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This Week’s Sermon: “Sin and Grace”

We’re in a section (this week and last) of historical Psalms, remembrances of Israel’s life with God. Last week we saw the unbridled and unrestrained love of God for his people. But this week we see must contrast his love with their great sinfulness. Despite God’s faithfulness, Israel responded with faithlessness. But as this Psalmist makes clear, it is not just Israel in the past who struggles. We all sin and fall short. And so we must dig deep into our hearts, understand the root issues, and quickly look to Jesus.

Discipleship Teaching of the Week: Is Marijuana Ever Ok For Christians?

We’re living in strange times. And for Christians, these strange times bring new questions about following Jesus. How do we follow him in a way that exalts him and benefits us? So let’s talk about weed!  With the legalization of marijuana in Mass, it is now a front-and-center conversation. Not just for individuals, but for our evangelistic relationships, and for our relationships inside the church. Much more can and must be said (the elders of GP are talking about it regularly), but I think this video has a lot of wisdom:


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HAPPENINGS

July and August Service Time Change: 9:00AM  As you may have heard, the Elders and Deacons have decided to change the Sunday service time to 9am for July and August. There are two reasons for this. The first is to beat the heat (our worship space does not have air conditioning). And the second reason is to bolster our Summer attendance! We hope you will make it a priority to attend services when you are in town. If you have questions about this, reach out to any of our leaders.

Ladies Monday Evening Bible Study: Please join us Monday evenings at 7:00pm at the church. We are studying Overcomer by David Jeremiah. Join us as Dr. Jeremiah explains how our spiritual armor allows us to stand firm against the schemes and strategies of the evil one.

Women’s Retreat:  Ladies mark your calendar for September 20-22 for the annual Berea Women’s Retreat. The schedule for the retreat is planned deliberately to give you a chance to grow and to be refreshed, to use the time in the unique way that you would most enjoy. For more information contact Shannon. You can register at berea.org or call 603-744-6344.

Moldova Mission Trip: We are planning to take our next mission trip to Moldova October 11th-19th. If you have any interest in going to Moldova, or would like more information, please contact Bill and Sandi Stearns.

Evening Praise & Prayer: Mark your calendar to join us Sunday, July 21st at 5:00pm. We will begin at 5:00pm with a potluck dinner. At 5:30pm we will have a service which includes sharing, praying and teaching. Everyone is welcome!

Men’s Bible Study: Men please join us as we study the book of Galatians. We are using Tim Keller’s book Galatians For You.  We meet every Thursday from 6:30-7:30a at the church. All men are invited!SERVE

Help in the Café:  We need someone to fill in on the 3rd Sunday of the month for Café for July thru October (7/21, 8/18, 9/15, 10/20). If you can’t take all of these months you can volunteer for any one of these dates.  Please contact Alison to volunteer or to ask questions.

Cuddling Babies: If you like to cuddle and hold babies, this opportunity is for you!  Lawrence General Hospital is always looking for volunteers to help soothe and comfort babies who may not have a mom present to do so.  The volunteer commitment is only as much or as little as you desire.  Coverage is needed 7 days a week from 7am-10pm and is greatly appreciated by the staff and the babies!  If you would like more information please feel free to email Kim Wilkinson.

Helping with Slides:  We are looking for a few people to train to use our worship slides program. It’s very easy and a good way to serve at GracePoint. Please contact Joe if you would like to know more.

Ministries at GracePoint: Do you feel that God is calling you to serve at GracePoint? Right now we need help in our Kids Town ministry! In addition, we are always looking for volunteers to serve in our café, on the worship and tech teams. Please pray and ask God where he wants you to serve. Contact Ryan for more information or to sign up! 

PRAYING FOR GRACEPOINT

God has called each one of us as a solemn duty and as a high privilege, for the wonderful power of intercession for our church and for one another. Let us pray for workers at GracePoint:

Behind the scenes workers

…therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.
Matthew 9:38

Lord, I thank you for all of the behind the scenes workers at GracePoint. Many of us may not know how they work tirelessly for the church and for others but you do. Lord, I lift up the people who work behind the scenes at our church.

Thank You for every nursery worker, KidsTown volunteer, hospitality worker, etc. who have devoted themselves to the service of the saints. Bless them for the obedience and generosity they have displayed—may You receive praise as a result! Keep them in an attitude of humility that comes from wisdom and wholehearted service to You rather than to be noticed by others.

Father, there are some in our church who haven’t yet discovered their ministry calling. I ask that you would call them into service this week.  Raise men and women up to serve both the body and the community with their God given gifts. May they be men and women who are seeking to serve, rather than to be served.

In the mighty name of Jesus we pray. Amen

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