"Reach" is our theme for 2017 that was launched Sunday, January 8th.
What does it mean?
First, we reach upward, God-ward, Heaven-ward. God is and always will be the focus of Grace Church and its families. We reach up to Him, making ourselves available for His purpose and will, that it may be brought to pass in our lives. We reach up to Him as we submit and surrender our desires and wants to Him.
Secondly, we will reach inward, through repentance and worship, working through our own issues and dilemmas. We commit to forgive ourselves, to see ourselves restored to the place where God can absolutely have His way in our lives. We reach for that place where there is no malice, bitterness or grudges. We reach deep down inside and pray with all fervency and sincerity that “God would create within me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me.” We put aside all bias and prejudice. We reach deep and give to God true heartfelt worship because that it is what He desires, commands and is worthy of.
Third, we reach outward, to our fellowman. The one who is hurting, discouraged, depressed, lonely, confused. Those who are wayward and struggling with their faith. We will reach out to the lost and undone, those who feel hopeless and helpless, to those who are lost in sin.
We will stretch, give, sacrifice, fight and determine to commit ourselves to God and His Kingdom, to one another, to the lost, and to the unchurched.