March 19, 2021
The Fifth Sunday in Lent
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, Jordan Knight,Connor V., Deborah Ruffin, Kathy DeVita
To add a name to the list: parishoffice@gracechurchnyack.org  
Reflection
There is a Jewish proverb, “Before every person there marches an angel proclaiming, ‘Behold, the image of God.’” Unselfish, sacrificial living isn’t about ignoring or denying or destroying yourself. It’s about discovering your true self—the self that looks like God—and living life from that grounding. Many people are familiar with a part of Jesus’s summary of the law of Moses: You shall love your neighbor as you love yourself [Mark 12:31]. Yourself. Loving the self is a required balance. If we fail in that, we fail our neighbor, too. To love your neighbor is to relate to them as someone made in the image of God. And it is to relate to yourself as someone made in the image of God. It’s God, up, down, and all around, and God is love.

Sometimes we can only recognize God’s love for us through the love we receive from another person (whom God has loved well). The important part is that the flow of love gets started. Bishop Curry continues:

The ability to love yourself is intimately related to your capacity to love others. The challenge is creating a life that allows you to fulfill both needs. . . .

I’ve seen it happen enough times to be confident in saying it. Perhaps loving others saves us from the confusion, the frustration, and ultimately the neurosis that comes when we try to center the world around ourselves. Or perhaps it allows us to step outside the self enough to see ourselves with some distance, for a better perspective on what’s missing. Or maybe when loving ourselves is hard, practicing loving others strengthens the muscle enough to turn the force inward. . . .

Love is a commitment to seek the good and to work for the good and welfare of others. It doesn’t stop at our front door or our neighborhood, our religion or race, or our state’s or your country’s border. This is one great fellowship of love throughout the whole wide earth, as the hymn goes. It often calls us to step outside of what we thought our boundaries were, or what others expect of us. It calls for us to sacrifice, not because doing so feels good, but because it’s the right thing to do. . .
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God’s love is everywhere, in all things, and that includes you.
 
Bishop Michael Curry with Sara Grace, Love Is the Way: Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times
This Sunday
The Fifth Sunday in Lent

COLLECT OF THE DAY
Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for 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
Easter Flower Memorials
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.
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
LENTEN PROGRAM CONTINUES
Use THIS LINK to register for the final session on March 24

A Message from our Bishops regarding violence against Asian Americans


The Diocesan Indaba Committee
invites you to an online workshop on
Researching the
Black Presence in Your Congregation
A two-hour online Lenten workshop to help congregations uncover and examine the historical truths about race in their own communities from each congregation’s beginnings through to the present day.

On Thursday March 18, and Thursday March 25 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Space is limited to 35 per session.

For more details and to register CLICK HERE

Resources for Review Prior to The Workshop:

  • Click here to download the EDNY Timeline Worksheet and think about how the life of your congregation coincides with national and diocesan events. 
  • Click here to listen to Ezra Klein’s July 20, 2020 podcast with Bryan Stevenson, “How America Can Heal?” 
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

No one knew the name of this day;
Born quietly from deepest night,
It hid its face in light,
Demanded nothing for itself,
Opened out to offer each of us
A field of brightness that traveled ahead,
Providing in time, ground to hold our footsteps
And the light of thought to show the way.

The mind of the day draws no attention;
It dwells within the silence with elegance
To create a space for all our words,
Drawing us to listen inward and outward.

We seldom notice how each day is a holy place
Where the eucharist of the ordinary happens,
Transforming our broken fragments
Into an eternal continuity that keeps us.

Somewhere in us a dignity presides
That is more gracious than the smallness
That fuels us with fear and force,
A dignity that trusts the form a day takes.

So at the end of this day, we give thanks
For being betrothed to the unknown
And for the secret work
Through which the mind of the day
And wisdom of the soul become one.