Welcome to Grace Community Church in Prunedale, CA

Welcome to Grace Community Church – Prunedale

No Perfect People Allowed

Pastor Bill Hardman

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Join Us for Outdoor Worship Sundays 10:00 AM

New Covid-19 Update – June 1st Update

We are excited to announce the reopening of GCC beginning with in-person worship outdoors on the game field at 10:00 AM on Sunday, June 7, 2020! Bring your lawn chair for best seating.

As of June 1, California is allowing churches to reopen if they adhere to “strict physical distancing, sanitation protocol and any CDC recommendations.”

That being said, we also know that there will be individuals who are not ready or able to begin coming back for worship services due to health risks.

We will continue our online music and message online on Facebook at 10:00am every Sunday. Printed copies of the messages and/or DVD recordings will be available upon request.

Review this list of things to keep in mind for Outdoor Sunday Worship!

Our Current Sermon Series

Current Sermon Series
Our current series is, “Father God”

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Dear GCC Family, (Fri, 4.16.21)

Waiting

Waiting is hard. No? Waiting for God to make things right is hard. Our sense of justice in this world can send us into a tailspin of despair and frustration. This is not the way things ought to be. Right? The Psalmist, David, felt that way in a culture much more brutal than ours of today. Forty was the average life expectancy then. If you have followed with me this week, you may get the impression that David is doing nothing but whining. Quit your whining, David. But don’t miss the honesty with which he takes his troubles to the Lord. And don’t miss how he also turns, in praise and worship.

Psalm 6:1-3, Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath. Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am faint; heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony. My soul is in deep anguish. How long, Lord, how long?

David expresses the thought that he has lived with more pain and sorrow than he could ever imagine having to bear. Is he crying out in desperation? Seems like it. To me it seems David is at a place in life where he can barely even pray. Have you been there? How do you get beyond that?

It’s almost like David’s envisioning some type of legal dispute. And he desire vindication. In any legal dispute, he knows that there are always two parties involved. He also knows that the result is one party is declared to be in the wrong. The other party is declared to be proven right. But how do you confront God in any court? God will always come out on top. David will come out the loser.

Psalm 6:4-5, Turn, Lord, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love. Among the dead no one proclaims your name. Who praises you from the grave?

Is his desperation showing again? It seems so to me. You? Do you know God’s unfailing love?

Psalm 6:6-7, I am worn out from my groaning. All night long I flood my bed with weeping and drench my couch with tears. My eyes grow weak with sorrow; they fail because of all my foes.

David is suffering and he describes it as a sort of physical torture only increased in intensity by his enemies and their opposition to him. He is beside himself with inner pain.

Psalm 6:8, Away from me, all you who do evil, for the Lord has heard my weeping.

Good news, at last! Now David turns his lamenting into worship and praise. And it will make a huge difference on him. And on his enemies.

Psalm 6:9, The Lord has heard my cry for mercy; the Lord accepts my prayer.

Is this now confidence or what? Confidence in David’s Lord. Not self, notice. This is no “I’ll just pick myself up, gather up my inner strength, and push on through this.” Not at all. David’s personally overwhelmed. He’s at a loss of how to change this. Until. Until he refocuses his mind on the Lord. Refocuses on the Lord and what the Lord is capable of doing. It’s all on the Lord. Not on David toughing it out. Do you see the contrast with how the world encourages to deal with hard stuff?

It reminds me of the broader world view the apostle Paul gives us in his letter to the Romans.

Romans 8:19, The creation itself waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. Romans 8:21, The creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.

Pray with me: Father, thank You for your unfailing love. I need reminders of that from time to time. Life sometimes overwhelms me with its unfairness. But Your love prevails even when I don’t feel it much. I thank You that in Your grace You give me a sense of your presence. In Jesus name, Amen!

10,000 blessings,

Pastor Bill
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Dear GCC Family, (Thu, 4.15.21)

Complaint

Many of the psalms are what have been called “laments” – cries for help from deep within the psalmist’s soul. There’s no holding back in these laments. They are sometime offensive to our sensitive modern ears. Many have called them uncensored prayer, straight from the heart.

Psalm 5:1-3, Listen to my words, Lord, consider my lament. Hear my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray. In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.

