Evident Grace Partners to Bring Matthew Smith in Concert, October 18th

matthew smithOne of the defining characteristics of the worship at Evident Grace is our music.  No, we aren’t defined by bombastic lights and sound, but instead, we aim to be defined by biblically-based music with a great spiritual depth and history.  We choose our songs according to the themes related to our sermon passages looking for songs that both prepare and deepen the experience of our souls.

Because of that, we are part of the hymn re-write movement.  Many of the songs we choose are great hymns of the church either presented as they were originally written or re-interpreted for our present context (often with guitars, mandolins, and varied percussion).  We are also writing and re-arranging songs for our present context.

At Evident Grace, we want to honor the musical heritage of the church past while representing the church present.

Because of these convictions, we are eagerly partnering with New Life in Christ Church in Fredericksburg and Hope of Christ Church in Stafford to bring Matthew Smith in concert.  Matthew Smith and his work with Indelible Grace are at the forefront of the hymn re-write movement, so this concert will be both worshipful and instructive for us.

This worship event will kick off on October 18th at New Life in Christ Church at 7:30pm.  Tickets are $5 for individuals and $15 for families if you pre-purchase.  The day of the event, tickets are $7 for individuals and $20 for families at the door.

New Life in Church is located at 11925 Burgess Lane in Fredericksburg, VA behind the Spotsylvania Mall.

If you would like more information or would like to purchase tickets, call 540-786—4848.  We can’t to worship with all of you at this great event.

If you would like to know more about Evident Grace’s worship, we meet each Thursday from 6:30pm – 8:00pm for a music circle at Carme Espresso.  All are welcome.

Confidence and Contentment

contentSo, let me say this as clearly as I can:  Our biggest challenge to being content is that we don’t want God to make us content if it means that our lives are going to stay the same.  What we have to do before we even get to the secret of contentment is wrestle with the reality that we don’t trust the life that God has for us.

If so, we would gladly pray for contentment even in the worst of situations.

The excerpt above is from this past week’s sermon at Evident Grace Fellowship where we explored how hope in Christ is so secure, God’s commands, and we can count on it.  The devotional pdf’s, kindle, and audio are up.

You can download the pdf’s for free at:

Philippians 1:1-8

Philippians 1:8-11

Philippians 1:12-14

Philippians 1:15-18

Philippians 1:19-21

Philippians 1:22-26

Philippians 1:27-30

Philippians 2:1-4

Philippians 2:5-11

Philippians 2:12-18

Philippians 2:19-30

Philippians 3:1-7

Philippians 3:7-11

Philippians 3:12-16

Philippians 3:17-21

Philippians 4:1-7

Philippians 4:8-13

And audio for Philippians 1:15-18 is here.

Audio for Philippians 1:19-21 is here.

Audio for Philippians 1:22-26 is here.

Audio for Philippians 2:1-4 is here.

Audio for Philippians 2:5-11 is here.

Audio for Philippians 2:12-18 is here.

Audio for Philippians 2:19-30 is here.

Audio for Philippians 3:1-7 is here.

Audio for Philippians 3:7-11 is here.

Audio for Philippians 3:12-16 is here.

Audio for Philippians 3:17ff is here.

Audio for Philippians 4:1-7 is here.

Audio for Philippians 4:8-13 is here.

Also, we are making all of our devotional pdf’s available on Kindle as well.  Because these are available at places other than Amazon, we have to charge $.99 for these, but all proceeds go back to Evident Grace.  You can find our Kindle devotionals at:

Philippians 1:1-8

Philippians 1:8-11

Philippians 1:12-14

Philippians 1:15-18

Philippians 1:19-21

Philippians 1:22-26

Philippians 1:27-30

Philippians 2:1-4

Philippians 2:5-11

Philippians 2:12-18

Philippians 2:19-30

Philippians 3:1-7

Philippians 3:7-11

Philippians 3:12-16

Philippians 3:17-21

Philippians 4:1-7

Philippians 4:8-13

Thanks for taking the time to look over these with us.  Join the conversation either by worshiping with us on Sunday, getting together with us throughout the week, or discussing these online or at Facebook.

Thanks.

