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 Service of the Word (4th Sunday of Lent)

This Sunday we share a Service of the Word together.

And on this 4th Sunday of our prayerful time of Lenten reflection, we continue with Jesus on his journey to the cross for us.

Our Gospel reading is from John 3:14-21, the end of Jesus’ fascinating conversation with Nicodemus, and features some of the most beloved and memorable Bible verses we know (3:16-17). But it also includes an intriguing declaration that the Son of Man will need to be lifted up (in several ways, we come to realize) to help bring light and hope in a dark world. The Old Testament reading is from Numbers 21:4-9, recalling how Moses had to lift up a bronze symbol of a snake on a staff to rescue his people who were threatened. These passages remind us all that, even in the face of poisonous situations, we simply need look to God and to the Light of Christ for safety and salvation — what a sacrificial gift of love!

During the service, we will provide an activity for youngsters.

And afterwards, we will share coffee and tea for warm fellowship together. And also, for those we hope will stay for our Annual Meeting (reflecting on our church life and electing new members to our leadership team) at around 12:30, feel free to bring some food to enjoy and share with others before this meeting starts.

We look forward to welcoming you and sharing in worship, as well as in fellowship and in the Annual Meeting after. See you soon!

Service of the Word 4th Sunday of Lent ’24