"I experience religious dread whenever I find myself thinking that I know the limits of God’s grace, since I am utterly certain it exceeds any imagination a human being might have of it. God does, after all, so love the world." -Marilynne Robinson
For the God of glory to have fellowship with us—a people beautifully made, but rebellious and broken—he must be the one to initiate the relationship. This is grace: God comes down to us in Jesus; we don't go up to him with our good works, our success, our knowledge, or any other accomplishment. When we gather together in worship, we don't sit in dread or horror, no matter how badly we feel we've made a mess of our lives. We don't sit waiting to hear bad news, but good news: the gospel! Each week, we're reminded of the grace that has been shown to us in Jesus, and in so doing, our identity shifts from the story we tell ourselves (we are only as good as our bank accounts, IQs., etc.) to the story God tells about us: that he loves us so much he sent his only Son to die in our place. To learn more about our emphasis on grace, see Tim Keller's Prodigal God.