Happy Sunday after Independence Day and blessings to you. We were richly blessed today – newcomers and visitors alike. A drop-in from a younger person who was new to the area and looking for a church home. She seemed pleased with the service and fellowship and expressed some interest in returning. There were other visitors in our midst who had been with us before – always nice to have a good group in church. We celebrated our life and ministry and remembered the work of our denomination which is ongoing in Austin, Texas.

As we worshiped today we remembered the blessings and grace in our lives: from the firm foundation of Jesus to God’s “Amazing Grace”. Scripture helped us remember that we receive many blessings in our life and the greatest gift we receive is God’s grace. The work we do and the results we accomplish are directly a result of God’s amazing grace. Paul reminded us today that God’s grace is sufficient – the thing that allows us to “fail” or to not get things exactly right (by our standards). God’s grace is sufficient in the midst of our struggles.

I invite your comments,

Readings: 2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10; Psalm 48; 2 Corinthians 12:2-10; Mark 6:1-13

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