Voice of the Clergy

Stewardship as prayer

by The Rev. Kathryn Costas Stewardship as prayer is something I have been thinking about.  As we enter this new church season we are doing something different by having our ingathering of 2019 pledges on the third week of Advent, December 15 & 16.  Much prayer has gone into preparing our pledge forms for this …

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Advent begins this weekend

by The Rev. Kathryn Costas Advent begins this weekend.  What is Advent?  It is the first season of the Church Year.  A time to begin, to start anew.  A time to reflect on the past year at Grace and to offer gratitude for all that has been and a time to look forward and prepare …

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Statement from Grand Traverse Area Clergy on Recent Acts of Violence

October 30, 2018 Contact: Rev. Jody Betten (616) 706-3549 We join together as an interfaith community of leaders to share in the profound grief provoked by the attack on Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh that took the lives of eleven Jews gathered for Sabbath worship and wounded several others, including first responders. Together, we …

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Going forward: next steps

by The Rev. Kathryn Costas, Rector in the Interim Over three different days, folks from Grace met in small groups to discover and identify themes that capture the positive core of Grace, those elements that give life to Grace, parts of our past that we might desire to carry into our future.  The time began …

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Notes from the Rector in the Interim

by The Rev. Kathryn Costas Thank you to everyone who participated in the gatherings, Going Forward: the Next Steps.  We had about 60 folks participate.  In July we will put together what came out of those meetings and focus on our next steps.  There is still time to participate in one final gathering if you …

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Fear Not!

By the Rev. Carlton Kelley I am posting something that I think bears repeating particularly at this time of some uncertainty.  Remember:  Fear Not!  May your life be full of the blessings of God as you seek to live into the fullness of Christ’s redeeming love. These are the “Seven Questions every church should ask” …

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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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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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As our love grows, we are willing to take risks for God’s kingdom

My dear sisters and brothers of Grace, I started my sojourn among you almost one year ago. This time has been challenging and joyful.  I came here not knowing quite what to expect and found a congregation full of God’s love and a willingness to trust that love into the unknown future. Your lives, both …

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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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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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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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