Some of you might remember The Rev'd. Mike Rayson, a Methodist Minister from the United States, singing, preaching and taking part in the communion service at Frodsham Methodist Church last year. We also heard the song Captured, also written and performed by Mike, in our live streaming service a week or two back.
In his book, One-Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World, Tullian Tchividjian describes Grace in this way:
Grace is love that seeks you out when you have nothing to give in return.
Grace is love coming at you that has nothing to do with you.
Grace is being loved when you are unlovable.
Grace is “unconditional love.”
In one of his recent reflections, Mike also says:
The faith of Jesus keeps a hold of me even when I can’t hold on myself.
Hope springs within – not without. And each time I try and take back control, I suppress the presence of Christ within me and hold on to my own hope – which fails me every time. It is not me who needs faith in order to find hope. It is the presence of Jesus within that holds me in the faith he shares with the Creator, witnessed to and celebrated by the glorious presence of the Spirit.
Many of you will know that Mike’s testimony includes the death of his oldest son, Sam, in 2007 at the age of 11. He wrote the song Just Grace around that time, which we heard at the end of our worship on Sunday:
When we usually gather together in our church building we often say this prayer.
Let us stop, take a moment from the distractions of this world, and say it again not just for ourselves, but for each other.
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
The Love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with us all.
The reflections here are written by members of our congregation.