God chooses you.
God chooses to be with you and for you not because of anything you’ve done, but because of who God is. That’s called grace. God’s grace is a gift that is freely given to us. We don’t earn a thing when it comes to God’s love, and we only try to live in response to that gift.
God is with you and for you.
“With” is one of the primary words to describe God. Throughout Scripture God affirms God’s presence with us. “I am with you,” is the reason God gives us over and over again to not fear. God is with us in all things, even though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, God is with us.
Everyone is welcome in God.
We do our best to make Derry a welcoming community for all people, but please never equate our failure at welcoming with God’s. Everyone is welcome in God’s love all the time. God wants to be in relationship with you. Everyone is welcome in worship and to participate in the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper because it is Christ’s Table, not ours; and Christ welcomes you.
Christ chooses you.
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