Month: June 2017

As Christians, we are called…

By The Rev. Carlton Kelley Interim Rector Many of you were quite happy that I preached the sermon I preached on June 25 which called into question the propriety of the Senate’s health care bill.  Some of you were not.  I want to take this opportunity to explain more fully why I preached that sermon. …

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Worship is not a spectator sport

By Katherine Will Director of Music and Worship As I sat in a pew recently for worship, I had a thought about the difference between attending worship and attending a sporting event or other type of entertainment.  We treasure tickets on the fifty yard line or at center court, so that we can be close …

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Engaging the Word: 6/25/17 (The Third Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 7)

 By Barbara Klugh Genesis 21:8-21; Palm 86:1-10, 16-17; Romans 6:1b-11; Matthew 10:24-39. Go to www.lectionarypage.net for the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, Abraham casts out Hagar and Ishmael, Paul explains how we are united to Christ through our baptism, and Jesus warns the apostles of the challenges of discipleship. Genesis 21:8-21: In this week’s reading, we …

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Centering prayer moves us beyond conversation to communion with Christ

By Marilyn Dressel Centering Prayer is a method of prayer in which we consent to rest in God’s presence.  It is a wordless prayer that moves us beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Him.  The gospel story of Mary and Martha, (Luke 10:38-42) teaches us that silence and action, prayer and work are two …

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Engaging the Word: 6/18/17 (The Second Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 6)

 By Barbara Klugh Genesis 18:1-15, 21:1-7; Palm 116:1, 10-17; Romans 5:1-8; Matthew 9:35-10:23. Go to www.lectionarypage.net for the weekly lectionary text. We are in the season after Pentecost, also known as Ordinary Time, in which we focus on the mission of the church and how to live as faithful disciples day by day, week by week. For …

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Fast once a month to show solidarity with families facing hunger

By The Rev. Carlton Kelley The Christian Church, most specifically the catholic and liturgical portions of the church, are churches that embrace discipline for the sake of building up Christ’s Body.  We are made disciples of Jesus Christ by the disciplines we keep.  These disciplines, most especially in the sacraments of Holy Baptism and Holy …

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Engaging the Word: 6/11/17 (The First Sunday after Pentecost: Trinity Sunday)

By Barbara Klugh Genesis 1:1 – 2:4a; Psalm 8; 2 Corinthians 13:11-13; Matthew 28:16-20. Go to www.lectionarypage.net for the weekly lectionary text. .Genesis 1:1-2:4a; Psalm 8; 2 Corinthians 13:11-13; Matthew 28:16-20. Go to www.lectionarypage.net for the weekly lectionary text. Trinity Sunday is always the First Sunday after Pentecost. It celebrates the Christian doctrine of the Trinity, one God in …

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Have you seen the Grace peace pole?

Grace Church has a Peace Pole.  Have you ever noticed it or stopped to look at it?  Perhaps not, since there are a number of peace poles around Traverse City.  It’s located just left of the main front door. The peace pole at Grace was a project begun by the EPF, specifically suggested by then …

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Grace marks its 150th anniversary: Let the celebration begin!

By James Deaton Junior Warden “You have been trusted with a wonderful treasure. Guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit, who lives within you” (2 Timothy 1:14, CEV). This year marks the sesquicentennial anniversary of the founding of our parish. What a marvelous milestone! This sacred place means so much to so many …

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