Grace Church in New York
This Week at Grace
This Week’s Services
Wednesday, October 16
6 p.m. Holy Eucharist, in the Chantry
Homily: The Rev. Chase Danford
Sunday, October 20
The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
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 Girls’ Choir, HS Singers and Adults
6 p.m. Holy Eucharist
Sermon: The Rev. Chase Danford
Music: Hymns with Organ
Women of Spirit: The Contrasting Lives Of Margery Kempe and Julian of Norwich. Margery Kempe and Julian of Norwich were two women who were the foremost figures in English spirituality in the time of Chaucer and the de axes after. Though they knew each other (Margery was briefly spiritually counseled by Julian), they followed different paths: Margery public, Julian private; Julian ethereal, Margery, all too human; Julian a nun, Margery a sometime brewer of beer. Join parishioner Dr. Nicholas Birns to discuss these two remarkable women writers and mystics.
Choral Evensong will be offered by the Choir of Men and Boys on Sunday, Oct 20 at 4 pm, featuring Britten’s moving REJOICE IN THE LAMB. Details on the music page.
Join with a “cloud of witnesses” as we explore one of the most beautifully written books of the New Testament. We’ll discuss what it means that “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen,” that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever,” and more. Wednesday nights in October, 7 pm in the Reception Room (directly after the 6pm Holy Eucharist). In November, we’ll dive into James Cone’s The Cross and the Lynching Tree.
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October 20, 2019
Two events coming up this weekend may seem completely disconnected, but actually they have much in common. One is tomorrow’s Habitat build day. It will be the first time on the site of the third house we are helping to overhaul. Yes, we have already completed “The House that Grace Built,” and then “Unity House” in partnership with the Muslim service organization. Now it’s time to start again with a new, as-yet-to-be-determined theme, so do consider joining in, if not tomorrow, then on another upcoming Saturday listed below.
Personally, I have found the Habitat build days to be immensely satisfying. At the end of the day you can look at some good thing that wasn’t there before and say to yourself, “I did that.” It may be a section of hardwood floor, or a wall of plaster board, or an open driveway cleared of rubble. We do this work for others, and in the company of other Grace Church parishioners. In so doing we help to build up our neighbors, and we build up the spirit of our own community. It is concrete spirituality. Indeed, spirituality does not always have to concern itself with intangibles. Sometimes it’s all about wood and nails, plaster and paint, and don’t forget power tools.
The second event is the Sunday Forum in which Professor Nick Birns will be comparing and contrasting two types of spirituality, as lived out by two medieval women. Julian of Norwich was a cloistered nun whose spirituality was private and inward. In other words, it’s not likely you’d find her volunteering for Habitat build day. But that’s fine. Hers were different gifts, and she left a remarkable legacy. On the other hand, Margery Kempe, “a sometime brewer of beer,” might be there swinging a hammer with the best of them, then insisting we not part company until we enjoyed a cold one together at some local watering hole. It takes all types. See below for more information about both events.
See you in church.