James Deaton

Voice of the Vestry: Analog Church

Vinyl records are making a comeback. Musicians from all genres are offering them, and fans are buying. Paper notebooks from companies like Moleskine and Detroit-based Shinola have been hot for more than a decade now. In our so-called paperless society, paper is popular again. There has been steady growth in indie bookstores—the brick-and-mortar variety—and recent …

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Mad about the saints!

by James Deaton As Holy Week approached, many Michiganders were concerned how a certain team from Ann Arbor would fare in a certain college basketball tournament. Here at Grace, our minds were set on higher things, heavenly realms, as we waited on pins and needles to see who would win Lent Madness. This online discipline—er, …

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Faith formation during Lent

By James Deaton Lent is early this year, beginning February 14. This season in the life of the church is purposefully introspective, a time to turn inward. How can we use these forty days to draw us deeper into relationship with God, and also grow closer to our sisters and brothers here at Grace? To …

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Our times are in God’s hand

By James Deaton Junior Warden “But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, ‘You are my God.’ My times are in your hand” (Psalm 31:14-15a). Part of my job description as a managing editor is to create publishing schedules, making sure they’re realistic given the project’s scope. I’m also responsible for monitoring progress and …

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Grace marks its 150th anniversary: Let the celebration begin!

By James Deaton Junior Warden “You have been trusted with a wonderful treasure. Guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit, who lives within you” (2 Timothy 1:14, CEV). This year marks the sesquicentennial anniversary of the founding of our parish. What a marvelous milestone! This sacred place means so much to so many …

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