June 25, 2017


Terre Haute

Grace Communion


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June 25, 2017

Worship Service

“I Want To Be Where You Are”

Opening Prayer

“My Savior’s Love”

“As The Deer”

Prayers of Intercession 

  Worship Offering


 SERMON: Pastor David

                                 Freedom In God’s Unfailing Love & Faithfulness

                                                     Psalms 57, 136, 40

Closing Song

“Great Is Thy Faithfulness”

Closing Prayer



Worship God in Spirit and Truth

Grow in His Grace and Knowledge

Share the Love and Hope we have in Christ.


A communion of joy

     by Joseph Tkach, President Grace Communion International

Over the last couple of years, I’ve experienced great joy on several occasions. I’ve shared the joy of close friends becoming first-time grandparents, and others celebrating the marriage of adult children (I participated in a few of those weddings—what a joy!). Recently I learned that a dear friend in France was hospitalized with a life-threatening infection in one of his feet. I shared his deep concern, which, thank God, turned to joy for us all when it was announced that he was improving and his foot would not need to be amputated.

Joseph, Stephanie, Tammy and May

A few weeks ago my wife Tammy, her mother May and I experienced great joy attending our daughter Stephanie’s graduation. The joy was heightened when one of her favorite professors said to us that “Stephanie is a creative genius.” What parent or grandparent wouldn’t be filled with joy hearing that? Perhaps you can see our joy in the picture at right. Though it’s hard to tell, I think the one feeling the most joy was grandma!

Obtaining a master’s degree from Cal State University required a lot of effort on Stephanie’s part—seemingly endless reading and writing of papers, while working part-time jobs. But the reward of graduation is great, and it was wonderful to share her big moment as we experienced together a communion of joy!

Forgive me if my musing seems like bragging—I’m experiencing lingering joy mixed with nostalgia—like that experienced by the father (played by Steve Martin) in the movie Father of the Bride, who looked with joy on his mature daughter but saw a toddler in her booster chair. I relate!

As I thought about the topic of joy, I was reminded of the many times joy is mentioned in the Gospels. Upon learning that she would give birth to the Savior, Mary said this: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior” (Luke 1:46-47). At Jesus’ birth, an angel appeared to the shepherds proclaiming this: “I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people” (Luke 2:10). And who can forget Jesus’ statement: “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete” (John 15:11). These are examples of overflowing spiritual joy, and we magnify God when, in joy, we give thanks for his many gifts including creation and especially his salvation.

Sadly, philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche reflected the thinking of many in claiming that Christians are joyless, anti-human and anti-life. But the truth is just the opposite. Note this from the apostle Paul:

Brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. (2 Cor. 8:1-2)

Paul was admonishing believers in Corinth to follow the example of believers in the Macedonian churches who, despite severe trials, experienced a joy that led them to be generous in helping others despite their poverty. The source of their joy was not their possessions, but their salvation—their communion with the triune God. The word communion means sharing in common, and these believers, in communion with others in the body of Christ, joyfully shared what they had, meager though it was. The joy they experienced was a sharing in Jesus’ own joy and generosity—loving as he loves (John 13:34).

Jesus, the Bread of Life, shared his life with us. Jesus, the Redeemer, shared his love for us by laying down his life for us. Indeed, this is the greatest love. When we receive the bread and wine of Communion we are sharing in the life and love of Jesus that reaches all the way back to before the foundation of the world when we, along with all humanity, were chosen to be in Christ (Eph. 1)—chosen to share in the love and life that is shared by the Father, Son and Spirit. Communion, then, is about God’s desire to share himself with us by determining to adopt us as his sons and daughters. It’s about being one with each other and with the Father as Jesus is one with the Father and with us (John 17).

This communion is made possible by the ministry of the Holy Spirit who unites us to Jesus and so to each other. By the Spirit, Jesus lives in us and we live in him. Knowledge of this union and communion brings us great joy even in the midst of suffering as we recall that “for the joy set before him [Jesus] endured the cross” (Heb. 12:2). Jesus experienced joy knowing his sufferings were leading to our salvation. And when we suffer, we too experience joy knowing God takes our suffering and redeems it, making it serve his redemptive purposes.

On the cross, Jesus also experienced joy anticipating the great blessing of returning (via the ascension) to the Father. Peter noted this in his Pentecost sermon (Acts 2:28) by quoting Psalm 16:11, which gives prophetic voice to Jesus’ declaration: “You will fill me with joy in your presence.” We too experience great joy when God blesses us with wonderful things like the birth of a child, their baptism, graduation, marriage and birth of their own children. I’m rejoicing knowing that at least 40 congregations have joined GCI so far this year—what a blessing!

