Happy July, friends!
Are you enjoying some summer fun? I hope you are making the most of the summer days. This past weekend our church lawn was full of parade goers enjoying Willmar Fest activities. Our gift t othe community was to pass out ice cream to all who came by. I can't even begin to imagine how many gallons of ice cream we humans consume this time of year! Next time you enjoy a frosty treat,consider these words:

The Last Best Word*
by Bob Thompson

"From his fullness we have all recieved, grace upon grace." -John 1:16

Ibe iof my favorite desserts is my lwife Linda's Ice Cream Sandwich Dessert. She'll tell you it's simple: a layer of ice cream sandwiches, then wihipped topping, then caramel/chocolate/pecans, then more ice cream sandwiches, more whipped topping, andmore caramel/chocolate/pecans. To my overly sweet tooth it is an easy temptation. Every layer is contrast, but every layer is sweet.

The first chapter of John's Gospel includes this line: "From his fullness we have all recieved, grace upon grace." A better translatioin might be grace under grace topped with more grace and grace piled on. Like the mouth-watering Ice Cream Sandwich Dessert.

Author Phillip Uancey calls grace "the last best word." Some beautiful Christian words like charity and even love have been modified or diluted, but the world grace and its relatives - gracious, gratuity, grateful - have remained constant. Grace - a gift or act that is indeserved and expects nothing back.

In Jesus Chrst God provided layered grace. God in heaven became God on earth, taking on human form permantly. Even in Jesus' ascended glory he piles on grace praying for us (Romans 8:34).

This is the heart of our faith: receiving and sharing the Gospel's layers of grace. Kindness topped by generosity overlaid with forgiveness, and patience piled on.When we give second chances, offer the benefit of the doubt, and refuse to walk away from the underserving, we overflow with the fullness we have all received.

Prayer:
Jesus, Word of God, I need grace this very moment for what I have done and what I have left undone. As I receive and celebrate your grace, open my eyes to those who most need that grace extended to them, Amen.

*from "Stillspeaking Daily Dovotional" facebook page, June 10, 2018.
 
 
  Summer Sermon Series:


7/22    Moses and the 10 Commandments
7/29   Jesus Walks on Water
8/5     Jesus Feeds the 5000
8/12   Jesus and Zacchaeus
8/19   Jesus Teaches the Disciples to Pray
8/26   The Prodigal Son\
9/2     The Good Samaritan


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THIS WEEK AT FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

Sunday, July 22nd
8:45am        Adult Ed
10:00am      Worship
11:00am      Fellowship 

Sunday, July 29th
8:45am          Adult Ed
10:00am        Worship
11:00am        Fellowship
 

 

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