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    God's Grace

    December 9, 2015 Rev. Ed Hoekstra
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    I am so pleased that our new website is launched.  A big thank you goes Rev. John Park, Oakridge Presbyterian’s associate minister for moving this transition along and bringing it to completion.
    I am thankful in being Lead Minister at such a committed active congregation. As a congregation of Jesus Christ we strive to be dispensers of God’s Grace. Grace is defined as unconditional or undeserved love. To varying degrees, most of us have experienced Grace in our family relationships; in our friendships; and in our church. However,  life is not perfect, and we do not always experience Grace especially when we need it the most!
    The joy of our faith is that God’s nature is Grace. God’s love for God’s children is unconditional and undeserved in such a way that we do not need to do anything to earn God’s love.  You are enough! He just loves you period.
    As one theologian put it, ‘God came down in love at Christmas’.  May your hearts be open this Advent/Christmas time to receive the love that came down at Christmas. May your life story be connected to the great story of God’s Grace found in the baby Jesus!
    You are invited and encouraged to come and join in the Advent celebrations and worship and throughout the year!
    Blessings and Peace in Christ be to you and your family.
    Pastor Ed