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Gratia Members Enjoyed Baseball Outing

Gratia members enjoyed baseball outing on the grass field of the SF State University Campus after the Sunday service on June 23. It was a nice fellowship time where members got to know each other better. Patrizia and Mario JR invited any church members who were willing to come and all had a beautiful time outside, enjoying the sunny weather that Sunday. They were refreshed and it was a fun way of exercising. They want to organize more outside activities, in particular baseball, and hope to have a bigger team next time.  

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Gratia Church Held Graceful and Fun Independence Day BBQ

Gratia church members celebrated the 4th of July Independence Day with an outdoor BBQ party. Members gathered at a park in Mill Valley and had a graceful and fun time together. They played frisbee and soccer at the beautiful soccer field. It was a great time for all members refreshing and enjoying the beautiful weather. Members also watched the fireworks at night and celebrated the Day of Independence.  

Gratia Yosemite Camping

Gratia Community Church hold 3-day Yosemite camping this summer. Members hiked the mountain and refreshed their souls in fresh air and beautiful  nature. They were surrounded by the trees and stream of waters that were created by God. It was a wonderful time for everyone to be together praying and talking together and received new strength to live for Jesus Christ. 

 

 

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Samuel Life in Other Word

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapor around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image, and the breath of that universal love which bears and sustains us, as it floats around us in an eternity of bliss; and then, my friend, when darkness overspreads my eyes, and heaven and earth seem to dwell in my soul and absorb its power, like the form of a beloved mistress, then I often think with longing, Oh, would I could describe these conceptions, could impress upon paper all that is living so full and warm within me, that it might be the mirror of my soul, as my soul is the mirror of the infinite God!

O my friend — but it is too much for my strength — I sink under the weight of the splendor of these visions! A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine.

I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapor around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image, and the breath of that universal love which bears and sustains us, as it floats around us in an eternity of bliss; and then, my friend, when darkness overspreads my eyes, and heaven and earth seem to dwell in my soul and absorb its power, like the form of a beloved mistress, then I often think with longing, Oh, would I could describe these conceptions, could impress upon paper all that is living so full and warm within me.