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This weekend, I am starting our Christmas 2020 sermon series, with a message entitled “When Answers to Prayers are Delayed!” Have you ever noticed that we are people who wait and wait? We wait in lines at stores. We wait in traffic on the street. We wait for appointments. We wait for Christmas. We wait for friends who are late. Sometimes in our waiting, there is the nagging question “Is it worth it?” Is there anything in life worth waiting for?

John the Baptist’s father, Zechariah, knew something about waiting. He was a priest, and he spent most of his life waiting for God. As a young man, he prayed and asked God to give him a son. Then he waited, and he waited, and he waited. There is some indication in the story that he got tired of waiting. He, like many of us who are tired of waiting, wondered "Does God really care?"

Luke describes Zechariah as "upright in the sight of God, observing all the Lord's commandments and regulations blamelessly." (Luke 1:6) But blameless does not mean that he understood what it meant to wait on the Lord! God had to teach Zechariah that his gifts are worth waiting for. You may be "blameless" too, but that does not mean you aren’t wondering when God is going to answer your prayers. This weekend, we will share what Zechariah discovered about what God is doing when answers to prayers are delayed. 

We do continue to follow recommended “social distancing” guidelines. We have closed off every other row of seats, and we request that you put two empty seats between you and anyone not living in your house. If you are uncomfortable being in the Celebration Center, we offer two other options during our regular service times - Saturday at 6:00pm, Sunday at 9:00am & 11:00am. You may listen to the service live on FM 96.9 while in your car in our parking lot; or, you may join us live online at www.thegraceplace.com/watch.



This weekend and next, we are receiving our annual Christmas Benevolence and Staff Appreciation Offering. The purpose of this offering addresses two areas of tremendous opportunity for us as a church. They are:

  • A portion of these funds will go toward assisting some of our families that have had financial setbacks this year. This offering will be a great blessing to dozens of families and will help them have a more positive Christmas experience with their children. 
  • This offering also allows you to express appreciation to our church staff for their sacrificial service to us as a congregation. This is the one and only time each year when I ask you to make special efforts to show tangible appreciation to our church staff. They continually demonstrate their commitment to God and The Grace Place through their hard work and dedication. We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to express your love and appreciation and provide the church with more resources for staff Christmas bonuses. 

Because of your faithful support, The Grace Place has been able to minister to thousands of people this year – not only in Stuart, but around the world. This is all possible because of your prayers and support by investing your talents and finances in ministry through our church. You can make your donation online at www.thegraceplace.com/give, at one of our giving kiosks in the Celebration Center lobby, or during any of our weekend worship services. Just be sure to mark your contribution as being for “Benevolence and Staff Appreciation.”  



We are planning a tremendous Christmas outreach through our annual Christmas Eve Candlelight and Communion services this year! Along with our Christmas Eve services, we will have a live nativity, including a camel, donkey, cow, sheep and goats. There will also be refreshments and photo opportunities!

We are advertising through Television ads, direct mail, newspaper ads, etc. We believe that Christmas Eve is a time when many seekers will pause for a moment and think about things related to God. To take advantage of that pause, we will have three Christmas Eve Candlelight and Communion services at 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. These services will include wonderful Christmas music, a Christmas message, communion, and a beautiful candlelight ceremony.   Following each service, we will have refreshments and our live nativity. You and your family will be able to focus on the real meaning of Christmas through the service and the live nativity. 

Do not miss this opportunity to invite friends and family to join you for these special Christmas events. I promise that if you bring a seeking friend or relative to any of our Christmas celebration events that they will hear the Gospel presented clearly and have an opportunity to make commitment to Christ.  



Thursdays at 4:00pm - Join us in our main Conference Room as we pray over specific prayer requests and for our church.
Fridays at 6:30am - Join Pastor Rick in the church lobby, and become part of what God is doing through the ministries of The Grace Place!
Saturdays at 4:00pm - Join us in the church lobby as we pray for God’s resources, expansion of our ministries, and spiritual impact.
We look forward to seeing you next Thursday afternoon, Friday morning or Saturday afternoon!