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Posts by Pastor Steve Hart

From Every Nation

Another hurricane season in Florida finds us working through the unpredictable aspects of Mother Nature. I pray that you are safe and that you have avoided damage to your home as Ian moves past us. These storms disrupt our routines, and in the process they remind us that life is precious and fragile, and change can happen with very little notice. As…

Recovery of Gratitude

Recently, I read a quote from a song entitled “We Fall Down” by Donnie McClurkin. The quote is, “A saint is just a sinner who fell down and got up.” I love this reminder that even though we all make mistakes and fail from time to time, those who choose to learn from failure and try again are often blessed with grace…

Money Talks

Our official mortgage burning celebration is this Saturday starting at 11:00am for gathering, 12:00pm for lunch, and a short ceremony following lunch. We look forward to seeing Pastors Pearcy and Corbin at the event. I hope you will take the time to come out and just enjoy this special time together. Many of you have supported this church through some tough financial challenges over the years,…

Who Do You Follow?

For several years now, my wife Colleen has been the pumpkin patch coordinator here at Grace. Even during the pandemic year of 2020, Colleen led our busiest pumpkin patch in Grace’s history. Our pumpkin patch is well-known on Merritt Island and in the surrounding community as a welcoming, fun place for families. Every year, we meet new families coming to take pictures…

Labor Day Weekend

Here we are at the beginning of another Labor Day weekend. I recently learned that Labor Day has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1894. An article I read stated that during the late 1800s, “ the average American worked 12-hour days and seven-day weeks in order to eke out a basic living.” Personally, I am grateful that we…

A Consuming Fire

Our preschool is open again as we begin a new school year. The Grace UMC preschool continues to serve families with excellent teachers and staff, and we are excited to meet new parents and children as the new school year begins. Please remember that children may be present if you drive through our parking lot during the week, so drive slowly and…

Broken Vessels

Last Sunday, Pastor Dave McGaffic offered a wonderful reminder to us all about the timeless wisdom of sowing and reaping. He also reminded us of the importance of prayer as a practice that changes us. As we pray, we reinforce the reality of the presence and power of God. We cannot control so much of what happens in this world, but we…

The Law of The Harvest: Good News or Bad News?

Another summer break is quickly coming to an end for our students, teachers, and school staff.  School starts August 10, and I know many people are preparing for the new school year this week. I pray for a school year exceptionally free of violence, illness, and tragedy. May God’s Grace sustain our students and all school personnel. Many volunteer hands made for quick…

Serving Hope

Earlier this summer, we had a 9am worship service with a focus upon traditional hymns from the United Methodist Hymnal. Several folks mentioned that they would welcome such a service from time to time. So, our plan at Grace is to offer this type of worship every fifth Sunday. That means that this coming Sunday, July 31, at the 9am service, we will sing several of the old…

My Heart: Christ’s Home – Part 5

I remain on track in reading through the Bible in a year. I just finished Proverbs and am beginning Ecclesiastes. While my life is currently as busy as it has ever been, my time in scripture is truly the best thing I do for my sanity each day. I use The Message Devotional Bible, which includes Eugene Peterson’s very insightful reflections on…