Toward Sunday.

We begin our 5-week series called “from DIY to renovation by Grace” this week.  Throughout the series we’ll explore what it means to recognize, name and claim God’s Grace in our daily life.  Our worship series will be rooted in the Ephesians 2.  

Ignatius of Loyola, a sixteenth century priest who lived in Spain and founder of the Jesuits, composed a process of spiritual discernment for Christians who are seeking to find out what God intends for them.  According to him, the most important rule is, “The love which moves me and makes me choose something has to descend….from the love of God.” (New Interpreter’s Bible vol xi p. 395)  The love of God is Grace.  Our worship series will invite deeper reflection on Grace, the love of God which moves us and makes us choose something.  

Dominant society would have us believe that we are to “go it alone.”  We are “self-made.” We’re defined by our own successes and failures.  Jesus offers a radical alternative.  Instead of being self-made, we are divinely created.  We are defined by Grace.  This 5 week worship series will help us move from DIY to Renovation by Grace.

OUTLINE OF FROM DIY TO RESTORATION BY GRACE

January 13: Ephesians 2.19-22 From DIY
January 20: Ephesians 2.1-7  Rooted in Grace
January 27: Ephesians 2.8-9  Growing in Faith
February 3: Ephesians 2.10  Reaching in Love
February 10: Ephesians 2.19-22 to Renovation by Grace

 Our worship this Sunday will be rooted in Ephesians 2.19-22.  Ephesians is a letter which was written to early followers of Jesus.  Make time to read this passage.  

What is your initial response to being called
“members of the household of God?”  

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