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Posts by Pastor Steve Hart

A Time of Renewal

Dear Grace Family: I am terribly excited for the opportunity to serve this church and community for a seventh year starting July 1, 2021. Between now and then, I will be involved in study, prayer, and planning. After serving full-time as a United Methodist pastor for the last thirteen years, I am taking my first renewal leave (for May and June). Our…

Called to Ministry: The Five & Stephen’s Ministers

One of the most significant privileges for pastors and congregations is to affirm and encourage men and women who feel called into ministry. Did you know that we have someone who is exploring a ministry calling? Lilly Hibbard, who currently leads The Five every Sunday, is an exploring candidate for ordained ministry. If you have never attended The Five, come check it…

God’s Hand at Work

Sometimes, when life is going well for me, I wish that I could store my sense of gratitude and save it for days when things are not going well. On the good days, I see how Jesus is alive in my life and in the world around me, offering me a sense of confidence that the Holy Spirit can use even my…

It Takes a Village to Celebrate Holy Week

What a wonderful Holy Week we had here at Grace! It was great because we had a variety of different people sharing their gifts and experiences. For example, we had Heather and Sami Mason, Chris and Evie Tompkins, and Mike Ferger sharing their reflections as part of the Maundy Thursday service. We had wonderful musical selections from Tom Black and Nick Barth,…

RSVP for Easter Services

Dear Grace Family: If you have not already signed up for our Easter services, please do so right away! Click here to RSVP. We have had many people already sign up, and I know that our attendance numbers are increasing as more people are getting vaccinated. You do not need to sign up for Maundy Thursday or Good Friday services. Both of…

Holy Week: The Path to Easter

What comes to mind when you think of Holy Week? I encourage you not to jump too quickly to Easter. Yes, Holy Week culminates in the wonderful celebration of the risen Christ. But it starts with the great irony of the Palm Sunday celebration. The people who were welcoming Jesus that Sunday had no real idea of what he was about to…

Spring Hellos and Goodbyes

As we enter daylight savings time, we know that spring is arriving. It is a beautiful time of year in central Florida, and I hope you can take advantage of nice weather and spend some time outdoors. Next week is spring break for Brevard County schools, and if you and your family are traveling, I pray that you have an enjoyable and…

A Lenten Challenge: Building Relationships

We have now entered the season of Lent, and I have a challenge for everyone. Rather than focusing upon sacrifices and traditional fasting, let’s use this season to build relationships with people. We have over 800 people on our membership rolls at Grace, and I know that many of us do not know each other. Take your church directory and a person…

Getting Ready for Lent

Dear Grace Family: As you read this, we are less than one week from Ash Wednesday and the beginning of our Lenten season. The word “lent” means “spring”, and in its old English and Germanic origins refers to the “lengthening of days.” Historically, Christians have recognized the 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter, excluding Sundays, as a time to reflect upon…