Evident Grace Fellowship Launches a New Series Journey to Worship, a Study of Ezra

ezra imageExcitedly, on Sunday, September 7th and continuing until the holidays, Evident Grace Fellowship is launching its new sermon series, Journey to Worship – A Study of Ezra. Why would a young church, or any church for that matter, endeavor to study, what for some might be, an obscure Old Testament book? There are several reasons.

Ezra is a book about a community returning to their homeland to reestablish the worship of God after a period of time where worship had been forbidden. Those that remained at home must now integrate with those returning, and both communities have to manage lots of hopes and expectations. Each hopes for a vibrant life of worship. Each knows their own expectations, but they don’t know what to expect from each other.

What an incredibly practical book to study for a young church like Evident Grace Fellowship. We have been meeting for a year and a half. We are a community gathered from many different backgrounds. We too have expectations, and we too are learning to grow and learn as a new community with a new identity. And we are just like Ezra, God is making something beautiful and united out of gathered communities.

Also, as new people visit us and join our community each week, this study will be ideal for them to walk through with us. We are going to see, in real time, the events of the worship in Ezra’s time, and we will have so many things to learn from: the good, the bad, and the ugly. (This is your invitation constant reader. Please join us.)

Also, the events of Ezra and its companion book Nehemiah, are the final historical events in the Old Testament that lead up to the work of Jesus. It is an anticipatory historical account. We can look at those days, on this side of Jesus work, and learn so much about the joy promised to a community who now fully understand Jesus work. In that, we as a community can grow in greater worship and commitment to God and to each other.

So, why study this book? Ezra was living on a hope promised. We are living on a hope fulfilled.

This study should take us up to the 2014 holiday season. The good thing about Ezra is that you can join it at any point and time and not be lost, but we encourage you to join us for worship on September 7th to experience our series launch. We meet each Sunday for worship at 1030am at the comedy club above Liberty Lanes, and you can find directions here.

Come as you are. We are neither formal nor casual. And if you desire, we have both a nursery, and we also offer an individual teaching time for children aged 2-5.

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Evident Grace Launches New Childrens Program

brochure-kidsEvident Grace values teaching our children, so towards that end, we have waited to establish a few of our programs until we knew that we could do them faithfully, safely, and consistently. We are excited to announce that this Sunday, we are going to be able to launch just the program that fits that description.

This Sunday (June 1), we are going to launch a children’s teaching time during the sermon. We are going to be able to offer programs for ages 2-5. The summer themes will be:

Toddlers: God’s people (Abraham, Moses, etc)

4-5 yr. olds – God keeps His promises (Noah, Hannah, Adam & Eve, Samuel, Isaiah)

The practicality of it will look like this:

Drop off: The Children’s Teaching Time will start after the song just before the sermon starts.  Gordon will make an announcement letting everyone know that its time.  There will be someone at the information desk at the top of the elevator to check your children in and to take them to their classroom.

Pickup time: Parents can pick up their children in the same way they do for nursery with parents picking up their children after the service.

We are excited to announce this and would love any and all prayers. This launch of a time of teaching for children is a huge step of maturity for us as a church.   We are thankful that we have moved to the point where we can offer it and offer it well.

For any questions, please call 919-412-8161 or email the church at egfellowship@gmail.com.