WEEKLY UPDATE 
 
The First Sunday after Christmas  
December 30, 2018
 
PLEASE REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS  
Bob & Donna Weber, Mickey Federico, Peter Federico, Yasso Herath, Peter Lubeck, Catherine Lubeck, Shirley Federico, Dr. John Finn, Bill Weber, Ian,  Jean, Ethan Mathews, Al and Carol Lalli,  Peter Zakrepine, Phyllis Richey, Ellie Hafstad, Russell Fernando, Rislyn Joseph, Ria Meade, Cindy O'Gorman, Suzanne, Phyllis, Ann Shusterman, Dolores Lentz, Jim Craig, Thomas Wolfe, Peter Foley, Joseph, Donna, Art, Karen Masur, Caitlyn, Mary Riffle, Marianna Quinn Parsekian, Elaine MacPhee, Mary Serena Gwertzman, Allyison, The Reverend Art Rushlow, Geoff Torrens,  Vernon A Austin, Caroline, Judith Austin, Max Lindberg & family,  Dan Valerio Sr, Kim Hewlett, Peggy Lehrecke, Lia Wanamaker, Homer Wanamaker, Juliet, Irena Rose, Cathy, Jim Falborn,   Rebecca, Wendy, Jan, Kate, Helga, Kelly, Paul Ruffin, Pamela Brock, The Rev. Debra Given, Sissi Loftin, Bill Clark, Bruce, Debbie Blankfort, Dee, Betty, Nancy, 
Tom, Eloise, Ella Rose 
COLLECT OF THE DAY
Almighty God, you have poured upon us the new light of your incarnate Word: Grant that this light, enkindled in our hearts, may shine forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Prayer for Prophetic Witness in Society  
Almighty God, whose prophets taught us righteousness in the care of your poor: By the guidance of your Holy Spirit, grant that we may do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly in your sight; through Jesus Christ, our Judge and Redeemer, who lives and reigns with you and the same Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
 
God, our Creator, we are held in your everlasting arms,
Jesus, our Savior, we are healed by your wounded hands,
Holy Spirit, be present as we reach out to one another in love.

KEEPING UP WITH THE CHURCH
Episcopal News Service
Episcopal New Yorker
Episcopal Cafe
Sojourners
Bishops United Against Gun Violence
Everytown Again Gun Violence

Reflection

To acknowledge and cross a new threshold is always a challenge.Though we know one another's names and recognize one another's faces, we never know what destiny shapes each life.
The script of individual destiny is secret; it is hidden behind and beneath the sequence of happenings that is continually unfolding for us. Each life is a mystery that is never finally available to the minds light or questions

That we are here is a huge affirmation; somehow life needed us and wanted us to be. To sense and trust this primeval acceptance can open a vast spring of trust within the heart. It opens up our lives to become voyages of discovery, creativity, and compassion.

No threshold need be a threat, but rather an invitation and a promise. Whatever comes, the great sacrament of life will remain faithful to us, blessing us always with visible signs of invisible grace. We merely need to trust.
 
J ohn O'Donohue, from  "To bless the space between us" (Thresholds)

This Week

Are you on the worship ministry schedule for this week?   CLICK HERE to find out.


The Grace Church Office will be closed 12/24/18 - 1/1/19  
 
Sunday, December 30 - TWO SERVICES ONLY - 8 & 10AM   
8:00am Holy Eucharist (Rite I)
10:00am Holy Eucharist (Rite II)
 
Wednesday, January 2
6:00pm Healing  & Wellness Service
 
Thursday, January 3
7:00am  Grace's Kitchen (Team 10)
12:00pm Brown Bag & A Bible
7:30pm Choir
 
Saturday, January 5
Resolution Run
 
Sunday, January 6
8:00 Holy Eucharist (Rite 1) 
9:30am Holy Eucharist
10:10am Church School,Adult Bible Study, Refreshments  
11:00am Holy Eucharist
4:00pm Choral Evensong 
 
This Weekend 
 
DON'T FORGET:  SERVICES ON SUNDAY ARE AT 8 and 10:00am only.  We return to our full schedule on January 6.  
 
Coming
 
NOMINATIONS PROCESS UNDERWAY
The nominating committee is now receiving names of potential candidates for election to the following positions: three vestry persons, two delegates and two alternate delegates to the diocesan convention, and three persons to serve on the next nominating committee along with the retiring vestry persons. Nominating forms are available at the entry to the church. Names will be received until January 7, 2019, and election ns take place at the annual meeting on February 10, 2019. If you have questions, please speak with Fr. Owen, Theresa Bergen, or Pat Cose.
 
You Can Help 

THANK YOU
So many of you generously donated to the Holiday Share program, which raised more than $2000 for military families in the area;  brought in warm coats and blankets for the Nyack Homeless Project and the Senior Youth Group's Midnight Run in December, and  donated gift cards for area families in need of help.  Thank you so much for your generosity.

The upcoming Resolution Run is another great way to help raise funds for Nyack area feeding programs, including our own Grace's Kitchen.  It's easy to form a team and get your entire family involved -- all the details are in the flyer above, or go to nyackhunger.com.

Parting Thought
"He is the Way.
Follow Him through the Land of Unlikeness;
You will see rare beasts, and have unique adventures.

He is the Truth.
Seek Him in the Kingdom of Anxiety;
You will come to a great city that has expected your return for years.

He is the Life.
Love Him in the World of the Flesh;
And at your marriage all its occasions shall dance for joy."

GRACE EPISCOPAL CHUR CH
  130 First Avenue, Nyack, New York 10960

845-358-1297