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Worship at Grace
Year-round Schedule
when in the building

Sunday Services at 10:30 am 


Celtic Meditations at 4:00 pm



Healing Services  every week at 4:00 pm


Young  and the Restless Chapel at 9:00 am the second Sunday of the month 


Morning Prayer 

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday

at 9:30 am



All are always welcome to worship and pray with us at all services

This Week's Calendar


5:30 pm
Evening Prayer

6:00 pm
Bible Study

8:30 am
Morning Prayer

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Pentecost 8
Mary Magdalene

10:00 am
Morning Service on Zoom and Facebook Live

4:00 pm
Celtic  Service on Facebook Live


8:30 am 
Morning Prayer on Facebook

Tues day

8:30 am 
Morning Prayer on Facebook

5:30 pm
Evening Prayer on Facebook

6:00 pm
Bible Study on Zoom

The Reverend Debbie Phillips, Rector

Tom Gaither,
Sr. Warden
Brian Fizer,
Jr. Warden
Ryan Patten, Clerk
Joanne Moar, Treasurer

Melissa Barnes
Laura Beasley-Topliffe
Katie LaBonte
Jane Stewart
Jason Stonehouse
Angela Williams

Larry Kamp,
Director of Music
Tom and Karen Tucker, Sextons
Cheryl Robinson, Bookkeeper
The Reverend
 Debbie Phillips, 

Hugh MacKay 
Joanne Moar,

Laura Beasley-Topliffe
Beth Brown
Lois Nicholson
Cindy Rhodes
Helen Watson-Felt,
Altar Guild
Deb Papps,  Chair
Jane Thompson
Maureen Joyce,
Flower Committee 
Celtic Meditations Team
Ryan Patten, musician
Eric Wagner
Jane Stewart
Joanne Moar
Kathleen Tone

Director of Church School
Melissa Barnes

Real Asset Management/Property
Eric Wagner
Mike Ouellette
Tom Tucker
Bob Cole
Walter Weizenauer
Robert Hoffman

Ministry Team
Tom Gaither, Chair
Caroline Watson-Felt
Priscilla Lemons, Clerk

 Creation Care
Laura Beasley-Topliffe
Tom Gaither
Jane Stewart

Garden of Life
Jason Stonehouse

Ad Hoc Fundraising
Peggy Carter
Melissa Barnes
Joanne Moar
Caroline Watson-Felt

Convention Delegates
Laura Beasley-Topliffe
Joanne Moar
Eric Wagner, Alternate

Deanery Delegates
Laura Beasley-Topliffe
Joanne Moar
Walter Weizenauer
Eric Wagner

Thought this Week
Dear Seekers,

Today is the feast day of Mary Magdalene. Mary played an integral role as a follower of Jesus and is a model for us today.

This year, with all that is going on in the world, Mary Magdalene is making me think about how control of the story or narrative impacts one's view of things. For you see, Mary's story has been told by various groups with differing agendas.

In the canonical Gospels, Mary is depicted as a disciple of "firsts." She's first to the empty tomb, first to see the risen Christ, and first to report his resurrection to the other disciples. In many traditions, she is called the "Apostle to the Apostles."

In a few of the other gospels, we hear of some conflict between Mary and Peter and others who want to control the narrative from a more masculine perspective by maligning her value to the Jesus Movement.

Then, there are the Church leaders who identified the unnamed "sinner," or "prostitute" from the Gospels as Mary Magdalene. Of course, this would be the only time that her name would not be used to identitfy her, but that didn't stop them. Mary's family background and other sources would make this claim preposterous.

Using half-truths and untruths to promote a certain agenda is nothing new. The Good News is that even 2000 years later, the real truth of a life lived in faith shines forth. The life of this remarkable woman offers us hope that witnessing to the love of God reveals the true nature of things.

In the Way of Love,
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This Sunday
In place of the readings for Proper 12, we have transferred the Feast of Mary Magdalene for our lessons for this Sunday.

At 10:00 am , Morning Prayer will be read with a sermon by The Reverend Debbie Phillips. Larry Kamp will offer music from the organ. Katie LaBonte will be assisting with the readings and Cynthia Duda will lead us in the prayers. The hymns will be "Lift your voice rejoicing Mary," and "Out of the night."

At the end of the service, please join us for announcements. If you are worshiping on Zoom, you may also ask any questions that are on your hearts.

The service is live streamed on our Facebook page, or you may join us on Zoom.

At 4:00 pm, our Celtic Evensong will offer meditations, prayers and music from the Celtic tradition. This week, the service will be live streamed from the church with Ryan Patten, Debbie Phillips and Eric Wagner as musicians.  Paige Nalipinski will offer the reflection. This is live streamed on our Facebook page, or you may join us on Zoom.

If you would like to offer a 2-3 minute reflection for upcoming services, please email

Please join us wherever you are 
in your search for meaning. 

Everyone is welcome at any and all services at Grace Episcopal Church
Upcoming Worship Leaders
August 2   Camp Video

August 9   Hannah Larrabee
                   Allison Mascolo

                   Christine Reichert, Celtic Evensong

August 16  Jason Stonehouse
                    Brian Fizer

                    Nancy Brown, Celtic Evensong

August 23  Gavin Watson-Bertrand
                     Laura Beasley-Topliffe

                    Ryan Patten, Celtic Evensong
Bentley Academy Book Club Buddies
The Book Clubs will be underway in a few weeks. Thank you to our Buddies Peggy Carter, Cliff Cutler, Joanne Moar and Eric Wagner. The Rector is also facilitating a club.

Over the next four weeks, these members will each lead a Book Club with 5 students. We are excited to be making an impact with these 25 students over the summer. If this program is successful, we will find other "virtual" encounters with the scholars of the Bentley over the next school year. (The Rector is hoping for a math club!).
Regathering Update
The team tasked by the Vestry with preparing and planning for building use and for covidtime community engagement made a report last Monday night. The report was whole heartedly endorsed by the Vestry. A statement will be coming out soon from the Vestry about regathering in the building and other issues of importance. Please keep the leadership in your prayers.
Black Lives Matter
Join us as we stand in protest against white supremacy and in support of racial justice. Sign up to hold signs in front of the church. Signs are provided but you can also create your own. Join us! Love wins and Black Lives Matter!

You can contact Brian Fizer at or click here 
Media News
The website has been updated to be a bit more user friendly. All the Sunday morning information is in the left two columns of the site, while the right hand column will carry news and announcements. The outreach page now has information about the new Bentley-Grace parish/public school partnership.

We also have an instagram page graceepiscopalchurchsalem (same name as our Facebook page). We'd love to have you follow us, especially during this time of physical distancing.
Join us tonight!!!
Evening Prayer at 5:30 pm
Join us for this 20 minute service on our Facebook page. 

Bible Study at 6:00 pm
Do you have insights when reading Scripture? Why not bring them and your questions to Bible Study? Check the sidebar for log in information.

Morning Prayer live-streamed 
at 8:30 am
Book of Common Prayer

Morning Prayer will be offered on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays  at 8:30 am on our Facebook page.
Weeding and Watering
I'm trying to organize some regular gardening workers. 
I'm hoping some of you might be interested in a 
regular watering and/or weeding shift. Joanne has already agreed to water on Thursdays. I plan to do Tuesdays.

Are there others that would like to pick a day for regular weeding and/or watering? Please let me know:
Brian Fizer

Grace Episcopal Church | 978-744-2796 
385 Essex Street
Salem, MA 01970