The Messenger

Orangethorpe Christian Church

(Disciples of Christ)

Dr. Robert L. Case Pastor

"The Small Church with the Big Heart, Everyone Welcome"

2200 W. Orangethorpe Ave.

Fullerton CA 92833

(714) 871-3400

www.orangethorpe.org

occhurch@att.net

August 2018

~~~~~ From Pastor Bob ~~~~~

Love is Priceless

There comes a time in every child’s life when he or she learns the value of a day’s work. For some children, this awareness comes with the first lemonade stand or at a family yard sale, at which a few of those piled–up Happy–Meal toys may be redeemed for cold cash.

For a certain boy named Bradley, age 8, this awareness arrived one morning just before breakfast. Somehow, he managed to slip under his mother’s plate a folded piece of paper. It was a bill. Scrawled in crayon were these words: “Mother owes Bradley: for running errands, 25 cents, for being good, 10 cents, for taking piano lessons, 15 cents; for extras, 5 cents. Total, 55 cents.”

Bradley’s mother smiled when she saw the note, but said not a word. As he returned for lunch, Bradley discovered to his delight that at his place was a little pile of coins: 55 cents. He discovered something else as well, another folded piece of paper. Opening it, he read, in his mother’s handwriting, these words: “Bradley owes Mother, for nursing him through the chicken pox, nothing; for being good to him, nothing; for clothes, shoes and playthings, nothing; for his playroom, nothing; for his meals, nothing. Total, nothing.”

God’s unmerited love and grace cost us nothing. God’s grace is a gift, a free gift, freely given. Some have chosen to receive God’s gracious gift; others have not. It is our job, as the Church, to continue to spread the news of God’s grace which has been offered not just to some but to all. It is our calling to make sure that everyone knows that ‘everyone’ is welcome and accepted at this Church. It is my hope and prayer that you will continue to be the bearers of this ‘Good News’ and that people from all over Fullerton may hear it and respond.

As I leave and another pastor takes over I pray that God will bless you as you continue to grow in your love for God, your love for one-another and your love for those who feel that they have been left out of the Church and the society in which we live.

May God continue to help you in the ministry that God has called you to do and may God bless, Pastor Bob.