When I was just months from graduating from seminary, my life spun into a deep identity crisis. It seemed like I had spent so much of my life trying to impress other people that I did not really know who I was. The solution? I sought out God and in answer to my prayers and my searching; God led me into deeper experiences of Grace. What I most needed was an adequate understanding of God’s deep and unconditional love for me. I needed to know this not just intellectually, but fully in my heart and soul.
John Wesley, called the founder of the Methodist movement, credits a deep experience of grace after his failures in the American colonies as being the most important moment in his life. Martin Luther had a similar story.
This weekend, as we continue to think about our core values and “Who Are We?” as a church, we will talk about what it means to be “Conduits of Grace.” As much as anything, our church is tasked with being conduits of God’s grace. We are blessed, but we are not meant to horde that grace for ourselves. Just like a body of water, we can only keep from stagnating if grace flows through us to others. Given opportunities to focus on rules and judgment, our church has decided to err on the side of grace. We do this because of our first core value, our commitment to be followers of Jesus Christ. We look forward to sharing these ideas with you.
Our Scripture focus for this weekend is Genesis 12:2-3.
At the 11:00 a.m. service on Sunday, we will get at some of these ideas by looking at a clip from the film, Les Misérables. Bring your change for our Noisy Offering for Habitat for Humanity. We will also have a chance to hear from Gavin Cunningham and Tristan Bixby about their work to make our schools safer. And, we will hear how much money the children made for Our Conference, Our Kids through their art auction.
We look forward to worshipping with you.