Below are worship resources to sustain and strengthen our faith during this time when our care for all of God's people calls us to practice social distance and to connect in new ways. Click on the pictures below to access the video content. Scriptures and prayers are located below the links.

"Grace at Home" will continue to be sent out indefinitely. Grace CCC will begin worshiping in person again with precautions in place on Sunday, July 12.
"4th of July anthem"
Inspiring video by Skit Guys
"How Great Is Our God"
worship song
"I Need You to Survive"
Chicago Children's Choir tribute performance for frontline workers
Sermon by Rev. Yvonne Gilmore
"Rest for Your Soul"

Learn the Lord's Prayer in Sign Language
Children's song and lesson
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 In the reading from Matthew, Jesus praises God for hiding sacred things from the wise and intelligent and instead revealing them to infants (that would be us!). We might balk at not being included among the wise and intelligent, but sometimes our own sense of knowledge and expertise can get in the way. The blessing of being an infant is that we are innocent enough not to be swayed by worldly critiques. We don’t have to worry about pleasing anyone but the God who has entrusted us with sacred things , including the blessing of our resources.

Offering prayer
Way maker, burden bearer, everlasting love, we thank you for providing for the needs of our minds, bodies, and souls. We honor your love for us now by returning to you a portion of the gifts you have given us, trusting that our wisdom and intelligence is not of this world, but comes from the knowledge that we are known and loved by you. Bless these offerings to your work. Amen.

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Opening Prayer
Gracious God, when we have been the sojourner, the traveler, the weary, and the lost, you welcomed us. We have come this far by faith, morning by morning and day by day. We have looked to the flag, the rainbow, the cloud, and the fiery pillar, and they have led us to pause here for this time. Help us to trust in You, the one who created the mighty seas, calmed the fearful waves, and hovers over the waters of new life. O Lord, we welcome you. Steady our hearts and minds to be led by you as you ready us to worship this morning. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

Prayer of Compassion

Like an oasis in the desert, worship satisfies our sin-besieged souls.
Today, help us find the good in this life
by delighting in your presence, and help us find the hope you have placed in our innermost selves. 

In the adventure of life, we have found you. By your powerful grace,
you have found us. As we proclaim your mighty deeds, we celebrate your grace. Amen.
Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30
16  “To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others: 17  “‘We played the pipe for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’ 18  For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’  19  The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is proved right by her deeds.”

25  At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.  26  Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.
27  “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
28  “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  29  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  30  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Grace CCC will  re-open the building for worship on Sunday, July 12 at 10am in person with the following precautions in place to ensure our health and safety . "Grace at Home," our online worship experience, and online Bible Study will continue indefinitely as we are mindful that there will be persons that cannot gather in person.

-A one-way traffic pattern will be established so that persons will enter the building using the front door and exit directly from the door in the sanctuary.

-Each attendee should take their temperature before leaving home. If your temperature is less than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, you may attend service. If you have a fever at or above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or you're experiencing symptoms, you should NOT attend worship. A touchless thermometer will be used at the door to ensure that no one will enter the building with a fever.

-Hand sanitizer and masks will be provided. Each person that enters the building is required to wear a mask. A protective mask covering the mouth and nose should be worn throughout the church. 

-There should be at least 6 feet between each person or each household attending worship. Chairs will be placed 6 feet apart in the sanctuary. Persons from the same household may sit closer together.

-Doors will be propped open to prevent the need for anyone to touch them. 

-Food and beverages will not be served pre or post worship.

-Communion will be served in pre-packaged containers.

-Childcare will be available. Outdoor activities will be facilitated for children.

-The Northside wing, aka "Graceland," will not be in use.
-If you have been exposed to a person diagnosed with COVID-19 please stay home and self-monitor for symptoms, and follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.

Grace Community Christian Church
2770 Montgomery Road
Aurora, IL 60504