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On Sunday May 8, 2016, you are invited to Grace Church of Alexandria hear from a courageous Christian and graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS) who is leading the Ugandan church to care for orphans, specifically those with HIV/AIDS.

9:30 am Behind The Scenes Tour
Dr. Ben Tumuheirew, founder of Juna Amagara–will give a behind-the-scenes tour of the village for orphans in his hometown at 9:30 am during Adult Bible Class. Kids are welcome for this special presentation about God’s heart for fatherless children!

10:30 am–Interview on God’s Heart for the Fatherless
During Grace Church’s 10:30 am worship service, we’ll conduct a live interview of Dr. Ben Tumuheirwe before the sermon. We’ll hear from Dr. Ben on how American believers (like us!) can support and pray for churches worldwide that are caring for orphans in their own neighborhoods.

Dr. Ben will be with GCA Friday evening May 6 through Monday Morning May 9. If you’d like to invite him over for a meal, or meet up with him to learn more, please see Lead Pastor Jonathan Matías.

Orphan Care: A Pillar of Grace Church
Grace Church of Alexandria takes seriously the command of God that “true religion before God the Father is this…to visit widows and orphans in their affliction” (James 1:27). To this end, regularly we hold conversations about the plight of the fatherless and how individual Christians can impact the life of an orphan…through fostering, adoption, sponsoring, helping at an orphanage, and more.

Our Sovereign Savior

April 24th, 2016

Sermon Title:  “Our Sovereign Savior”
Sermon Text: Exodus 6-10
Speaker:  Jonathan Matías, Lead Pastor
Series: Exodus-The God Who Redeems

Through the Plagues of Egypt, God displays his sovereignty over our personal stories, the human heart, and the cosmos.

Click the link below to listen to the audio recording of this sermon.

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Join us this Sunday at 9:30 am for a special one-time session Worship is Not a Spectator Sport on why and how we gather and worship as a congregation.

If you come to Grace Church’s worship services, this is for you! (hint: that’s all of us)
If you wonder why GCA does worship services the way we do, this is for you!
If you wonder why Grace Church has women lead worship, read Scripture, serve communion, this is for you!
If you serve up front in any capacity at GCA, this is for you!
When a church meets for worship, the congregation are not to be spectators but participants. We talk to God as we pray, we praise God as we sing, and we listen to God as the Word of God is preached.
When a church meets to worship, the leaders are not performing for an audience. They invite you to pray and sing with them as the church participates in corporate worship and the preacher proclaims a message from God for all the church, including himself.
This conversation with Pastor of Insight Ron Bean will give you a window into the intentionality of gathered worship at Grace Church of Alexandria.

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Join us Sunday May 1 at 5:30 pm for a special gospel celebration for several men who want to show their loyalty and faith in Christ by being baptized!

As a church that meets in a school we don’ have a convenient place to baptize, so we’re excited that Grace Bible Church of Lorton is hosting this special service for our church family.

Please join us for a 30 minute re-enactment of the good news, testimonies from the men being baptized, singing, and a homily on the cross. Community groups are encouraged to come to the baptism service rather than meet up on your own.

When: Sunday May 1, 5:30 pm
Where: Grace Bible Church – 9115 Lorton Station Blvd, Lorton, VA 22079
How Far: 15 minutes south of our church

 

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Ordinary relationships. Extraordinary miracles. Forged by Love.

Every one of us needs kind, thoughtful person to enter our lives, especially when life is really rough. Likewise, every one of us can be that kind, thoughtful person who enters another’s life and sees God’s transforming grace work in our relationships. As counselor Ed Welch says,

“Friends are indeed the best helpers.”

Join us Sundays at 9:30 am as we discuss Side By Side: Practical Guidance for Loving Others Well. Our heartbeat at Grace Church of Alexandria is developing real relationships to find joy in Jesus Christ together.

Side By Side, running from May through July at 9:30 am includes:

  • A free copy of Side by Side by Ed Welch (yours to keep!)
  • How to enjoy hearing others tell their story…and how to tell your own
  • Honest conversation about how (not) to mess up relationships
  • Open discussion on starting relationships, purposeful conversations, healing words
  • Going public with our spiritual needs
  • Tell the story (the gospel)

I invite you to join me to see God use ordinary relationships to work extraordinary miracles in the lives of people around you. Sundays at 9:30 am at Grace Church of Alexandria. We’re at the Duke Street exit of I-395 and the Van Dorn Street exit of the D.C. beltway I-495.

