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Words From Pastor Diane

The Gift, Part I
 
For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all. Titus 2:11

I was all set to preach on December 26, the Sunday after Christmas. Due to illness, I was not able. Thus, I bring you portions of that sermon over the next few email blasts. Here is part I:

My favorite line from the Christmas carol Silent Night is “dawn of redeeming grace.” The Greek word for “grace” is the same word used for gift. Grace is a gift.

This gift of grace is free because it is given without consideration of the worthiness of the one who receives it. It is offered to all. Our Titus passage says “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all.”

The gift of grace is unconditional. It doesn’t depend on our status or what we have done to deserve it. In the book of Ephesians, it says God lavishes on us the riches of God’s grace. It is unconditional love poured out over us and in us and among us.

For example, take Mary, Jesus’ mother. Why did God choose Mary? Our Catholic Brothers and Sisters teach she was filled with virtue. But did the angel Gabriel look for a girl who was working on her virtue making herself worthy to be a Godbearer? Did the angel say, “Hail Mary, full of virtue”?  It wasn’t Mary’s goodness that qualified her. It was that she was full of grace. Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with you. (Nadia Blotz-Weber)

I love the words of Richard Rohr:

You can’t make God love you one ounce more than God already loves you right now. You can go to church every day for the rest of your life. God isn’t going to love you any more than God loves you right now.

You cannot make God love you any less, either—not an ounce less. Do the most terrible thing and God wouldn’t love you less. You cannot change the Divine mind about you! The flow is constant, total, and 100 percent toward your life. God is for you.

We give Christmas gifts based on the worthiness of the person we are gifting. For God, grace is gifted no matter the worthiness. Thanks be to God!

Merry Christmas everyone

Pastor Diane
How does your faith work? Is it working? I am starting a class that will help all of us strengthen our faith through each other's experiences, successes, and stories. This is basic Christianity. How do we take Sunday morning faith, put it to work, and live the best life we can? That is the mission of the new FaithWorks class with a Zoom option as well. (Persons wanting the Zoom meeting option please email Pastor Diane.) your teacher Chuck Ramsay.
 
Written by Dr. Atul Gawande, BEING MORTAL discusses the last stages of life from his experiences with patients.  This class will meet for 6 weeks for 90 minutes and will be facilitated by Eloise Fredrickson, Chris Erickson, and Pastor Diane Christopher. Purchase books online or through Pastor Diane. Books are $10.00

Please get the book and read chapter one before class starts.
The church’s Pictorial Directory needs your photograph!  Make your appointment online by clicking on the link below or on our church website.  IT WON’T BE COMPLETE WITHOUT YOU!

Choose from appointments on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday – February 2,3,4.

 
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If you need assistance with scheduling your appointment you can contact the church office at 520-625-5023 and they can assist you.
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