Friday, March 19, 2010
Receiving Grace, Jamestown, NC
Grace means there is nothing we can do to make God love us more…And grace means there is nothing we can do to make God love us less…God loves people because of who God is, not because of who we are. God's grace is priceless.
“AMAZING GRACE,” was written by a converted slave trafficking Englishman, John Newton. He realized his helplessness during a tempest while he replaced his crewman who had just been swept overboard. This incident and reading, “Imitation of Christ,” led him to conclude that only the grace of God could save him. He married in 1750, suffered a stroke three years later, was ordained into ministry in 1764 and wrote Amazing Grace around Christmas, 1772. The piece with bagpipes reached #1 in the UK in 1972.