The Gift

Dear Sinners and Saints,
We watched a huge snafu on Sunday night at the Oscars when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway (who starred in the movie “Bonnie and Clyde” 50 years ago) announced the best picture award. They were mistakenly given the best actress envelope which read Emma Stone of “LA LA Land.” Beatty looked at the card knowing something was awry. Dunaway grabbed it from him assuming he was kidding around. Faye saw the words “LA LA Land“ and incorrectly announced the best picture winner was “LA LA Land.”
What transpired next is history. In a panic, a guy with a headset ran to and fro across the stage spreading word that a mistake had been made. The producer of “LA LA Land” immediately said, ”The real winner and I am not kidding, is Moonlight. Moonlight has won best picture.”
The most impressive thing that occurred was PricewaterhouseCoopers, the entity responsible for the debacle said, "We made a mistake. We are sorry.”  
From the evidence I have seen, the culture was pleased to hear a voice of authority say, ”I made a mistake, I am sorry.”
Today is Ash Wednesday, and so we begin the season of Lent. Let us embrace the opportunity to confess and receive the gift of forgiveness.
The men’s group is going to be reading Phillip Yancy’s book “What’s So Amazing About Grace?” We invite all men to join us on Friday mornings at 630am at the Panera Bread near Park Meadows Mall.
A quote from Yancy:
“The only essential difference that I can tell between Christians and non-Christians is not necessarily morality, it’s that Christians have acknowledged that we’re sinners and we can’t make it on our own. We’re failures and will continue to fail. And the church in the year 3000 will be just as full of problems as the church in the year 2000 , as it was in the year 1000. No other institutions that I know of recognize that. Governments don’t, a lot of other religions don’t. But that’s the baseline of Christianity. If we deny that, and try to put on a good face, then we fall into the trap of the original Pharisees of just trying to make ourselves look good and even make God look good. But God didn’t seem all that concerned with it. God became sin for us, as Paul said." Phillip Yancy, quoted by Doug Duncan, “Thoughtful Evangelical : Philip Yancy Interview,” The Door, May-June 2000,11.
Tonight we observe Ash Wednesday at Rock Canyon High School. The service is set up in a 'come and go' format from 5:30pm-7:00pm. There will be brief scripture readings, sermons, confession, holy communion, imposition of ashes, and ample time for silence with your God.
Prayer concerns: The safehouse in Nicaragua lead by Daniel Bain. Daniel works with children off of a trash dump near Managua. These children were endangered by the living conditions on the dump and entrusted into the care of Daniel and his staff at the Safehouse by the parents. We were introduced to them by Brad Corrigan and his staff at “Love Light and Melody”. Daniel now has his own nonprofit status and is an independent 501C3.  As a missional community we have been raising finances for the safehouse to have its own van. We are currently at just over $8,000. Please consider making an additional offering to God’s Grace Community Church (GGCC) to assist with the purchase of the van. The full budget to acquire a usable van is estimated to be $20,000, GGCC has set a minimal goal of raising half or $10,000. Thanks for your prayers and support of this project. We are thankful for Chip Coppola who has been instrumental in inspiring this ministry among us. On Sunday, Laura Karlis who is on the Safehouse Board, will be with us to offer some testimony on the mission in Nicaragua.
*We have just one service on Sunday at 10:00am as Peter and Brendan Mayer will be with us, sharing the sermon in song.
Also this Sunday, March 5th at 3pm- Peter and Brendan will be doing a house concert at Amy and my home- (5510 Sawdust Loop , Parker CO.) All are welcome, bring a friend!
Still in One Peace,
Pastor David J. Jensen

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