When our expectations of life are generally met, we are content—happy even. When our expectations are exceeded and showered with good fortune, we are elated—grateful even. American moral and social philosopher Eric Hoffer wrote: "The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings." Grace is when we are bestowed with unexpected, unearned, and "un-asked for" blessings, even in the midst of heartbreak and spiritual despair. We are called to be stewards of blessings—and then some.
Special music by Justin Furnia, piano.
First Fifteen—Three to four Sundays a month, all ages* join in worship in the Sanctuary for the “First Fifteen” minutes, after which those in pre-K through 5th grade follow their teachers to their classrooms. Parents of pre-K through 3rd grade are asked to sign their children out from classes promptly at the end of worship; children in 4th grade and up will be dismissed to find their parents at the end of class. *Nursery care for infants—4-year-olds is available during the entire service in Building 3, Room 33.