“Grace.” Collin saw this in Hobby Lobby while we were looking around. He was interested in it and asked me what I thought. I said “Well, it’s broken.” It had been heavily discounted because it was broken so I started looking at the one that was as it should be. He said “No, that’s the point. We’re broken and then grace comes in period.” We decided to purchase it and got to the checkout only for the lady to say “Oh man, this is broken.” My only response with my throat beginning to tighten was “Ya, so are we.” Broken people saved by the grace-filled sacrifice of a perfect Savior. Excuse me while I sit in a puddle of tears…

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9”

I came across this picture and post on facebook this week and it has been stuck in my head every day since. I love the image…we are broken people saved by grace. We can all feel a little broken at times. Sometimes just a little crack and sometimes like whole chunks are missing, but through it all we are not alone! Through the grace of God, we have God’s presence with us and a love that will never leave us

But what is grace?

Grace is the love of God shown to the unlovely; the peace of God given to the restless; the unmerited favor of God.

“Grace is love that cares and stoops and rescues.”(John Stott)

“[Grace] is God reaching downward to people who are in rebellion against Him.”(Jerry Bridges)

“Grace is unconditional love toward a person who does not deserve it.” (Paul Zahl)

Grace is most clearly expressed in the promises of God revealed in Scripture and embodied in Jesus Christ. Grace is that all encompassing love of God that is with us always!

As we get ready to begin a new year in the ministry of the church, we will be hearing a lot about grace in our faith formation activities. In fact, our theme for the year is grace! Each season we will be looking at various ways we relate to grace.

Fall: Hear Grace
Advent & Christmas: Receive Grace
Epiphany & Ordinary Time: Speak Grace
Lent: Accept Grace
Eastertide: Give Grace
Summer: Live Grace

I want to invite you to join us as we study grace this year. We will be talking about grace in our worship services as well as in our small groups. I challenge you to invite a friend to join us in one of our zoom small groups or livestream worship. For more information on small group offerings visit our website.

May we experience and share God’s grace this year as we are in ministry together!

Pastor Nikki Ross Bishop