The psalmist may even have no words to express his anguish. That’s often the case with a lament. We are blessed when we have no words to express what is burdening us. Paul tells us in Romans 8:18 that we have the Holy Spirit interceding on our behalf according what God’s will is at that moment in time for our needs. I’m so thankful for that. Often I don’t really know what words to use in my own prayers. I’m glad He takes up the slack. I think because of that one factor, Paul gives us the reassurance he does in verse 28 that we have confidence for all things working out for our good.

It’s a joy to know that God wants us to come straight into His presence for a refuge from our fears. From our worries. From our pain. We don’t, and shouldn’t, bury those troubling feelings. If we do, there are serious potential consequences to our physical and mental health. God says to us, “Go ahead, pour out your soul to me, I’m here for you. Let it all out.” Is that a comfort to you? Isn’t that so much better than trying to find ways to dull the pain. By shopping. By other distractions. By ways tried by so many that never quite deliver what is promised.

Psalm 5:4-6, For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness; with you, evil people are not welcome. The arrogant cannot stand in your presence. You hate all who do wrong; you destroy those who tell lies. The bloodthirsty and deceitful you, Lord, detest.

God is the God who said to Moses that he would commit himself faithfully and fully in love to us. God’s grace is overwhelming in view of our own weaknesses and sins. Don’t you think so?

Psalm 5:7-8, But I, by your great love, can come into your house; in reverence I bow down toward your holy temple. Lead me, Lord, in your righteousness because of my enemies – make your way straight before me. Not a word from their mouth can be trusted; their heart is filled with malice. Their throat is an open grave; with their tongues they tell lies.

Don’t you almost feel like say back to him, “Well, duh, what do you expect? Of course your enemies can’t be trusted.” Don’t you feel somewhat that way? He should know better, right? But, not so fast. Sometimes we too quickly forget that this world is not very friendly and few people actually practice doing the right thing in the right way. Even when they know what the right thing is.

In David’s day, kings were always vulnerable to others trying to kill them. That may not be what our enemies are trying to do today. But we have plenty of opposition if we are following after the Lord. Plenty of people and organizations are intent on damaging you economically, emotionally, spiritually, and even physically at times.

Pray with me: Father, I look to You for protection from all the hostile forces around me today. Whenever I get indignant re evil in others, I remember my own sin. I’m no better at heart. Keep me safe but keep me humbled. In Jesus name, Amen!

10,000 blessings,

Pastor Bill
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Dear GCC Family, (Wed, 4.14.21)

Safety

Psalm 4:1, Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

David is facing many dangers. Here he mentions his distress. Next he will talk about his humiliation. This seems to be some other distress than he spoke of in Psalm 3. Since other gods are brought into this conversation, maybe he’s dealing with crop failure. If so, his detractors would be questioning whether or not His God could provide for his needs.

He calls God, his “righteous God.” What could he mean by that? Of course God is righteous. By definition God is righteous. Why does David call Him that? Maybe he’s reminding himself that because God is the source of true righteousness, David can expect Him to do the right thing.

Psalm 4:2, How long will you people turn my glory into shame? How long will you love delusions and seek false gods?

Do you have a divided heart? I understand that the term used here for “false” gods literally means lies. False gods are lying gods. They are deceitful to the core. Not to be trusted. To be avoided.

Psalm 4:4-5, Tremble and do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent. Offer the sacrifices of the righteous and trust in the Lord.

Do you have a bitter heart? Scholars desire to correct our misunderstanding of the term heart here. We often think of our heart as that place inside where we feel emotions. Rather, reflected in the Hebrew language it points to the heart as being where we do reflective thinking and carry on introspection of our motives and desires. It’s in the heart that we make plans. Decide things.

Psalm 4:6, Many, Lord, are asking, Who will bring us prosperity? Let the light of your face shine on us.

There are striking similarities to Moses’ writing as we have it in the book of Numbers. It’s an awesome benediction passage.

Numbers 6:24-25, The Lord bless you and keep you, The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you. The Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.

So, let’s prayerfully seek God’s face. When God’s face shines on us that seems to indicate that God is granting our request. A sense of His presence with us. His love ruling over our hearts. When we are doing that, we can know we are safe in His care. We can have a peaceful sleep at night.

Psalm 4:8, In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.

Pray with me: Father, I confess that sometimes I allow “other gods” to appeal to my heart. I have to deal ruthlessly with my resentment when wronged by someone. I want to know the joy of Your presence more. Help me to feel the light of Your face shining down on me. In Jesus name, Amen!

10,000 blessings,

Pastor Bill
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