“You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.”
—1 Samuel 17:45
“It’s a David and Goliath story.” You don’t have to know anything about Scripture to be familiar with the idea. When someone says David and Goliath you know what it means just the same as if they had said “Good Samaritan” or “the Golden Rule.” These Bible stories have embedded themselves on our culture.
The motif of the underdog overcoming great odds, the long shot winning it all, the little guy beating out a giant is a recurring theme in movies and books. Everybody loves a great “Rudy” story. It’s so familiar to us that most of us would probably be surprised if we heard David himself retell the story. I imagine if you had the chance he would have less to say about the size of Goliath’s spear and more to say about the things that Goliath had said about the God of Israel. David, I suspect, wouldn’t tell a story about the size of the Philistine army but about the God of the army of Israel. One of David’s favorite names for the God of his salvation was Lord of Hosts: The God of Angel Armies.
This Sunday at City of Grace: “In the Name of God: God of Angel Armies” (1 Samuel 17:41-49)
“Giants are not what we think they are. The same qualities that appear to give them strength are often the sources of great weakness.”
And my God will supply every need of yours
according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
It is often around Thanksgiving time that I pause to consider the little but life changing ways that God provides. But in recent days as my bare feet have burned on hot pavement, I have given thanks for clothing (shoes in particular). As I broke a sweat walking to the car for a forgotten cell phone I gave thanks for the cool air blowing from the vents in my home. As my fridge dropped ice in my glass and my faucet gave an endless supply of water I gave thanks for little things, things that I often take for granted. I met with a pastor friend this morning who shared that his day was a little disorganized because they had decided to open up the meeting hall in their church as a cooling station for the homeless in his neighborhood. He was going to have to find a different place to study or be OK with lots of interruption… I gave thanks that there are people out there letting their lives be interrupted in order to save the lives of others. In Genesis 22, God interrupts Abraham just before he carries out a plan to sacrifice his only son Isaac, promising to provide a substitute instead. While Abraham, it seems, never wavered in his belief that God would provide, little did he know that the ultimate fulfillment of that promise would come as the greatest interruption that heaven and earth had ever seen.
This Sunday at City of Grace: “In the Name of God: The Provider”
Next Joint Worship Service
10:30 am Sunday July 2nd @ City of Grace
Announcing the arrival of Martha Patricia Garay
A special thank you to the City of Grace prayer team from Tonio, Diana and Samuel
Our Congregational Meeting to elect members to our Diaconate Ministry Team will take place on July 2nd (not June 25 as previously noted).
I bind unto myself today the name,
the strong name of the Trinity,
by invocation of the same,
the Three in One, and One in Three.
—from St. Patrick’s Breastplate
This Sunday is Trinity Sunday
One of the most things about having a three year old is the way that they talk. Our three year old in particular is full of deep thoughts, interesting insights and astounding observations (not to mention explosive frustration and tantrum fits on occasion). All of this comes from a three year old tongue that has no understanding and no use for past or future tense, singularity or plurality, proper pronouns and all manner of other grammatical devices. The listener is left to figure all of that out from context and familiarity, all while the comprehension clock is ticking down to the end of a three year old’s patience. It’s a pressure situation.
This Sunday we are starting a new teaching series called: In the Name of God. Each summer Sunday we will explore a different name used in scripture to describe and identify the one true God. This Sunday we start at the beginning with Genesis 1 and the first name used for God the creator: “Elohim.” It’s a passage that also includes peculiar pronouns. Specifically there is a lot of “us” and “we” where it seems like God should be saying “I” and “me.” Why?
For some of Genesis’ first readers that question would linger for centuries, but here is the spoiler: This Sunday is Trinity Sunday, the celebration and realization that the one true God has always been a “we.” And it has everything to do with why “we” are “us”!! Confused? Come join us this Sunday at City of Grace as we begin our series, In the Name of God: “The Creator”.
Joint Worship Service—Last Sunday!
10:00 am June 11th @ Living Grace
What a wonderful 1st date we had this past Sunday together with Living Grace Church. I’d love your feedback, comments, concerns and questions as we continue to pursue “a very short engagement this summer” in pursuit of grafting our two churches together. Click here and send me your thoughts – Brad
Play on our joint softball team
Tuesday Nights in Tahoe Park