Greetings to all,
“But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved…” I know, I know. I preached on this verse already. Who can get enough grace, though? This Gospel overwhelms my heart. Imagine, when we were lost, as far down as we have ever been, our Father made us alive in His Son. We never choose Jesus. He chooses us and turns our hearts to Him by breathing His Spirit into us. Will we ever be able to grasp the gift our God gives us in Jesus?
Every Friday in Lent we are reading the Small Catechism together. This Friday, we will read the section on Baptism. Join us on Friday evenings at 630pm in Lent via Zoom: https://luthersem.zoom.us/j/99487449603?pwd=eVhGeXdERHZlTmw3MzEvUVRMbFlNdz09. Note the change in meeting time from 6pm to 630pm.
Remember, we are now open for up to 20 people to join us for worship. Let Katie know if you want to join us.
Small Christian Communities is an experiment in sharing our faith together and worshipping in groups of just a few friends from our congregation. Learn more about the hearts of your sisters and brothers at Grace, deepen your faith, and grow in friendship and love together. Contact me for more information.
On Wednesday at 7pm our weekly Bible Study will look at John 12:20-33. The world begins to turn to Jesus as the Greeks seek to meet Him. Still, He warns us He must die and be buried before we find life in Him. Can we go where He goes? Do we need to lose our lives to find them in Him? What is God’s glory if it is found in death?
Our Friday Faith Conversation this week is on the Law and the Gospel. God’s word isn’t just a dead word. God’s word is a living word that speaks to us now and acts on us, in us. Through His word, our God acts in us and brings us to life. What is the Law and why do we still look to it? How is the Gospel distinct from the Law? And what is the Gospel? How are we free from the Law and yet we live for God? Join us at noon on Zoom: https://luthersem.zoom.us/j/94207900878?pwd=dExWZzJ5eXNSSVJTTTRnb3M3SWpLQT09.
Be good to each other.
As always, I am here for you. Catch me on Zoom, call me at home or shoot me an email. And I will probably be calling you. We will get through this together.
Peace and all-good.