Welcome! 

We’re glad that you are looking at our website. It’s brand new and under construction, but we want to get started serving you by making Jesus Christ known. At Grace Community Church we want to live in such a way so that everything is to the Praise of the Glory of His Grace (Ephesians 1:6closeEphesians 1:6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. (ESV) closeEphesians 1:6closeEphesians 1:6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. (ESV) to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. (ESV) ).

Praise is your approval of something that brings you pleasure, delight, and awe – like when eating a freshly baked apple pie . . . I mean a slice, you praise by saying, “mmm – that is so good.”

Glory is the expression or the revealing of something that illicits your praise. The perfect mixture of sugar and cinnamon, the lightly browned crust, the weaved pattern of dough on top – they all affect your senses and you perceive it all to be “glorious.”

Grace is the cause of it all and is the ultimate reason for what explains your joy. You know that you did not deserve to delight in such beauty and satisfaction. You did nothing to earn or obligate the pie-maker to bestow upon you his wealth of kindness. And there it is:

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you have been saved – and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:4-7closeEphesians 2:4-7 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. (ESV) closeEphesians 2:4-7closeEphesians 2:4-7 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. (ESV) But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. (ESV) ).

Everything in this life is going somewhere – and it is this:  God’s priceless grace will be seen in everything that he has created and worked through His Son Jesus Christ – and that’s what causes our praise to Him. He gets all the glory while we get all the enjoyment of delighting in him. And why are we happy about the publicity of God’s grace to us in Christ?  Because we know why everything exists and why everything happens the way it does.  We know why there are butterflies and why sin is so unsatisfying.  We know why we are here on earth and we know why God sent His Son.  We know why we support missionaries and we know why we mow the grass.  We know why we sleep and we know why God created sex.  We know why suffering is a part of our lives and we know why we die.  Everything, absolutely everything will somehow and in some way, cause joyful praise to gush forth throughout the universe over the massive wealth of His Grace that God chose to give us through His Son.  It is because of His Grace that we don’t love our sin or His creation more than Him.

Since our God is immeasurable and infinite in all His being, then you can count on it, for those who love Jesus – who died, was buried and on the third day rose again and is seated at the right hand of his father, everything in your life will in some way, somehow, and someday, cause you to praise the glory of His grace, “mmm – that is so good.”

What to expect on Sunday Morning

If you could script your perfect worship service, what would be the “I must have this” component? We believe that Jesus Christ and him crucified should be the “I must have this” of our Sunday morning. Both the horror (Christ Crucified) and the hurray (Christ Risen) of the gospel must be set before us each Sunday as we gather around the Word. Which means, if we keep the gospel central to our worship then all else will take its proper place. Pastor Ivan says this:

“I love to worship God with the saints! It is the highest and best kind because unlike private worship, corporate worship fully displays the grand purpose of God’s grace – that he would be worshiped and praised from people among the nations as they gather together before a Risen Lamb who was slain (Revelation 5:9-10closeRevelation 5:9-10 And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God
from every tribe and language and people and nation,
10 and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God,
and they shall reign on the earth.” (ESV)
closeRevelation 5:9-10closeRevelation 5:9-10 And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God
from every tribe and language and people and nation,
10 and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God,
and they shall reign on the earth.” (ESV)
And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God
from every tribe and language and people and nation,
10 and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God,
and they shall reign on the earth.” (ESV)
).  The joyful plurality of praise that is lifted up in the psalms is sure evidence that God intends for his people to come together with one voice, gladly extolling the beauty of the living God. All private worship is to find its crescendo in the Sunday morning worship. With this in mind, and with much prayer, discernment, study of God’s Word, sought-out-wisdom from others, and consideration of living in a modern society, I want to give serious thought to what can enhance and what can hinder our enjoyment of God as we meet on Sunday Morning.”

Getting Involved

The best way to see what we’re about and get involved is to worship with us on Sunday morning (see Service Times on home page). Check out our men’s Sunday School in the fellowship hall downstairs led by Scott Churney & Vernon Fatima and the women’s class led by Kirsten Tjernlund in the library upstairs. Be sure to take a look at “Serving others” in the subject bar. This will explain more of our involvement in the community.