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).
This coming Sunday we gather for worship at Grace Church. And in this season of Epiphany, we learn more and more about what God reveals to us through Christ.
Our Old Testament reading is from 1 Samuel 3:1-10, and recounts how that young prophet was literally awakened to a surprising calling he was not expecting. And our Gospel reading is from John 1:43-51, when Nathanael, who is a bit critical and skeptical, is also suddenly called out from under a fig tree by Jesus to follow him, even though Nathanael at first does not fully recognize him.
Good passages for reflecting on how God sees far more in us and others than we often do, and how we are called to be open to, seek and welcome ways that God calls us to follow and serve.
As ever, we’ll offer an activity for youngsters during the service, and of course coffee and tea for fellowship afterwards.