Dear Grace Church Family,
The Apostle Paul prayed this for the church at Ephesus…“I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which He has called you, what are the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power toward us who believe…” (Ephesians 1:16-19).
This has been our go-to prayer for years now, both in our prayer meetings and in our personal prayer times. I believe God is answering and giving us wisdom and revelation in our decision-making, and the leadership team is fully engaged in planning how to get us back together.
I’m so grateful that we had online streaming up and running so we could meet virtually throughout this ordeal. In fact, our church family has grown exponentially, and from here on out we’ll always have a major online campus. That may be one of the greatest things to come out of this! The process of opening the property and staying safe is the difficulty, but we’re working through it.
Please keep asking God to give us clarity on the details. I can’t tell you how excited we are to see you again! At the same time, we want to get this right. Within a week, our team will send out specific information on when and how we plan to reopen the campus.
In the meantime, be encouraged; in just eight weeks 55,000 people have heard the Gospel through our online services and a whole lot of them have received Jesus as Savior. I want to personally thank you for doing your part in inviting them through sharing the broadcast and partnering with us through your prayers and giving. It makes me proud to be your pastor. The kingdom of God advances life by life by life. Many of you have made friends for eternity by simply inviting the people in your world to hear the Gospel. I have no doubt that we will look back on this time of upheaval as a time when God visited us and helped us make a paradigm shift from “hear and now, me and mine” thinking to a Kingdom of God mindset.
Love you all, can’t wait to see you,
Grace Church – Saint Louis