Saturday, August 30, 2014

Next Congregational Conversation

Grace and Peace will have its next congregational conversation on Monday, 15 September at 7:00pm.  This is a very important part of church membership, so we ask all our members to please attend.

We will be discussing a number of things, including the process and date of being "particularized" (having our own permanent elders).

Important Dates

As the Apostle Paul prayed for believers, I have just prayed for the Grace and Peace family to be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding (Colossians 1.10).

This Sunday:
- We will hear an update concerning the last month for the Stephan family, and then we'll pray for them
- We will have 9:45am prayer
- We will have 4:00pm prayer

Next Sunday:
- We will begin our adult and children's Sunday School season at 9:15am
- We will begin a 4-week membership class at 9:15am
- We will resume Elder Boot Camp at 4:00pm

Wednesday, 10 September:
- Grace and Peace will begin hosting the monthly gathering of The Church Planting Connection (9:30am-12:00pm); we will need folks to welcome and serve like-minded pastors, church planters, and those who care about planting from all over the city and the region.

Saturday, 20 September:
- Grace and Peace will once again host the meeting of the Philadelphia Presbytery (8:00am-12:00pm); we will need folks to welcome and serve pastors, elders, interns, and other guests in what will be a tremendous day of mission in the city (and our own Mike DeMarco will be on the floor of Presbytery accomplishing the first step on the long road to ordination).

Service Details For Sunday

Welcome To Worship & Praying For God's Blessing
*God Calls Us To Worship – Psalm 46.1-11 (page 471-472)
*Worshipping God In Song
-       Your Name Will Be Praised
-       All The People Said Amen
-       We Believe
-       Your Grace Is Enough
-       Let Your Kingdom Come
* Prayer & Greeting (kids 3 & under may leave for nursery care)
Announcements Of Church Life & Congregational Prayer
Scripture Reading – Mark 11.12-26 (page 848)
Response To Scripture Reading
-       Leader: The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of our God will stand forever! (Isaiah 40.8 – page 599 in the black Church Bible)
-       All: Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!
Sermon – Jesus Wants Fruit
*Receiving Holy Communion
Collecting Tithe/Offerings
*Worshipping God In Song
-       Your Grace Is Enough
*Benediction (God's Blessing) – Revelation 1.5b-6 (page 1028)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

"Peace I Leave With You" - John 14.27

Are you painfully disturbed just now, distracted by the waves and billows of God's providential permission, and having, as it were, turned over the boulders of your belief, are you still finding no well of peace or joy or comfort; is it all barren?  The look up and receive the undisturbedness of the Lord Jesus.  Reflected peace is the proof that you are right with God because you are at liberty to turn your mind to Him.  Oswald Chambers

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Worshipping With Christ Church (and a little more)

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand (Isaiah 41.10)

This Sunday:
- We will worship with Christ Church, and Pastor Jeff will be preaching from Mark 11.1-11
- We will eat together after the service; please sign-up to bring food (remember that we will have about 50 extra folks):
- Please come at 9:45am for 15 minutes of pre-service prayer.

- We need people to please sign-up for post-serivce snacks in the coming weeks:

- We will have another 4-week membership class starting Sunday, 7 September at 9:15am.  Attending this does not obligate you to become a member of Grace and Peace, but it is required prior to being received into committed membership.  Please contact Ralph if you would like to attend:

Thank you:
- Although I'm still on study-leave and vacation, I want to thank so many of you who have/are praying for both rest and a productive time (both are occurring).

Potluck Signup

After this Sunday's special joint service withChrist Church we're having one of our famous luncheons!  Make sure you sign up here:
To bring something.

And along the same lines...we need to continue with snack sign up too for following weeks.  Here's the link to that:

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Childcare Opportunity

A South Philly family is looking for a responsible, caring person to pick up their two girls (ages 9 and 6) from school in Center City and care for them afterwards, either at their South Philly home or at a library near their school.   

The hours would be Monday-Thursday 3:30-5:00, beginning August 25th.  Pay is $100/week.   

If interested, please e-mail or call 267-266-2811.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

New Member's Class

Grace and Peace will be having another 4-week membership class starting Sunday, 7 September (during the Sunday School hour at 9:15am). Coming to this class is a great way to learn about membership, to know Pastor Jon and his vision for Grace and Peace better, as well as what expectations of membership at Grace and Peace are. It's required to be received into membership, but coming does not in any way obligate you to become a member. If you are interested in attending, please connect with Ralph at

Monday, August 4, 2014

Daily Prayer For the Stephans

Starting today, please pray for the Stephan Family every day during the month of August.

Saturday, August 2, 2014


For who is God, but the Lord?  And who is a rock, except our God?  (Psalm 18.31).

(1) Reminder: this is our dear sister Frances' last Sunday with us, so show her the love!
(2) Reminder: this is my last Sunday peaching until 31 August (Pastor Kenyatta, Griff, & Pastor Jeff from Christ Church will be preaching).
(3) Reminder: we're having a joint worship service with Christ Church followed by a luncheon on Sunday, 24 August.
(4) Reminder: we're having a backpack distribution & cookout from 12:00pm-2:00pm on Saturday, 16 August (connect with Christine Carpenter if you can come).
(5) Reminder: pray for the Stephan family as they are just over a week away from leaving for Asia.