Jesus' Mercy Changes Me, We and the World


My faith journey is a story of always wanting something more. Growing up we went to church, I thought it was ok, but I felt like there was more to it. Then in high school I participated in church youth groups and Young Life and felt a stronger connection. But I thought there was more. After that my faith life was on hold until I got married and we started going to Lutheran churches. I learned the routine of the services and memorized the things we all said together, joined the choir and played drums, and was on the building committee. I was learning how to fit in. But I wanted more. I just wasn’t sure what it was I wanted.

Then came “the break up” and new life in God’s Grace Community Church. It was very tough, lots of anger, but in reflection it was the best thing that ever happened. In the last 18 years I learned what the “more” was – building a deeper relationship with God. This church has allowed me to grow in my faith journey to levels that are beyond what I had hoped for or imagined. Through community, fellowship, service and outreach I have had experiences and enrichment that bless me every day of my life. I am learning more about bringing Jesus into my life in all I do. You are great teachers, all of you. Thank you.

Looking at the photo collections Vikki has put together has been so wonderful. It’s great to look at the amazing journey we have shared. Seeing the kids that are now adults, the people I have crossed paths with and the relationships we have formed that remain now. I sing the song “We’ll Meet Again” (Johnny Cash version) in my head as I see those saints that have gone ahead before us and I look forward to meeting them again. My life is so much fuller because of YOU and this church. People say “if you can imagine it, God is not in it.” Well, there’s no way I could have imagined the journey this church has taken me on. I look forward to the path ahead, whatever it may bring. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. — Psalm 9:1

Peace, Love, Gratitude and Grace,

Terry Luce