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Praying, Listening and Getting Informed [6/19/2020]

Cultural Conversations

Dear Grace Family, 

We continue to live in a pressurized cultural moment in the wake of protests, grief and even violence sparked by the tragic and outrageous death of George Floyd. It is a moment compounded and further pressurized by our own frustration and isolation due to a pandemic quarantine. 

How should Grace Sacramento continue to respond? The truth is, we don’t completely know. But we want to invite you to join us in doing what the church has always been called to do in every season: faithfully preach the whole counsel of Scripture, gather to worship our Triune God of love in whatever way is possible, and pray for, listen to and provide help to those in need. 

We are currently considering how to proceed with our Cultural Conversation that began last Sunday evening with the generous, honest and sometimes difficult leadership of the Metts-Houston and Lloyd families. We continue to solicit your questions, input and feedback as we plot the course for these conversations.  

Let’s re-commit to our Sunday morning gathering (virtual right now) and to asking God’s Word what the Church is meant to be.  Let’s pray and listen in pursuit of a better understanding of one another and of what God might be up to in our midst at Grace Sacramento during this moment. Let's find ways to educate and inform ourselves about this current moment in our culture and how we got here, committing to trying to remove ourselves from purely social media driven news cycles. Let’s ask the Holy Spirit to move in our midst, and move through us, individually and collectively as we seek to embody the gospel of God’s grace for every nation and language and people and tongue. This is the promise we believed at Pentecost and that we are being invited to live out in ordinary time. 

Here are a couple of ways you might join Grace in praying and listening and getting informed: 


1. Join the Grace Sacramento pastors and staff every Tuesday at 12pm for Noon Prayer. Each week, we profess our faith in Christ’s healing power, together, we use the Psalms and other Scripture to guide our prayer for our church, our city, the world and one another. 

2. Consider reading and praying through the Book of Psalms this summer. The Psalms contain many laments about trouble in the world around us and the trouble we find in our own hearts.  

Here is a resource for reading/praying the Psalms provided by a friend of mine (Brad) at Christ Church in Berkeley.  Psalms For Everyone This Summer

Here is a simple guide for writing out your own psalm of lament to God. Not only should we all learn how to lament right now, but learning how to pray using the Psalms is incredibly helpful in general. We encourage you to give it a try. 


Resources within Our Tradition (PCA)

A Cultural Conversation about Race 

If you were unable to join us on Sunday, June 14th for our Zoom panel discussion: A Cultural Conversation about Race, you can watch it here. 

A Message from Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) at USC

Reformed University Fellowship is the campus ministry of our denomination. This thoughtful message from USC campus minister Alex Watlington is extremely helpful as we seek a gospel posture in this racially charged time (Thanks Metts-Houstons).  

Grace, Justice and Mercy 

A conversation between Pastor Tim Keller (Redeemer Presbyterian Pastor NYC and Equal Justice Initiative founder) and “Just Mercy” author Bryan Stevenson. 

More Christian Resources 


Denominational Position 

PCA statement on Racial Reconciliation