For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.’ (Ephesians 2:8-10).

Grace Church Holy Communion Service (20th after Trinity)

This Sunday (22 October) we share as service of Holy Communion together at 10:30 am.

Our readings this Sunday are from Isaiah 45:1-7 and Matthew’s Gospel 22:15-22. They both get us to think about what it means to belong to God and others. In the Gospel, critics try to entrap Jesus with the question about whether they should pay taxes, and he brilliantly responds: ‘So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.’ A powerful challenge for us not to set God and humanity apart, but recognize that all is ultimately God’s, and that God can also work through humans to serve others. Clearly, earthly political power is always questionable, we know, but God’s purposes can be served unexpectedly. Being the people of God entails joining in with what God is doing even through surprising means.

We will offer an activity for our youngest members during the service, and also look forward to sharing fellowship over coffee and tea afterwards.

Blessings and we look forward to gathering and being with you soon!


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