A message from

Grace Mennonite Church

On Friday morning, March 13, Montgomery County leaders asked churches across the county to suspend Sunday services and other group events for two weeks as they work hard to slow the spread of the virus. This request was subsequently extended.

This is not something the state can require of us, but we believe it is a reasonable request. Respecting this request is one way for us to honor government leaders and help make their burden lighter (1 Timothy 2:1-8). Moreover, it is one way for us to love our communities and express concern for their well-being. And, while our assembling together is very important (Hebrews 10:25), under the circumstances it is also a practical way for us to show care for each other as a church.

Therefore, in keeping with the shelter-in place order issued by Governor Wolf, we made the decision to suspend of our on-site Sunday services and all other in-person meetings and events through the end of May. Our Worship Ministry Team made these services available online. You can watch them using the links below that indicate a video. The pastors also provided a series of daily devotionals that you may find meaningful. These links are also posted below.

Now, Grace has made plans to phase in a restart of in-person worship. For the first phase, we will be meeting in groups of 25 or less. More information can be found at the links below:

 

Watch a video explaining the plan to restart

Read the details of the plan

 

This is uncharted territory for us. But this time affords us a unique opportunity to live out our faith and our congregational vision in other practical ways.

We encourage you to hold family worship in your homes on Sunday and practice the adventure challenges together. Read the Bible together. Share faith stories. Pray for each other. Pray for our church’s witness. Pray for those in positions of authority faced with the daunting challenge of responding to this crisis. Check in with other church members throughout the week—by phone, Zoom, card or letter—to ask about their welfare.

Check in with your neighbors, and especially any elderly or high-risk neighbors you might have, to consider if there are ways you can be Christ’s hands and feet to them in their need (e.g., run errands, get groceries, take them to a doctor visit). And be aware of doors this might open for you to give an account of the hope that is in you in Christ (1 Peter 3:15).

We will pray with hope that this present challenge will pass over quickly. But in the meanwhile, may we be watchful for the things the Lord wants to teach us and the ways He wants to use us.

Finally, I offer you these words of encouragement from Psalm 56:

"When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You. In God, whose word I praise, In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. What can mere man do to me?" (Psalm 56:3–4).

May we experience the peace of Christ and seize the opportunity to share that peace as the body of Christ at Grace Mennonite Church.

Pastor Marc Hershberger

215.855.7718

mhershberger@gracemennonite.org

Are you anxious about the Coronavirus?

The pastors at Grace Mennonite Church prepared this series of devotionals to help our church navigate a faithful response to the Covid-19 crisis. You may find them to be meaningful no matter what challenge you are facing. If you would like to speak with one of our pastors, please call (215) 855-7718 or email us at gracemennoniteoffice@gmail.com.

Sunday, July 26 — Do not be deceived (video)

Sunday, July 19 — Don't get comfortable (video)

Sunday, July 12 — The 9 Arts of Spiritual Conversations: Sharing (video)

Thursday, July 9 — The value of being out of control

Wednesday, July 8 — A matter of the heart

Tuesday, July 7 — The art of facilitating

Monday, July 6 — Being worth our salt

Sunday, July 5 — The 9 Arts of Spiritual Conversations: Serving Together (video)

Wednesday, July 1 — A message for everyone everywhere

Tuesday, June 30 — Profile of a strong church

Monday, June 29 — What do you see?

Sunday, June 28 — Remembering our purpose (video)

Friday, June 26 — Hospitality: A heart issue

Thursday, June 25 — Overcoming barriers to welcoming

Wednesday, June 24 — Hospitality's agenda

Tuesday, June 23 — Fight, flight, freeze—or face?

