Our present Outreach Red Bag endeavor is to support
Galena's Women and Friends Making a Difference (WFMAD) in their drive to provide feminine products for the women in our community in need. On Sunday, May 5th, the bags were distributed at church. A suggestion list of what items are wanted are in each bag. Please return the filled bags on Thank you for your generosity.
James Gates Percival International Poetry Festival
The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design will hold the first day of its three day festival at Grace Church on Friday, May 17th at 3pm in the Nave.
On that day, the James Gates Percival Prize for Literature will be given to Kentucky poet, Christopher P. Collins who will give a reading of his work, followed by readings of poetry by James Gates Percival by the Chicago artist/poet, Mary Petrine Livoni. The general public is invited to attend. Admission is free. For more details on the award and The James Gates Percival International Poetry Festival visit the Festival's website at www.galenapoetryfestival.org.
So, today will be an attempt at an interactive
Ramblings. I have not done this in a very long time--in part because I did not get much in the way of interaction. Oh, our dear, departed friend, Richard Babcock often responded. And there is one member who shall go unnamed who advises me of liturgical and ecclesial missteps. But, despite tips from social media experts who encourage such, this has not been so here at Grace. Nevertheless, I shall try again.
This is prompted by conversation at the most recent Worship Ministries meeting--about
reverence. Specifically about what that means in terms of Sunday morning worship at Grace. In the context of a meeting with an Episcopal worship committee, you might imagine that it had to do with quiet for prayer and meditation before the service begins, and, certainly, during the prelude. And yet, this is one of those congregations where people are eager to greet one another, the space is small, and the acoustics are such that sound carries.
I volunteered to write something for the e-Blast, thinking it would be a simple thing. Well, of course, that was wrong. There is not a single way of thinking about
reverence. It is variously defined as respect, veneration, awe, and fear (though fear in this sense is probably more akin to awe.) It is also described in terms of both feeling and action--or both. If we feel a sense of awe when we come into God's presence, is that it? A momentary feeling? Or is it expressed somehow in our lives and actions?
reverence in church is like I described above: quiet awe and respect for God and for those worshipers who are in a posture of prayer. This quiet may be accompanied by bodily motions like genuflecting or kneeling. From the Episcopal Glossary on the Church website: "Ceremonial gestures to express reverence. In some parishes, it is customary to reverence the altar or the consecrated elements of the eucharist with a genuflection or a solemn bow. A gesture of reverence may be made as one approaches or departs from the altar or at other times. A gesture of reverence may also be made by the celebrant at the conclusion of the eucharistic prayer. These gestures are not required by the BCP."
Other people of faith, though, might express reverence and awe with clapping and waving of arms, particularly in music and prayers.
I have worshiped in Episcopal congregations that had the highest of ceremonial where I was transported--yet in others, where the liturgy was perfect, I did not sense reverence at all. In other places, where the liturgy was imperfect, where there was laughter and some messiness, there was still a lively sense of
This has been a very long prelude to the interactive part. What I want is to know:
what does reverence in, before, after, around worship means to you? Where do you find it? I am, of course, particularly interested in worship and church, but other things are okay, too.
Or is it something else--or both?
See you in church for the rest of the 50 days of Easter,
: Peter explains to the believers in Jerusalem how the Holy Spirit was received by Gentiles in Caesaria.
: A psalm exhorting all of creation and all peoples to praise God.
: John sees a vision of the New Jerusalem descending from heaven, and a voice that proclaims that God's dwelling place is now among people on earth.
The Easter message shifts this week from Jesus' offer of life to us, to the way we seek to live out that life as we follow him - and it's a startling message of inclusivity and love. Jesus' new commandment is frequently sung and quoted, but the "one another" that Jesus' calls us to love is often limited to Christian believers. Now, in the lectionary, as the Gospel is laid aside the other readings, we realise that this "one another" goes much further. In Acts, we discover that the previously excluded Gentiles are now included in God's Kingdom. In the Psalm, all of creation is included in this "one another" as the entire creation is exhorted to offer praise. And in John's Revelation vision, we discover that God so includes all, that God moves God's dwelling place ("heaven") into our earthly neighbourhood. There can be no greater, all-encompassing statement of love for all from God. We have no more excuses for turning the Gospel into an exclusive message!
