Reformation Lutheran Church A Congregation of the ELCA

Saturday, April 4

That Priceless Grace

That priceless grace, that priceless grace, that priceless grace, which gave me life:
Jesus' life is priceless grace. That priceless grace is life for me.

 

That priceless blood, that priceless blood, that priceless blood was shed for me:
Jesus' blood is priceless grace. That priceless grace is life for me.

 

That painful death, that painful death, that painful death took sins away:
Jesus' death is priceless grace. That priceless grace is life for me.

 

That precious word, that precious word, that precious word, which brought me light:
Jesus' word is priceless grace. That priceless grace is life for me.

Text: Emmanuel F. Y. Grantson, b. 1949 Text © 1999 Augsburg Fortress. Duplicated with permission.

 

During the season of Lent, at our 11:00am worship, the ushers are bringing our offerings forward while we sing this hymn. In our congregation, at that worship service, not only our monetary offerings but also the bread and wine are brought forward as our offerings toward the Communion meal. Our Altar Guild members prepare the vessels, cloths, wine, grape juice, and wafers for every worship service every week. Our bread bakers make the loaves that are broken for us at each Communion meal. Our Assisting Ministers prepare the bread and wine at the altar. Pastor Mari offers a Eucharistic Prayer (in Traditional worship) or Jesus’ Words (in Saturday and Rise worship) over the elements. We pray together. Many of us take part in preparing the meal we share, certainly, but it is Jesus who makes it Holy Communion.

 

We don’t usually use the word “priceless” in the literal way it is meant in this hymn. The dictionary tells us that it is “so precious that its value cannot be determined.” That is so true! All that we bring to the Communion table is good, but it is Jesus who says, “This is my body… This is my blood… Do this in remembrance of me.” That is mysterious and extraordinary and priceless. Jesus is truly present with us in the Communion meal, offering us that priceless grace.

 

The hymn was written in 1999 by an ELCA pastor who currently serves Saint Michael’s Truth Lutheran Church in Mitchellville, Maryland. The music is a traditional tune from Ghana. It is not yet available on Spotify or YouTube.

 

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