning and evening Bible studies on September 18th.

  • The morning women’s study will be working through, In His Image by Jen Wilkin on from 9:30am-11:30am at the home of Janie Hughes. The evening study will be reading Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin from 7:00-8:30pm at the home of Carla Collins.
  • Also, GPC women will be attending the PCA Women’s Conference, Hinged, in Charlotte on Friday, January 31 and Saturday, February 1. You may choose how many days you want to be involved, and it is open to ladies 13+. Registration starts September 1, and the women’s ministry will be registering as a group to take full advantage of the discount and ensure a place. Check out the website and feel free to speak to Randi Bechtold, Melanie Stone, Janie Hughes or Carla Collins with any questions. Please let them know you would like to attend by September 1.

SUNDAY NIGHT FELLOWSHIP begins September 15 from 6:00-7:30pm. Home Fellowship Groups are available for adults as well as programs for Primary ages through High School at the church building.

HIGH SCHOOL MORNING BIBLE STUDY begins Thursday, September 12 at 7:30pm. We will be looking at the parables of Jesus from the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. If you need a ride to school, please let Pastor Randy know.

Pastor Randy will be leading LUNCH WITH LEWIS for six weeks at the Paddison Memorial Library on Tuesdays from noon to 1pm beginning September 10. We will be reading and discussing the fourth book in Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia series entitled, The Horse and His Boy. Copies of the book are on reserve and may be checked out at the library. In addition, a group is gathering to attend the play, LEWIS AND TOLKIEN which is about their last conversation together. Lewis and Tolkien is coming to the Odeon Theater at the Greensboro Coliseum September 26-29. Pastor Randy would like to get a group together to attend a matinee on Saturday the 28 at 4pm at the discounted rate of $25 per ticket. Please let Pastor Randy know if you are interested by September 6.

GRACE HOUSE PRESCHOOL Fall Consignment Sale will be September 26, 27, and 28. See the GHPS website for how you may help and/or consign.

Twice Loved

1 John 4:16 tells us, “God is love.” A part of what this means is that at the heart of all things is love. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit relate in love, and the Bible is the story of how God invites us into that love. This is good news.

GPC’s summer vacation Bible school is scheduled for July 8 – 11, 2019 from 6:15 to 7:45pm at Grace Kernersville. This summer’s theme, Twice Loved, is drawn from Matthew 6:19-21 which reads,

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

VBS activities are offered for 2 year olds through 5th grade. The program will run from 6:15 – 7:45 pm. An optional dinner will be served from 5:45 – 6:05pm. You may register below. Please call Lori at the church office if you have questions.

Ashes to Eternity

Beginning today, Ash Wednesday, GPC will be installing its Lenten art exhibit, Ashes to Eternity. The artwork on display is a collection of  pyrography by Asher McClain, poetry by Pastor Randall Edwards, and abstract weavings by Jennifer Edwards. Each week and each Sunday and special day from Lent to Easter, additional pieces will be installed in order to visually mark our progress into the celebration of the resurrection. The themes which the artists have focused on are: ash, baptism, wilderness, temptation, pilgrimage, palm, love, rent, and resurrection.

If you would like to view or download the exhibit’s brochure which includes pictures of the artwork, poems, and descriptions, you may do so HERE.

Lent with Lewis

During the Lenten season, Pastor Edwards will be leading two discussion groups of C.S. Lewis’ book The Silver Chair from the Chronicles of Narnia.

The first group will meet weekly on Tuesdays from Noon to 1pm at the Paddison Memorial Library beginning March 5. Bring a sack lunch if you like. We will be meeting in one of the conference rooms.

The second group meets weekly on Wednesday evenings from 6:00-7:30pm beginning March 6 at the home of Pastor Edwards. Please RSVP to Pastor Edwards to let him know you are coming.

For our first meeting we will be discussing the first two chapters. Hope to see see you there!

Joel McClain Memorial Blood Drive

Grace Presbyterian and the American Red Cross are hosting an upcoming blood drive.

Please join our lifesaving mission and schedule an appointment today!

Drive Details:
Site: Grace Presbyterian
Address: 360 Hopkins Road, Kernersville, NC, 27284
Room Name: Fellowship Hall
Date: Sat Feb 23, 2019
Time: 9:00: AM – 1:30: PM
Coordinator Name: Millicent Lambert
Coordinator Phone Number:
Click here to make an appointment

On Saturday, February 23rd please consider coming out to support the Joel McClain Memorial Blood Drive. For questions please contact Brea McClain. You may schedule an appointment online or call Brea Directly or our Red Cross Rep, Millie at 336-447-8925. Every unit collected goes to a patient in need. We hope to see you there.

The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime.

Thank you for supporting the American Red Cross blood program!

Missions Around the Korner

GPC’s Annual Missions Weekend is scheduled for February 8-10.
This year GPC is focusing on missions in our community and region.
Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.

Friday evening from 6:30 – 8:30pm.
We will have 3 missionaries with us who are serving in various “Korners” of the community and world.
Scott and Ruth Hill who are ministering and church planting in Cherokee, NC with Mission to the World
Melanie Stone who is working with Mission to North America
and another serving in a sensitive region.
We will “travel” to each “korner” of the church to hear about their ministry while enjoying food provided by our small groups. The evening will conclude with a dessert and concert by GPC’s own Michael Kuehn.

Saturday, The Missions Committee is currently making plans for ways in which may minister to our neighbors who are just around the “Korner”. More details coming soon on how you can be involved.

Sunday Brunch 9:00 AM in the fellowship hall with guest speaker Lisa May who is a school counselor at Kernersville Elementary. Lisa is on the board of the Salvation Army’s Kernersville Corps and is involved in many ministry opportunities in our community.

Jonah Hooper, will be preaching during the worship service on Matthew 8:23-34. Jonah is ministry candidate and licentiate with Piedmont Triad Presbytery. He and his family serve and worship at Salem Presbyterian, and Jonah is pursuing his Masters of Divinity with RTS Global in pursuit of a pastoral call in the P.C.A.

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.