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20th Anniversary Kick Off

20th Anniversary Kick Off

Giving Thanks

I have been thinking about thanksgiving this week, not the holiday, but the Eucharist because I have been writing that section of our new website.  Eucharist comes from a Greek word that means thanksgiving.  This word is used in the New Testament that was originally written in Greek.  The apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians 11:23-4, “the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks (eucharisted), he broke it and said, ‘This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’”

Our worship service, the Eucharist, is a thanksgiving for all that God has done and shown to us in and through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.   Our central act of worship is Eucharist, giving thanks to God.

Scripture repeatedly encourages us to be thankful.  The apostle Paul writes in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, “In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”  An attitude of gratitude not only is important spiritually, but, according to Robert Emmons, Professor of Psychology at the University of California at Davis, make us happier, healthier and live longer.  Giving thanks even helps us get through bad times.

20th Anniversary

This Sunday we begin our year-long celebration of Grace’s 20th anniversary giving thanks for those intrepid souls that founded our church.  Starting a new congregation is a daunting undertaking!  Four out of five fail.   Grace has defied the odds simply being here!  We are indebted to a loving and merciful God, who has nurtured this faith community, and to our founders, who courageously canvassed door to door and tirelessly set up and took down Sunday after Sunday in the school gym in those early years.

The Rev. David Crabtree, a deacon in the Episcopal Church and WRAL anchorman, kicks off our celebration moderating a panel discussion among a few of our founders during the 9:30 a.m. Sunday School hour.  David will also preach during our 10:30 a.m. worship.  Any celebration would be incomplete without a feast!  The men of Grace will cook pancakes and sausage for our annual pancake lunch!  Be sure to attend this Sunday!


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Saturday, 11 July 2020