All Are Welcome

Dear Lovers,

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments." (John 14:15)

When Martin Luther King Jr’s movement was challenged by assaults from the forces of racial injustice, King said in a famous sermon, ”… that the church would respond by out- loving its enemies, out-suffering the perpetrators of violence, out-loving those who show hate.”

I believe such a statement could be made, such a witness could be mounted only in the power of the Holy Spirit. Thus Jesus' promise to us, in the 14th Chapter of John's Gospel, is graciously fulfilled.

When we give deeper love in Jesus' name a try, we become an even bigger partner in God’s plan to offer hope and transformation to the world.

“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father (Heavenly Parent) except through me." (John 14:5)   The great “I am” is the way to God. These words of Jesus are inclusive versus exclusive. All are welcome.

Prayers:

  • Unrest in Hong Kong
  • That racial division might be confronted with love.
  • Baptismal anniversaries. My 60th anniversary is Friday.
  • Wedding anniversaries. My parents, Beverly and Milt, would have been married 61 years this Friday. Richard and Tessa (Saathoff) Smith whom our congregation blessed in holy matrimony will have their one week anniversary this Saturday.
  • The poor.
  • The hungry.
  • All who are returning to school.
  • The sick. Fred Berner had surgery this week that went well. He will have another one in a couple weeks. Baby Knox, a friend of Amanda Jensen, who is hospitalized with cancer.
  • Joy! Where is Christ inviting you into deeper JOY!

A key piece in the God's Grace Community Church (GGCC) history was Randy Rigby. I’ve been thinking about him lately. I give great thanks to God for his contribution to me, and GGCC. Randy spent time as a member of the Righteous Brothers band. Upon Randy’s early death a few years ago, this song took on deeper meaning for me. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IEemZ6-LZc    What song takes you to a place where you give thanks for the love God chooses to share with you through another?

Still in One Peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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