Daniel P. Richards

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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Daniel is leaving

October 9, 2015 Dear People of Grace, It is with mixed emotion that we share the news that Daniel has accepted a new position as rector of Christ Church of the Ascension in Paradise Valley, Arizona, and will be leaving Grace Episcopal Church at the end of November. We are happy for his new calling, …

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Draft Minutes – Parish Informational Meeting 7/19/15

July 19, 2015 Presiding: The Very Reverend Daniel P. Richards hosted the informational meeting. The meeting began at 11:45 am after the 10 o’clock service. Seventy-five people were in attendance. Tapas Talks Summary – Click here for Daniel’s full summary. Alpha program – This small group ministry based around video presentations was proposed by Rev. …

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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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Welcome our newly received members

Following a period of study and orientation, four parishioners were received into Grace Episcopal Church, on Saturday, May 30: Mike Cotter, Jeanie Rhodes, Irene Cotter, and Jim Friestad St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Cadillac, MI hosted the service at which The Rt. Rev. Whayne Hougland, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan, presided. We welcome …

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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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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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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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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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Crawling up next to God: Prayer 101

By the Rev. Daniel Richards How to Pray.  First off, let’s begin with a simple description.  Prayer is communicating with God.  So it is important to me as your priest that you know who God is.  I believe in the God revealed in Jesus of Nazareth.  That God he called Abba, “daddy,” and spent a …

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What I did on my summer vacation

The last time I wrote an essay with that title, I was in Mrs. Rush’s fourth grade class in Mississippi. I don’t miss her, and I bet she never missed me. It was little more than a paragraph handwritten on wide ruled notebook paper torn out of a Mead single subject notebook. I can still …

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