SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES:
Traditional: 8 & 11 AM
Contemporary: 9:30 AM & The Five @ 5 PM
65 Needle Boulevard
In the Heart of Merritt Island, FL

Both of Grace UMC’s pastors share information via blogging. Pastor Steve Hart shares a message each week in the blog listing below, with his message also emailed out in our weekly Gracevine Newsletter. Associate Pastor Beth Burton also blogs, sharing thoughtful insights on faith and everyday life. Click here to visit Pastor Beth’s blog and see the latest messages from Pastor Steve below.

Humility and Service

Many thanks to all of you who have already contributed to the fund for a new air conditioning unit for the sanctuary. We are off to a good start in raising the needed funds. If you are able and wish to contribute, just make a notation on your check or in your giving envelope that the funds are designated for “sanctuary A/C”.…

We Were Made to Thrive

I often hear people lament the absence of youth and young adults in worship. Most churches struggle with how to engage and keep young people active in the life of the church. Friends, I have good news! We have a great opportunity this Sunday, August 18, to celebrate and affirm our youth ministry here at Grace. Our Youth Director, Matt Gleason, shares…

Back to School Blessings & More on God’s Calling

It is back-to-school time again! Teachers are already back at work preparing for the new school year, and students start back in Brevard County on Monday, August 12. We will take time in all our worship services Sunday to pray for all our teachers, administrators, students, and parents as we start the new year. Our Grace United Methodist Preschool also starts back…

Responding to God’s Call in Our Lives

I am very grateful to Pastor Beth and all the staff at Grace for their good work that allowed me and my family to enjoy an excellent vacation this year. It is so good to leave for vacation knowing that the church is filled with committed, competent leaders. This Sunday, August 4, the scripture passages for worship will be Colossians 3: 1-4…

Called Out & Loving It: Grace’s Merger with The Open Door

The Greek word “ekklesia”, which we see in the New Testament defining the assembled church, literally means “to be called out.” While in ordinary discourse being called out has negative connotations, in Christian theology being called out signifies finding meaning, purpose, and guidance for life. We are called out to a life of adventure and service with a God who is crazy…

The Power of One

I am pleased to share that all of the required documents have been signed and delivered to make our merger with The Open Door UMC become official as of July 1, 2019. Thank you for your prayers, support, and presence at meetings to facilitate this process. God is guiding us all into a new chapter of ministry together, and I am honored…

Preparing for The Open Door Merger

I am especially grateful to Pastor Dave McGaffic for his preaching at Grace on Pentecost Sunday. We love and appreciate you, Dave! It was good for me to have the opportunity to preach at The Open Door UMC and to get to know some of the members there a little better. Merger is a process that takes time, and we are relying…

“Ascension Deficit Disorder”

A pastor friend of mine says that the church may have an “Ascension deficit disorder.” By this he means that we typically ignore the meaning and significance of the Ascension of Jesus. After the resurrection, many witnesses encountered the risen Jesus during a forty day period. At the conclusion of the forty days, several biblical accounts describe Jesus’ departure from earth into…

Memorial Day Weekend: Recognizing Sacrifice

Memorial Day weekend is considered the beginning of summer. The pace of life slows down as the end of the school year approaches. On the Sunday of Memorial day weekend, most churches offer some way of recognizing those men and women who have given their lives in service to their country. Of course, we must never confuse patriotism with Christian discipleship. However,…