Welcome to Grace at Home. World Communion Day blessings to you! Thank you for joining us for this morning. Grace and peace to you today. God's limitless love is alive, healing, and restoring hearts, minds, and relationships in this season. May it be known and felt as you worship with us today.

Click on the pictures below to access the inspiring educational videos. Scriptures, prayers, and announcements are located beneath the links.
"The Battle"
(Inspiring video)
"Better Is One Day"
(Opening song)
"World Communion and the
Good Shepherd"
Children's Moment
"How Great Is Our God"
(Song of reflection in different languages)

Imagine more...more love...more grace
Learn more about our community of faith

"Increase Our Faith"
10am central live at Grace
Sermon by Rev. Yvonne Gilmore

Gifts of generosity and grace

You may give gifts, tithes, and offerings online below or mail in a check to Grace Community Christian Church. You are also invited to make a designated gift to support the transformative ministry of Reconciliation Ministries across the Christian Church in the United States and Canada on between 9.25.22 and 10.2.22.

Thank you for making space for Grace to be shared between, among, and beyond our walls. Your faithful tithes and offerings make a life changing difference.
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We are a part of something BIGGER...than time, than ourselves, than darkness. We are a part of God's movement for wholeness as faithful stewards of God's limitless love.


Whether we share dollars, coins, kwatcha, francs, pesos or the currency of our time, talents, and service, we are invited to bring an offering today, to support this congregation, the work of Reconciliation ministrees, and the gifts of communion through our ministries throughout the world. We are the beloved God is waiting for.  

From the smallest coin to the largest check, every gift is valued, appreciated and will be used to sustain the work of Christ in the world.

With generous hearts and open hands, let us share our offering.


Offering prayer

God of all good gifts, we’ve gathered to grow in faith, to share our voices and to offer our gifts. We’ve offered these gifts, grateful for all we’ve received from your hand. Receive this offering. Fill us once more with your Spirit, and help us spread the Table love known here to all we encounter in the coming days. Amen


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Opening Prayer

Holy God, from all corners of earth, your people sing your praise and prepare to feast at your Table.  Thank you for the opportunity to share in worship with sisters and brothers from around the globe as we sing in different languages, eat varied types of bread, and share this joyful communion with believers of different ages, races, languages.  Gather us all into your loving embrace as we rejoice, sharing Christ’s love made visible in the loaf and in the cup. Amen
Prayers of the People

Singer of Songs: when we have lost
the melody of your hope, you reshape the notes of our hearts; when we can find no resting place, you are the lap that cradles us;
when we are held captive by our complaints,
you free us for praise.

Seed Planter, you only did what you ought to have done: traveling the empty roads of our world; listening to our midnight cries;  overtaking us to shoulder our burdens.

Spirit of Love, as you enter our hearts
to ease our loneliness: may we not forget
who our protector is; may we remember the faith which has been gifted to us; may we be stewards of the good treasure that is ours.

Spirit of Wholeness, guide, comfort, and provide for our siblings in Puerto Rico, Florida, Ukraine and Russia amidst the tides of recovery, devastation and community life, guide us as we pray the prayer Jesus taught us to pray: "Our Father, who art in Heaven..."
Scripture
Luke 17:5-10
5 The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!" 6 The Lord replied, "If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it would obey you. 7 "Who among you would say to your slave who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field, 'Come here at once and take your place at the table'? 8 Would you not rather say to him, 'Prepare supper for me, put on your apron and serve me while I eat and drink; later you may eat and drink'? 9 Do you thank the slave for doing what was commanded? 10 So you also, when you have done all that you were ordered to do, say, 'We are worthless slaves; we have done only what we ought to have done!'"


Announcements
Eagle Scout Project: Noah Nabicht

Deep gratitude is extended to Noah Nabicht, Boy Scout, for the new prayer garden he planned and constructed on Saturday, September 10, as his Eagle Scout project. Special thanks are also extended to the members of BSA Troop 57 for their support and labor to help fulfill the vision. Seven burning bushes and three scripture reflection stones were planted in the garden. 

Noah reflects, " I am reminded of the following scripture:
  • Exodus 3:1 (Burning Bush)
  • Genesis 1; 2:1-2 (The number 7 in scripture represents completeness - physical and divine perfection)

A time will be announced soon to gather with Noah and Troop 57 to bless and dedicate the prayer garden. 
CCIW & CCMR Regional Assembly 2022
Event details

The Christian Church in Illinois and Wisconsin will be joining the Christian Church (DOC) Michigan Region for a joint Regional Assembly 2022 that will take place October 14-15. Friday night’s session will be Live Stream for all registrants. Friday night worship will take place from 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. CST.

A virtual Friday night “After Session” on Homebrewing and Spirituality will be presented by Rev. Eli Rolón and Andrew Guthrie. Rev. Eli Rolón will be sending out separate information and links for this.

Saturday you have the option to choose between attending the business meeting and workshops virtually or meeting in person at one of the following Host Churches: Grace Community Christian Church, Aurora; First Christian Church, Macomb; Central Christian Church, Decatur.

If you choose the in-person option for Saturday there will be time for fellowship and mission opportunities, childcare will be provided during the business meeting and workshops, and lunch will be available for purchase.

Saturday will begin with the Business Session starting at 10:00 am. Afternoon workshops will take place from 1:00-3:00 pm.

Saturday Workshops (choice of one)
Rev. Matt Rosine, Christian Church Foundation
Rev. Dr. Alex Ruth, Elder/Diaconate training.
Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow, “In Defense of Kindness”
Jan Aerie, MS, Older Adult Ministry
Week of Compassion
Rev. Hannah Fitch, Great Lakes Green Chalice
Jay Potter, PhD, “Religion and the Mandalorian”

  • This workshop is presented by Rev. Eli Rolón Jeong for youth, young adults, and everyone interested in exploring how the Star Wars series incorporates religious elements through its storytelling.

Registration is required for all who are attending. Deadline for registration is September 30th. Payment may be made online at the time of registration, or a check mailed to the Regional Office. Questions regarding registration contact Peggy O’Neal at peggy@cciwdisciples.org. Click here to register.
Grace Community Christian Church
2770 Montgomery Road
Aurora, IL 60504
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630.898.7990