The end of March is going to be a time of celebration for Evident Grace, and we inviteyou, your family, and all guests to be a part of it. In a series of services and sermons entitled “Jesus Finds Us”, we are celebrating the last week of Jesus’ life leading up to Easter Sunday.
We have 4 services in our “Jesus Finds Us” celebration:
March 20th Palm Sunday – 10:30am
March 24th Maundy Thursday – 6pm
March 25th Tenebrae Good Friday – 6pm
March 27th Resurrection Day Easter Sunday – 10:30am
Allow us a moment to explain what we hope to do with each of these.
Palm Sunday March 20th 10:30am
On the Sunday prior to Jesus’ resurrection, He rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, and the crowd praised Him as king. Taking palm branches off the trees, they waved them, shouting, “Hosanna, hosanna in the highest”. On this Sunday, we will celebrate Jesus as king and add our voices to the “Hosannas” throughout the ages.
This service will be at our normal meeting space at Courthouse Road Elementary School. As per our usual services, we will have childcare provided.
Maundy Thursday March 24th
The church celebrates Maundy Thursday as a remembrance to the Lord’s example on the night before He was crucified. On that night, He gathered His disciples and said in John 13:34, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” The word “Maundy” comes from the Latin word for commandment. So as Jesus gave the commandment to love one another, He gave them the Lord’s Supper which Evident Grace now celebrates each week.
So on this Maundy Thursday, we will gather to celebrate God’s love for us and pray that He will inspire us to love others. We will have a festive meal followed by the Lord’s Supper that Jesus and the disciples took praying that God would use it to cause us to love greater and in the same Spirit that Jesus loved.
This service will be at the Fox Point Clubhouse on 6120 Blackstone Blvd., Fredericksburg, VA 22407. There will be no childcare for this service.
Tenebrae Good Friday March 25th 6pm
The word ‘tenebrae’ is Latin for shadows. The purpose of the Tenebrae Service is to recreate the emotional aspects of the passion story. In light of that, this service is not supposed to be a happy service because the occasion is a cause for mourning.
As a service of ‘shadow,’ the tenebrae makes use of little light. Throughout the service, light will gradually be extinguished until only one candle will remain lit. This light, the Christ candle, remains lit to remind us that even on this darkest of days, “It was the LORD’s will to crush Him.”
The purpose of this service is that you meditate on the death of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and upon the reason for His death and the cost for your salvation. Stay as long as you wish after the service in silent meditation, but we ask that you leave in as much silence as possible so as to respect others still meditating and to maintain the somber mood of the evening.
This service will be at the Fox Point Clubhouse on 6120 Blackstone Blvd., Fredericksburg, VA 22407. There will be no childcare for this service.
This is not the end, however. You are invited Sunday morning to shout for joy to the resurrected Savior for then we will celebrate the rest of the story!
Resurrection Day/Easter Sunday March 27th 10:30am
On this day, we will celebrate the completed work of Jesus on behalf of all of His children. By faith in Jesus, not only is a person forgiven, they are transformed from a slave into a child and given the very righteousness of Jesus. Jesus is risen from the dead. We will celebrate well on Sunday.
This service will be at our normal meeting space at Courthouse Road Elementary School. As for our usual services, we will have childcare provided.
Ultimately, throughout all of these services, we want to better understand how Jesus found us.
He found us in our loneliness.
He found us in our sin.
He found us when we weren’t even looking for Him.
Thanksgiving has come and gone, and the Christmas season is in full swing. And while we decorate our homes and purchase presents, we always hear the exhortations from “The Charlie Brown Christmas” reminding us of the true meaning of the day. So many of us love Linus’ speech telling us that it isn’t the tree that matters. With so many things to distract us, we always need to take a moment to remind ourselves the importance of the season.
That is why our Christmas series at Evident Grace is entitled “Christmas For You” and our goal is to seek to understand the application of Jesus’ birth to each and every one of us. We will apply it in this way.
You can find the hyperlink to Christmas for the Church above, and in that message you will hear, not only an application to the church in general but additionally, an application geared specifically to Evident Grace.
Please join us this Christmas season. We would love to host you and your family and friends. You will find us primarily enjoying selections of traditional Christmas hymns along with a few contemporary versions of those classic themes as well.
Evident Grace meets each Sunday at 10:30am at Courthouse Road Elementary School, and you can find out more about us at www.evidentgrace.com.
Mere weeks ago, South Carolina suffered from what many called a “thousand year” event. Heavy rains flooded the rivers and banks, and devastation overran much of the area leaving many with damaged homes and even more homeless. Business and government buildings were not spared either. Sadly, in our minute by minute culture the events a month ago have been long forgotten while the need ever increases. Just this past week, rains once again flooded much of the SC.
Evident Grace, like many of you, sat wondering what could be done. Thankfully, our denomination, Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), mobilized our Mission to North America Disaster Response teams, not only to send relief worker on-site but to create a flood bucket effort as well. The flood buckets are 5 gallon buckets filled with specific cleaning supplies to enable and hasten the cleaning process.
