June 23rd, 2021
 I remember my affliction and my wandering,
    the bitterness and the gall.
 I well remember them,
    and my soul is downcast within me.
 Yet this I call to mind
    and therefore I have hope:
 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
    for his compassions never fail.
 They are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.
 I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
    therefore I will wait for him.”
 The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
    to the one who seeks him;
 it is good to wait quietly
    for the salvation of the Lord.
-Lamentations 3:19-26-
 

What is it that you focus on when times are difficult, really difficult?

The people had been crushed. Jeremiah is weeping on behalf of all God’s people. He is crying out to God in desperate despair. He questioned God and why he would allow such things to happen. Jeremiah cries out to God in this acrostic poem with statements such as, “I am the man who has seen affliction by the rod of the LORD’S wrath,” and “He has made my skin and my flesh grow old and has broken my bones,” and “he has made me dwell in darkness like those long dead.” It is as if Jeremiah is climbing over bodies in a desolate wasteland screaming out to God.

Maybe today you feel like Jeremiah. The fires are burning just miles from where you live and the beautiful forests are going up in smoke. Humans are fighting over what they think is right and good with no mention of God or His promises. You turn on the news, greeted only by disagreements and arguing, and changing to the sports channel doesn’t help either. God seems so far off as if He has been buried in the rubble of human selfishness and pride. Today you might feel like Jeremiah saying, “My soul is downcast within me.”

But Jeremiah does something incredible in verse 21, he shifts his thoughts from his circumstances to his hope. 

Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
 

Hope is a human thing; we all hope in something. Everyone is hoping in something or someone. Hope is not contained to a political party or an ideology. Hope is not contained in a friend, a spouse, a family member, a career, or a lifestyle. We all hope in something, but what is it that you are hoping for? A new career? A new relationship? Prosperity and peace? Ultimately, we will be let down. 

Christians are a people of hope, and we don’t hope in our current situations or our future circumstances. We as Christians hope in Christ alone and that is our identity. We have been called to a “living hope” (1 Peter 1:3). We have been called to be a people who trust in God’s promises and give witness to that hope to others! 

“Christian hope is not saying “Let’s build something better down here” which is what politicians promise. Christian hope is not about escaping the world somehow saying, “I wish I wasn’t part of this hopelessness; I wish I would just die.”  The thing about Christian hope is that is neither hope in something down here nor hope in something up there, but it’s hope in Christ- it’s hope in a person. It’s hope in a person with whom we have a relationship, and that person comes in our midst and God’s promises are yes and amen in this person in Christ. That makes Christian hope quite different, more sustainable and nourishing in difficult times. Don’t look up there or down here for your hope because you are going to be disappointed. Always look to Christ for our hope and God’s promises in him.” – Dr. Leopoldo Sanchez

Join us Sunday as we do what Jeremiah did, we turn our thoughts and minds to God’s love, His Mercy, and His faithfulness in Christ alone. 

I can’t wait!
Join us on Sunday, July 11th, for a Sunday Service of Worship and celebration at 9:00 am. There will not be a 10:30 service. Please join us afterwards for coffee and complimentary Churros from the local Churro Truck! We can't wait to praise our Lord in song and celebrate being together!
Aracely and Kat welcomed their beautiful daughter, Aralyn into the world just a few weeks ago! To help show our love and support, a meal chain has been set up to help them out on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Click the link to sign up to make and take them a meal if it is on your heart!

Please contact Brookelyn at 720-550-3505 if you have any questions
pictured is Sal with his Grandma Kathy
Update from Sal's Grandma, Jackie:

Sal just had his last chemo in his spine through the port, so this week will be rough, but that is the last one! His last chemo pill is on September 4th, so we are counting down the days until then. Sal was diagnosed when he was 6 and has been battling this cancer for 3 years. It has been a long and difficult journey for the whole family, but we can see the light of Jesus shining through.
The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

2 Corinthians 9:6-7
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Sunday Services
June 27th, 2021

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KIDS CHURCH w/ Ms. Debra at 9:00 am service
(Ages 3 through 2nd grade)
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NURSERY
Nursery for Newborns – 2 year olds.
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(3rd through 6th grade)
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Prayers
LORD JESUS, HEAL OUR LAND, OUR BODIES AND OUR HEARTS.

Please pray for . . .

  • All of the firefighters who are fighting our state's fires right now. Pray for safety and that the fires will be put out as soon as possible.

  • Praise for Austin's seminary friend, Aaron, who is being treated for Leukemia. His numbers are looking great and he is back to some normal activity! Continue to pray for strength as he continues this journey.

  • Praise and thanks for Sal as he is nearing the end of his treatment for leukemia! Pray that his condition continues to improve and that he continues to feel better.

  • The Arguello family's friends, Steve and Donna Hall. Steve has been diagnosed with cancer and is still waiting on many test results. Please pray for them and their 4 children as they continue this journey. Pray for healing and comfort.

  • Austin's seminary friend, Seth, who is still waiting to see a specialist for a medical condition.

  • Sue, Dave Carle's mother, who is struggling with her health.

  • strength, comfort and support for Carol Proffitt who has been sick and is homebound, and her daughter Pam who is caring for her.

  • everyone in our congregation and their families who are dealing with the pains and trials of cancer, including Connie Kerr; Pastor Sid; Keith; Chris; Sharon Hlavinka; Rance Ketterling; little Sal Marchetti; Amanda; Jonette; Jerry; and Suzanne.

  • everyone affected by illness, surgery or accidents - wisdom for doctors, peace of mind for patients and loved ones, and answers and best treatments revealed.
GOD'S WILL BE DONE
See you Sunday!
Contact Information
Phone: 970-445-3101
Email: Austin@GraceGypsum.com 

Staff and Volunteer Staff
Pastor Austin Kraft, 970-688-1100, austin@gracegypsum.com 
Brookelyn Kraft, Administrative Assistant, 970-445-3101, brookelyn@gracegypsum.com
Nancy Kraft, Volunteer Coordinator, 303-870-3433, njokraft@yahoo.com
Susan Flock, App and Website Coordinator, 970-361-4771, flock21@aol.com
Israel Hernandez, Worship Team Leader, 970-331-6177, Israelh08@hotmail.com
Jesse Meryhew, High School Youth Leader, 970-390-3617 jesseleemeryhew@gmail.com
Pastor Dan Rohlwing, Pastor Emeritus in Memoriam

Sunday Schedule
Worship Services: 9:00 and 10:30 am (nursery provided).
Kids Church: During sermon-time at the 9:00 am service.

Affiliation
Grace Fellowship is affiliated with the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (lcms.org).

Our Mission
Proclaim, Nurture, and Serve. 

Proclaim Jesus as Savior. 
Nurture faith in Jesus. 
Serve in the name of Jesus.

Our Purpose
Embrace Christ!