March 26, 2021
Palm 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

All those who are suffering from COVID-19, their families and caretakers; first responders and medical professionals on the front lines; all service workers who put themselves in danger daily to keep our communities moving; those putting themselves in danger to work for justice and equality;
 
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, Patricia Horn, the Ceccolini Family, Karin, Tim, Daisy, Alice Dean, Ryan M., Bernice Robinson, Clayton Sauer, Dr. Travis Jackson, Dorris B., Barbara and Peter dePinto, Neil & Andrea S., Carol Streichert, Janice Lewis,Connor V., Deborah Ruffin, Kathy DeVita
REST IN PEACE: Jordan Knight, Jared Lloyd
Victims of the mass shootings in Atlanta and Colorado:
Soon Chung Park, age 74, Hyun Jung Grant, age 51, Suncha Kim, age 69,Yong Yue, age 63, Delaina Ashley Yaun, age 33, Paul Andre Michels, age 54, Xiaojie Tan, age 49, Daoyou Feng, age 44, Denny Strong, age 20, Neven Stanisic, age 23, Rikki Olds, age 25, Tralona Bartkowiak, age 49, Suzanne Fountain, age 59, Teri Leiker, age 51, Ofc. Eric Talley, age 51, Kevin Mahoney, age 61, Lynn Murray, age 62, Jody Waters, age 65

O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; 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.
Book of Common Prayer, p. 815

To add a name to the list: parishoffice@gracechurchnyack.org  
Reflection
It would seem that, quite possibly, the ultimate measure of health in any community might well reside in our ability to stand in awe at what folks have to carry rather than in judgment at how they carry it.
Gregory Boyle in Barking to the Choir
This Sunday
Palm Sunday

COLLECT OF THE DAY
Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

HOLY EUCHARIST AT 8:00am
Attendance is strictly limited and masks must be worn.

HOLY EUCHARIST at 10:00am
We welcome those who wish to worship in person as well as those joining via the live stream. Attendance is limited and masks required.


The 10:00am service will continue to be streamed live to our Facebook page:

and on our website:

Order of Service is available to download HERE
 
Catch up with fellow parishioners at our Virtual Coffee Hours via Zoom, this Sunday at 11:30am.

Here's the link:

Meeting ID: 886 2857 6204
Passcode: 132337
Announcements & Ongoing Programs
POP-UP VACCINE CLINIC AT GRACE TOMORROW
Grace Church will be the site of a pop-up vaccine clinic this Saturday, March 27 from 9:00am - 3:00pm. The clinic is for those ages 50 and up, and vaccine supply is limited. The pop-up is made possible through the Nyack Branch NAACP in partnership with Nyack Hospital and Grace Church.

If you are interested in securing an appointment, please send your name, date of birth, and phone number to nyackbranchnaacp@gmail.com. Your information will be forwarded to the site organizers, and you will be contacted for further information if selected. Please note that we have no control over who is selected, we are forwarding the information in hopes of getting as many who are interested as possible vaccinated.

You can keep up to date on local vaccine appointments in Rockland County through the Rockland County Health Department website: https://rocklandgov.com/departments/health/coronavirus-covid-19.
Easter Flower Memorials - Deadline is Sunday
As Easter approaches we invite your memorial gifts for special flowers to enhance our festive Easter celebrations. Envelopes will be available in the church on Sundays, or you may make a memorial gift online HERE (leave names in the comments section).

For names to be listed in the Easter bulletins, they must be received by Palm Sunday, March 28.
PLEASE NOTE THAT WE WE WILL RETURN
TO A THREE SERVICE SUNDAY SCHEDULE
 ON APRIL 18
(Services at 8:00, 9:30, 11:00am)
SWEETS FOR EASTER
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We are planning a “Sweets for Easter” as a follow-up to the Lenten “Bread for the Journey.” If you can prepare sweet treats (brownies, cookies, biscotti, lemon bars, etc.) to share with members of the Grace Community, please contact us and let us know.  We are unsure about how much each baker should make until we have an idea of how many volunteers we have.  Once we have an idea, we can provide some guidance.

We hope to have treats available after all Easter Services – Vigil, 8:00am, 9:30am and 11:00am – for  folks to take home with them.
So, if you are interested - please email us by March 30th.
Thanks. Pat Cose and Jeff McDowell
LIMITED OFFICE HOURS THROUGH EASTER

I will be working remotely through Easter and office hours will be limited. Facilities Administrator Virginia Kosloff will be in on Mondays and Thursdays from 10:00am to 1:00pm, and phones and emails will be monitored as usual. While I may be "remote" -- working from Hawaii while my husband, Bruce, fills in as priest for two churches in West Kauai -- I will still be handling all of my usual duties, so please continue to be in touch per usual. I sincerely appreciate being able to take advantage of this unique opportunity! Thayer
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. 
Please Give As You Can

PLEDGE NOW

Now more than ever we need to know we can count on your support.

CLICK HERE to complete a pledge card for 2021.


THANK YOU to all of those who have already made their pledge commitment!
Our Virtual Offering Plate


We know these are 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
CREDO
by Dorothee Soelle

I believe in God
who created the world not ready made
like a thing that must forever stay what it is who does not govern according to eternal laws that have perpetual validity
nor according to natural orders
of poor and rich,
experts and ignoramuses,
people who dominate and people subjected.

I believe in God
who desires the counter-argument of the living and the alteration of every condition
through our work
through our politics.

I believe in Jesus Christ
who was right when he
“as an individual who can’t do anything” just like us
worked to alter every condition
and came to grief in so doing
Looking to him I discern
how our intelligence is crippled,
our imagination suffocates,
and our exertion is in vain
because we do not live as he did
Every day I am afraid
that he died for nothing
because he is buried in our churches, because we have betrayed his revolution in our obedience to and fear
of the authorities.

I believe in Jesus Christ
who is resurrected into our life
so that we shall be free
from prejudice and presumptuousness from fear and hate
and push his revolution onward
and toward his reign
I believe in the Spirit
who came into the world with Jesus,
in the communion of all peoples
and our responsibility for what will become of our earth: a valley of tears, hunger, and violence
or the city of God.

I believe in the just peace
that can be created,
in the possibility of meaningful life
for all humankind,
in the future of this world of God.

Amen