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Community Of Grace NYC  A Community of Faith on the Upper West Side. #gracenyc @grace_in_nyc

What a gift to celebrate Sumi’s baptism today. A picture of Jesus bringing us from death to LIFE!

Sunday, Jason challenged us to question who we fear more than God. Here are some of the questions he asked. We hope it is a help to you as you pray through how to apply all we talked through on Sunday!
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With whom do you avoid confrontation so that you will be liked? -  With whom do you share your highlights with in hopes that they will think much of you? -  Whose opinion has the greatest impact upon you? That when they love you, you
experience self-satisfaction. When they don’t, you condemn yourself, and feel isolated? -  Whose affection do you try to secure by controlling their perception of you? -  Who loves you, but doesn’t really know the real you? -  With whom have you killed intimacy, because you only let them see a false version of
you?

Our Community of Grace potluck is today!! We will eat together following the service so make sure and bring your favorite dish and a big appetite!

Is there something God is asking you to lay down today, friends? // “Most Christians are like a man who was toiling along the road, bending under a heavy burden, when a wagon overtook him. The driver kindly offered to help him on his journey. He joyfully accepted the offer but, when he was seated, continued to bend beneath his burden, which he still kept on his shoulders. "Why do you not lay down your burden?" asked the kind-hearted driver. "Oh!" replied the man, "I feel that it is almost too much to ask you to carry me, and I could not think of letting you carry my burden too." And so Christian who have given themselves into the care and keeping of the Lord Jesus still continue to bend beneath the weight of their burdens and often go weary and heavy-laden throughout the whole length of their journey.” - Hannah Whitall Smith

Friends! Our next community potluck is Sunday, September 16 after our service! More details to come. Mark your calendars! You won’t want to miss all that great food and fun with our church family!

Our culture so often wants to say and believe that God’s love is and should be blind, assuming that would be the purest and truest kind of love. But the truth is, God’s love is not incredible for being blind. His love is incredible for the fact that He sees and loves us anyway.
- He saw our sin.
- He saw our hatred for Him.
- He saw our rebellion against Him.
- He saw our brokenness.
- All of which deserved His wrath.
BUT, the Good News is this: God saw our flaws, our failures, our brokenness, our weaknesses, our inadequacies, and even our hatred for him, and still, He moved pursued us!

It’s always bittersweet sending out members of our church to a new home. Thank you, Landon and Heather, for all you’ve invested here! We bless you as you go and look forward to what’s in store for your family!

Happy weekend, friends! We can’t wait to be together tomorrow! We hope to see you at 10:30!

Happy birthday to our lead pastor @jason883! We are grateful for you humility, hunger for God, love for the Church and your leadership!

Being conformed into the image of Christ is a better comfort than anything else we could desire. Why? Because as we become more like Christ, submitted to the Father, we experience more peace, more joy, and the fruit of the Spirit continues to grow as evidence of the Father working in us - no matter our circumstance. If this isn’t a comfort to us, perhaps we need a grander vision of who Jesus is? Paul had that grand vision when he wrote these words, “For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” - 2 Corinthians 12:10

Thank you Pastor Rich for sharing your heart and loving our city and our neighborhood this morning! And thank you @rccsbx for sharing your Pastor with us this morning!

“The works of monks and priests, however holy and arduous they be, do not differ one whit in the sight of God from the works of the rustic laborer in the field or the woman going about her household tasks,but that all works are measured before God by faith alone” - Martin Luther // We are praying for each of you as you work in your businesses, homes and community this week! May we be a people that are motivated by faith in the God who created us, trusting He is using us and our work to build His kingdom here on earth!

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