If you are interested in worshiping with Evident Grace, we meet each Sunday at 1030am at the comedy club above Liberty Lanes off of I-95 exit 126 in Spotsylvania, VA.

Anxious No More

And if your heart and mind are so anxious that you can’t stay them on God to get that peace that is promised, then pray, “God, I know you have promised that you will give me peace if I can keep my mind on you, but I can’t.  I’m scared to death.  Please fix my heart on you and give me a peace that is beyond this mess that passes all understanding.”

And as God grants you that peace, as God removes your anxiety and comforts you with His peaceful presence, you know what will happen?

God will guard your heart and your mind in Christ Jesus.

God will guard you from evil thoughts.

God will guard you from lustful thoughts.

God will guard you from suicidal thoughts.

God will guard you from hateful, judgment thoughts.

God will guard you from despairing, and He will make you a person of peace.

That work of God in your life will insure that your home is peaceful.  That work of God in your life will insure that the church is peaceful.  That work of God in your life will be attractive to those who do not yet know Jesus, and God will be glorified as Jesus is lifted up by the work that is done in you and through you.

The excerpt above is from this past week’s sermon at Evident Grace Fellowship where we explored how hope in Christ is so secure, God’s commands, and we can count on it.  The devotional pdf’s, kindle, and audio are up.

You can download the pdf’s for free at:

Philippians 1:1-8

Philippians 1:8-11

Philippians 1:12-14

Philippians 1:15-18

Philippians 1:19-21

Philippians 1:22-26

Philippians 1:27-30

Philippians 2:1-4

Philippians 2:5-11

Philippians 2:12-18

Philippians 2:19-30

Philippians 3:1-7

Philippians 3:7-11

Philippians 3:12-16

Philippians 3:17-21

Philippians 4:1-7

And audio for Philippians 1:15-18 is here.

Audio for Philippians 1:19-21 is here.

Audio for Philippians 1:22-26 is here.

Audio for Philippians 2:1-4 is here.

Audio for Philippians 2:5-11 is here.

Audio for Philippians 2:12-18 is here.

Audio for Philippians 2:19-30 is here.

Audio for Philippians 3:1-7 is here.

Audio for Philippians 3:7-11 is here.

Audio for Philippians 3:12-16 is here.

Audio for Philippians 3:17ff is here.

Audio for Philippians 4:1-7 is here.

Also, we are making all of our devotional pdf’s available on Kindle as well.  Because these are available at places other than Amazon, we have to charge $.99 for these, but all proceeds go back to Evident Grace.  You can find our Kindle devotionals at:

Philippians 1:1-8

Philippians 1:8-11

Philippians 1:12-14

Philippians 1:15-18

Philippians 1:19-21

Philippians 1:22-26

Philippians 1:27-30

Philippians 2:1-4

Philippians 2:5-11

Philippians 2:12-18

Philippians 2:19-30

Philippians 3:1-7

Philippians 3:7-11

Philippians 3:12-16

Philippians 3:17-21

Philippians 4:1-7

Thanks for taking the time to look over these with us.  Join the conversation either by worshiping with us on Sunday, getting together with us throughout the week, or discussing these online or at Facebook.

Thanks.

If you are interested in worshiping with Evident Grace, we meet each Sunday at 1030am at the comedy club above Liberty Lanes off of I-95 exit 126 in Spotsylvania, VA.

Community Worship Service

community worship serviceWe are incredibly excited at Evident Grace to announce a full month of activity in September to help the community get to know us better.  We are launching a season entitled:

Community.Worship.Service.

Community, Worship, and Service are the missional pillars of what we hope to do at Evident Grace.  So, to reinforce those things for us and to introduce those things to others, we have a lot planned.

Labor Day Cookout

We will launch our September activities with an end of summer, Labor Day Cookout at the home of Michael and Gabrielle Corbin.  We’ll get together around 4:00pm, and as our other cookouts have gone, we’ll hang out and have a blast.

Missional Pillars

Then, following that, we will take each of the following 3 Sunday’s services and focus them around our missional pillars.

On September 8th, our service will focus on the Community that we hope God builds for us at Evident Grace.

