WEEKLY UPDATE
 
The Fourth Sunday in Lent 
March 11, 2018 
PLEASE REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS  Bob & Donna Weber, Mickey Federico, Peter Federico, Yasso Herath, Peter Lubeck, Catherine Lubeck, Shirley Federico, Dr. John Finn, Bill Weber, Ian,  Jean, Ethan Mathews, Al and Carol Lalli, Peggy Lehrecke, Peter Zakrepine, Phyllis Richey, Ellie Hafstead, Russell Fernando, Rislyn Joseph, Ria Meade, Cindy O'Gorman, Suzanne, Phyllis, Dr. Nabil Sayegh, Phyllis,  Ann Shusterman, Dolores Lentz, Cathy Rae, Hubert Connelly, John Puhl, Jim Craig, Thomas Wolfe, Peter Foley, Joseph, Donna, Art, Karen Masur, Tish Herbert, Karen, Jodi, Caitlyn, Mary Riffle, Marianna Quinn Parsekian, Elaine MacPhee, Mary Serena Gwertzman, Allyison, Jessica Haile, John G. Loftin, Susan , Baby Zoe, Dolores Puhl, The Reverend Art Rushlow, Geoff Torrens,  Vernon A Austin, Phil Bunton, Caroline, Judith Austin, Phil Bunton, Caroline, Barbara, Sally Ann Mock, Max Lindberg & family,   Dan Valerio Sr, Kim Hewlett 


Collect of the Day   
Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
 
Prayer for Prophetic Witness in Society
Almighty God, whose prophets taught us righteousness in the care of your poor: By the guidance of your Holy Spirit, grant that we may do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly in your sight; through Jesus Christ, our Judge and Redeemer, who lives and reigns with you and the same Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

God, our Creator, we are held in your everlasting arms,
Jesus, our Savior, we are healed by your wounded hands,
Holy Spirit, be present as we reach out to one another in love.


KEEPING UP WITH THE CHURCH
Episcopal News Service
Episcopal New Yorker
Episcopal Cafe
Sojourners

Reflection
"If we are to think of scripture not so much as we would a book of history, theology, or philosophy, but as the human experience of the divine at the thin places of encounter, then perhaps we may enter into a book that is perhaps less elusive and more accessible than we might have at first been led to believe. If the Bible is understood to be the place where not only others long dead but we ourselves encounter those thin places of suffering, joy, and mystery, and the efforts to make sense and meaning of those encounters, then perhaps we have rescued it from the clutches of the experts and the specialists and placed it where it rightly belongs, namely in the hands of those who find themselves more religious than they thought."

 An Excerpt from The Good Book: Reading the Bible with Mind and Heart by Peter J. Gomes

This Week

Are you on the worship ministry schedule for this week? CLICK HERE to find out.
 
 
SATURDAY, MARCH 10
10:00am Midnight Run (Memorial Hall)
10:00am Adult Confirmation & Reception Class (Bradley Chapel)  RSVP HERE


SUNDAY, March 11- DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME BEGINS
8:00am Holy Eucharist (Rite I)
9:30am Holy Eucharist
10:10am Refreshments/Church School/Bible Study
11:00am Holy Eucharist
(Rite II w/choir)
12:15pm Easter services run-through for worship ministers
6:30pm Senior Youth Group  
6:00pm Restorative Justice Circle (Patterson)

TUESDAY, March 13
7:00pm, Boy Scouts (Memorial Hall)

WEDNESDAY, March 14
6:00pm Contemplative Prayer  (Bradley Chapel)
6:30pm Lenten Supper and Discussion (Memorial Hall)    RSVP HERE

THURSDAY, MARCH 15
7:00am Men's Prayer Breakfast (Patterson Hall)
7:00am Grace's Kitchen (Team 8) (Memorial Hall)
12:00pm Brown Bag & A Bible (Patterson Hall)
7:00pm Cub Scouts (Memorial Hall)
7:30pm Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)

SATURDAY, MARCH 17
10:00am  St. John Passion dress rehearsal
SYG to NYC for Midnight Run

SUNDAY, MARCH 18
8:00am Holy Eucharist (Rite I)
9:30am Holy Eucharist
10:10am Refreshments/Church School/Confirmation/Bible Study
11:00am Holy Eucharist (Rite II w/choir)
4:00pm GraceMusic: St. John Passion 
Events: This Weekend and Beyond 
ADULT CONFIRMATION & RECEPTION CLASS BEGINS MARCH 10
 
We will be offering a 3-session class for those wanting to prepare for confirmation or reception in June, or just interested in deepening their knowledge of the Episcopal Church and learning more about their own faith journey. The first session is on Saturday, March 10 from 10am to noon, and we'll meet in Bradley Chapel.

