Welcome to Grace at Home. Below are worship resources to sustain and strengthen our faith. Click on the pictures below to access the video content. Scriptures and prayers are located below the links. Due to COVID-19 positivity rates, Grace Community Christian Church will continue to share in worship online.

The building is open for in person worship this morning. As guidelines change and vaccine is made available, we look forward to gathering safely again in person with COVID mitigation measures in place.


"The Ten Commandments"
Inspiring video (Skit Guys)
"Here I Am to Worship"
(Opening song - sing along)
"Children, Worship, and Wonder:
The Parable of the Mustard Seed"
(Children's moment)
"Heaven's Here"
(Song of reflection)


"We are Disciples of Christ"
(Video about Disciples identity and community)
"Growing Disciples: Parables and Seeds"
(Communion and brief reflection by
Rev. Yvonne Gilmore)

You may give gifts, tithes, and offerings online below or mail in a check to Grace Community Christian Church.

Thank you for your heartfelt gifts and generous support through the shifts of the past year. Your steadfast giving makes a difference. We are grateful for your ministry.

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Sometimes do you wish we could just wave a wand and bring about God’s Realm “on earth as it is in heaven”? I do!  I’d love to wave a wand so we might have
                    the financial resources to make everything right throughout the world,
                 and the Biblical confidence to make “love your neighbor” exist everywhere.

But, as Jesus taught in the parable of the growing seed (Mark 4:26-29), the coming of the realm of God is more like what happens after the seed is planted. Our job becomes one of doing the right thing (we must do the planting), then WAITING (actively, of course) for God’s realm to grow. So today, “the right thing” includes sharing our financial resources in order to plant the good seed.  It takes generous giving for us to be able to do ministry in person and online. And it takes active waiting, before we will be able to fully recognize God’s Realm in our midst. So, let’s do the work together, and actively engage in waiting, together, so we can celebrate when it’s time for the harvest to begin!  


Offering prayer
Great God of the Promised Harvest, You continue to entrust us with this world.
You blow the breath/Spirit of life into each one of us.
You hold before us the possibility of living as if your Realm is already complete, even knowing it is “not yet.”

So receive these gifts, freely given.  Accept our hearts, minds and hands, eager to do your will in the world we inhabit. Use us and these gifts, all, toward fulfillment of your desired Realm, where your Beloved, Jesus, reigns with you. Amen.

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Opening Prayer

God of all life, we rejoice in your presence here among your gathered congregation!  Thank you for helping us stand tall even in uncertain times. Thank you for the ways you continue to respond to our cries for help in times of trouble. Now speak to us through this hour of worship, that we might be strengthened and encouraged to live our faith in each encounter of the coming week.  Amen
Prayer of Discipleship

Holy God, we walk by faith and not by sight. So guide our steps in your Word today that, by the power of the Holy Spirit, we are kept from falling and find our way in your way. 

Thank you, Lord, for the reminder that You above all are the one who is working. We are not in control. We are not called to help you out of a mess. Your dynamism, active in nature from the beginning of time, is doing its perfect work. You are the force of growth. Help us scatter and plant seeds, and follow you. Incline our ears to understand when you speak. Attune our humility and patience to the rhythm of your grace as you enable seeds to grow as your gift to us not our gift to you.

We pray in the Name of Jesus Christ, who taught us to pray in the power of Your Spirit, “Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name...
Scripture
Mark 4:26-34
26 He also said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, 27 and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. 28 The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. 29 But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.”

30 He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? 31 It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; 32 yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”

33 With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; 34 he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.

Grace Community Christian Church
2770 Montgomery Road
Aurora, IL 60504
www.graceccc.org
630.898.7990