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Voice of the vestry: Will my children have faith?

By Nancy Flowers Just when you think you have nothing to say, a thought worth sharing presents itself. While cooking breakfast and packing lunches this morning with my seven-year-old daughter, the question of where she got her name came up. “Mom,” she said, “I heard this story in church about the boy Moses, and they …

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Speaking for God: John the Baptist part II

By the Rev. Daniel P. Richards This week again we look at John the Baptist and his proclamation of Jesus.  He is questioned in the Gospel about who he is and turns the focus away from himself to Jesus.  This is, as I used to say to kids in school, a big idea that is …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 12/14/14 (Third Sunday of Advent)

By Barbara Klugh Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; Psalm 126; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28. Go to www.lectionarypage.net for the weekly lectionary text.  In this week’s readings, we have more beautiful poetry of hope from the Book of Isaiah, Paul gives us more instruction on living as good Christians, and John the Baptist confounds the priests, …

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Can we clear space and enter the landscape of God?

By The Rev. Daniel P. Richards Elegance is simplicity. I believe that we need to be elegant, because … one day I was in Japan and I saw a just totally empty house. And then they have a small detail like, a flower arrangement, or a painting. And the rest is empty. And I said, …

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 Engaging the Word: Readings for 12/7/14 (Second Sunday of Advent)

By Barbara Klugh Isaiah 40:1-11; Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13; 2 Peter 3:8-15a; Mark 1:1-8. Go to www.lectionarypage.net for the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, Isaiah offers words of hope and forgiveness, Peter tells us how to live until Jesus comes again, and we are introduced to John the Baptist in Mark’s gospel. Isaiah: This …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 11/30/14 (First Sunday of Advent)

By Barbara Klugh Isaiah 64:1-9; Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:24-37. Go to www.lectionarypage.net for the weekly lectionary text. Lectionary Year B: This Sunday we begin Year B in our three-year Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) cycle, which focuses on the gospel of Mark. A lectionary is simply the list of assigned readings throughout …

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Budget approved at Special Diocesan Convention

By Helen Hankins and Irene Cotter For a number of years, the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan has held its annual convention in May. This year was no exception and Grace Traverse City was blessed to have served as host. On November 1, as your delegates,we also took part in a second and Special Diocesan …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 11/23/14 (Christ the King Sunday)

By Barbara Klugh Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24; Psalm 100; Ephesians 1:15-23; Matthew 25:31-46. Go to www.lectionarypage.net for the weekly lectionary text. Christ the King: This is the last Sunday of the liturgical year, known as Christ the King Sunday. Pope Pius XI instituted the feast of Christ the King in 1925 to remind Christians that our …

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Voice of the vestry: Taking care of each other

By Denny Meyers Numerous times God says “love one another as I have loved you.” At Grace we seem to do a good job of this whether you are talking about Jubilee House, the Jubilee House Food Pantry, Pastoral Care, the Healing Team, preparing a meal, sharing a meal, studying and praying together, etc. I …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 11/16/14 (23rd Sunday after Pentecost)

By Barbara Klugh Judges 4:1-7; Psalm 123; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; Matthew 25:14-30. Go to www.lectionarypage.net for the weekly lectionary text.This week we are introduced to the wise judge Deborah, Paul tells us that “the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night,” and Jesus tells the parable of the talents. Judges: …

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Giving thanks

By The Rev. Daniel P. Richards Giving thanks is primary, a first act. It is so basic that it determines everything else in our lives, our personalities, our relationships to God, others, even ourselves. When someone is shaped by a primary gratitude, that is they are given to realizing that whatever comes their way is …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 11/9/14 (22nd Sunday after Pentecost)

By Barbara Klugh Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25; Psalm 78:1-7; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 25:1-13. Go to www.lectionarypage.net for the weekly lectionary text. In our readings for this coming weekend, Joshua renews the covenant, Paul writes about the Rapture, and Jesus tells us to be prepared. Joshua: Our reading this week is about the renewal of the …

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