Wednesday, March 5, 2014
by grace through faith
Good afternoon friends,
First, I'd like to remind you of an Ash Wednesday worship opportunity tonight. We'll gather at 6:40 for a simple service of scripture and reflection. Lent and Ash Wednesday especially remind us that we are mortal. It's a great chance to pause and reflect. So come on over and have supper and scripture at 5:30 and stay for a short worship service at 6:40.
Today's reading isn't an Ash Wednesday reading, but it is takes us back to the core of our faith: we are all sinners, but God saves us. We don't earn our salvation, but we can respond to God's love by loving others. Lent is a great time to evaluate our lives and make some changes to come in line with that love.
You were dead through the trespasses and sins 2in which you once lived, following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient. 3All of us once lived among them in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of flesh and senses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else.
4But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us 5even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,7so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— 9not the result of works, so that no one may boast. 10For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.