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THIS WEEK AT AIC
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Dear <<First Name>>, 

Grace is the beginning, middle and end of our faith. It begins with the love in which God creates the universe; finds fulfillment in the grace we know in Jesus Christ's life, death and resurrection; and continues on in the gracious presence of the Holy Spirit. 

We begin our relationship with God as recipients of grace and forgiveness from the Almighty. We respond to that overwhelming gift of grace by trying to live full of grace for others. We end our lives being swept up in a grace-filled eternal life with God.

For the next few weeks, we'll be concentrating on that middle part, what it means to live a grace-full life in relation to others. We become generous, free, humble servants in love by keeping our minds and hearts always focused on the grace we have received from God and will continue to receive from God.

If you need to be reminded that you are loved, forgiven and set free, come along. If you need a sense of purpose in your work, this taps into that as well. If you feel like your life is off-track, grace is both the way and the destination you need. Join us.



Faithfully,

Pastor Jennifer


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Summer Choir
 
Summer is a relaxed, informal choir that welcomes all singers. Beginning July 7, we will gather on Sundays at 10:15 to run through a short choral piece and rehearse the hymns for worship. All are welcome.
Our Church: Then and Now

Below is the coffin plate of Revd Augustus Montague Toplady who was buried in a vault in the Tottenham Court chapel on August 17, 1778. Toplady is best known for writing the hymn “Rock of Ages,” and the church in the early 19th century would swell during the summer with American visitors who came to London in search of his resting place.
Toplady was also a prolific preacher and essayist. Much of his correspondence defended his Calvinistic theology, and he openly argued with John Wesley (founder of Methodism and contemporary of Whitefield). Even so, Toplady yearned for ”the nasty party walls, which separate the Lord’s people from each other below, were every one of them thrown down.”

In his will, Toplady wrote:
my express will and desire is, that my grave be dug to the depth of nine feet, at the very least, from the surface of the ground; or (which would be still more agreeable to my will and desire) to the depth of twelve feet, if the nature of the soil should admit it. I earnestly request my executor to see to the performance of this article, with particular care and exactness.

The sheer depth of the vault meant Toplady’s lead coffin was not removed with all of the others when the Victorian building was built in 1899. Instead, a brass cross was placed over his burial spot and a tablet fixed to the wall in the new hall named in his honor. (Toplady Hall had a similar footprint to our present Main Hall).

No one knows what happened to the coffin itself, but the plate was discovered in the rubble after the church was destroyed at the end of World War II.

Of Toplady, it was said:
He was one of those who live long in little time. His zeal for the truth, for which he was called earnestly to contend, procured him many enemies. But this same zeal for the truth, together with his affability and condescension, the kindness of his heart, and the elegance of his manners, the sanctity of his life, and the usefulness of his labours, attached to him an incomparably greater number of the best friends. Admired by them as a preacher, and beloved by them as a man, they showed the greatest veneration for his character while he lived, and for his memory after he died.

  
 
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