PALM SUNDAY AND HOLY WEEK - April 9, 2017 

PLEASE REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS 
Bob & Donna Weber, Mickey Federico, Peter Federico, Yasso Herath, Peter Lubeck, Catherine Lubeck, Shirley Federico, Karen Federico, Miranda Pinckert, Clinton Taplin, Betty Mettler, Dr. John Finn, Anita Sevier-Berg, Jean,  Bill Weber, Sylvia Manley, Hubert Connoly, Steve Fanning, Peter Foley,  Ian,  Jean, Constance Thompson, Ethan Mathews, Thomas Humeston, Sadie Graham, Al and Carol Lalli, Dr. John Finn, Audrey Graves, Kathy, Elaine MacPhee, Marianna Quinn Parsekian, Bill Honeger, Peggy Lehrecke, John Loftin, Sr., Peter Zakrepine, Chris Drysdale,  Patrick, Phyllis Richey, Susan, Gerry & Jim Finlan, Mike, Carissa Borton, Mark Neagli, Cathy Rae, Eli Rubenstein, Tim, Erin, Clifford Joseph, Jr, Rachael, Susan Barraclough, Thomas Schnalzer, Audrey Washington, Paul, Catherine, John Puhl, Dr. Frederick Teyan, John Palma, Juliet Stiebeck, Tom Palista, Bill Rose, Michael McCormick, Ellie Hafstead, Russell Fernando, Joyce McCormick, Carole Post,  John Palma, Jack Baldwin, Susan Kaufman, Charlotte Stokes, Richard P. Griffith, William Ray, Allyson Kalb, Rislyn Joseph, Judy D'Errico, Adriana Cannon, Ria Meade, Maurice Buckley, Katharine, Phyllis, Suzanne, Michael McCormick, Cindy O'Gorman , Jeff Zaniker, Dotty, Ella Rose
 
Please note: Names will generally remain on the prayer list for one month. If you would like to add or return a name to the list, please be in touch with the office.
Readings  [We are using Track 2 of the indicated readings.]
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Collect of the Day
Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
 
Collect for Social Justice
Almighty God, who created us in your image: Grant us grace fearlessly to contend against evil and to make no peace with oppression; and, that we may reverently use our freedom, help us to employ it in the maintenance of justice in our communities and among the nations, to the glory of your holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

"If it's not about love, it's not about God. Period. Exclamation point."
The Most Reverend Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church
Reflection

"Choral music is not one of life's frills. It's something that goes to the very heart of our humanity, our sense of community, and our souls. You express, when you sing, your soul, in song. And when you get together with a group of other singers, it becomes more than the sum of the parts. All of those people are pouring out their hearts and souls in perfect harmony... which is kind of an emblem for what we need in this world, when so much of the world is at odds with itself, that just to express, in symbolic terms, what it's like when human beings are in harmony - that's a lesson for our times and for all time. I profoundly believe that..." 

- John Rutter
This Week
ARE YOU ON THE WORSHIP MINISTRY SCHEDULE THIS WEEKEND?
CHECK HERE
 
SATURDAY, April 8

10:00am Midnight Run (Memorial Hall)
10:30 Easter Services run-through for worship ministers
5:00pm  Boy Scouts Spaghetti Dinner (Memorial Hall) 
 
 
HOLY WEEK AND EASTER 
   
PALM SUNDAY - April 9
8:00am/9:30am/11:00am
Services begin outdoors for Liturgy of the Palms & Procession, weather permitting
10:10am Church School classes/refreshments/Bible Study 

TUESDAY, April 11

10:30am Holy Hope Bereavement Group (Patterson Hall)
 
WEDNESDAY, April 12 
6:00pm Contemplative Prayer Group (Tenebrae)
             (Bradley Chapel)
 
MAUNDY THURSDAY, April 13  
7:00am Grace's Kitchen (Team 10) (Memorial Hall)
7:00am Men's Prayer Breakfast (Patterson Hall)
12:00pm Brown Bag & A Bible (Patterson Hall) 
7:30pm Proper Liturgy & Footwashing
Commemoration of the Last Supper,
with foot washing & stripping of the altar.

GOOD FRIDAY, April 14
The trial and Crucifixion of Jesus Christ
Noon Proper Liturgy (with The Grace Church Choir)
7:30pm Stations of the Cross
 
SATURDAY, April 15
7:30pm Easter Vigil  
The Great Vigil of Easter with Blessing of New Fire
Service begins outdoors; those arriving early should gather in Patterson Hall; Church will not be opened until the service begins.  Non-allergenic incense will be used during the service. 
 
EASTER SUNDAY, April 16 
8:00am Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:30am Family Eucharist, Parish Choir
11:00am Choral Eucharist with Choir & Brass
(Non-allergenic incense will be used during service)
 
MONDAY, April 17 - Office is Closed
EASTER MEMORIALS
We welcome your memorial gifts for special flowers and music to enhance our festive Easter celebrations. You'll find envelopes at the entry to the church; please write clearly! For names to be listed in the Easter bulletins, they must be received by Monday morning, April 10.

Please Note: The Easter Vigil on April 15 begins outdoors in Memorial Garden .
If you arrive early, please gather in Patterson Hall; the church will not open until the service moves indoors. Please alert the ushers if you need to be seated early due to a handicap/disability. There will be incense (non-allergenic) at this service.
Community News
CONNECT-OUR CHURCH COMMUNITY 
DOWNLOAD THE NEW REALM APP!
Stay connected with your Grace family with the new REALM app, called Connect-Our Church Community by ACS Technologies. It's free and available at your favorite App store for Apple and Android devices. Sign on with your REALM login, and you'll be able communicate within your groups, see announcements, update your information, search the directory for contact information and much more. Don't have a REALM log in yet? Forgot your login? Contact the office and we'll be happy to help !
Calling All Techies!  
Grace needs your help -- we are assessing changes and improvements to our PBX phone system, internet access, alarm system, and selected hardware and apps.  If you are interested in joining a new Technology Assessment and Planning Committee please contact Pat Cose (pacose@msn.com).
PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE
A local Allstate agency, the Chhim Agency  in Nanuet, has offered to host a seminar for parishioners at Grace to discuss estate, retirement and legacy planning.   Key topics would include: creating a will, consolidation of retirement assets, taking steps to avoid probate, and using trusts to lessen your estate taxes. In order to help up determine the best time for the event, please let us know if you would like to join us, and indicate convenient times.  (Look in the church entrance for a signup sheet), or send the Grace office an email to let us know.  

MARCH FINANCE SNAPSHOT       Please keep your pledge up to date!   
 

Parting Thought
The Place Where We Are Right
 
From the place where we are right
Flowers will never grow
In the spring.
The place where we are right
Is hard and trampled
Like a yard.
But doubts and loves
Dig up the world
Like a mole, a plow.
And a whisper will be heard in the place
Where the ruined 
House once stood.
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