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This blog contains the thoughts of those serving on the pastoral staff of Grace Anglican Church. We are an Anglican church following Jesus and trying our best to obey his commands, especially the Great Commission (Mat. 28:18-20) and the Great Commandments (Mat. 22:37-40).

 

Mission Trip to Serve at Christar Conference in Spain

Dear Grace Anglican Church, We (Sam Garrison, Patti Millican, Dave Garmus, Dan Wolf) have been in Spain for a week now and we are finally getting a chance to blog about our experience thus far serving at the Christar Conference in Malaga, Spain. There is so much to share, but we wanted to share with you all five things that God has been up to here during our time here. ...

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Idolatry: Making Good Things The Ultimate Thing

  As we transition to a new preaching focus, our Archbishop has asked me to resume using the lectionary to select our Sunday readings.  I'm glad to do so because it is rich in content and will give us much to consider concerning God's grace to us.  We'll take the appointed readings from Luke's gospel as our focus.  Specifically, we'll be considering ...

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Summer Sermon Series- GENESIS: The Gospel According to Abraham

    The Bible is an epic story.  Consider its literary sources and diversity: • The Bible was written over a span of 2000 years. • It has 40 different authors. • It was written from three different continents. • Its original texts are written in three different languages (Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek). • Its authors range from king...

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LIFE IN THE SPIRIT

This Sunday marks the annual Feast of Pentecost.  The name literally means “fiftieth,” a title that was taken from the Jewish Feast of Weeks that occurs approximately at the same time. This is yet another example of God fulfilling themes from the Old Covenant.  The Jewish feast was given the Greek title “Pentecost” because it occurred 50...

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Upcoming Summer Sabbatical

Upcoming Summer SabbaticalFrom Senior Pastor, Mike McDonald Dear Grace Anglican Family, I thank God that he has counted me faithful enough to entrust me with leadership of his people. June 4th will mark the 8th anniversary of my ordination as a priest. Serving God in this way brings me a deep sense of fulfillment and joy. I love ministry and I love our church. I also fee...

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Coming Alive Lenten Preaching Sermon Series

Over the next six weeks, we’ll be looking at topics related to things "Coming Alive."  In selecting our preaching texts from the lectionary, I noticed topics related to "Coming Alive" as a recurring theme.  Lent is perfectly positioned on the calendar to help us think about life coming through death.  Winter often feels harsh and cold and barren, but...

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Prepare the Way

Advent: Centering the Season Around Christ...

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Messing Up the Words

We worship in the Anglican tradition, a denomination that we call “liturgical.” You may have heard that the word “liturgy” comes from the Greek word leitourgía which roughly means “work or service of the people.” The term was used for many public works of service, and was a cultural word that was used by Christians and eventually ...

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Reflections on Sabbath

 It may be splitting hairs, but have you ever noticed that the first day of existence for mankind was a day off? For six days God created everything, with people being made on day six. Then, God rested the Bible tells us (see Genesis 1:31 – 2:3). I once heard someone make that point that while God rested from his work, mankind ought to work from their rest. I li...

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The Worst Version of Myself

This past weekend I spent about nine hours under the hood of my car. I received the bad news that my A/C compressor needed to be replaced a month or so ago, and rather than pay the thousand or so bucks they wanted to do the repair, I decided I would buy the parts and do it myself to save a little money. People do crazy things to save a little money. Summers here are hot, ...

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