Grace to You

Grace to You
Passion for God - Passion for People
Discipling, Serving & Growing Together in Christ
September 27, 2018


We wanted to start this week’s Grace to You with some exciting news. Those of you who were at Grace last week heard that Artin Kazarians, our Director of Student Ministries, and his fiancée, Deborah Matter, are being married this Saturday! Since we know the Grace family will want to celebrate with them, we’ve arranged for some cards to be set out on the table next to the Welcome Desk in the Narthex so that you can sign and express your good wishes to them. We also have left a box on the Welcome Table where you can contribute a love offering if you would like to do so. The cards and box will be in place for the next three Sundays and we’ll arrange to present this gift from their Grace family to Artin and Deborah soon along with our best wishes.

We also look forward to worshipping with you this Sunday at 9:15 or 10:45 am, and welcoming back Alvin Kim for the third in his three-part series. As noted before, Alvin is married to Esther and together they have three wonderful kids (Kingsley, Brooklyn, and Elias). Alvin has been in youth/family ministries for 17 years before graduating from Knox College this past May. He enjoys playing basketball, reading fiction, and listening to podcasts.

Here are some thoughts from Alvin in advance of the message this Sunday:

I’ve just come in from a quick and fun trip to the playground. My daughter, Brooklyn, has a best friend that we met there. It has been a tough 9 mos. for her friend’s family as her mom was diagnosed with cancer, overcame it, and is now gaining back her strength, but the stress is still there as the doctors have not yet been able to figure out where the cancer originated from.

This has given our family the opportunity to come alongside this family, to let them know we are praying for them, and to offer help in ways they may need. But most importantly we are trying to just be there with them. I was reminded of this passage from the book we’re travelling through, Life of the Beloved, where Henri Nouwen writes, “we tend to forget that our real gift is not so much what we can do, but who we are…Who can we be for each other?” (113) This is what it means to be the Beloved. We get these chances in this life to come beside people who are truly suffering, and Henri Nouwen identifies this as being given. We are chosen, blessed, broken, and we are given for the life of others, and in this we live the life of the Beloved.

In Philippians 2:17, Paul writes, “If I am being poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all.” Paul’s attitude towards others can give us pause to look at our attitude and how we interact with the people around us. Are we willing to be poured out for others? Each of us can be focused solely on our own lives and the serious difficulties we each face, but we have the privilege and the opportunity to find God calling us to also be given to others. It overlaps with what we talked about last week; we’re living in a broken world, but let us comfort each other and look to be given to one another.

God bless you this week, and I look forward to worshiping with you all this Sunday. 

Alvin

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Let’s come together tomorrow, September 28 at 7:30pm for Praise and Prayer. Prayer for our Pastor search, our families, church and community. All are welcome!”

Search Committee Update
Grace’s pulpit vacancy will be posted on The Presbyterian Church in Canada’s website this week. The Search Committee has approved our Congregational Profile, which tells prospective applicants about us. Pastors who are interested will apply to Joseph Choi; Joseph will send them our Congregational Profile; and then pastors who think they may be a fit for us will apply to Joseph. We will also post parts of our Congregational Profile on the Grace website to help interested pastors learn about us easily. Our next Search Committee meeting is scheduled for October 29th, and we hope to have a few early applications to review. We expect it will take a few months to receive all the applications we want to consider.



We invite you to join with us in prayer for:

● Grace Search Committee: Suba Aruliah; Paul Barrett; Don Bartlett; Rev. Joseph Choi (Interim Moderator); Denise Curtis; Lisa DeBeer; Ryan Lou-Hing; David Navachandrabala; John Rennicks; Wendy Rickey; Janice Ward ·

● Grace Session: Don Bartlett, Matt Curtis, Deb Fernandes, Mushtaq Gill, Jos Haye, Sharon Jackson, Mike Morris, Dan Nortes, John Rennicks and Wendy Rickey

If you have prayer requests, please send them to Janet Lou-Hing (janetlou56@hotmail.com) or Cheryl Thornton (office@gracewesthill.ca).