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WE ARE GRACE COMMUNITY CHAPEL!

We exist to obey God’s command in Matthew 28:19:

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit...”

 

WE GO 

out into the world to plant churches because we believe church-planting is the most effective, thorough, and long-standing means of evangelism.

 

WE MAKE DISCIPLES

within our church through many endeavors, such as 12-week discipleship courses, membership classes, Bible studies, cell groups, and outreach events.

 

WE REACH ALL NATIONS

with the Gospel through our local and global missions. We are partners with local missionaries and churches in the United States, Tanzania, Korea, Far East, Costa Rica, Japan, and India.

 

To find out more about what we believe, please click here.

 

WE HAVE 3 SITES

CENTRAL

SUNDAY WORSHIP
Agape Korean Presbyterian Church
90 Cooper Avenue Iselin,NJ 08830
Service Time: 2PM

PRAYER MEETINGS
25 Elizabeth St. (2nd Floor)
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Tues Evening Prayer: 8PM
Tues-Sat Morning Prayer: 7AM

 

BERGEN

SUNDAY WORSHIP
Presbyterian Church at Tenafly
55 Magnolia Avenue (Cross Street: Hillside Avenue)
Tenafly, NJ 07670
Service Time: 5PM

PRAYER MEETING
Presbyterian Church at Tenafly
55 Magnolia Avenue (Cross Street: Hillside Avenue)
Tenafly, NJ 07670
Tuesday Evening Prayer: 8PM
Tues-Sat Morning Prayer: 7AM

 

 

 

KOREAN MINISTRY

SUNDAY WORSHIP
Presbyterian Church at Tenafly
55 Magnolia Avenue (Cross Street: Hillside Avenue)
Tenafly, NJ 07670
Service Time: 11AM

 

MEET OUR LEADERSHIP

Reverend Jae Park
Head Pastor
Reverend Brian Na
Associate Pastor
Pastor Samuel Yu
College Pastor
Pastor Jee Park
Children’s Pastor
Rev. Paul Nam
Reverend Paul Nam
Associate Pastor
Pastor Jay Suh
Associate Pastor
Pastor Sora Suh
Education Pastor
Pastor Ann Suh
Children’s Pastor

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Featured Sermon

Power of the One Who Has Experienced the Cross

Power of the One Who Has Experienced the Cross, by Rev. Jae Park - Philippians 3:12-16

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The Trumpet

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Torii and the Mustard Seed 鳥居とからしの種

In October, I went to Kyoto for the first time, one of the most famous cities in the world, the ancient face of Japan. It’s a fantastic, mysterious place uncaring of the flow of time, where women wear kimonos, men pull rickshaws, geishas carry beautifully wrapped gifts to their destinations, and temples and shrines loom from every hilltop and street corner.

 

In Kyoto, I went to the Fushimi-Inari Shrine, the shrine of a thousand gates. The shrine is located at the foot of a hill, and on the hill is a long succession of vermillion torii gates, clusters of tombs, grave markers, charms, incense, altars. On this particular trip, I watched a man pray before furiously burning candles; a couple kneeling at an altar, pleading in unison; and a man shouting chants as he travelled from spot to spot. I also saw Japanese and international tourists marveling in hushed voices as they walked under the torii gates, speaking in awe of the piles of graves, and buying fortunes and charms.

The torii gates are a famous symbol of Japan. It is a Shinto structure, marking the entrance from a profane or common space to a holy one.

Before I left for Japan, I remember praying and asking the Lord, “How can they be saved, Lord?” It seemed impossible and overwhelming to think about an entire nation of 133 million Japanese who had yet to know the Lord. A year and a half later in Japan, it has not become any easier.

And as I was praying, I saw an image of a huge torii gate. The gate looked massive, immovable and impressive. But it was then that the Lord reminded me of his holiness. He is completely other. He is set apart and higher than all other gods.

 

The Lord showed me the image of small vines growing up from the ground, wrapping around the torii gate. Soon the vines and plants had grown so much around and up the gate that the wood of the gate rotted and fell apart under the pressure of those many small plants. I was reminded of a parable Jesus told his disciples:

And he said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth, yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.” (Mark 4:30-32)

It is the same with his Holy Spirit. The gods and demons of the earth are portrayed through gigantic statues and grotesque carvings; images to seduce, fascinate and terrorize people to worship. But the Holy Spirit is different. He has no image but in God’s people. We — frail, fallible human beings — become the bearers of God’s image through the Holy Spirit.

In his Spirit, we are sent forth bearing his fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control. They are not qualities given to us to seduce, fascinate or terrorize people, but qualities for us to serve, forgive and welcome them. In God’s power, we are sent as weak people with quiet souls, humble hearts, simple lives and clear truth.

It is the same with the cross. In Japan, many of the shrines and temples inhabit the most beautiful places. They are in bamboo groves, in aromatic forests and on hilltops. They are also made with the most beautiful materials of wood, gold, silver, brass, the finest fabrics, near the sounds of streams and bells, and fragrant incense. But every time I am in one of the beautiful religious places, I am reminded of the humility of the “rugged cross” on which our Savior hung.

Only the cross of Jesus Christ offers us entrance from the profane to the holy. Only the Holy Spirit allows all of the commonness of daily life to take on sacred significance. Only the love of God our Father wins us over into worship. Only the gospel of Christ’s kingdom gives rest to those who make nests in its shade. May Japan and all the nations know this truth!

O Lord, we are honored to be numbered among your people! May Japan know you! May all the peoples of the earth know you! May your kingdom come and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven!