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Gracevine Message

Discerning God’s Will – Getting Unstuck

Recently, I read an article entitled “Reclaiming the E Word.” The “E” word is evangelism, and for many Christians the word conjures images of aggressive efforts to convert non-believers. The author offered a new perspective on the word. She says, “What if we share the Good News with a view to discerning how God is alive in all people and all things?…

Stewardship Of Time

I am not particularly knowledgeable about boats, but a few years ago I heard an analogy to faith based upon boating. The analogy is that our connection to Christian community, and to the Holy Spirit, serves as a ballast that offers us stability amidst the stormy times of our lives. This analogy really stuck with me. I have often experienced the stability…

Who Do You Belong To?

As I was driving home from the chili cook-off Wednesday night, I thought about how our church provides a great opportunity for people of all ages to enjoy life together. I saw smiling faces and laughter from ages 6 to 86! Just one day before, we didn’t know if anyone would cook chili or attend the dinner. However, we ended up with about…

Making Peace and Doing Justice

This coming Monday, January 16, is the federal holiday in recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King taught our society how to pursue justice in this world while maintaining a heart of peace toward all God’s children. While our Merritt Island community is not very racially diverse, as Christians we have an obligation to be aware of the unique challenges that…

Baptism

Happy New Year! As we begin 2023, my prayer for everyone is that we pay attention to the world around us and look for the signs of the Holy Spirit at work among friends and strangers alike in all situations. None of us can predict what this year holds for us, but our faith reminds us that God loves us and will never…

Only The Beginning

This is my last Gracevine for 2022. As I look back on the previous 12 months, It has truly been a year of God’s provision and presence here at Grace UMC. We began the year welcoming Pastor Gary Spencer to share my pastoral duties. Pastor Gary brought his years of experience to us and blessed us with several sermon series’ and a…

Tidings of Joy: A Celtic Christmas Celebration

This weekend is the perfect time to invite your friends to experience our wonderful music department!  Saturday, December 17 at 6pm and Sunday, December 18 at 10am are the times for the cantata: Tidings of Joy: A Celtic Christmas Celebration.  Don’t miss this opportunity to reach out to our community and share the joy of Christmas music with others! Please know how much we appreciate your end of…

The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

Dear Grace Family, This Sunday is the third Sunday in Advent. It is the Sunday we celebrate the theme of Joy. So, I find it more than a little ironic that the lectionary reading for today finds John the Baptist in prison sending his disciples out to ask Jesus, “Are you the one we are to expect? Or should we look for another?” John seems filled with doubt and…

Repentance Is The Pathway To Peace

I sincerely appreciate the support and encouragement so many of you have provided my family during Colleen’s illness. Colleen has asked me to share the following on her behalf:  “Thank you to everyone who has supported me and my family in this health challenge. I have been looking at this cancer as a curse, but maybe it is the vehicle by which…

Coming Home To Hope

This Sunday, November 27th, marks the first Sunday in Advent. The beginning of Advent marks the beginning of the Christian liturgical year. It is a season of waiting, as we wait the birth of Jesus. In fact, waiting is a major theme during this time of year. Our songs of Advent are filled with waiting images… “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” Our scriptures speak…