In accordance with New York State guidelines Grace Community Church will no longer enforce mask wearing. Given the Biblical mandate "to think more highly of others" (Phil. 2:3) we strongly encourage the church family to review the applicable CDC guidelines as they make their decision to wear or not wear a mask. *We will still be maintaining social distancing standards in the sanctuary and in the building.*
Message from Our Pastor
Update from Pastor Wes
05.25.2021 Greetings Grace Church,
Grace and peace to you in the name of the Lord Jesus. As you are aware this coming weekend is Memorial Day. This is the time when the nation pauses to honor the men and women who’ve died while serving in our nation’s armed forces. It is estimated that over 1.1 million men and women have lost their lives in U.S. wars since the War of Independence. It’s astounding to think that this number of men and women would be willing to give their lives so that our political liberties might be preserved.
As I took a moment to contemplate such a sacrifice, I was reminded of something Winston Churchill said during a speech he gave to the British people back in 1940. Speaking of the Royal Airforce (RAF) pilots who fought during the Battle of Britain, he said, “Never was so much owed by so many to so few.” It reminds me that you and I, we are the many who owe so much to those relative few who have served in the Army, Navy, Airforce, Marines, and Coast Guard. Had they not stood up and been counted at critical moments in our country’s history we might be living very differently than we are today. May we never forget their sacrifice.
The more I got to thinking on Memorial Day, the more I was reminded that for the Christian, every Sunday is a day of memorial. When we gather on a Sunday morning for worship, we are celebrating the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The Bible reminds us that God “demonstrates his own love for us in this that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.” (Rom. 5:8) At just the right time God acted on our behalf and through his greatest of sacrifices he provided a way for us to be born again, have our sins forgiven, and become inheritors of eternal life. By faith in Jesus, we are freed from the law of sin and death and are united with Christ. (Eph.2:13)
So, as we celebrate the sacrifice of those who fought and died for our earthly freedoms, may we never forget or fail to give thanks to our God for such a great salvation!
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