Jesus' Mercy Changes Me, We and the World

The Greatest Commandment

“This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”  John 15:12

“Be devoted to one another in love.  Honor one another above yourselves.”  Romans 12:10

Being intentional about loving one another, even in our differences, is the greatest gift of grace we can give to one another.  When the church gets this right, we will see changes in all areas of our lives.  We will see changes in our families, our children, our schools, our communities, even in Our World.  We will no longer judge, but love with grace, forgiveness and mercy. 

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  In His great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that that can never perish, spoil or fade.  This inheritance is kept in heaven for you.”  1st Peter 1: 3&4.

We have walked together these many years at God’s Grace, through many valleys as well as mountain top experiences.  Have gotten to know one another intimately through praying together, sharing our grief at the loss of loved ones, the joys of births and healings.  The many celebrations of life, too numerous to mention.  We have been richly blessed.  I have been blessed by each one of you and will always call you friend.

Pastor Dave and Vikki, God gave you both a teachable spirit and in turn you were able to teach us.  Your ability to see a vision and dream dreams, enabled us all to grow.  Ed and Dave, we have poets among us.  What a musical gift you brought to us all!  This church is alive and moving forward through its people.  I’ve heard it called a sending.  We now have mission partners to work with, new opportunities to come.  God’s kingdom work is never done.  I know our paths will cross again.

“You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”  1st Peter 2:5

Thank you, loving God, for the careful way you have designed each one of us.  For moments that connect us.  For times spent in silence with you and times spent in community with one another.  For the bright hope and your spirit that binds us all together.  In these times, grant us greater compassion, a desire for your justice.  For your love and the abundance of chances to live life through you, we give thanks.


Lois Autterson