God's Word tells us in Ephesians 2:10 that we are "God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do." 17 year-old Grace Tyner is a beautiful illustration of that truth. Her mom says that she could sing before she could talk. Even at her baby dedication, the pastor declared that she would be gifted to use her voice for God.Grace grew up in a Christian home and was inspired by her "Grammy" and her mom to follow Christ. She describes her grandma's faith as steadfast and is motivated by the fact that her grandma continues to lead quite a number of women's groups after retirement. When thinking about her own faith, Grace believes wholeheartedly what she has been taught. Even when she has questions or doubts, she chooses to trust that any confusion is on her part, not in the accuracy of God's Word.
Grace began to lead others into God's presence with her beautiful singing voice at Ventura Missionary's Youth Group when she was in the seventh grade. In 2017, she led worship in "Big Church" for the first time as the youth facilitated the Good Friday service. And on May 6, 2018, Grace also led worship for our main services on Sunday morning.
Grace says she loves the outlet that facilitating worship provides to express her love and admiration for God in a way that doesn't happen through just talking. She is grateful that she has been given the opportunity to profess her love for God publicly.
Another blessing that Grace has experienced as she uses her gift to lead worship is the bond that has developed between she and others on the worship team. She says, "Without worship, I would have never met some of my favorite people. We get to spend so much time together; they're like my second family."
As a junior in high school, Grace is now looking at colleges. At this point, she's thinking that she would like to become a teacher. Not only is she drawn to teaching, she believes this particular career choice will allow her the opportunity to continue leading worship in her adult years. But, she is also quick to say, "He knows the plan He has for me, so I can relax, realizing that the opportunities He has planned for me will be far better than anything I could try to manipulate." Amen, Grace. God's will for each of us is good, pleasing and perfect. (Romans 12:2).