Meet author and series creator Ed Welch–

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Our Warrior King

April 17th, 2016

Sermon Title:  “Our Warrior King”
Sermon Text: Exodus 6-10
Speaker:  Jonathan Matías, Lead Pastor
Series: Exodus-The God Who Redeems

Through the Plagues of Exodus the LORD displays his unrivaled might, reflected ultimately in the power of Christ who has freed us from our spiritual slavery.

Click the link below to listen to the audio recording of this sermon.

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Knowing God By Experience

April 10th, 2016

Sermon Title:  “Knowing God By Experience”
Sermon Text: Exodus 5:-6:13
Speaker:  Jonathan Matías, Lead Pastor
Series: Exodus-The God Who Redeems

Click the link below to listen to the audio recording of this sermon.

It’s my firm belief that we live in one of the most exciting times in history for church music. Contrary to cultural assumptions, it seems that solid, traditional hymns are more popular than ever. In addition, modern church musicians are writing new worship songs, creating new hymns, and even adapting old hymns to fresh music. Our song of the month is an excellent example of the “re-tuned hymn” movement that is helping to feed our church.

Most of you have never heard of Ada Habershorn, but I’d guess a lot of you have at some point heard her song Will the Circle Be Unbroken. Though that song has more traction in popular culture, her most popular hymn is actually a song originally known as When I Fear My Faith Will Fall. The song was born out of the revivalist culture of the early 20th century and concern for Christians who were floundering in their faith. Just a couple of years ago, Matt Merker, a staff member at Capitol Hill Baptist Church, having expanded the lyrics of this hymn and set them to a beautiful new tune, has provided the Church with He Will Hold Me Fast. I’m excited to finally learn this song along with our congregation. While acknowledging the fear and sorrow of this life with it’s trials and temptations, it grasps firmly onto the true hope of the gospel – not that we are faithful, but that Christ is faithful to us. If you are like me, you regularly face challenges to your faith – not necessarily the intellectual kind but the gritty, experiential kind that we face when our circumstances do not match up with what we expect from a loving God. I invite you to join me this Sunday in singing this song both as an affirmation of our faith in our faithful Savior, and as a cry of help to Him as well, “Yes! Hold me fast!”

Verse 1
When I fear my faith will fail, Christ will hold me fast;
When the tempter would prevail, He will hold me fast.
I could never keep my hold through life’s fearful path;
For my love is often cold; He must hold me fast.

Chorus
He will hold me fast, He will hold me fast;
For my Saviour loves me so, He will hold me fast.

Verse 2
Those He saves are His delight, Christ will hold me fast;
Precious in his holy sight, He will hold me fast.
He’ll not let my soul be lost; His promises shall last;
Bought by Him at such a cost, He will hold me fast.

Verse 3
For my life He bled and died, Christ will hold me fast;
Justice has been satisfied; He will hold me fast.
Raised with Him to endless life, He will hold me fast
‘Till our faith is turned to sight, When He comes at last!

 

You can find sheet music and a recording of the song here. You can also listen to a recording of the song in the video below.

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We’re growing! We’ve outgrown our current worship space and are moving into a larger worship space on the grounds–the gym of the school. All church members, volunteers, and interested attenders are requested for training and prayer sessions the next 2 Sundays for the big move.

To entice you, we’re providing finger food and childcare for ages 4-6 for the 4/10 session!

April 10, 9:30 am – Training for all members on worship in the gym

  • Learn the basics of setup in the gym
  • A Show-and-Tell by Ministry Team Leaders
  • Training for new service roles
  • Finger food for all
  • Childcare for Ages 4-6 in the cafeteria (check in at 9:20 am)

April 17, 9:30 am – Prayer Time + Discussion on a Warm & Welcoming Church.

  • Prayer for God’s blessing and filling our expanded worship space
  • Group discussion on a welcoming atmosphere for GCA
  • Hear from ministry team leaders on how to welcome guests to be part of GCA

I hope you will come out for these vital training sessions to help us transition smoothly to worshiping the gym. God has blessed our church with growth in worshipers and depth, and these 2 sessions will help us make the most of the opportunity the LORD has given us!

Jonathan Matías, Lead Pastor

The Lord Is My Shepherd

April 3rd, 2016

Sermon Title: “The Lord Is My Shepherd”
Sermon Text: Psalm 23
Speaker: Brad Baugham, Pastor of Emmanuel Bible Church (www.ebcupstate.org)

Click the link below to listen to the audio recording of this sermon.

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