Podcast #3—4th of July, Canada Day, and Grace for All Nations
Pod intro: Podcast #3
• In a world so currently torn by strife and sadness, how should the church respond?
• Hi, I’m Yvon Prehn with the Effective Church Communications Podcast and I’d like to propose we respond to this as we should to every challenge and trial in life—with a biblical perspective and prayer. I have resources for believers in every country as well as some specifics for this upcoming 4th of July celebrations in the U.S. and Canada Day in of course Canada.
• Links to these resources are below in these show notes.
• In addition, this Podcast early in the week has two parts: the first one on seasonal communications and second I have a Biblical Devotion for you and I want to pray for you.
• So let’s get started!
The theme for the materials here is GRACE
• “God’s love in action towards men who merited the opposite of love.“
• This is one of my favorite definitions of grace and as Jesus's disciples, grace is an attribute and action we can model and share with a world currently so desperately in need of it.
• To help us do that, a few years ago I created a bulletin insert for the 4th of July that uses the acronym "GRACE" as a prayer. Following that, a member of ECC created one for Canada Day. There are links on the show notes to take you to them. Below are the inserts, click on the links below the images to go to them.
CLICK HERE to go to the 4th of July Handout.
CLICK HERE to go to the Canada Day Handout.
This year I decided to take the same acronym of GRACE and make it into a set of PowerPoint Slides and videos
• IN addition to that, I know many members of Effective Church Communications are in other countries and I wanted to make a version appropriate for them.
• Also, I wanted to make a version that you can use as a prayer guide for any time, not just the 4th of July or Canada Day
• The result is a set of slides and videos for both the U.S. version of the video and then the world-wide one. Only the intro slides and the last one are different, the ones for the acronym GRACE are the same.
• Below the slides are videos of each set with a voice over of me reading the slides to you and one with the music only. Below each video is a DROPBOX link where you can download the video to use for a guided prayer time in your church.
Let me now Read the Slide content to you
• In the midst of all the rancor and strife that overwhelms our world, one of the most powerful things we can do is to remind our people to pray and encourage them to exhibit grace to a hurting world by guiding them in prayer for lives that reflect the grace of God.
To go to the slides, and videos for all, CLICK HERE
• Please use and share with others and pray God will grant us grace to be his people in every situation to those who deserve it and those who don't and desperately need it.
Wrap up of Grace for all nations
• All Free—please pass on to others
• And now to strengthen you in your work as a church communicator,
• Devotion #3: You are accepted and loved before you create your communications
• And now let me pray for you……
• Until next time, I’m Yvon Prehn with Effective Church Communications. More on:
• And now may God’s GRACE be with you in every way and every day as you serve Him in church Communications.