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February 21, 2021 message: “Grace: The Long View of God’s Love”

Victor Hugo’s “Les Misérables” is a truly epic story. Whether you’ve tackled the 1, 400- page 19th century novel, witnessed the Broadway musical (and memorized its soundtrack), or seen the several screen adaptations of it, you already know the power of its story. We’ll ponder the themes of grace, justice, poverty, revolution, freedom, hope, and love – each represented by a character in Hugo’s story. As these imperfect and relatable characters interact, we can see how these ideals work together (perhaps even in spite of each other) out in the world.

We wrestle with the nature of grace as we look at Jean Valjean, ourselves, and our relationships. What does it look like to offer grace in a world that seems more “gray” rather than “black and white”? What does it look like to respond to grace when it is offered?

This is the first week in the Lent and Easter series, “The Grace of Les Misérables.” Today’s focus is on Jean Valjean. Pastor Mary’s message is based on Luke 6: 27-36, “Love for Enemies,” and I Corinthians 1: 18. To read it, click here.

The service is available in its entirety on YouTube. We are sorry that we had sound issues for the first four minutes. You should be able to hear the rest of the service with the volume turned up.