Words of Grace
Words of Grace
“Clouds and Faithfulness” By Pastor Benson November 2018
On a cloudy or foggy day we can sometimes feel like the clouds are all around us. Those cloudy days can also remind us of God’s grace and power. In the book of Hebrews, chapters 11 & 12 mentions a “great cloud of witnesses”. This cloud of witnesses includes some of the more well-known people in the Old Testament including Noah, Abraham and Sarah, Moses, Rahab, David and many others. These faithful men and women stood firm in their faith in God in the midst of spiritual struggle or religious persecution.
But this chapter also describes unnamed men and women who were faithful to God, as they endured verbal and physical abuse, persecution, torture and death. They died for their unwavering faith in God. They would rather face ridicule, abuse or even death than deny God! Scripture states that, “And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised.” (Hebrews 11: 39; ESV)
Then in chapter 12 another special person is mentioned – Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Here we are encouraged to consider the great suffering and persecution that Jesus faithfully endured “so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” (Heb. 12:3; ESV)
Dear friends, I encourage you to remain faithful to God and His written Word, the Bible, in the midst of tough times. Sometimes God allows us to go through hardship to cause us to grow in our faith. These are times when our faith in God is being tested.
Dear friends, remember that we are not alone. We are surrounded by a great cloud of faithful witnesses! Draw strength from Jesus Christ and His blood shed for you on the cross. Draw strength from those who have died in the name of Jesus Christ, whether they lived in Bible times or centuries later. Stay true to your convictions, morals and beliefs. This is the spiritual legacy we will leave for future generations of Christians. And one day we too will join the faithful cloud of witnesses! May God’s grace and peace be upon you!
Monday, November 26 – 12:30 p.m.
We are meeting for a pot blessing dinner. Meat will be provided; ladies please bring a side dish – salad, veggie or dessert. RSVP to Jan by Nov. 24
We plan to finish our Gideon Bible study on that day! We will start meeting again in 2019!
Thursday, November 15 – 9:30 a.m.
Please join us as we study lesson 3. Everyone is welcome! Hostess: Deb Benson
Community Thanksgiving Service
Tuesday, November 18 – 6:00 p.m.
The Grundy Ministerial Association is offering a Community Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, November 18 at 6:00 PM. First Christian Church, Morris will host the service. Brad Underwood is speaking. Refreshments will be served after the service. Theme this year is “For Grundy County”.
MIDWEEK ADVENT WORSHIP
Wednesday, December 5 – 7:00 p.m.
Our congregation will gather once during the Advent season on Wednesday, December 5 at 7 p.m. This service is available to give you a spiritual “break” from the hectic schedule December brings.
LADIES OF GRACE CHRISTMAS BAKING
Tuesdays, November 27 and December 4 – 8:30a.m., the ladies of Grace will be gathering together to bake Norwegian desserts for our Christmas dinner on December 6. Stay tuned for more information to come for our Christmas dinner.
CHRISTIAN YOUTH CENTER OF MORRIS
Grace Lutheran will serve the CYCM meal on Tuesday, November 27, see sign-up sheet in lower entryway. Please deliver food to the church before, or to CYC on Illinois Ave. between 5-6 p.m. on Tuesday.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
Thank you to everyone for your donations throughout the year to provide gifts to underprivileged children worldwide. Thank you to Duane and Barb Wolfe for their time to fill and deliver the boxes to a collection center. We will start collecting again in January!
If you would like to donate a poinsettia to beautify our sanctuary for the Christmas season, there is a sign-up sheet on the table in the lower entryway. Cost this year is $16, please make checks payable to Grace Lutheran Church.
REMEMBERING TO PRAY FOR OUR CHURCH FAMILY & FRIENDS
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition,
with thanksgiving, present your request to God.” Philippians 4:6
Let us pray for:
In Need of Healing: Bob Arnsdorff, Katie Becker, Ruth Bright, Beth Carlson, Marcia Davidson, Don Edmondson, Jason Hecht, Amelia Hiney, Alberta Larson, Jim Launius, Johannes Van Oijen, Ron Vetter, Steve Wallace, Bob Williams, Mary Ann Williams
Serving our Country: Tracy Graham, US Coast Guard, Kendal Wills, US Navy, Pastor Craig Benson, US Air Force Reserves
PLEASE let us know if you would like to add or remove a name from the “pray for” list.
ASSISTING IN OUR WORSHIP SERVICES DURING NOVEMBER
Pianist: Norma Arnsdorff
Scripture: Reader: Debbie Steffes
Greeter: Jan Torkelson
Ushers: Rick Johnson & Howard Torkelson
Deacon: Lyle Hecht
3 – Grace Visser
8 – Don Edmondson
12 – Barb Wolfe
19 – Mike Graham
26 – Sherryl Graham
16 – Tim & Virginia Urbanik
18 – Kirk & Tecya Anderson