February 9th, 2022
Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”
Luke 5:5
“It is what it is.” 

It is one of the most senseless statements on planet earth, and I say it often. Think about it for a moment, it really is a silly phrase. Another favorite is, “Well it’s better than nothing.” Huh? Yes of course anything is better than nothing, but why do we say it? We say things that oftentimes do not make sense.  

In Luke chapter five, something remarkable happens and it all starts with Jesus’ words. Simon Peter and his fishy associates were cleaning nets after a long, fruitless night of fishing. They caught nothing, they were tired and probably grouchy. The teacher, Jesus, said something to Simon that might have sounded silly. “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” Simon’s reaction was one of experience and exhaustion. “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything.” Putting out into the deep water with the bright sun up, didn’t make any sense.  

Maybe today, like Simon, you feel all fished out. You have been praying for a miracle, for peace, for contentment, and all of it seems so far off. You are tired.  

Simon Peter was tired too but he said to Jesus, “But because you say so I will let down the nets.” 

“Because you say so.” Our Lord’s word is always good. Jesus says he is with you always. Jesus says not to worry. He says to pray. Jesus says whoever believes in me will not perish but have everlasting life. Sometimes it may be hard to believe His word, but we can simply repeat Simon’s words, “Because you say so, I will ….” 

Well, you know the rest of the story. The fisherman’s nets broke and the boats began to sink with the impossible catch. But the only thing that sunk on that marvelous day was Simon’s doubt. Surrounded by flopping fish, Simon didn’t question Jesus, he confessed his sin, and worshiped him. Jesus said, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” When Jesus says you are loved and sent …you are. 

It is what it is.  

See you Sunday as we focus on our identity in Jesus. We are Loved and Sent. I can't wait! 
See you THIS Sunday, February 13th for our annual Ti Amo Lunch! After second service, at 11:45 a soup and chili lunch will be provided by church as we gather in fellowship to celebrate the gift of God's love!
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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PO Box 4280
Gypsum, CO 81637
THIS SUNDAY - Ti Amo Lunch

Sunday Services
February 13th, 2022

9:00 or 10:30
KIDS CHURCH at 9:00 am service
(Ages 3 through 2nd grade)
Kids Church follows the kid's sermon. We can’t wait to see them!

Nursery for Newborns – 2 year olds.
Nursery is open! We are ready and excited to see your little ones!

Sunday School w/ Susan at 10:30 service
(Grades 3 through 6)
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Please pray for . . .

  • Diego, who was severely injured in a “new build” home explosion in Aspen. At this time his prognosis is heartbreaking. He may never be able to walk again. Pray for peace and provision for him and his family.

  • Rosemarie, Dora's niece, who is experiencing serious trials with her health and is waiting for a kidney transplant. Pray for healing and that she receives a kidney.

  • Patti Hamberger's great grandson, who had a seizure and spent the night in the hospital last week. Pray for continued recovery.

  • Jose Domenech, who has been in the hospital suffering with covid pneumonia. He is making great improvements with each day and is now home. Pray for continued healing and comfort.

  • Todd Purse, who has been diagnosed with cancer. Pray for healing and comfort.

  • Kayla, who is still recovering after her ankle surgery. Pray for a full recovery.

  • Jackie's sister-in-law, Gwen, who is dealing with serious heart and kidney complications. Pray that her kidneys begin to function properly again and that she is healed.

  • Debra's mom, who is struggling with health issues. Pray for comfort, peace, and answers.

  • Carol Proffitt who has been sick and is homebound, and her daughter Pam who is caring for her. Grant them peace and comfort

  • Everyone in our congregation and their families who are dealing with the pains and trials of cancer, including Todd Purse; Connie Kerr; Pastor Sid; Keith; Chris; Sharon Hlavinka; Rance Ketterling; Amanda; Jerry; April; and Suzanne.
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 Sharpe, Administrative Assistant, 970-445-3101, brookelyn@gracegypsum.com
Nancy Kraft, Service 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.

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!