Grace Church in New York
This Week at Grace
August 9, 2020
Despite dermatologists’ best advice, my absolute favorite thing to do in the summer is sit in the sun. My family says I’m “recharging my batteries,” and I must admit, I really do feel exactly like an iPhone getting plugged in. After several weeks of vacation, I am so grateful that my battery is at 100%.
I am certain many of you can relate, but my battery felt dangerously low at the start of this season. In times such as this, it is imperative that we all find ways to “recharge our batteries” so that we can be ready for the tasks in front of us.
Being together in community as a church is one of the ways that many of us recharge each week, and that’s why it’s been especially hard not to be able to meet in person. But there are many, many other ways that we can be together as church, and you’ll find them all listed in this Epistle. The letter is so long, you might even need to open it in a browser window so you can see all of it! Make sure you click “read more.”
I am especially looking forward to the chance to read an important book together as a parish family. On September 13, 20, and 27, we will discuss How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi during our Sunday Forum meetings. Get your copy now so you can join this important discussion.
Church is Open!
Resources for Practicing Your Faith at Home
- Worship with us each Sunday at 11 am using any of our video streaming channels: Grace Church in New York, YouTube Live, Vimeo, or Facebook.
- Come to Children’s Chapel over Zoom at 9:45 am every Sunday. Check your inbox for invite, or contact the Rev. Thomas Szczerba.
- Pray at home with your children using Faith at Home.
- Access the online Book of Common Prayer.
- Pray the daily office with The Daily Office or Prayer – Mission St. Clare
- Find the lectionary readings for Sundays and Feast Days online at Liturgical Calendar.
- You’ll find our archive of past services on Vimeo or YouTube.
Centering Prayer (via Zoom) – Mondays at 12:15-12:45 – Christian silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of God’s presence within us. Led by Currie Estreich, MA, Spiritual Direction, the General Theological Seminary. For Zoom access info, please see your recent Weekly Epistle (Friday enews) or email the Rev. Thomas Szczerba.
CHURCH IS OPEN – Enter, Rest, Pray – Tuesday and Thursday, Noon – 3 pm. Noonday Prayer at 12:15 pm, led by clergy of Grace Church. Mask and 6 foot social distancing required for all visitors.
Women’s Bible Study (via Zoom) – Wednesdays at 10:30 am – This long-running program of guided Bible study and discussion for women takes place every Wednesday from 10:30 am-12. For Zoom access info, please see your recent Weekly Epistle (Friday enews) or email the Rev. Thomas Szczerba well before the event.
Bach at Noon – Summer program is on Wednesdays at 12 pm – 30 Minutes of Organ Music by J.S. Bach on Facebook Live. Dr. Patrick Allen, organist.
Evening Prayer with Homily (via Zoom, Facebook Live, or YouTubeLive) – Wednesdays at 6 pm – Light a candle, take a deep breath, and join in for a 20-30 minute respite to focus on our faith as we begin our evening. (Evening Prayer, Rite II, Book of Common Prayer). Service details are posted every week. For Zoom access, please see your recent Weekly Epistle (Friday enews) or email the Rev. Thomas Szczerba well before the service. You may also find us on YouTubeLive and Facebook.