Dear Calvary-St. George's Family,
This fall, we are in the midst of a series of sermons on the great themes of the Protestant Reformation. We began three Sundays ago with the theme of "Scripture Alone". Two Sundays ago, the theme was "Christ Alone". Last Sunday, the theme was "Faith Alone".
This coming Sunday, the theme is "Grace Alone" - amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me - words that were written by a slave trader whose life was transformed by amazing grace.
Robert Louis Stevenson, of all people, said, "There is nothing but God's grace. We walk upon it, we breathe it; we live and die by it; it makes the nails and axles of the universe." And Judy Collins imprinted it, in musical form, on the hearts of an entire generation.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, "Grace is costly because it costs a [person their] life, and it is grace because it gives a [person their] only true life."
Most of all, St. Paul said, "I am the least of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God, I am what I am, and his grace toward me has not been in vain."
There are glimpses of God's Grace, Amazing Grace, all over Calvary/St. George's Church right now. And may I just say that if that's not a reason to pledge, to support the ministry in this place for the year ahead, then I don't know what is.
So come to church this Sunday, so that you may join me in giving thanks that by the grace of God alone, we are what we are - forgiven, loved, and made new.
The Reverend Jim Munroe