Grace, Grace and More Grace

Sermon for Second Sabbath of Christmas and First Sabbath of the New Year

January 3, 2015

If you are a practitioner of post-gift-reception etiquette, you may have written out a few thank-you notes in the last couple of weeks.  As we continue in our revelry over the good news of a Messiah who came into our world in the person of Jesus, we turn to a Christmas thank-you letter that Paul writes in Ephesians 1.3-14.  Here, he thanks God for all the divine graces realized in the gift of Jesus:

  • God chose us to be holy and blameless
  • God adopted us as sons and daughters
  • God purchased our release from captivity
  • God forgave us of our trespasses
  • God revealed that the divine grand purpose is to gather all people together with him for all eternity
  • God has given us an inheritance in Christ
  • God has empowered us to live for God’s praise and glory
  • God has given us the Holy Spirit

Amazing and overwhelming!  As John says in 1.16, “from [Christ’s] fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.”

In this presentation, I share some stories from a wonderful book by Anne Lamott, Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith, where she experiences these graces in her nitty-gritty, day-in and day-out life

Listen here.

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