Getting Ready for Sunday | 9/30/2018
We will gather together again on Sunday, September 30th at 4pm for the Holy Eucharist. Take a little time as we approach Sunday, read below, and prepare your heart for worship.
In Light of Grace
“The saved sinner . . . knows repentance is not what we do in order to earn forgiveness; it is what we do because we have been forgiven. It serves as an expression of gratitude rather than an effort to earn forgiveness. Thus the sequence of forgiveness then repentance, rather than repentance and then forgiveness, is crucial for understanding the gospel of grace.
"But many of us don't know our God and don't understand his gospel of grace. For many, God sits up there like a Buddha, impassive, unmoving, hard as flint. Calvary cries out more clearly than any theology textbook: We do not know our God. We have not grasped the truth in the First Letter of John: 'In this is love, not that we loved God but that He loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.' The cross reveals the depth of the Father's love for us: 'For greater love than this no one has than that he lay down his life for his friends.'"
-Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel (pp. 73-74)
(Click on the links below to read Sunday's passages)
OT Reading: Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29
NT Reading: James 4:7–5:6
Gospel Reading: Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48