When Evident Grace heard this, we sent a call out to our folks and local churches to partner in prepping and send 50 buckets to SC. This Sunday, we sent the first 48, and next week, we should send another 10 more. Our friends at Hope Presbyterian (EPC) contributed as well.
Yesterday, in the middle of our service, we lined up our buckets at the front of our worship space, and the two churches prayed for the people on the ground serving and for the people in need of care. We also prayed that God would fan the flames of such service in our church, in our area, and in our denomination. We thanked for God for church partnerships, specifically thanking God that our partnership is even cross-denomination. We are slowly and prayerfully looking towards sending some people to SC in the New Year as the work will continue for months to come.
We are humbled and thankful to have played a small part in demonstrating the mercy of Jesus, and we pray that God gives us more opportunities in the future.
Evident Grace meets each Sunday at Courthouse Elementary at 10:30am. You can find out more about us at www.evidentgrace.com.
The flooding devastation in SC has been described as a “Once in a 1,000 year” event, and some newscasters have been so bold as to declare it as, “Biblical in scope”. The bottom line is that the cost is in the 100’s of millions, and the loss of life and effects on people’s lives will be felt for generations.
Evident Grace wants to help, and we want to invite the church and the community to partner with us. Our denomination’s disaster response branch is heading up a bucket brigade. These are 5 gallon buckets with specific supplies that are needed for cleanup. You can find those supplies listed here.
While generosity is always appreciated, the bucket’s contents are incredibly specific, so please follow their guidelines.
Evident Grace is going to be gathering these buckets with cleaning supplies over the next few weeks, and we will announce a deadline soon. Our desire is to bring them to worship one Sunday and pray for how God is going to use them for the people and the structures that have been affected by all the damage in SC. If you want to learn more about the efforts our denomination is doing, you can find that information at here.
If you want to help, email the church at [email protected] or you can call the church at 919-412-8161. If you know us, contact Gordon, Matt, or Jeremy directly.
Additionally, many of our sister churches have been affected as well. One church, www.watershedfellow.org is detailing their efforts on their Facebook page. Check them out to be encouraged by their effort for the community and the efforts in rebuilding their worship space.
This Sunday (07/22), Evident Grace Fellowship will hold our Summer Town Hall Meeting directly following the worship service. We will have an abbreviated time of worship (10:00 am – 10:45 am), and then our Town Hall will be from 10:45 am until 11:30 am.
What’s a Town Hall Meeting? Let me tell you. Our Town Hall Meetings are a time where the church interacts with all that’s happened in the past few months while dreaming about the future.
Pastor Gordon and the Elders will recount all the amazing things that God has done with us including our children’s worker training, our communicant’s class, the relaunch of our men’s ministry, and many more things. They will also talk about some of the things that they hope to see happen before the end of the year, and we will even peak into what next year might look like.
The highlight is your interaction. This is a time for questions and feedback. It is not merely an information meeting. Everyone is encouraged to be thankful and dream along with the leadership.
This is not just a member event. Members, regular attendees, and guests are encouraged to attend.
Rarely do churches get to interact this openly and honestly, so please join us.
Evident Grace meets at the Ron Rosner YMCA at 10 am each Sunday. Please join us.
Evident Grace Fellowship is excited to announce a fall membership class on September 19th at 9am. Among the topics covered will be:
- How EG came to be (How and why did EG start?)
- How we do life at EG (What’s our mission? Who is in charge here?)
- How you can get connected at EG (Do we have small groups? Men’s and Women’s Groups?)
- How you can serve at EG (Where do the church’s needs meet my gifts?)
We will kick off at 9 am at 6311 Prospect St Fredericksburg, VA and end somewhere around noon. Coffee, fruit, and some carbs will be provided, but the goal is to end by lunchtime. Nursing babies are welcome.
If you can’t make this membership class, there will be a repeat in a few weeks on a different day other than a Saturday to help folks with conflicting schedules.
If you are planning on attending, please RSVP to Amy Duncan at [email protected]. Be prepared to learn, laugh, and ask lots of questions. If you have ever wondered about why you should consider joining a church, read a post we wrote that addresses that very question.
See you then.
Evident Grace Fellowship (PCA) is excited to announce that national speaker and author, Randy Nabors, will be speaking at their particularization service on August 2nd. A particularization service is when a new church recognizes and ordains its first elders.
Nabors is pastor emeritus of New City Fellowship in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He presently serves as Urban and Mercy Ministries Coordinator for Mission to North America for the Presbyterian Church in America. A graduate of Covenant College and Covenant Theological Seminary, he has more than 40 years of experience in ministry to people in need and is the recent author of the book “Merciful: The Opportunity and Challenge of Discipling the Poor Out of Poverty”.
The particularization service will be held at Hope Presbyterian Church (EPC) on11121 Leavells Rd. Fredericksburg, VA 22407 at 6:00pm, and a reception will be held onsite afterward.
