This Sunday’s Gospel • Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30
Jesus said to the crowd, “To what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to one another...[ continue reading ]. Lectionary scriptures are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible.  Note: We will continue with virtual worship this Sunday, July 5.
Accessing Online Worship Services
Each week the church posts a complete worship service on YouTube , which is accessible both from the home page of the website or any tablet or smartphone. Internet access an issue? Contact church staff so you can be added to a list for weekly sermon mailings. If you subscribe to the GHTC YouTube channel you can automatically receive an update when a new service is available. To stay up-to-date, be sure to like and follow the church on Facebook .
When Will We Regather for Worship?
As churches around the country and those locally of other denominations are regathering for worship, we are continuing to see that church services are one of the largest vectors for the spread of Covid-19. Following our diocesan guidelines, which aim to protect the most vulnerable among us, Richmond has not yet met the required safety metrics of sustained reduction in infections and deaths, so we do not have a date for regathering for worship or other activities. Staff are only allowed in our building for necessary functions. When it will be possible to regather, strict safety restrictions will result in worship that will not look or feel like what we have been used to. Your staff and Vestry are reviewing the guidelines and are assessing, thoughtfully and prayerfully, how and when it will be safe for us to regather. We will keep you updated.
From Children, Youth, and Family Ministries: Opportunities to Serve Still Abound
Openings for children, and youth to serve as virtual acolytes for worship, ask questions, and so forth are all still available, but did you know our Red Door Ministry continues to do the Lord’s work each Friday too? Though Red Door is currently functioning in a more limited, modified capacity, parish youth are still invited to help provide food and comfort to our siblings in Christ, and younger kids can get involved too. To learn more about serving our congregation and the community around it, even right from your own home, just ask Aaron Davis
Parish Prayer Project – Ideas to Enrich Your Prayer Life
Do you want to build or rebuild the habit of daily prayer or to try different approaches to prayer life? These are suggestions that various parishioners shared as 20 of us prayed for each other from May 25 to Trinity Sunday. Why not pick a friend you miss from church, call and let them know you miss them, and commit to pray for that person for the next week?

  1. Write the name or issue down on a slip of paper and tape it onto the bathroom mirror or the refrigerator or another place you will see it every day. Stop in that moment and raise that person’s name to God.
  2. Incorporate this person or issue into your on-going prayer practice.
  3. Set aside a certain place and make an “appointment time” each day. Try it for this special period when you have made a commitment. Take it one day at a time.
  4. Create a prayer list in writing. Write down blessings for which you are thankful, issues about which you need guidance, and people (including your assigned parishioner) for whom you want to pray. (If you are struggling with coronavirus despondency, make your list of five blessing every day about 5 pm. If you can’t think of five blessings for that day, you still have time to take a walk, or a bubble bath, or eat some ice cream!)
  5. Use something as a reminder to raise your prayer to God - a penny in your shoe, sitting down to a meal, loading the dishwasher, going for a walk.
  6. Use The Book of Common Prayer simple family devotion formats starting on page 136. Or Forward Day by Day.

Remember, there is no “right” way to pray. Find something that works for you. And thank you for including our parish family in your prayers!
Lectio Divina
Thank you for all of you who participated in our Lectio Practice on Sunday. Prayers which have been shared with Mo. Kim can be found here
New Baby!
Congratulations to Paul Benson on the birth of his grandchild, Isaiah Franklin Hastings! Isaiah was born on June 29, 2020 to parents Sarah and Jonathan.
What Does GHTC Mean to You?
During the pandemic our parishioners have been spreading positivity through video updates on our website and YouTube . These short videos are real-life vignettes and help us stay connected. If you are interested in learning more, contact Barb Dodd about your story--and we are happy to include your thoughts in print if you would rather not be on video! 
Summer Bible Study Begins July 8
Mark's gospel is the topic of the next online Bible study group. Our approach is both informational and devotional. The group will meet on Wednesdays from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., via Zoom, starting July 8 and lasting for eight weeks. Space is limited. Contact  Mary Ann Blankenship if you are interested in participating.
Leaving a Legacy
Financial gifts to the church can support the future of Grace and Holy Trinity. Because of your continued financial contributions, the work of the church continues although our doors are closed at the moment. Learn more about planned giving (including specific instructions) here
Planning Ahead
Whether you are considering planing your funeral, a baptism, or a wedding, remember to contact the church well in advance. Helpful resources are available at our  website , but be aware that Covid-19 restrictions limit how such services may be conducted.
Red Shirts Support the Red Door
We have 30 shirts ordered! We are almost 1/3 of the way to our goal. Order your shirt today and help support Red Door Ministry - You can buy a shirt for yourself, or donate one for a guest, or send one to a loved one anywhere in the country! Click here to order.