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Education for Ministry call for enrollment

By Rosemary Hagan Grace parishioner Helen Hankins graduated in May of this year from Education for Ministry (EFM), a four year lay theological education program offered at Grace Church. In addition to Helen’s participation, Julia Hogan, Catherine Turnbull, Katherine Will, Greg Hagan, and Ellen Schrader completed their second year, and Nancy Johnson completed her third …

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Reflections on Education for Ministry (EFM)

By Julia Hogan I’ve come broken and bewildered, Cynical but seeking, Hoping for wonder, while keeping my nose above water. Then community happened, at EFM. There are no bad questions. Doubt is not white washed here. We, God and people, linking arms to walk the road of divine discovery. We have shared anger, sickness, celebration …

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Join Meredith and David on a pilgrimage in the Holy Land

June 25, 2014 Dear Friends in Christ, In September 2015, a little over a year from now, David (Lillvis) and I will be flying to Jerusalem in order for me to serve as Chaplain at St. George’s College from September through December 2015. This means that I will be on each course offered by the …

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To follow Christ, you have to choose, not once, but a million times…

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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The Daily Office

By The Very Rev. Daniel P. Richards Christians have gathered for prayer at various hours of the day from the time of the apostles. Morning and Evening Prayers have been marked for us in the Anglican tradition by the prayer book services. They represent a merging of the morning and afternoon offices of the Benedictine …

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6th century liturgy will be celebrated on March 22

By Pete Clapp Once a month, Grace celebrates its Saturday evening service with a historical ceremony that uses different liturgical forms from the early days of Christendom.  On March 22, 2014, the 5 pm mass will be a 6th century liturgy from the city of Rome.  The material that follows is a commentary on that …

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Transfiguration: Jesus reflects the glory of God

By The Rev. Katheryn King  I had the privilege of knowing Donny when I served in South Dakota. I hope everyone has the privilege of knowing a “Donny.” Donny was one of the Olsen farmers, who were brothers and farmers for many generations.  These brothers worked hard together. Some were herdsman, some farmed grain and …

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More than just survival

By The Very Rev. Daniel P. Richards The opportunities to reach out with time and money are endless it seems. For those who work in the community of Traverse City it is clear that the needs people have are varied and sometimes very difficult to answer. But then there is toothpaste. Everyone needs toothpaste. The …

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Witness your faith, then invite others to “come and see”

By the Rev. Katheryn M. King January 18, 2014: Second Sunday after the Epiphany A John 1:29-42 To me, this gospel almost feels like an intrusion from John thrust into the year of Matthew. Yet it is the Epiphany season (until March 4, actually) so this week we see how John revealed the Christ. Next week …

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Signs of God’s gracious gifts abound

By the Rev. Katheryn King “From his fullness we have received grace upon grace.” John 1:16” Indeed! Grace upon grace is how I would describe this year. The leadership of staff and Vestry, the volunteers in so many varied ministries, faithful worshipers, and delightful children are all signs of God’s gracious gifts I thank God …

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