“Grace 101: Lessons At The Table” – August 7, 2022

Rev. John Shaver

Sunday, August 7, 2022 at 9:30 am
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Are you tired? Worn out? …Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me, and you'll learn to live freely and lightly.
Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG)

Dear SDUMC Family,

I pray this finds you finding a bit of Sabbath this Saturday morning. Either amid the joys, concerns, or in between times of life, we all need to find ways for renewal and recovery.

Does Eugene Peterson's translation of Matthew 11:28-20 speak to you? Are you tired? Worn out? If you are, you're not alone. I'm sure we've all felt that way at one time or another. We all struggle to learn the unforced rhythms of grace that Jesus promised. I hope we can all journey together with Jesus through August and learn how to live freely and lightly. We have a God-given gift called grace to help us.

One of John Wesley's most descriptive phrases was "grace for all; grace in all." The first part of the phrase means that Wesley believed that no one can be excluded from the operation of God's powerful grace—no one. No one. The second part reveals Wesley's discovery that grace is right now at work in every human being—right now.

Just as many students returning to school will have a week or two of refresher courses in math, history, or writing, we too may need a refresher course in grace. We may need this, especially during times of frustration, weariness, or uncertainties.

I hope you'll join me to experience grace around the table as we celebrate Communion this Sunday and find renewal and refreshment as we gather together.

I look forward to Worshiping with you this Sunday at 8:00 a.m. (in the Chapel for a shortened Communion Service), 9:30 a.m. (in the Sanctuary with Special Music and Communion), or on Livestream at 9:30 a.m. (and throughout the day and week on our YouTube Channel).

Grace, Peace, and Weekend Blessings,

P.S. This Sunday, we'll also share a Blessing Of The Backpacks. Regardless of your age, remember you are a child of God – so bring your backpack or whatever you may carry around to share in this special time with the children of our church. Also, bring a backpack or school supplies to share with children locally or in the greater area (more information can be found below).

P.P.S. Don't forget this is also a Share The Table Sunday. So please bring some non-perishable items to share with our North County neighbors on this Communion Sunday weekend.


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