Grace and Fire

Ericka Graham shared with us a truth-telling story from her life about accepting the grace that comes with being part of the Kingdom of Heaven. Grace can often be humbling to accept because it means that we are accepted for who we are today by our Creator who chooses to have a relationship with us. We are received by grace not when we have things figured out, but today in our brokenness. Anne Lamott writes that, “Grace meets us where we are, but does not leave us where it found us.” Ericka reminded us that when we receive undeserved love, we are more likely to give it. 

Text

Matthew 20:1-16

“Grace draws a circle around everyone and says they’re in.” 
“We will become in our lives what we do with our love” 
“Most people need love and acceptance, a lot more than they need advice. 
- What Bob Goff says about Grace

“I do not understand the mystery of grace—only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us”

- Anne Lamott

“You either walk inside your story and own it, or you stand outside your story and hustle for your worthiness.”

- Brene Brown

 

Reflection & Practice

Have you received extravagant grace from a family member of friend in your life? When those who are closest to us show us grace it can be incredibly powerful and healing. Is there someone in your life you can show grace to this week?

In the story of the workers in the Vineyard, the landowner chose to pay those who arrived in the morning the same as those who started working an hour before closing time. Often we focus on giving others grace and forgiveness, but perhaps we need to receive grace ourselves first. Grace often shows itself in the form of a tangible action. How can you show yourself grace?

 

Worship Set

Faith's Review & Expectation

Dust We Are and Shall Return

Nothing But The Blood

Sing To Jesus

Trinity Song

Rock of Ages (When the Day Seems Long)

 

Benediction