Month: November 2014

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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Voice of the vestry: the privilege of outreach

By Mike Cotter In addition to serving on our Vestry for the past two years, I’ve also been pleased to volunteer in the church office every Thursday afternoon for over five years. Assisting Ann and Erika carry out various behind the scenes tasks that help Grace Church continue to be a model faith community has …

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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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Serve others and your needs will be met by those around you

By The Rev. Daniel P. Richards Whom do you serve?  This question in today’s world seems out of sync, maybe even unnecessary.  We don’t think of ourselves as servants particularly, though, if we think a little more, some answers may emerge. We serve customers in our businesses.  We serve editors and readers in our writing.  …

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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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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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