Pastor Gordon Duncan says, “A particularization service is a milestone for every young church. We began with the gracious help of New Life in Christ and Hope of Christ Church along with the support of over a dozen other churches. This is the moment where we celebrate so many changes. We are no longer a church plant, and I am no longer the church planter. We are a church that has its own in-house leadership, and I am their pastor. But we know this is not the moment to exhale and relax. This is the moment when we launch into the area with energy to demonstrate what our community, worship, and service look like. Please come join us.”
This service coincides with another milestone in the life of Evident Grace. August 2nd is also the day that they have their first worship service at Courthouse Road Elementary School. They will meet there each Sunday morning for worship at 10:30am.
Not only will Evident Grace Fellowship have their first worship service at Courthouse Road Elementary on August 2nd, we will also have our particularization service at Hope Presbyterian (EPC) that evening.
What in the world is a particularization service?
By definition, particularization is the process of recognizing something as individual. Here is what that means for us. EG was started by New Life in Christ Church, PCA (NLIC) and Hope of Christ Church, PCA (HoC) with the support of a dozen other churches in our area. With this massive effort, the goal was that we would eventually have our own church leadership and function autonomously, but in partnership, with all of those churches. So, Sunday evening, the 2nd, we will ordain our first elders and become a particular church.
One of the exciting aspects of this moment of growth is the number of churches that are celebrating with us. In addition to members of NLIC, HoC, and Hope Presbyterian, churches from all of our area and churches from other states will be there as well. Our desire is that as many people as possible would come and celebrate this momentous day with us. Partnering with Hope Pres (EPC) was a purposeful choice of venue as it demonstrates our desire to work cross denominationally to proclaim Jesus in our area.
So, this is what Sunday, August 2nd, looks like:
10:30 am – First service at Courthouse Road Elementary
6:00 pm – Particularization service at Hope Presbyterian
7:30 pm – Reception at Hope Presbyterian
Of course, going forward, we will continue to meet each Sunday at Courthouse Road Elementary, so if you can’t make any of these services, come join us one Sunday as it would be our honor for you to worship with us.
Evident Grace is excited to announce that we will begin meeting for worship services at Courthouse Road Elementary (CRES) on August 2nd. Why the move you may ask? EG’s mission is that God’s grace made evident in our lives enables us to make God’s grace evident to the world. We do that through our community, our worship, and our service. Moving to CRES gives us a greater platform and ability to do those things.
We have loved our present (and soon to be previous) home at Liberty Lanes, but the opportunity to move to CRES can’t be passed up. We will have a bigger and brighter worship space, larger children’s teaching areas, and greater visibility in the community.
Would you like to know more about Evident Grace? Our website offers a host of information (sermons, small groups, men’s and women’s groups), and we always welcome phone calls and emails. Feel free to contact either our lead pastor, Gordon (919-412-8161) or our assistant, Jeremy (757-876-8512) with either questions or a desire to meet.
Over the next few weeks, we will be showing you glimpses of our new space in addition to sharing greater details about our move. Additionally, we will begin rolling out advertising, both physically by the school and digitally on social media. If you would like to help with either, please contact Gordon and Jeremy, but right now, join us in prayer that God’s grace would become more evident in Spotsylvania and Fredericksburg through this move. Follow and share our progress on facebook, #egcres0802
We can’t wait to see all that God does.
In our last blog post, we looked at why should Ruling and Teaching Elders leaving their churches for a week, travel hours away, and vote on motions and even obscure points of theology each year. Many of you will never attend General Assembly unless is again return to Virginia (in 2012 it was in Virginia Beach). Gordon and I don’t want what happens in our denomination to be disconnected from our local expression here in Spotsylvania, VA.
To that end we want to share some information particularly relating to our General Assembly that we recently attended.
We want to highlight three things in this post.
First, we want to provide you a link for all the video sessions including business and worship services. This includes all the business and voting that happened as well as the worship services – that is the main sessions. In addition to the main sessions there are also many seminars that happen multiple times each of the days of general assembly but these are not video recorded.
Second, below are the specific links to the three worship services for each evening at General Assembly together,
Tuesday Worship Service (http://bit.ly/1JRJRW1)
- Begins (9:25)
- Sermon – Bryan Chapel (38:30)
- Moderator of the 42nd General Assembly
- Pastor at Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria, IL
Wednesday Worship Service (http://bit.ly/1HOFbP2)
- Begins (4:50)
- Sermon – Kevin Smith (40:45)
- Pastor at New City Fellowship in Chattanooga, TN
Thursday Worship Service (http://bit.ly/1LeaNwx)
- Begins (2:30)
- Sermon – Rankin Wilbourne (46:20)
- Pastor at Pacific Crossroads Church in Santi Monaco CA
Third, Gordon and I wanted to provide you with the personal resolution that he referred to in his sermon on June 14th concerning our denomination in promoting racism and failing to act to support the goals of the Civil Rights movement, in the past.
The text of the personal resolution can be found here, http://bit.ly/1QBgc7u.
The video that walks through the almost 2.5 hour time Thursday night session as the General Assembly discussed this personal resolution can be found here, http://bit.ly/1feTxNz. If you don’t have that kind of time to watch all of it, you can read a summation of that session here, http://bit.ly/1QEmdQU.