Month: October 2016

Engaging the Word: Readings for 11/6/16 (All Saints’ Sunday)

By Barbara Klugh Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18; Psalm 149; Ephesians 1:11-23; Luke 6:20-31. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the lectionary. In this week’s readings, despite his terrifying visions of four great beasts, Daniel also learns of an eternal kingdom for God’s people, Paul rejoices in our glorious inheritance of redemption through our Lord Jesus Christ, …

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Repetition & ritual allow us to live deeply into the mysteries of faith

By The Rev. Carlton Kelly (Part II of II: continued from 10/21/2016) Another visual reminder of the uniqueness of Christian liturgical worship is the use of vestments for those who lead our liturgies.  It is in these vestments that the colors of the liturgical year are most obvious.  The foundational vestment for all clergy and …

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Vestry minutes – 10/17/2016

Vestry Members:  Clare Andreasson, Maria DiStefano-Post, Nancy Flowers, Eddie Grim, Helen Hankins, Sue Kelly, Michael Mittelstaedt, Anne Montgomery, Jeff Tibbits, Marian Vermeulen, Chuck Wolterink (Absentees in Italics) Guests Present:  Kerry Nelson, Don Olendorf, Connie Riopelle Staff Present:  Ann Hackett    Clergy Present: The Rev. Carlton Kelley Prayer and Check-in:  Carlton opened with prayer and we all …

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Continue the great chain of leadership

As we look forward to celebrating our 150th anniversary, we give thanks for the more than a thousand individuals who have guided Grace Church over the generations. Now maybe God is calling you to continue the great chain of Grace leadership. Nominations are open for the Vestry, Diocesan Convention Delegates and Alternates, and next year’s …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 10/30/16 (The 24th Sunday after Pentecost)

By Barbara Klugh Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4; Psalm 119:137-144; 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12; Luke 19:1-10. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary. In this week’s readings, Habakkuk urges patience because justice will prevail in the end, Paul and his companions send greetings to the church in Thessalonica, and Jesus calls Zacchaeus to come down …

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Ours is a liturgical church – some notes on why we do what we do

By The Rev. Carlton Kelley (Part I of II) It has been said that worship is at the very core of our being.  It is something we as humans feel the need to do – to reach out beyond ourselves in awe and reverence.  To whom or what we give this kind of devotion will …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 10/23/16 (The 23rd Sunday after Pentecost)

 By Barbara Klugh Joel 2:23-32; Psalm 65; 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18; Luke 18:9-14. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary. In this week’s readings, Joel prophesies God’s forgiveness and restoration after the terrible plague of locusts, Paul reflects on his life and death in his letter to Timothy, and in the parable of the …

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Find a place to escape with God

By Marian Vermeulen A bright October sun warmed Stanley and I as we headed down the driveway, bound for the trails. I was driven out here to escape the world. Shortly before I had ventured onto Facebook to indulge in one of my weaknesses (window shopping on Horses  for Sale in Michigan groups) and was …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 10/16/16 (The 22nd Sunday after Pentecost)

 By Barbara Klugh Jeremiah 31:27-34; Psalm 119:97-104; 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5; Luke 18:1-8. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary. In our reading from the Book of Jeremiah, God promises a new covenant, the only reference to it in the OT. The other readings demonstrate how our persevering faith allows us to live into …

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Safe Harbor looks different at Grace this year

What is Safe Harbor? Dedicated to the preservation of the physical health and spiritual welfare of people experiencing homelessness, a primary goal of Safe Harbor is to offer food, shelter, and hope for guests  staying in a shelter. According to county-wide statistics, the average Safe Harbor guest is over the age of eighteen including 74% …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 10/9/16 (The 21st Sunday after Pentecost)

 By Barbara Klugh Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7; Psalm 66:1-11; 2 Timothy 2:8-15; Luke 17:11-19. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary. In this week’s readings, Jeremiah offers encouragement to the exiles in Babylon, Paul urges Timothy to remember two basic tenets of the Christian faith, and although Jesus healed ten lepers, only one returned with …

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