Scripture Reading

As he taught, he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets! They devour widows’ houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.” He sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny. Then he called his disciples and said to them, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”
-Mark 12:38-44

Grace Calling

The call of Grace rings out.  You have been called today whether you know it or not. Called by your one true life in God. Called through seemingly ordinary circumstances. Some of us today are called through a crisis or loss, others have a gnawing sense of desperation or a longing. Still others have been surprised by a boldly unexpected word from a friend, a stranger or a loved one that lands deeply. God’s still small voice calls to us in these moments, “while you were wondering, waiting, doubting… I saw you.” You are welcome here in this place by the God who sees you. The One who truly knows you. Look around at the faces around you. This is a place where you are welcomed home, where you can be fully seen. We call this place, Grace. Let us worship our God of grace this morning!