If you would like to be part of the class or learn more, please talk with Fr. Owen or contact the office at (845) 358-1297/parishoffice@gracechurchnyack.org

 
 

Tickets
$20
Seniors $15
Students $5
Children under 12
are free
 
www.gracemusicnyack.com
845-358-1297 ext. 16
 

 
THE ADULT SPIRITUAL FORMATION COMMISSION PRESENTS 

LENTEN STUDY SERIES: Being Disciples
Continues Wednesdays,  March 14 and 21
6:30 to 8:00pm in Memorial Hall
 
We'll gather for a simple supper of soup, salad, and bread, followed by a program and discussion based on the book Being Disciples , by Rowan Williams, led by different members of the commission.


A limited number copies of the book are available in the church office ($5; 1 per family).
You do not need to have read the book -- or to attend previous session to benefit from the discussion and fellowship.  

NEW!
Childcare will be available with
48 hours notice 
Look for sign up sheets at the church entry or send us an email.   Join Us!
 
REMINDERS & ANNOUNCEMENTS 
ARE YOU GOING TO BE PART OF THE NYC MARCH FOR OUR LIVES ON MARCH 24?

Let us know
so that we can coordinate a Grace Church meeting spot, and have a presence!
DID YOU ORDER GIRL SCOUT COOKIES AT THE SHROVE TUESDAY DINNER?

Oh NO!  The order sheet has been lost, so if you're craving those cookies you need to be in touch with Jennifer Marraccino at 845-548-4769 to make sure you get your cookies!   
 
HOLY WEEK & EASTER SERVICES
 
Palm Sunday, March 25 
8:00am Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:30am Holy Eucharist - The Path of Christ

Families  follow Jesus from his triumphant arrival in Jerusalem to his death and burial.
10:10am Easter Fair (Memorial Hall) 
11:00am - Procession of the Palms & Holy Eucharist 
Christ's entry into Jerusalem and crucifixion with sung Passion Gospel
 
Wednesday of Holy Week, March 28
6:00pm Contemplative Prayer (Tenebrae, in the church)
 
Maundy Thursday, March 29

7:30pm Maundy Thursday Holy Eucharist with footwashing 
Commemoration of the Lord's Supper with The Stripping of the Altar
 
Good Friday, April 30
Noon Proper Liturgy, with Choir
7:30pm Stations of the Cross
 
Saturday, March 31
7:30pm Easter Vigil
(incense)
The Great Vigil of Easter with Blessing of the New Fire
 
Easter Sunday, April 1
8:00am Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:30am Holy Eucharist, family service, Parish Choir
11:00am Holy Eucharist, with Choir and Brass
(incense)
 
 
DIOCESAN ANTIRACISM TRAINING TO TAKE PLACE AT GRACE

Anti-Racism Training Workshop
April 14, 2018
and April 21, 2018

Note that this workshop takes place on two Saturdays, and not on consecutive days.
Online registration will open soon.

The purpose of the Diocesan antiracism workshops is to help us become aware of how the sin of racism impacts all of our lives, and how we all unconsciously and consciously participate in racist systems.  It is required for clergy in our diocese and highly recommended for lay leadership.
Dialog is the foundation of the two-day workshop (9:00 -4:00). We use group exercises and examine scientific and historical evidence concerning the origins of the concept of race and its legacy.  Coffee and lunch are served and there is no cost to register and attend for members of our diocese. There is a $25.00 registration fee for members of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark and a $50.00 fee for all others.
Of the hundreds of workshop participants, more than 85% have found the workshop to be "very useful" or "extremely useful" in their work and daily lives.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER

 
During Lent and Easter, Episcopalians are being urged to participate in The Good Book Club, a churchwide program that invites the reading of the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles.
 
Led by
Forward Movement , the Good Book Club readings BEGIN THIS SUNDAY) and finish on Pentecost (May 20, 2018).

Meditat
ions on the readings are in the current issue of Forward Day by Day -- you'll find copies at the entry to the church, or stop by the church office.

Find out more,
access the readings, and get involved at www.GoodBookClub.org
 
Parting Thought
 
Sunday Morning Prayer 

With trust in You our lives become simple, 
assurance and peace, leaving 
no room for fear. 
All that we have is gift from you, 
O Gracious Beloved, 
all that we are is Yours as well. 
May we come to see that all we give to others, 
we give to ourselves and You.
As the earth produces abundant harvests, 
When the sun and rain nourish the seeds, 
So our fruits bless others as we grow in trust and love. 
Teach us, O Merciful One, to have generous hearts, 
offering all we are in the name of Love. 
As spring and summer follow the autumn and winter, 
so our lives have their seasons. 
Help us to live in the eternal moment, 
awaiting your perfect timing in ally things. 
May we be content to wait in peace, 
until You stir the waters within to act; 
may we be patient with ourselves and with others.
As You have led all generations  
through times of turmoil and war, 
Guide us now, O Blessed One, 
along the paths of peace. 
May the people of all nations 
break the bonds of fear-filled oppression; 
may they bless one another with forgiveness. 
Blessed by the One who lives and dwells among us! 
 
-Psalm 105, adapted by Nan Merrill in  Psalms for Praying: An Invitation to Wholeness  


GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH  130 First Avenue, Nyack, New York 10960
845-358-1297