Month: April 2017

Engaging the Word: 5/7/17 (The Fourth Sunday of Easter)

 By Barbara Klugh Acts 2:42-47; Psalm 23; 1 Peter 2:19-25; John 10:1-10. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In our readings for Good Shepherd Sunday, we learn how the earliest Christians devoted themselves to the apostles’ teachings and to fellowship with one another, Peter instructed his readers to rejoice in suffering for …

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Voice of the vestry: Turn off the fan

By Maria DiStefano-Post Noise is ever constant, ever present, and ever persistent. Nothing makes me aware of noise more than when white noise, such as a fan, gets turned off. I take a deep breath and become aware of how agitated I have become.  If you are anything like me, most days, that is how …

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Engaging the Word: 4/30/17 (The Third Sunday of Easter)

By Barbara Klugh Acts 2:14a, 36-41; Psalm 116:1-3, 10-17; 1 Peter 1:17-23; Luke 24:13-35. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. We have great texts to continue our Easter celebration. Three thousand people are baptized, the psalmist praises God for his saving help, Peter urges disciples to live lives of purity and deep loving, …

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On being received into the church: “I made a true connection with the people of Grace”

By Jeanette Kania One of my favorite books is The Way of a Pilgrim. It was first published in the 19th century, and I would likely never have picked it up if I hadn’t read J.D. Salinger’s Franny and Zooey. I read both of these books at a time when I was trying to find …

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Vestry minutes – 3/21/2017

Vestry Members: Clare Andreasson, Maria DiStefano-Post, Eddie Grim, Sue Kelly, Michael Mittelstaedt, Jeff Tibbits, Marian Vermeulen, Bill Smith, James Deaton, Karl Bastian, Kathryn Holl, Jeff Wescott (Absentees in Italics) Guests Present: None Staff Present: Ann Hackett Clergy Present: Carlton Kelly Scripture & Study: None for this meeting with the late start. Approve/Amend the Agenda: The …

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Engaging the Word: 4/23/17 (The Second Sunday of Easter)

 By Barbara Klugh Acts 2:14a, 22-32; Psalm 16; 1 Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-31. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. As you may notice, this is The Second Sunday of Easter—not after Easter. Easter is a season lasting for fifty days, from Easter Day until the Day of Pentecost, so we get to …

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Engaging the Word: 4/16/17 (The Sunday of the Resurrection: Easter Sunday)

 By Barbara Klugh Acts 10:34-43; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; Colossians 3:1-4; Matthew 28:1-10. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. Happy Easter! This week’s readings are about a living hope of new life for all God’s children—even us—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Acts 10:34-43: The Book of Acts describes the …

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Welcome to the Resurrection

By The Rev. Carlton Kelley Holy Week is the pivotal point of the church’s entire year. In a very real sense, without Holy Week there would be no liturgical year because there would be no church! That is another way of saying without Jesus’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, his institution of the Eucharist, crucifixion and …

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Engaging the Word: 4/9/17 (The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday)

 By Barbara Klugh Isaiah 50: 4-9a; Psalm 31:9-16; Philippians 2:5-11; Matthew 26:14 – 27:66. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. This Sunday begins Holy Week, the week preceding Easter and the most significant week of the church year. In this week’s readings, we ponder Isaiah’s account of the humiliation and vindication of …

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