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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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Ministry of the week – Worship Planning Committee

By Katherine Will The Worship Planning Committee is a visioning group that meets according to the seasons of the church year. Their primary responsibility is to help lead God’s people into worship. The members of the committee discuss ways to make our worship services accessible and meaningful, and they help give feedback and suggestions to …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 10/5/14 (17th Sunday after Pentecost)

By Barbara Klugh Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20; Psalm 19; Philippians 3:4b-14; Matthew 21:33-46 Go to www.lectionarypage.net for the weekly lectionary text. Another week of important readings: God give Moses the Ten Commandments, David praises God fors magnificent creation of heaven and earth, Paul regards all his credentials as rubbish compared to his faith in the …

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Ministry of the Week – Bread for the World

“Bread for the World is a collective Christian Voice urging our nation’s decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad. By changing policies, programs and conditions that allow hunger and poverty to persist, we provide help and opportunity far beyond the communities where we live… Bread for the World works in a bipartisan way …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 9/28/14 (16th Sunday after Pentecost)

By Barbara Klugh Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16; Philippians 2:1-13; Matthew 21:23-32. Go to www.lectionarypage.net for the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, the Israelites continue to complain, and God continues to provide, Paul urges us to embody the humility of Jesus Christ, and Jesus outmaneuvers the religious authorities. Exodus: In this week’s reading, …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 9/21/14 (15th Sunday after Pentecost)

By Barbara Klugh Exodus 16:2-15; Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45; Philippians 1:21-30; Matthew 20:1-16. Go to www.lectionarypage.net for the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, the Israelites complain bitterly after God freed them from bondage, and God provides what they need; Paul is in prison and is grateful for another opportunity to spread the gospel; and …

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Stewardship is grounded in gratitude: Share yours on World Gratitude Day

By Dave Eitland with the Stewardship Ministry Team Oh, let us give thanks to the Lord for God is good, and God’s mercy endures forever! The awesome task that the Team has in educating the Parish is to ask the question this season, “What are you grateful for?” God is the source of all things. …

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Voice of the Vestry: “We are all priests”

By Helen Hankins When Bill and I became members of Grace Church several years ago, we were impressed by the amount of outreach we saw occurring. What we did not immediately see or appreciate was the amount of study that Grace offered. As a “cradle” Episcopalian/Anglican, I have never been a member of a church …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 9/14/14 (14th Sunday after Pentecost)

By Barbara Klugh Exodus 14:19-31; Canticle 8; Romans 14:1-12; Matthew 18:21-35. Go to www.lectionarypage.net for the weekly lectionary text. Another week of terrific readings: Moses and the people of Israel cross the Red Sea and sing praises to God, Paul tells us not to judge one another, and Jesus teaches that we must forgive one …

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Take the gratitude challenge: submit your story

By Barbara Klugh This fall we on the stewardship committee are doing something different and we need your help. We are giving the people of Grace a 21-day devotional guide about gratitude. Since we have a highly gifted and literate congregation, we believe it will be more meaningful if folks in our church community write …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 9/7/14 (13th Sunday after Pentecost)

By Barbara Klugh Exodus 12:1-14; Psalm 149; Romans 13:8-14; Matthew 18:15-20. Go to www.lectionarypage.net for the weekly lectionary text. This week we learn about the origin of the Passover, Paul exhorts us to love one another, Jesus teaches us us what to do if another member of the church sins against us and reminds us …

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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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