Below are worship resources to sustain and strengthen our faith during this time when our care for all of God's people calls us to practice social distance and to connect in new ways. Click on the pictures below to access the video content. Scriptures and prayers are located below the links.

We are one church with people in many places. Some worship online at home, some on campus, some at work, and some of us gather in the building at 10am. We continue in a spirit of compassion and unity as we worship today.
"I See You" (Inspiring video)
We thank God for our veterans, and their sacrificial service.
"God of Wonders"
song of reflection
"The Birdcage"
Inspiring skit by The Skit Guys
Children's song and lesson
"Disciples of Christ"
Video about identity and community
"Reclaiming Our Passion"
Rev. Yvonne Gilmore
"The world of the generous gets larger and larger"
--- Proverbs 11:24 (The Message) 
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Offering prayer

Almighty God, we are thankful that you give us the freedom to come to you on our own. We witness to your generosity each time we give of what we have for your work in this world. We do so cheerfully, trusting that you receive our gratitude and multiply it for your use. Bless each gift and each giver. Amen.
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Opening Prayer

Your love has awakened us to see a new day of worship, O Lord, and it is your love that sustains us through each day. As we watch for signs of your kingdom, strengthen us to work with you to bring about, here and now, your reign on earth. Give us the courage to witness to your presence in the world, today, tomorrow, and into the future. We pray in the name of the One who comes, Christ our Savior. Amen.

Prayer of Awakening

We admit the ways that we snuff out your holy light in ourselves and others, God. When we let negative thoughts and old stories overtake us, show us the light of love.

When we let impatience and aggravation overtake wisdom, show us the light of your word.

Come to us again, O God. Awaken us with your unexpected grace. Shock us with your daring mercy, show us the light of your passion. Lift up our hearts and set our feet on your path once more.

O Lord, we wait for you to come again into our midst. Sometimes we wait patiently, sometimes not. Always we are aware of how much the world needs you.
We pray today for those who need your healing and comfort. (Pause for silence.)

We pray for persons across our country and throughout the world as we continue to face the changes that have come with COVID-19. (Pause for silence.)

We pray, knowing that you are with us now, and that you will strengthen us to keep awake, to keep the faith, to keep working for the time when Christ will come again to surprise us anew with love and justice on earth. Amen.

Scripture (message version)
Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25
24 1-2 Joshua called together all the tribes of Israel at Shechem. He called in the elders, chiefs, judges, and officers. They presented themselves before God. Then Joshua addressed all the people:
2-3 “This is what God, the God of Israel, says: A long time ago your ancestors, Terah and his sons Abraham and Nahor, lived to the east of the River Euphrates. They worshiped other gods. I took your ancestor Abraham from the far side of The River. I led him all over the land of Canaan and multiplied his descendants. I gave him Isaac. 

14 “So now: Fear God. Worship him in total commitment. Get rid of the gods your ancestors worshiped on the far side of The River (the Euphrates) and in Egypt. You, worship God. 15 “If you decide that it’s a bad thing to worship God, then choose a god you’d rather serve—and do it today. Choose one of the gods your ancestors worshiped from the country beyond The River, or one of the gods of the Amorites, on whose land you’re now living. As for me and my family, we’ll worship God.” 16 The people answered, “We’d never forsake God! Never! We’d never leave God to worship other gods.
17-18 “God is our God! He brought up our ancestors from Egypt and from slave conditions. He did all those great signs while we watched. He has kept his eye on us all along the roads we’ve traveled and among the nations we’ve passed through. Just for us he drove out all the nations, Amorites and all, who lived in the land. “Count us in: We too are going to worship God. He’s our God.”
19-20 Then Joshua told the people: “You can’t do it; you’re not able to worship
 God. He is a holy God. He is a jealous God. He won’t put up with your fooling around and sinning. When you leave
God and take up the worship of foreign gods, he’ll turn right around and come down on you hard. He’ll put an end to you—and after all the good he has done for you!” 21 But the people told Joshua: “No! No! We worship God!”22 And so Joshua addressed the people: “You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen God for yourselves—to worship him.” And they said, “We are witnesses.” 23 Joshua said, “Now get rid of all the foreign gods you have with you. Say an unqualified Yes to God, the God of Israel.” 24 The people answered Joshua, “We will worship God. What he says, we’ll do.” 25-26 Joshua completed a Covenant for the people that day there at Shechem. He made it official, spelling it out in detail. Joshua wrote out all the directions and regulations into the Book of The Revelation of God. Then he took a large stone and set it up under the oak that was in the holy place of God.

Grace Community Christian Church
2770 Montgomery Road
Aurora, IL 60504