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Thinking about a Lenten spiritual discipline? Want to engage in a practice of daily prayer but not sure where to start? Consider taking two minutes out of every day to pray using a brief devotional guide written by Grace Church parishioners for one another. This devotional guide is delivered via email each day during Lent and contains an optional series of daily readings, a scripture verse for the day, and a brief reflection. These daily devotions begin on Ash Wednesday, March 5th, so sign up today by clicking HERE. Questions? Email Stephen Holton at email@example.com.
Enjoy a meal, prayer and fellowship with others in their 20s and 30s at 6:30 pm on alternate Fridays during Lent (Mar 14, Mar 28, April 11). Come to one or to all three! $10 per person for dinner and BYOB. Held in the Reception Room. RSVP by 5 pm each THURSDAY prior, to Melissa Spindler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What does it mean to live a cross-shaped life? How does Christ’s passion inform our daily lives, our sense of mission, and our service to God and others? Walk the way of the cross this Lent with a series of brief readings, reflection, and discussion centered on Kenneth Leech’s masterful devotional book, We Preach Christ Crucified. Leech, an Anglican priest, served for decades in urban parishes in London, focusing on young adult ministry and outreach to homeless and addicted populations. Sundays in Lent following the 6 o’clock service in the Chantry. Light refreshment served. Books are $12; order online or email to Fr Stephen Holton at email@example.com to reserve a copy.
MAR 9 – CLOSING THE GAP: A PERSONAL SOJOURN – THE SUNDAY FORUM AT 10AM. The Rev. Paul Raushenbush, Senior Religion Editor, Huffington Post will start the first of our five Lenten series classes with an account of his own personal journey from an interfaith upbringing to pursuing ordained ministry in the American Baptist Church to his current role as Senior Religion Editor at The Huffington Post. For many years he was the Associate Dean of Religious Life and the Chapel at Princeton University, Princeton, NJ. Previously, he served at Seattle First Baptist Church, as well as in the Presbyterian Chaplaincy at Columbia University.
The Sunday Forum Lenten series on MAR 9, 16, 23, 30, APR 6 “CLOSING THE GAP: Testimonials of Transformation” will focus on testimonies from Grace Parishioners and others who have undertaken journeys of rigorous self-examination. Five presenters will focus on how such self-imposed reflection has resulted in personal transformations for themselves as Christians, as they faithfully answer God’s call to cleave ever nearer to the divine. Held in the Reception Room.
Adult Education classes offer both newcomers and long-time members of the parish spiritual nourishment, opportunities to get to know one another, and in-depth discussion on issues that are central to both the church and individual members. All classes start at 10 am on Sundays and are free of charge. Each presentation will include time for questions and answers. Coffee and refreshments will be served.
will be screened on Thursday, Mar 27 at 6:15 pm in Tuttle Hall, along with discussion time and a “no pressure potluck” supper (bring food or bev to share – no pressure!). The evening is hosted by the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) of Grace Church and all parishioners and friends are welcome. $5 suggested donation. Premiering at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, Miss Representation is written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom and exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself. View the trailer HERE. Check out the website at www.therepresentationproject.org.
The Annual Meeting of Grace Church, with reporting for the year ended December 31, 2013, was held on Sunday February, 2nd. Read the Annual Report HERE.
In thanksgiving for all the blessings of this life, and to empower the ministries of the church, we urge everyone to commit to a financial gift for the coming year. You can fill out a pledge envelope or, if you prefer, you can pledge online HERE. Pledges do not need to be paid off all at once. You can take all of 2014 to fulfill your pledge.
Built as Opus 65 by Taylor and Boody Organbuilders of Staunton, Virginia the Bicentennial Organ, with almost 5,000 pipes and four keyboards was part of extensive restoration work recently completed on the historic building. Come and celebrate with the people of Grace Church as the instrument accompanies the community in song and prayer, in worship and in the almost daily organ meditations offered Tuesday through Sunday. Bring a dry good for our food collection and help those who are hungry…If music be the food of love, play on! Details and calendar of events on the MUSIC pages of our website.
8 a.m. Holy Eucharist (in the Chantry)
12:10 p.m. Holy Eucharist (in the Church)
6 p.m. Holy Eucharist (in the Church)
All services include homily by The Rev. Stephen Holton, Associate Rector, Eucharist, and the imposition of ashes. (Ashes are imposed during services only.) The two earlier services are expected to last for approximately 45 minutes. The 6 p.m. service includes music by the Adult Choir.
SUNDAY, MAR 9
The First Sunday in Lent
9 a.m. Holy Eucharist
Sermon: The Rev. J. Donald Waring
Music: The Parish Choir
11 a.m. Morning Prayer
Sermon: The Rev. J. Donald Waring
Music: The Choir of Men and Boys
6 p.m. Holy Eucharist, in the Chantry
Sermon: The Rev. Stephen Holton
Music: Hymns with instrumentalists
WEDNESDAY, MAR 12
Sermon: The Rev. Sarah Anne Wood