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Preparing for Worship: What Now? Make Room at God's Table

Grace Office
June 23, 2022

                                                                                                          The Bible Project, "Pentecost: Acts 1-7"

                                                                                                                            Jen Norton, "Pentecost"

This is God’s personal, temple presence—God’s Spirit that was foretold by Israel’s prophets. And now it’s come to take up residence in the new temple of Jesus’ body—that is, his people. They’ve become little mobile temples where God now dwells. And they start to tell stories about Jesus, but they’re speaking in languages that they didn’t know before, yet all the visitors can understand them.  | The Bible Project

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Dear Grace Family,

I was talking with another pastor this past week. He works in a different city and ministers among international students who come to the U.S. to study. It was fascinating and encouraging to hear him speak about his ministry of hospitality and friendship to people from all over the world.

We both serve in contexts where seeing people turn to God in faith for the first time is all too rare. Over the years, we have both discovered that this reality has served to deepen our own hunger for others to come to know God.

In a city like Seattle, it is possible to conclude that evangelism is—well—impossible. We can begin to think is that the best we can hope for is to keep our heads down, stay the course, and try not to lose too many on the path home.

As we turn our hearts and minds towards the book of Acts, however, we get a much more encouraging perspective:

   God is the great Missionary.

In Acts 2, we see what happens when Jesus pours out the life-giving, mission-inducing Holy Spirit upon his friends. This collection of people—many of whom had just abandoned Jesus when he needed them the most—now began to powerfully tell others about the goodness and grace of God.

God is the great Missionary, and the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Mission. This should supply us with great comfort and profound hope. May the Lord fill us with his Spirit and empower us to tell others of the goodness of God.

I look forward to continue focusing our attention on Acts 1 & 2 and also re-visiting our Vision, Mission, and Values that we shared with you all last fall.

I hope to worship with you on Sunday.

This Sunday: Acts 2:1-21 (NIV)
           “What Now? Making Room at God's Table”
         
Here is the Order of Worship.

Warmly in Christ,

John

P.S. As I mentioned, you may also want to try this prayer out before going to bed. It is a wonderful way to end the day.