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Preparing for Worship: Take, Lord, Receive

John Haralson
May 27, 2022
“Take, Lord, Receive” (John Foley Cover) by Natalie Lelyo

“Peter, Do You Love Me” from printeryhouse.org

Take, Lord, and receive
   all my liberty,
   my memory,
   my understanding,
   and my entire will,
All I have and call my own.

You have given all to me.
To you, Lord, I return it.

Everything is yours;
   do with it what you will.

Give me only your love and your grace,
that is enough for me.
Ignatius of Loyola, AD 1491-1556

         Note: Sunday worship at 10:15 AM
                   In-person worship and live stream
         
Dear Grace Family,

I once heard a radio preacher say that he found Peter much easier to relate to than Paul. He put it this way:

             You know, Peter’s the kind of guy you could have a beer
              with? Paul, not so much.


I mean, sure Paul had a violent past. But once he met Jesus, he becomes like a Christian super-hero—enduring hardships and planting churches left and right. He seems to live in a way that is unachievable.

Peter, on the other hand, had a lot of failures and missteps—all of which occurred after he met Jesus. This is the kind of life I can understand from my own experience!

This week, we will turn our attention to John 21, where—at a profoundly low point in his life of faith—Peter encounters Jesus. We will see Jesus meet Peter with kindness, generosity, and grace.

And, at the same time, Jesus is also very hard on Peter. He challenges him to his very core as he restores him to the difficult—but incredibly liberating—road of discipleship and communion with Jesus.

In other words, Jesus believed that it was possible that Peter—with all of his failures and shortcomings—could reach the heights of discipleship reflected in Ignatius’ prayer.

I hope to worship with you on Sunday.

This Sunday: John 21:1-19 (NIV)
                     “Take, Lord, Receive”

Here is the Order of Worship.

Warmly in Christ,
John

P.S. Jason came down with COVID this past week! He is on the mend, but would still appreciate your prayers. So, this Sunday I will preach the sermon I was going to preach on June 5th to Mark Jason & Danielle's departures!

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