Dear Oak Grove Friends,
Do you get earworms? You know, those bits of songs that play over and over in your head? One of my favorite earworms is, “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” Many of us began learning about God’s love as children when we sang this song. But it’s one thing to know about God’s love and another to experience it. Too often, we talk about believing in God, but we don’t live as if we believe in God’s love for ourselves and for others.
Last Saturday, someone asked me how the Methodist Church compares to non-denominational churches. My answer to her was, “I can’t tell you about non-denominational churches, but I can tell you that the theology of Methodism is one of grace rather than condemnation.” Grace is a word we “church folk” tend to throw around without being clear on its meaning. Simply put, grace is God’s unconditional love for us; undeserved, unearned, and freely given.
For the next few weeks in worship, we will be exploring what it means to live a life of grace; a life filled with the love of God. I hope you will join us for our Grace upon Grace Worship Series.
May 3 – Grace upon Grace: Grace throughout our lives (John 1:1-14, 16)
May 10 – A Mother’s Love: God’s motherly love (Isaiah 66:13, Matthew 23:37)
May 17 – Grace Before You Decide (Jeremiah 1:1-8, John 1:44-51); Chip Crawford preaching.
May 24 – Costly Grace, Freely Given (Romans 5:6-8, John 15:9-14)
In the meantime, perhaps “Jesus Loves Me” will become your earworm and you will begin thinking about what it looks like to live a life of grace. What passages speak to you of God’s love? What experiences in your life have been grace moments? I invite you to share your thoughts on grace-filled living by emailing me. There are many examples of living grace in our congregation. Please help me notice them by sharing your experiences.