This message is so relevant today in our world where one of the big questions is "who is in and who is out?". Global economic and trade regulations are designed to favour some (who tend to be
the wealthy) and disempower others (who tend to live in third world countries). Political conversations are always being drawn in partisan ways with clear lines indicating who is on which side - and woe betide those who try to cross those lines. Religious communities and power structures, equally, have tended to focus on who is with us and who is against us. From geographical to economic to political to religious to racial to sexual to generational lines, our world is built on defining who is in and who is out. The prophetic Church, the Church of the resurrection, of love, of the God who lives among us, must be a Church that blurs every line, and invites everyone into the grace and love of God - and a Church that challenges the lines that exclude and oppress. This is what Jesus calls us to when he instructs us to love one another, and it is what is demonstrated in Peter's willingness to minister to the Gentiles in Cornelius' house, and in God's gift of the Spirit to these "outsiders". In practical terms, then, we are called to be those who will reach across the lines to welcome and embrace those who believe, think, dress, behave and live in ways that we would consider different.
and reflections excerpted from sacredise.com
Outreach Ministries Update
United Churches Food Pantry Needs
If you are not already a Food Pantry volunteer, might you consider it? Some of the long term volunteers are wishing to retire. So, there are opportunities available for the 2nd and 4th Thursday distributions (you may sign up for one or both). The volunteer coordinator is Celeste Mancini at
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
River Bend Mobile Food Pantry Distribution will be on Saturday, June 29th at Crossroads Community Church. This is an opportunity to volunteer a couple of hours of your time to help the food insecure population in and around our city and county.
Four of our Ministry of Care Visitors took part in the first Bishop Anderson House Online Spiritual Care Visitor Training program on
May 4 at Emmanuel Church, Rockford.
In addition to this one day retreat and workshop session, they will spend
six months completing online modules and undertaking
practical experience and supervision.
Bishop Anderson House has long provided this kind of lay chaplaincy training but this is the first hybrid program that can be done through online and distance learning.
Our first 1
Sunday Movie Night last month was very well attended. The feature was "Doubt". (Thanks to Mary Foltz for recommending the movie and providing the DVD.) It was an excellent story about the confrontation between the principal (Sister Aloysius played by Meryl Streep) of a Roman Catholic School in 1964, and a priest (Father Flynn played Phillip Seymour Hoffman), whom she suspected of sexually victimizing a black 12 year old eighth grade boy. (His mother portrayed by Viola Davis.) The complexities boggled the mind. Just when you thought you had it all figured out and she had prevailed (sort of) Sister Aloysius breaks down at the end and expresses doubt.
Wouldn't you know it? In our discussion afterward the life experiences of our diverse group came to bear. The result: More doubt! We have so much to learn from each another. That's the beauty of Movie Night.
Our next feature (6 p.m. on Sunday June 2
) will be "Paradise Road". (Thanks to Phil Jackman for recommending the movie and providing the DVD). This 1997 movie is about a group of women imprisoned on the island of Sumatra by the Japanese during
World War II. Among others, it stars Glenn Close, Frances McDormand and a young Cate Blanchett. It's excellent! No trailer is attached; because they give away too much. Just come and enjoy it more thoroughly.
Bring your own snack if you wish to (quietly) dine during the movie. Coffee and hot water (for tea) will be provided.
estry Liaisons' primary purpose is to assure two-way communications between the various ministries and the
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Building and Grounds: Greg Serwich (Sr. Warden 2018-2020)
Worship Committee: Charlotte Stryker (class of 2022)
Formation and Spirituality: Elizabeth Ludescher (class of 2022)
Fellowship & Hospitality: Anita Sands (class of 2021)
Pastoral Care/LEMs: Bonnielynn Kreiser (class of 2020)
Tony Packard (class of 2021)
Communications: Larry Poston (class of 2020)
Governance: Wardens & Rector
Officers: Greg Serwich, Senior Warden
Lynn Giles, Junior Warden,
Richard Luther, Treasurer
Diann Marsh, Clerk
The Rev. Dr. Gloria Hopewell, Rector
Parish Administrator: Fräni Beadle
Organist/Pianist: Robin French, Nancy Cook
Choir Director: Pat Terry
For quick reference, find Sunday's readings by clicking here:
Ministers of the
Pam Malik & Debbie Kallback
Al & Cathie Elsbree
Rev. Linda Packard
Preacher: The Very Rev. Dr. Gloria Hopewell
May 26, 2019
for your own study:
John 14:23-29 or
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Gloria Hopewell, Linda Packard
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