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Posted by Bill Vogler on

Thursday was Ascension Day. This is the day that the church celebrates the ascension of Jesus into heaven as King to rule and reign over everything for the church (Acts 1:6-11; Ephesians 1: 20-23) and as High Priest to intercede for us (Hebrews 7:25; Romans 8:34). A couple of Psalms are...

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Tags: church, worship, outside, gathering together, summer kick-off, letters from bill

Looking forward

Posted by Bill Vogler on

On Thursday evening, our children’s ministry director read a bedtime story to our Grace Kids. (If you haven’t seen it, you should! Just click here.) It was from John 4:46-54. The message: the word of Jesus is powerful, so much so that even from a distance it accomplishes its...

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Tags: church, worship, john 4, gathering together, letters from bill

"one heart and one mouth"

Posted by Bill Vogler on

People are all abuzz discussing plans around the country for reopening after this time of sheltering-at-home. This is true for Kansans too, as this week our governor issued new guidelines that lay out four phases for reopening our state.   What about for our local church...

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Tags: church, worship, romans 15, gathering together, letters from bill

Gathering together at home

Posted by Bill Vogler on

Christians have always met together. It’s in our DNA. It’s instinctive. The people of God in the Old Testament gathered together. (See Deuteronomy 4:10; Psalm 22:22; Psalm 149:1.) The first believers gathered together. (Acts 2:42-47) We are exhorted to meet together. (Hebrews...

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Tags: church, psalm 27, gathering together, letters from bill

Praying Psalm 27

Posted by Bill Vogler on

After dropping off some food at the church house yesterday afternoon, Karen and I went into the sanctuary to pray. We walked through each pew praying, picture by picture. (We used a directory to pray for those of you who don’t have a picture there.) Karen started on one side and I on the...

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Looking for Contrasts

Posted by Bill Vogler on

Dear Grace Family, You can only imagine my surprise when I turned on the lights in the sanctuary to pray on Sunday morning and saw pictures of your faces attached to the pews! This was a complete surprise to me, and a wonderful blessing. As I walked around to pray, rather than just thinking...

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Tags: hope, steadfast, holy week, contrasts, letters from bill

"Be still."

Posted by Bill Vogler on

Be still. Things seem still. Oh, some people are out talking walks, some cars are on the roads, a few businesses are open. But mostly, we’re staying at home. But stillness? Maybe as we look out our windows. But what do we see when we look inside, through the window of our souls? Inner...

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Tags: prayer, hope, fasting, good friday, still

Maundy Thursday Communion

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This Thursday is known in the Church as Maundy Thursday.  “Maundy” comes from the Latin, mandatum, which means “mandate” or “commandment,” because this was when Jesus gave the commandment to his disciples to “love one another as I...

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"Never doubt in the dark what was true in the light."

Posted by Bill Vogler on

Well. We’re heading into the 4th Sunday without gathering in the same physical space…but still gathering. I take comfort in Paul’s expression to the church in Corinth. Unable to be in the same place with them when he desired to be, he noted that still he was with them in...

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Tags: communion, fasting, good friday, palm sunday, maundy thursday

well-worn paths

Posted by Bill Vogler on

My dear Grace Congregation, It already seems like forever to me since we’ve seen each other, and yet it has only been a couple of Sundays! But this simply reveals the grace of God’s wisdom in Hebrews 10.25, “And let us…not neglect to meet together…but...

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Tags: letters from bill, well-worn path

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