Month: March 2016

Engaging the Word: Readings for 4/3/16 (The Second Sunday of Easter)

By Barbara Klugh  Acts 5:27-32; Psalm 150; Revelation1:4-8; John 19-31. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, the apostles Peter and John proclaim the Good News, John has a vision of Jesus as the Alpha and the Omega, and Thomas declares Jesus to be “My Lord and …

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Voice of the vestry: The life of Grace is continuing…

“Live by what you believe, not by what you fear.”   — Bishop Deborah Kiesey By Chuck Wolterink Here is a brief update on some of the issues regarding the Rector search.  1) We held a special meeting to discuss the search for an interim Rector.  The Bishop has sent us dossiers on three candidates, which …

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Vestry minutes – 3/15/2016

Vestry Members: Clare Andreasson, Maria DiStefano-Post, Nancy Flowers, Eddie Grim, Helen Hankins, Sue Kelly, Michael Mittelstaedt, Anne Montgomery, Donna Olendorf, Jeff Tibbits, Marian Vermeulen, Chuck Wolterink (Absentees in Italics) Guests Present: Connie Riopelle, Mark Stackable Staff Present: Clergy Present: The Rev. Katheryn King Scripture & Study: Katheryn read from 1 Corinthians and Father Tim of …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 3/27/16 Easter Day)

By Barbara Klugh Acts 10:34-43; Psalm 118:1-2.14-24; 1 Corinthians 15:19-26; John20:1-18. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. Happy Easter! In this week’s readings we have an abundance of Good News. Peter realizes that the Gospel is for everyone, not just the Jews; Paul explains the significance of the Resurrection; and Mary …

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Spiritual direction – A journey of growth

By Rosemary Hagan Spiritual Director Spiritual direction is one of the classic spiritual disciplines Christians have used since the early days of the church. Spiritual direction is often described as a focused time with God that leads to spiritual transformation and renewal. Across time, a deeper understanding of how the Holy Spirit is working within …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 3/20/16 (Palm Sunday)

By Barbara Klugh The Liturgy of the Palms: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29. The Liturgy of the Word: Isaiah 45:21-25; Psalm 29; Philippians 2:5-11; Luke 19:29-40. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. On Palm Sunday, we begin the drama of Holy Week. At Grace we are continuing our practice of the past …

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Grace has been good for me

By The Rev. Katheryn King More than a few years ago now, Roy Oswald wrote a document about leaving a parish ministry called “Running Through the Thistles.” The point being, there may be pain involved in closing out one’s life in a particular place and time. That would be Grace Episcopal Church in Traverse City …

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Ministry through music here at Grace

By Katherine Will One of the keys to our worship as Episcopalians is the understanding that our liturgy functions on many levels of awareness. There is an intellectual component as we study Scripture. There is an emotional component as we express our love, sorrow, repentance, and all the other feelings that find their place in …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 3/13/16 (The Fifth Sunday in Lent)

By Barbara Klugh  Isaiah 43:16-21; Psalm 126; Philippians 3:4b-14; John 12:1-8. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, God promised to deliver his people from exile in Babylon, Paul realized living according to the law was worthless compared to the great gift of knowing Jesus Christ, and Mary …

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