Getting something for nothing doesn’t happen much. People have to work hard for possessions, success, and money—we have to earn what we have. The Bible, though, is overflowing with the theme of grace—God’s undeserved favor. Without our merit or worthiness, God freely grants us faith, forgiveness, and everlasting life. Baptismal waters splash in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit as we are saved by Baptism’s grace. Bread and wine are consumed at the Lord’s Supper. Faith in Christ is strengthened and sins are forgiven. Mysteriously, God’s grace comes to us generously, even without our effort. God, indeed, grants abundant grace. Truly, God’s ways are not our ways (Isaiah 55:8) and God’s generosity is beyond human comprehension (Matthew 20:15). Thanks be to God!!!
Join us this Sunday, September 24th, as we celebrate and receive God’s Generous Grace!! We will also be joined by Joanne Naumawicz of LWML and Jerry Cleaves as we receive an LWML grant to help Anchor of Hope. We go back two services: the first at 9:15 a.m., the second at 10:45 a.m. Sunday School and Pastor Clancy’s Bible Study will take place during the second service. The parts of God’s Word that center our worship will be Isaiah Isaiah 55:6-9, Psalm 27, and Matthew 20:1-16. Masking remains optional, but remember that if you are not feeling well, remain at home. Certainly you will be missed, but you may go to the calendar and hit September 24 “Recorded Worship” and access the YouTube link. Love in Jesus, Pastor Craig