Rev. John Shaver
Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 9:00am and 10:30am
“For grace is given not because we have done good works, but in order that we may be able to do them.” Saint Augustine Of Hippo
This week we’ll continue our series, Neighborly Resolutions, as we continue to walk through these January days. As with all resolutions, things may have started off in wonderful ways, and at times we find ourselves stuck in the same old ruts that we’ve been working to move beyond. Similarly, with relationships, we may think that a small tweak here or there will be the panacea.
As with many things in life, relationships take work but as we move through this series, I hope we can see that this isn’t a solitary business. First, we have our great God who over and over gives us grace for healthy and life-giving relationships. Secondly, as a church family, we are called to be the body of Christ – Christ’s grace-filled hands and feet in this world.
Grace is a vital ingredient to be connected as the body of Christ. I’ve always appreciated the way Anne Lamott discusses the power of grace given and grace shared, “It is unearned love–the love that goes before, that greets us on the way. It’s the help you receive when you have no bright ideas left, when you are empty and desperate and have discovered that your best thinking and most charming charm have failed you. Grace is the light or electricity or juice or breeze that takes you from that isolated place and puts you with others who are as startled and embarrassed and eventually grateful as you are to be there.” Philip Yancey goes on to share, “What greater gift could Christians give to the world than the forming of a culture that upholds grace and forgiveness?” I hope you’ll join me as we witness the way Rev. Dr. Howard Thurman experienced and shared grace throughout his life, and how it can enable each of us to be more neighborly in this world.
See you at 8 AM, 9 AM, or 10:30 AM!
Grace and Peace, John