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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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Growing into Grace: Stewardship Devotional Guide

Each of us has a voice for prayer, and our conversations with God are as varied as our lives. We are young, we are old, we are happy, we are sad, but the common thread is gratitude for the blessings that God bestows. Written by church members for the 2015 Stewardship Campaign, these reflections in …

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The Gift: how my life became grounded in gratitude

By Pete Clapp It happened in the winter of 1965. I was 34, living in Detroit, working for the diocese of Michigan as a chaplain at Ford Hospital, had four pre-school kids (each a year apart), and lived precariously from paycheck to paycheck in a rental property a block from the hospital. Sometime in early …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 11/2/14 (21st Sunday after Pentecost)

By Barbara Klugh Joshua 3:7-17; Psalm 1-7: 33-37; 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13; Matthew 23:1-12. Go to www.lectionarypage.net for the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s reading we have the miraculous story of the Israelites crossing the Jordan River, Paul encourages us to live lives worthy of God, and Jesus teaches the importance of servanthood and humility. …

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Jubilee House wins Community Champion Award

By Glenda Andrews On October 23, Jubilee House was honored by the Grand Traverse Community Collaborative and was presented the Mary Lee Lord Community Champion Award.  The Community Collaborative is made up from all of the human services agencies private and governmental in the Grand Traverse area and the award is in recognition of Jubilee …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 10/26/14 (20th Sunday after Pentecost)

By Barbara Klugh Deuteronomy 34 1-12; Psalm 90: 1-6, 13-17; I Thessalonians 2:1-8; Matthew 22:34-46. Go to www.lectionarypage.net for the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s reading, we say goodbye to Moses, Paul describes his ministry in Thessalonica, and Jesus gives us words to live by. Deuteronomy: The Book of Deuteronomy records Moses’ farewell speeches …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 10/19/14 (19th Sunday after Pentecost)

By Barbara Klugh Exodus 33:12-23; Psalm 99; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10; Matthew 22:15-22 Go to www.lectionarypage.net for the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, Moses again boldly intercedes with God on behalf of the Israelites, Paul writes a warm and loving letter to the Thessalonians, and Jesus outsmarts the Pharisees and Herodians. Exodus: In last …

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Jesus is the keystone that holds the archway together

 By The Rev. Meredith Hunt Proper 22 Pentecost 17 Grace Church 10.5.14   How many of you have ever seen a stone archway? Try to picture it with large stones piled on top of each other on each side and then coming closer together near the top, and then finally, the Keystone, which is inserted …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 10/12/14 (18th Sunday after Pentecost)

By Barbara Klugh Exodus 32:1-14; Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23; Philippians 4:1-9; Matthew 22:1-14 . Go to www.lectionarypage.net for the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings the Israelites dance around the golden calf, Paul’s letter reminds us to keep the unity in our community, and Jesus tells the Parable of the Wedding Banquet. Exodus: In last …

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Food Pantry receives challenge gift

$ucce$$!: Grace Church members were challenged to match a gift of $1000 for the food pantry and exceeded that amount as of Monday, September 29. In 22 days $1945 was given to the Food Pantry. The family matching the gift will subsequently donate another $1000 for a total accumulation of $3945.  Gratitude is extended for …

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