On September 15th, our service will focus on the Worship that we hope God gifts us with at Evident Grace.

And on September 22nd, our service will focus on the Service that we hope God enables Evident Grace to do in the Spotyslvania/Frederickburg area.

All of these services will begin at 10:30am, and we will meet at the comedy club above Liberty Lanes in Spotsylvania, VA.  You can find directions here.

Partnership Meetings

But we also know that getting to know a church and what it is all about requires more than just a cookout and some worship services.  So, have set apart two distinct times where we can get together, talk about Evident Grace, and answer any questions that folks have.  We call these Partnership Meetings.

Our first Partnership Meeting will be on Friday night, September 20th at 7:00pm.  This get together will be hosted in one of our homes, so folks can relax, feel comfortable, and get to know each other.

Our second Partnership Meeting will be on Saturday morning, October 5th at 7:00am.  This get together will be hosted at the Evident Grace Offices, upstairs above Liberty Lanes.

Each of these Partnership Meetings will last about 3 hours.  They will cover similar material in each, so you can choose whichever one you want to attend, and of course, you can always come to both if you want.

For More Information

 More than anything else, we are praying that God would use this time to help us grow as a church in our missions:  Community.Worship.Service.  We hope that you can be a part of this time where we grow in our relationships with each other.

If you have any questions about our busy September or about any of these activities, don’t hesitate to contact Pastor Gordon Duncan at 919-412-8161 or email him at jgordonduncan@yahoo.com.

And as always, you can find out more about Evident Grace at our website and at our Facebook page.

Citizens of Heaven

wethe peopleBeing a citizen of Heaven has great earthly value.  Those who have faith in Christ hold onto this world loosely as they consider all things as a loss to gain Christ.  They have cleansed consciences from sin as they forget what is behind and press forward to what is ahead.  They have a real, tangible hope that Christ will return, and they have hope that Christ will renew and transform these frail, weak bodies one day.  This gives us hope for our families, each other, and every single person that we bump into during our days.

The excerpt above is from this past week’s sermon at Evident Grace Fellowship where we explored how hope in Christ is so secure, God’s commands, and we can count on it.  The devotional pdf’s, kindle, and audio are up.

You can download the pdf’s for free at:

Philippians 1:1-8

Philippians 1:8-11

Philippians 1:12-14

Philippians 1:15-18

Philippians 1:19-21

Philippians 1:22-26

Philippians 1:27-30

Philippians 2:1-4

Philippians 2:5-11

Philippians 2:12-18

Philippians 2:19-30

Philippians 3:1-7

Philippians 3:7-11

Philippians 3:12-16

Philippians 3:17-21

And audio for Philippians 1:15-18 is here.

Audio for Philippians 1:19-21 is here.

Audio for Philippians 1:22-26 is here.

Audio for Philippians 2:1-4 is here.

Audio for Philippians 2:5-11 is here.

Audio for Philippians 2:12-18 is here.

Audio for Philippians 2:19-30 is here.

Audio for Philippians 3:1-7 is here.

Audio for Philippians 3:7-11 is here.

Audio for Philippians 3:12-16 is here.

Audio for Philippians 3:17-1 is here.

Also, we are making all of our devotional pdf’s available on Kindle as well.  Because these are available at places other than Amazon, we have to charge $.99 for these, but all proceeds go back to Evident Grace.  You can find our Kindle devotionals at:

Philippians 1:1-8

Philippians 1:8-11

Philippians 1:12-14

Philippians 1:15-18

Philippians 1:19-21

Philippians 1:22-26

Philippians 1:27-30

Philippians 2:1-4

Philippians 2:5-11

Philippians 2:12-18

Philippians 2:19-30

Philippians 3:1-7

Philippians 3:7-11

Philippians 3:12-16

Philippians 3:17-21

Thanks for taking the time to look over these with us.  Join the conversation either by worshiping with us on Sunday, getting together with us throughout the week, or discussing these online or at Facebook.

Thanks.

If you are interested in worshiping with Evident Grace, we meet each Sunday at 1030am at the comedy club above Liberty Lanes off of I-95 exit 126 in Spotsylvania, VA.