The Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost
Oh God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your son. Look now with compassion on the entire human family; and particularly this part of the family, in the United States, and those in our nation’s capital; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the Human Family, Book of Common Prayer, p. 815

Our vestry, lay leaders, and congregation as we embark on the search process for a new rector;
Ian, Jean, Karin,Ian Cochran, Barbara and Peter dePinto, Carol Streichert, JoAnn Stone,
Chris Mitchell, Bob, Ginny, Maura McGrath,Gerald and Marjorie Federico,  Bob and Donna Weber, Bill Weber, Yasso Herath, John and Shirley Federico, John Pluhowski, Joseph A. Collins
REST IN PEACE: Eleanor Hafstad
If you would like to add a name, please let us know:  
Instructions from the late John Lewis:

“Anchor the eternity of love in your own soul and embed this planet with goodness.

Lean toward the whispers of your own heart, discover the universal truth, and follow its dictates.

Release the need to hate, to harbor division, and the enticement of revenge. Release all bitterness.

Hold only love, only peace in your heart, knowing that the battle of good to overcome evil is already won.

Choose confrontation wisely, but when it is your time don’t be afraid to stand up, speak up, and speak out against injustice.

And if you follow your truth down the road to peace and the affirmation of love, if you shine like a beacon for all to see,then the poetry of all the great dreamers and philosophers is yours to manifest in a nation, a world community,and a Beloved Community that is finally at peace with itself.”

The late Rep. John Lewis
This Weekend
Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us, that we may continually be given to good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

When possible, please register in advance to help us prepare for Communion.

8:00am - Holy Eucharist

9:30am - Holy Eucharist in the Garden

11:00am - Holy Eucharist


Our Adult Spiritual Formation commission is again offering "Discovery Groups" between the 9:30 and 11:00am services

In person:
The ASF Book Discussion continues this Sunday, October 10, focusing on Jesus a Pilgrimage by Fr. James Martins. Even if you were not present for the first two meetings, you are welcome to join anytime. This week, we will be discussing chapters Bethlehem and Nazareth. The birth of Jesus and his life before his public ministry began.

On Zoom:
Informal discussion of the Sunday lectionary readings, based on the simple question: What common thread runs through all the readings? This week's readings are available here

To join the Zoom discussion:
Meeting ID: 843 6054 1146
Passcode: 539341

Lectionary Readings are available HERE

Please note that for your safety and the safety of others, and in accordance with recently revised CDC guidelines for Rockland County, we ask that everyone wear masks while in the church.
Thank you for you cooperation and consideration.

CLICK HERE for the latest Diocesan notice re COVID protocols
Announcements & Ongoing Programs
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17   10:15am - 12:30pm 
We invite you to our annual Ministry Fair where you can learn about opportunities with our many Grace Church ministries and discover ways to  
Be the Church – Together. Visit our tables. Talk with ministry members. Explore opportunities for growth. Re-engage. Sign up to be involved.     

This year your explorations can be fueled by delicious breakfast fare from our Senior Youth Group as they begin fundraising activities for their annual summer mission trip.
Watch for more details!

Recurring Announcements
The Grace Church Choir is looking for new members for the 2021-2022 season. If you have a love of music and choral singing, please consider the opportunity for liturgical ministry. The choir sings primarily at the 11:00am service as well as four Sunday afternoon services of Choral Evensong and the repertoire ranges the entire span of the Anglican choral tradition. For the 2021-2022 season, rehearsals are held on Sunday mornings at 9:30am, offering greater flexibility for those with multiple demands on time and energy. Membership requires a meeting/audition with the director and a commitment to regular participation.

Do you enjoy singing but want a more occasional option? Consider joining the Parish Choir! All are welcome to participate, and this is a wonderful opportunity for families to make music together in church. The Parish Choir sings on the 2nd Sunday of the month* (October-May) at the 11:00am service. Simply arrive by 10:30am to learn a simple anthem to sing that morning.
For more information about these choral opportunities, or for questions about musical participation at Grace Church, contact Brandon Beachamp, Choirmaster and Organist, at or at 347.556.1112.
Food donations for People to People are always needed. When you come to church please bring a non-perishable food item to leave in the basket at the entry to the church. Peanut butter, tuna fish and cereal are greatly appreciated “
BROWN BAG AND A BIBLE Join us via Zoom on Thursdays and Sundays 
Brown Bag and a Bible continue Thursdays at noon and Sundays at 2:00pm in its new virtual format via ZOOM and led by Pat Reynolds. ALL ARE WELCOME. 
As always the sessions will focus on the readings for the week. The series will continue for the next five weeks. If you'd like to join, contact Pat ( for the ZOOM link. 
Stewardship - Pledge 2022

Pledge Presentation at Services This Sunday
8:00am Karin Baere
9:30am Tom Perry
11:00am Jeff McDowell

Now more than ever, as we enter this critical transition period and work together to identify and attract our new rector, your commitment to our financial health is critical.
Thank you to those who have already made a commitment!
CLICK HERE to complete a pledge card for 2022.
Our Virtual Offering Plate
Please keep your pledge current!
To help ensure continuity for the church and our outreach programs to the community, please keep your pledge current if you are able, or make one-time donations as you would on Sunday. You can mail a check to us at 130 First Avenue, Nyack, NY 10960 or use our Virtual Offering Plate to make an online gift. Use the drop down menu under "FUND" to choose "Other Gifts" or "Pledge Payments".

We are so grateful for your support.
Parting Thought
“Today, like every other day, we wake up empty
and frightened. Don't open the door to the study
and begin reading. Take down the dulcimer.

Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.”

Jelalludin Rumi
Just for Fun - from Playing for Change - Higher Ground
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