Living In HISSTORY
Welcome to the New Year! Our prayers for this coming year are similar to our prayers for the past: peace where there is war and hatred, healing for the abused and brokenhearted, an end to the pandemic and strengthening of friendships, families, and face to face relationships, the return of compassion, respect, and civility. We pray, and then we live each day by the grace and power of God to make those prayers a reality.
This morning Mark Bassett, a very dear friend of Curt's, will be preaching here at Grace. Mark is the pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian church in Ephrata WA. Mark and Curt, and three other pastors, meet regularly (most months) to support and challenge each other, and to hold one another accountability in their role as pastor, and in their relationship with Jesus. Mark is a scholar, a compassionate pastor, creative, iconoclastic, and someone who first and foremost has a genuine passion for Jesus. Mark and his wife Carrie (a fabulous teacher for kids in the Hutterite community east of Ephrata) have two amazing kids, and even more amazing grandkids. While Mark is preaching at Grace, Curt is in Ephrata preaching there.
From the passages Mark will be preaching on:
•Psalm 105 "He brought the people out with joy, His chosen ones with singing."
•Romans 8 "We know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose."
•Genesis 45 "Don't be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life."
We do not know what this new year will bring, but we know Jesus. That is enough!