Tag: grace

Share Grace – Radical Acceptance

Hospitality challenges us to look past our own judgemental attitudes and radically accept one another, to become a community that transforms those around us.

Share Grace – The Good, the Bad, the Beautiful

Church communities can be a haven for brittle, petty people. But they can also be beautiful signposts of the Kingdom of God.

What does it take to grow these beautiful places?

What can we do to make them a reality?

Share Grace – Creating Community

Jesus’ gracious hospitality leads us to offer the same invitations to others.

As we start to recover from the effects of a global pandemic, our need for community is greater than ever.

We can look to the early church for some inspiration – the first Spirit-filled fellowship.

Receive Grace – A Transforming Guest

There’s a constant temptation to think that ‘real sinners’ are the others. Essentially, people not like us. We like to think that Jesus will sort ‘them’ out.

But what if He sees us, ‘the respectable sort’ and invites us to change? What would that set us free from? What would that make possible for us?

Jesus, the transforming guest offers us all that opportunity.

Receive Grace – An Undemanding Guest

Jesus is coming for tea. There’s so much to prepare for such an important guest.

But Jesus is the most undemanding of guests, and what He wants more than a great meal and a spotless house is to spend time with you.

Will you make time for Him?

Receive Grace – An Embarrassing Guest

Jesus was regularly invited to meals. Some wanted to argue with him, others just wanted to get close to him.

Some folks were socially at ease with him. But some seemed to make a fuss – to such an extent that it could be embarrassing.

But Jesus didn’t seem fazed by it, In fact he seemed to enjoy it. Maybe it was because he knew that this is how grace feels to those starved of hope.

That’s still how it feels.

Receive Grace – Jesus Knocks

One of the most difficult things we have had to deal with over the last year is the loss of close contact with others.

We will be part of the healing process to the extent that we offer space, time and food to others.

Hospitality matters! But we will always feel awkward if we haven’t come to terms with the fact that Jesus asks to eat with us first – in all our mess and confusion.

The Good News of Christmas

Jesus came for everyone who feels forgotten, everyone who feels on the outside of society, for those who worry that they’re not good enough for God.

God doesn’t love us because of anything we’ve done. He loves us because of His lavish grace.

New songs for Sunday – part of the series on ‘Grace’

Here are two new songs we are planning to introduce this Sunday at church. They both relate to our current series on God’s amazing grace.

Grace Offered

Grace Offered

A story that we know so well – a Good Samaritan that deserves his fame. But could a real world embrace radical grace?

Grace Intro

Grace – an introduction to our new series

Throughout autumn we will be looking at Luke’s gospel, trying to allow ourselves the space and time to be overwhelmed with God’s grace, and the grace we see around us.

How To Get Into Heaven

A man dies and meets Peter at the Pearly Gates. Peter says to the man, “Here’s how it works. You need to have one hundred points to get into heaven. You tell me about all the good things you’ve done. They are all worth a certain number of points. If your total is one hundred…
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