Grace and mercy… These are words most often used in the Church to describe the currency of God, usually in the context of how humanity has been saved by God in Christ through the forgiveness of sins. But there are so many rich ways to understand God’s mercy outside of that “legal” context of atonement. God’s love and grace in our lives takes many forms.
This Lent, we will be exploring five of those forms in a virtual Soup and Scripture offered via Zoom on the Wednesday nights in Lent (February 24 and March 3, 10, 17, 24).
Drawing from Steven Croft’s book Exploring God’s Mercy, Five Images of Salvation, Rev. Elizabeth D. McLean and Elder Mark Weadon will lead participants in an exploration of God’s mercy in the context of being lost and found, hungry and satisfied, in prison and set free, sick and made well, storm tossed and comforted and living the fruitful life. Each week we will consider these metaphors through three lenses: 1) the “songs” in Psalm 107 about how God has delivered humanity from trouble; 2) various lessons from Jesus’ ministry; and 3) excerpts from the Passion narrative. In the process we will rediscover the depth of God’s love for us, and the transforming power of God’s grace in our lives.
This year’s “soup” portion will be offered in the form of a recipe and a time together online. Each week, we will invite someone to share a favorite soup recipe. Additionally, those who want to are invited to gather from 6:00–6:30 p.m. to eat and visit together virtually. Then from 6:30–7:30 p.m. the class will take place, which will be recorded and posted later for those who cannot attend Wednesday nights.
To register, please contact the Church Office at email@example.com or 410-721-2313. All are welcome!
Class 1 – We apologize that the class did not record, but here is the Class PowerPoint Presentation: Soup & Scripture Class 1