With these thoughts in mind about communion and the joy it brings, let me share a closing benediction:

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Rom. 15:13)

Thanking God for our communion of joy,
Joseph Tkach


Really Strange Things Members Said to Pastors

  1. “Will you bless me divorcing my husband so I can marry a convicted murder? God told me to do it.”
  2. “My husband’s ashes are in two different places. Will Jesus be able find him?”
  3. “Pastor, help me cut this Coke can. I need an ashtray for the fellowship hall.”
  4. In the middle of the service, a woman asks: “Pastor, aliens visited me. Is God okay with that?”
  5. “Pastor, I need you to come get rid of the secret agents spying on me from my attic”
  6. “Is it OK for me to lie if I ask for forgiveness in advance?”
  7. Church member: “Pastor, will you pray for my son? He’s wild and out of control.” Pastor: “Sure, what’s his name?” Church member: “Maverick.”
  8. “I have the spiritual gift of extortion.”
  9. “Pastor, pray for me. I’m going to Vegas.”
  10. “I want you to know if this church fails, it’s not your fault.”

“Anyone can count the seeds in an apple…

but only God can count the apples in a seed.”

 — Author Unknown


†† Pastor’s Corner ††


Pastor David Perry & Jonnie


     Think back to the New Testament churches – especially the churches Paul started and cared for in Asia Minor.  The Bible includes letters to some of them, while others were less known by us today.  They were usually smaller, had an elder/leader in charge, were encouraged, instructed and maybe visited every year or two by Paul and others.  Paul encouraged them to pray for the Spirit’s guidance and direction. In letters, he shepherded them in doctrine, church governance, how to handle problems and in sharing the life and love of Jesus with others.

     It was much harder to live a Christian life and share the gospel in the times and areas in which the church members lived.  Yet they continued on and kept and shared the faith they had in Christ Jesus.  We have the Biblical record of a quite a few of these churches.

    In reality, we, the 3 churches/fellowship groups I oversee in central Indiana, aren’t much different in some respects.   We are smaller, have an elder {assistant Pastor} in each congregation, desire to meet together each week to worship and learn more about Jesus’ life and love, pray for others and look forward to hearing how our denomination is doing locally, nationally and internationally.  We are also urged to share the Life and Love of Jesus (the gospel) with others where we live, work, and go.

     My job, as the bi-vocational (semi-retired) pastor, overseer, shepherd and encourager, is to help keep us all focused on how blessed we are to have a local fellowship to be part of, to continue looking to Jesus, to pray for others, to learn more of the great love that God – as Father, Son and Spirit – have for us and ALL humanity. 

     Several times in Paul’s letters, he used the phrase “I long to see you…” – and I look forward once each month to seeing all of you. I know that some of you wish I were there more often, like I used to be when I was a full-time pastor.  But as the New Testament churches didn’t have Paul stop by but every year or two (if then) – I at least “stop by” every month, have email, phone calls, etc. to keep in touch with what is happening in each church.  So keep the faith and share it – looking to Jesus always!  Pastor David


Prayer Requests

Stormy Seas

Stormy Waters

Prayer Requests

Prayers for our Country, Government and Pres. Trump

Prayers for revival in the Church

Local Prayer Requests

Mary Coffey, Jerry Hudson, Helen Pavy healing, strength & encouragement

Anita niece of Barb Hudson – proper medical treatment & healing

The Family of Steve Davison (Laf – Chuck Davison’s Brother) – Prayers of comfort for Chuck and Steve’s family as they move forward without him

Leroy JoilesGCI pastor in Jamaica – full recovery from a stroke last Sun.

Nancy Ray (Hope) Ongoing back pain and problems

Janis Beck –June 26-she will be having a tendon transplant on her left hand

Deb Spangler – Prayers for her as she deals with a fractured back disc that is not healing.

Stephanie Snyder (wife of GCI pastor Jeff Snyder)  Various health problems that are affecting vision in one eye and overall health

Marilyn Shrader (Hope area) Her kidneys are failing

Jim Mills – (Marilyn Shrader’s son-in-law) lost sight in one eye & losing it in other eye

Tom Conklin(GC Indy)   His bladder cancer has returned.  They will treat it aggressively with chemo and radiation.  Prayers please.

June Perry – Is home now, prayers for strengthening and recovery

Lucy  (Anita Franz’s sister) On July 5, has surgery on her left eye

Patricia Robinson (GC Indy) Healing of brain tumor that is getting larger

GC Indy – Prayers for Pastor Josh & Heather as they lead GC Indy – for insight & opportunities to share the life and love of Jesus in the Irvington area of Indianapolis

Richard Cravens (friend of Jim & Donna Dunbar)  Cancer

Joseph & Georgette Franklin, Our Haiti Church & School– Prayers for safety & blessing & provision.

GCI International Churches & Mission Leaders  – Blessings, protection & provision as they share the Life & Love of Jesus, and train up new leaders and pastors. Prayers that they can share the gospel despite opposition.

Joe & Tammy Tkach – Protection, safety, wisdom & encouragement

Our Persecuted Christian Brothers and Sisters Around The World

For Divine Appointments To Touch Others With Jesus’ Life & Love

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