Grace, In Four Movements
Grace is not static - it is the rhythm of God, always moving, never failing.
This is Grace, In Four Movements.
In the midst of these complex stories is a thread that connects them all. Grace. From the moment that the Spirit hovered over the waters of Creation to this very moment, God’s grace has animated and sustained our lives through the breadth of human experience.
Over the next year, we’ll take a close look at four complex Biblical characters - Jacob, Jeremiah, Mary, and John of Patmos - and see how God’s grace sustained them, and continues to sustain us.
Throughout the year, we’ll hear sermons on each character, take a deep dive in Bible study, education for all ages, read daily Bible reading, and hear music inspired by and about all four. By the end, we hope you will understand that grace takes many forms, but never lets us go.
Like our own lives, the stories of Scripture are marked by hope and struggle, triumph and lament. They are stories of real people living in the real world, doing their best to live faithfully, and loving the God who calls us all.
MOVeMENT i: jacob (OCTOBER 6 - NOVEMBER 2)
Jacob just can’t get enough. He grasps his twin brother’s heel at birth, tricks him out of his blessing, wrestles with the angel of God, and finally comes to rest as an old man. For Jacob, receiving grace is a lifelong struggle. How can we receive grace when so often life feels like striving for success?
movement ii: jeremiah (NOVEMBER 3 - NOVEMBER 30)
Jeremiah is charged with a difficult task - prophesy against Israel’s unfaithfulness and about the coming destruction. But how can there be grace in the midst of tragedy? Jeremiah travels a hard road with God, and discovers that God’s grace takes the long view, giving hope where hope seems lost.
movement III: mary (JANuary 5 - FEBruary 1)
Ave Maria, Gratia Plena! For generations, billions of Christians have proclaimed the mother of God as “full of grace.” But what is gracious about an unplanned pregnancy, life with a young child as a refugee abroad, and a son who is condemned to death before her eyes? See grace through Mary’s eyes as she chooses trust in an uncertain world.
MOVEMENT IV: JOHN OF PATMOS (FEBruary 2 - FEBruary 29)
John of Patmos’ words - the book of Revelation - are often viewed as harsh and violent judgment against a world gone wrong, ending in a dramatic vindication for God. This is not our typical image of grace. Yet God’s grace persists in these revelatory images of God remaking and repairing the world for good.