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February 21, 2021

Lent 1




(In person worship has resumed at 8, 9:15, and 11)

NEW
5 PM Sunday
Family Vespers


PLEASE REGISTER TO ATTEND
as seating is limited




Sundays In Lent 2021

February 21 – March 21,
10:00-10:45 am

Join us for a LENTEN BOOK STUDY 
with the Rev. Dr. Allen Robinson 

"WHO KILLED JESUS?” 
by John Dominic Crossan.

The book study will be held online


Questions, e-mail Fr. Allen.
Introducing
FAMILY VESPERS
Sundays at 5pm via Zoom

While we are excited to resume our in-person 9:15 family service on Sunday, Feb 21, we understand that some may not be quite ready to return to church. All are welcome to join Fr. Chris on Sunday evenings during Lent and Easter for this short service of prayer, featuring Scripture readings, a brief interactive homily, and song. Click here to join on Zoom.
Dear Grace Church family and friends,

Grace Church’s 2021 Lenten Devotional Booklet is now available in two formats: daily Scripture passages and reflections by Grace parishioners are arriving each morning by email through Constant Contact.  The entire booklet, in eBook form, complete with turning pages and an index that links to each date, is available on the website or through this link here.

Thank you to all the writers who spent time with Lenten Scripture and wrote down their reflections for the booklet. As always, reading and editing your submissions has taught me much and brought me great joy. Thank you also to those who helped produce the booklet: Rev. Erika and Fr. Chris for encouraging participation and navigating logistics; Harriet DeCeunynck for proofing; Peter Farrell for creating the eBook format, and Kate and Caroline Rock for formatting and sending the daily devotions.

The past year has been particularly challenging, both physically and spiritually. May this booklet strengthen our community and, in company with other Lenten resources in prayer, scripture, conversation, and the variety of disciplines, guide us through a holy Lent and into a joyful Easter.
-Judy Burnss 

Who Am I? 

In 1874, I was consecrated as the first African American bishop in the Protestant Episcopal Church and was a missionary bishop in Haiti. I am...

The Rt. Rev. James Holly
Black History Month
Who Am I? 

I was an American poet, novelist, and short-story writer born in Dayton, Ohio.
I began my writings as a young child.
In my writings, I was able to invoke humor, superstition, yearnings, and aspirations from the perspective of black a person. I became one of the first influential black poets in American literature and was internationally acclaimed for my dialectic verse within collections such as Majors and Minors and Lyrics of a Lowly Life. As the only African American in my class, I was accepted and became class president and class poet. One of my classmates was Orville Wright who published the Dayton Tattler, a black newspaper. I was educated at Howard University and later obtained a clerkship at the Library of Congress. I died at the early age of 33. After my death, I attained standing as America’s foremost black poet and my works are prized as some of my greatest achievements. Who am I?
SAVE THE DATE

Members and friends and invited to a concert presented by Soprano Jane Thorngren and our Organist Paul Olson on Sunday afternoon, March 7 at 4:00 pm at the Watermark here in Brooklyn Heights.
 
The program will include American and British music called Songs We Forgot to Remember featuring art and parlor songs, and some standards from the 1920s.
 
The program is free of charge BUT you must sign-up at this email address: AFeinstein@watermarkcommunitites.com.

Join the Rector’s Bible Study
on Tuesdays
Exploring the Book of Revelation
 
Join the Rector’s Bible Study on Tuesdays from 10:30-12 noon online here.
Centering Prayer

Centering prayer is a Christian contemplative practice, a form of meditation. While many contemplative practices involve putting your attention on something — counting, a mantra, the rosary, a guided visualization, or even just heightened awareness — centering prayer takes a gentler and more radical approach. As thoughts go by, you don’t label them, watch them or push them away. You simply let them go and re-surrender to the silence. Centering prayer cultivates and trains this gesture of surrender, through which we let go of our desire to control and manage and understand everything. While its goal is a relationship with the divine, in this way it is also training for a life with more serenity, less anxiety — a useful antidote to this often ungrounded modern world.


For more Centering Prayer info and events, click here.
Giving to Grace
Thank you for your on-going support as we continue to worship remotely. We are happy to let you know that you may now make a pledge or general offering donations by text! 

Please send a text to 73256 with the message "GraceBrooklyn". The first time, you will be prompted to provide your name and address, including your card number. If you save that information for future use, the second offering by text will be immediate. You may also make one-time pledge payments and general offering donations online here.

If you would like to set up a recurring pledge payment on Realm, please contact Kate Rock for an invitation to join. 
In Remembrance or Gratitude...

Altar flowers are a wonderful way to express gratitude for life's blessings or memorialize a loved one.

If you would like to contribute Altar flowers, please contact Marilyn Grant. An acknowledgment will be included in the service bulletin.
Parish Prayer Concerns

For a holy Lent. For all those facing storms and freezing temperatures. For reconciliation for our nation and the world. For a continued decline in coronavirus infections and persistence in combatting the virus. For those who suffer from COVID 19 and those for whom prayers have been requested, including Mike; Linnea; Chris; David; Ron & Betsy; Karen; Karl S.; Ginny; Sohee; Donald; Elizabeth; Karl B; and all who care for sick and aging loved ones. For all who have died, especially the more than 486,000 Americans who have died of COVID 19.
Weekday Visits to Grace

To insure your safety and maintain the workplace standards established by the Department of Health, we ask you to let us know ahead of time when you will be stopping by. When you visit please use only the Clergy Door, which is the first door on your right in the Hicks Street courtyard. Sign the Visitors Log at the door (should we need to do any contact tracing), sanitize your hands and, as always, wear a mask.

To minimize traffic, particularly while children are at school, please refrain from moving through the Parish Hall. The restroom at the back of the sanctuary is available for your use. We thank you!
Grace Church | 254 Hicks Street | Brooklyn NY 11201 
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