Monday, June 22 — Welcoming: Showing the kindness of God

Sunday, June 21 — The 9 Arts of Spiritual Conversations: Welcoming, Part 2 (video)

Sunday, June 21 — The 9 Arts of Spiritual Conversations: Welcoming, Part 1 (video)

Friday, June 19 — Things to be thankful for

Thursday, June 18 — Love pursues

Wednesday, June 17 — The power of love

Tuesday, June 16 — Here is love

Friday, June 12 — Love's evidence

Thursday, June 11 — Roots that run deep

Wednesday, June 10 — Loving presence

Monday, June 8 — The greatest of these

Sunday, June 7 — The 9 Arts of Spiritual Conversations: Loving (video)

Friday, June 5 — Careful questions vs. thoughtful questions

Thursday, June 4 — Holy curiosity

Wednesday, June 3 — Making space for good questions

Tuesday, June 2 — Created to be curious

Monday, June 1 — Coming out on the other side....together

Sunday, May 31 — The 9 Arts of Spiritual Conversations: Asking Questions (video)

Friday, May 29 — The sounds of listening

Thursday, May 28 — Listening to each other

Wednesday, May 27 — Breaking the noise

Tuesday, May 26 — "Speaking" the language of love

Monday, May 25 — The God who hears

Sunday, May 24 — The 9 Arts of Spiritual Conversations: Listening (video)

Friday, May 22 — The prayer of "casting"

Thursday, May 21 — The power of secret prayer

Wednesday, May 20 — Persistence that prevails!

Tuesday, May 19 — Prayers like raindrops

Monday, May 18 — If we are not praying....

Sunday, May 17 — The 9 Arts of Spiritual Conversations: Praying (video)

Friday, May 15 — Cultivating a way of life

Thursday, May 14 — Becoming a noticing person

Wednesday, May 13 — Noticing what Jesus does

Tuesday, May 12 — Seeing with the mind of Christ

Monday, May 11 — Who do you notice?

Sunday, May 10 — The 9 Arts of Spiritual Conversations: Noticing (video)

Friday, May 8 — Where is your head?

Thursday, May 7 — How did you like your heart attack?

Wednesday, May 6 — A fool's claim

Tuesday, May 5 — From emotion to devotion

Monday, May 4 — Son-Exposure

Sunday, May 3 — The 9 Arts of Spiritual Conversations - Intro

Friday, May 1 — Everyday witnesses

Thursday, April 30 — Faith coming alive

Wednesday, April 29 — Going the extra mile

Tuesday, April 28 — Living an unburdened life

Monday, April 27 — A testimony of thanksgiving

Sunday, April 26 — Rainbow Express Preschool Sunday (video)

Friday, April 24 — I shall not want

Thursday, April 23 — An opportunity for peace

Wednesday, April 22 — More than the eye can see

Tuesday, April 21 — Understanding your Father

Monday, April 20 — When more of nothing is what we need

Sunday, April 19 — Living as Lights in the Darkness (video)

Friday, April 17 — Perspective given in worship

Thursday, April 16 — Nothing can separate us

Wednesday, April 15 — The God who comes to us

Tuesday, April 14 — The Great Pause

Monday, April 13 — In search of treasure

Sunday, April 12 — He is Risen: A Matter of Fact, A Matter of Meaning (video)

Friday, April 10 — We have a Friend

Thursday, April 9 — Celebrate the gift of life!

Wednesday, April 8 — Of first importance

Tuesday, April 7 — What true peace looks like

Monday, April 6 — Handling the pressure

Palm Sunday — April 5, 2020 Sabbath Disciplines: Solitude and Silence (video)

Friday, April 3 — Be all the more diligent

Thursday, April 2 —  How strong is your tent?

Wednesday, April 1 — Suffering that redeems

Tuesday, March 31 — Breaking and re-forming

Monday, March 30 — Remembering our vows

Sunday, March 29 — Fireworks vs Faithfulness (video)

Friday, March 27 — God sees the sparrow

Thursday, March 26 — A call for mutuality

Wednesday, March 25 — Pain with a purpose

Tuesday, March 24 — Does anxiety take your breath away?

Monday, March 23 — Even to the end of the age

Sunday, March 22 — A surprise lesson

Sunday, March 22 — From fear to faith (video)

Friday, March 20 — Generous living

Thursday, March 19 — Faith living

Wednesday, March 18 — Trust the engineer (or the chef)

Tuesday, March 17 — Is Jesus in the boat with you?

Monday, March 16 — The gift of "otherness"