The First Sunday After Pentecost/Trinity Sunday
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

PLEASE REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS
 
Bob & Donna Weber, Mickey Federico, Peter Federico, Yasso Herath, Peter Lubeck, Catherine Lubeck, John and Shirley Federico, Bill Weber, Ian, Jean, Al and Carol Lalli, Peter Zakrepine, Russell Fernando, Rislyn Joseph, Ria Meade, Peter Foley, Rosmarie Buri, Ellie Hafstad, B.J. Close, Kate Scarmato and family, Rita Chapparo, Eliot Kloehn, Joseph, Nancy, Lisa,John Riffle & Family, Dr. Ian Cochran, Robert Attucks Ruffin, Jr., Michelle Kenny, Staff and residents of Murphy House, Toni McCarthy, Malcolm Marsh and family, Christine Churchill Kenneth, Nellie Ayala, Ross Dailey, Yakari Montalvo, Kathy Bettis, Maura McGrath, Charles Hutton, Joanna, the Ceccolini Family, Karin, Tim, Daisy, Alice Dean, Ryan M., Bernice Robinson, Clayton Sauer, Dr. Travis Jackson, Barbara and Peter dePinto, Neil & Andrea S., Janice Lewis,Connor V. Kathy DeVita, K.L., Corene and Tom, Jim Cochran, Shannon J, Betty Perry

REST IN PEACE: Christopher Sennas

Judith D'Errico (2/6/2021)
There will be a memorial service for Judy at Grace on Saturday, May 29 at 1:00pm.
Use this link to register. Service will also be available via livestream.

Richard Deats (4/7/2021)
There will be a memorial service for Richard at Grace on Saturday, June 5 at 2:00pm.

To add a name to the list: parishoffice@gracechurchnyack.org  
Reflection

"I used to think that paired opposites were a given, that love was the opposite of hate, right the opposite of wrong. But now I think we sometimes buy into these concepts because it is so much easier to embrace absolutes than to suffer reality. I don’t think anything is the opposite of love. Reality is unforgivingly complex."

Anne Lamott, 
This Weekend
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR CONFIRMANDS!

They've had a long wait, but most of our 2020 confirmation class will head to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on Saturday morning for their COVID-delayed Confirmation service (one couldn't make this date and will be waiting for a later opportunity).

Congratulations to Gavin Nittoli, Aidfan Pifko-Walsh, and Matthew Sestak, and huge thanks to former confirmation team leader Erik Johnke and all of those who helped prepare the class.
COLLECT FOR TRINITY SUNDAY
Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see you in your one and eternal glory, O Father; who with the Son and the Holy Spirit live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.




This Sunday, May 30
The First Sunday After Pentecost/Trinity Sunday
8:00am - Holy Eucharist

9:30am - Holy Eucharist - Family Service
Outdoors in the Garden, weather permitting
Church School is on hiatus for the holiday weekend
service DOES NOT move indoors in the case of inclement weather
If weather is doubtful check our homepage at 8:00am on Sunday morning for updates

11:00am - Holy Eucharist
Order of service available to download HERE

The order of service is available to download HERE
THE ADULT SPIRITUAL FORMATION COMMISSION
Discovery Group Book Discussion continues on Sundays
10:15 - 11:00am in Patterson Hall or via Zoom



The group is discussing Simply Jesus: A New Vision of Who He Was, What He Did, and Why He Matters by N.T. Wright. Click on the image for link to Amazon ordering information; the book is also available for electronic download via the Rockland County library system. All are welcome and you may join the group at any time - you do not need to have been at the first sessions!

Those joining via Zoom can use this information:
Meeting ID: 822 2965 0192 Passcode: 272760


N. T. Wright, Simply Jesus - Chapters 13 and 14
May 30th Questions
In Chapter 12, Wright describes two explicit heaven and earth moments - what were they and what do they say to you?

Wright argues that Jesus knew in his fight with the accuser, that he Jesus knew that he must die.  Why does Wright think Jesus think his death, his death on a cross was necessary?

Ascension - you may have seen pictural depictions of the ascension of Jesus - rising into the clouds, Wright takes issue with how that depiction and suggests that the creatures put in charge of the earthy sphere have caused a separation.  What have those earthly rulers done that may have caused that?

Wright writes, Jesus is the Lord, but it is the Crucified Jesus who is Lord. Reflect on what that meant to his apostles and follower and to you.
Announcements & Ongoing Programs
This Grace Church office is closed on Monday for the holiday.
GRACE'S THRIFT SHOP UPDATE

Grace's Thrift Shop is doing very well! With a few more volunteers we could open in the mornings or perhaps on Sundays.

Training to be a marker or floor person can take place almost any time.

Contact Theresa Bergen or Kickie Fulmor to volunteer.
NEW - CENTERING PRAYER GROUP
A fledgling contemplative prayer group has been meeting at 7:00am on Tuesday and Thursday mornings here in the sanctuary at Grace since Lent. Based on the principals of Centering Prayer (find out more here: https://www.contemplative.org/contemplative-practice/centering-prayer)  the gathering consists of about 20 minutes of silent prayer followed by quiet reflection and discussion.

All are welcome to come and experience this powerful prayer practice. If you’d like to know more, please be in touch with the office.
SIGN UP AT CHURCH ON SUNDAY OR CONTACT MOLLY MACQUEEN
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 (reynolcw@gmail.com) for the ZOOM link. 
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We know these are still difficult and uncertain times, and circumstances have changed for many of us. 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

Sabbaths 1999, V, by Wendell Berry

In Heaven the starry saints will wipe away
The tears forever from our eyes, but they
Must not erase the memory of our grief.
In bliss, even, there can be no relief
If we forget this place, shade-haunted, parched
Or flooded, dark or bright, where we have watched
The world always becoming what it is,
Splendor and woe surpassing happiness
Or sorrow, loss sweeping it as a floor.
This shadowed passage between door and door
Is half-lit by old words we’ve heard or read.
As the living recall the dead, the dead
Are joyless until they call back their lives:
Fallen like leaves, the husbands and the wives
In history’s ignorant, bloody to-and-fro,
Eternally in love, and in time learning so.

by Wendell Berry
Sabbaths 1999, V