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Rev. Carlton Kelley accepts interim rector position

Dear People of Grace, What a joy and privilege it is to be writing to you as your interim rector.  I am looking forward to joining you in the next several weeks along with Don Ryno, my partner of 26 years and Lydia, our Lab mix and Hoover, our Calico cat.   I have been to …

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Grace has been good for me

By The Rev. Katheryn King More than a few years ago now, Roy Oswald wrote a document about leaving a parish ministry called “Running Through the Thistles.” The point being, there may be pain involved in closing out one’s life in a particular place and time. That would be Grace Episcopal Church in Traverse City …

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Home for the Holidays

By The Rev. Katheryn King Associate Rector Carolers and crooners have been proclaiming this invitation for decades. These verses recall memories of decorated rooms with wreaths and evergreens, whether designer or simply Gramma’s tree hung with packs of Juicy Fruit gum. Traditions continue with cookies and cocoa, fabulous foods but most especially, time with friends …

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A Prayer for the Keep

By the Very Rev. Daniel P. Richards Three years ago our Vestry faced a decision.  We had several people with the gifts and experiences to fill the normal positions on the Vestry, and quite well.  But we also had this situation that had arisen a few times over the years that I wanted to address …

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Bishop’s Pastoral Letter – September 2015

To: People of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan From:  The Rt. Rev. Whayne M. Hougland, Jr.; IX Bishop of Western Michigan My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, September marks my second anniversary as your bishop. Serving as your ninth bishop continues to be a tremendous honor and privilege. I have been deeply moved and humbled …

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Lay Eucharistic Visitors bring communion to those who cannot attend worship

Rev. Katheryn King Associate rector, Grace Episcopal Church As early as 150 C.E. (Christian Era) Justin, the martyr, in writing an explanation of Christian worship to the Roman authorities, described the celebration of Holy Communion pretty much as we celebrate today. At the end of the description, he notes that members take the Lord’s Supper …

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Tapas Talks summary

By The Very Rev. Daniel P. Richards July 2015 Through Christ Jesus you are being built in the Spirit together with others into a place where God lives.   Ephesians 2:22 As we approach my seven year anniversary as rector of Grace, we have come to a time of discernment, again. This is an ongoing …

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Voice of the clergy – get ready for Tapas Talks

From the Rector Celebrant  Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers? People    I will, with God’s help. Do you remember these lines from our baptismal vows?  I am calling you in for the fellowship and breaking of bread part.  It is time to renew …

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Voice of the clergy – To follow Christ, you have to choose…

By The Very Rev. Daniel P. Richards Life lessons usually come with sweat and blood and leave scars behind. Or you can read a lot of books. I prefer the books, but I have to say that I don’t actually get the lesson into my bones until I’ve lost a little skin. Right now, it …

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Voice of the clergy – Happy Easter

Christ is Risen! As Christians around the world gather today to celebrate the Resurrection, we make this acclamation in hundreds of languages as we have for two thousand years. In this shout we make a claim about the world and God. We declare that the world is as Jesus proclaimed: his rule of love and service, grace and mercy has begun, …

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Voice of the clergy – Rites of passage

People of Grace, This Lent walk with others in the light of Christ.  This often feels like a season of darkness and shadow as we journey through repentance and reconciliation.  These are hard places where the desert images of Scripture take on full emotional and spiritual color. I learned taking long hikes in the deserts …

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Lenten Studies

6 pm: Simple meal of soup and bread in Parish Hall 6:30: Lenten study classes: 1) Learning to Pray,  2) Theological Reflection People of Grace, There are two classes, at least, going on Wednesday nights during Lent. I will be teaching one and the Rev. Katheryn King will be teaching the other. I want to …

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