Friday, October 27, 2017
Dick Spink's memorial service will be held Sunday, November 5, 3:00 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church, 22833 Copper Hill Drive, Saugus.
The Master's University is still looking for people to sing with them for a concert in Carnegie Hall in New York the second week of May, 2018. For more information, pick up a flyer from the choir room or contact TMU music department.
Galatians 4:1-11 is the text for this Sunday morning. It might be nice to familiarize yourself with that passage in preparation for Pastor John's message.
Glenda Hotton had a stroke earlier this week. Pray for healing.
Pray for members of the LAPD who have special challenges over Halloween weekend, and planned protests the following weekend.
Jose Ugalde is doing better, and Tina says it's a joy to see his progress!
Marva Washington is recovering from surgery, and hopes to join us for our choir workday on November 4.
Ted Lehman got the job he was hoping for (see earlier blog post).
Margie Montell's husband is doing better, and hopes to have additional treatment on his lung next week.
Donna Shin's daughter, Margaret, was involved in a car accident. She is doing fine, but pray for sores and bruises.
Michele's aunt is going through cancer treatment and is doing well.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
by Bill Brandenstein
Friends, it will be my privilege to lead the musicians of Grace Community Church in God's praises at corporate worship this Sunday morning (8:30 and 10:30). And since Tuesday marks the 500th anniversary of the start of Martin Luther's "protest," this Sunday is a very special one, indeed. Luther, as I'm sure you know, was a gifted musician and was deeply concerned about the congregation having a musical voice once again, as befits Col. 3:16. And so, since the impact of the Protestant Reformation is as artistically musical as it is theological, all of our music on Sunday morning will have a direct tie-in.
Lord willing, Sunday morning's music, accompanied by orchestra, will include:
- Lyrics from the Scottish Psalter;
- a hymn tune by Handel;
- the amazing concluding chorus of the oratorio "Elijah" by that wonderfully Lutheran composer, Felix Mendelssohn;
Lutheran Chorales, including -
- a beautiful orchestral arrangement of "O Sacred Head, How Wounded;"
- "Now Thank We All Our God" arranged thrillingly for congregation, choir and orchestra by John Rutter;
- and (you knew this was coming!) "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God," in the magnificent setting by Bob Krogstad to be sung by Philip Webb along with the choir and orchestra.
And then, if that wasn't enough, the main course will be Pastor John MacArthur launching into Galatians 4.
Please join us in person, or (at 10:30 only) via Live Stream, and let's worship the Lord together with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength as we praise Him for these riches from His hand!
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Many churches are presenting a special service on October 29, "Reformation Sunday," especially this year being the 500th anniversary of the official start of the Reformation when Martin Luther posted his theses against the Roman Catholic Church and for the Biblical gospel of salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.
The music at Grace Community Church that Sunday will be by related composers such as Bach and Mendelssohn, featuring our orchestra, choir and soloists. If you can't join us in person, watch our streaming channel on Sunday, October 29, 10:30 a.m. PDT from www.gracechurch.org/live.
Sola Scriptura (“Scripture alone”): The Bible alone is our highest authority.
Sola Fide (“faith alone”): We are saved through faith alone in Jesus Christ.
Sola Gratia (“grace alone”): We are saved by the grace of God alone.
Solus Christus (“Christ alone”): Jesus Christ alone is our Lord, Savior, and King.
Soli Deo Gloria (“to the glory of God alone”): We live for the glory of God alone.
Friday, April 21, 2017
Friday, February 3, 2017
Those of you who have been around Grace Church for awhile remember Jon and Jane Sherberg. Some of the tunes they wrote ("He Gave the Greatest Gift of All," "Where Your Heart Is") were favorites during the 1980s. Below is a letter Jane distributed with information you can pray about.
Monday, December 12, 2016
And now . . . to address the “concert elephant in the room.”
The biggest complaint we get every year is the fact that people come very early in order to find a good seat, but instead find rows and rows and rows of pews roped off in the best sections. Every year we ask people not to save seats; every year we print this on the tickets; every year our request is ignored; every year the problem gets worse.
Many people have told me that their friends and family will not come to our concerts anymore because they had arrived an hour early but end up sitting in the very back or in the side sections because of saved seats. What kind of message does that send to our guests? That Grace Church members are more privileged and important than they?
"Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another" (Romans 12:10).
Grace Church members and attenders have the opportunity to hear our choir, orchestra and soloists every Sunday of the year. Shouldn’t they be the ones to sit on the sides and in the back, and let our visitors have the best seats? When my non-Christian mother was able to attend the concerts, she gladly waited in line like everyone else and chose her seat when she entered.
Frankly, it makes me angry to come in the Worship Center on a concert afternoon and see half the place reserved. I’d love to hear any ideas on how we can educate our members to sacrificially let our guests have the better seats (short of going around and removing all the masking tape and hymnals, which I’ve been tempted to do).
"Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others" (Phil. 2:3-4).
Sharon (speaking on behalf of myself only)
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Planning for our annual Christmas Concert series is well under way! Our choir had their all-day Saturday rehearsal, one of three Monday night rehearsals, orchestra music has been ordered, the Children's Choir has been rehearsing, and the music department is humming.
Plan to attend our concerts on December 15, 16, 17, 18. Tickets available beginning this Sunday, November 20. More information may be found on our concert page: www.gracechurch.org/concert