Walk the Talk

March 8th, 2012


 

 

 

And what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? - Micah 6:8

From my first time ever at Grace I have always thought of the people as humble. Even in the congre­ga­tional singing, no one stood out, all singing together as one voice. The people at Grace observe their faith by serving, in other words, “Walking the talk.” The ELCA cares about justice throughout the world and Grace is a part of that mission. At Grace you will discover helpful servants who walk humbly with their God.

Susan Senn


Music for the Soul

March 3rd, 2012

As a child, my faith grew in the old family church that I usually attended alone except at Easter.  My wonderful father responsibly dropped me off and picked me up for choirs, confir­mation, youth activities, Sunday School, and services where I sang or played my flute, always there alone or with peers.  After college, I returned to the old church quite sparsely but knew, after a near fatal accident, I wanted the strength I received from worshiping and learning God’s word with a Christian community.  I needed a church family.

When Emilia and Philip were toddlers, I knew I must be again actively involved so my children could also feel God’s active presence in their lives in fellowship with friends.  After “trying” many churches for a fit, I joined Grace with our children and my husband’s blessing.  My faith grew, and my need to recharge with life’s demands led us into the hands of a loving, supportive church family.  Both Adolfo and I together continue to grow in our faith through the support of our Grace pastors, our Grace friends, and the worship experience with regular attendance.  The music of all four services touches my soul, but I especially am moved by the contem­porary worship music.  Through my flute playing, I hope to help others feel God’s presence at that moment and in their lives.  There is a prayer on my piano that reflects my current musical faith experience at Grace:

“God, please bless my music that it might glorify your name,
May using it to serve you always be my aim.  Let it be a witness to your majesty and love, 
And remind us that you’re watching from your throne above. 
Oh Lord, I ask for guidance in everything I do, and pray you’ll make my music an instrument for you.”

Debbie Alejo


Spirit Moves

February 15th, 2012
I see the Holy Spirit working at Grace each and every week.
This is through the group of people that volunteer their time to make the Saturday 5:30pm and Sunday 11am services happen.
This includes the musicians, singers, the power point operators, and the sound techs.  Also, those that do the readings and those who perform special presentations.
Sometimes we have no idea how it’s all going to come together, but it always does.  The feeling of accom­plishment is evident by the smiles and looks of relief.  Things never go exactly as planned, but that sure would be boring wouldn’t it?  We are in God’s greater family, but here at Grace we’re part of a team.  Anyone that partic­ipates can feel it, and what a great feeling it is.  (Go Grace!)
 Dan Haugen - Contem­porary Music Coordinator