Rector’s Corner

Lent is the name we give to the forty days before the great mystery of Easter. Lent means lengthening, because the days are growing longer. It is a time for the color purple, the color of royalty. We are preparing for the coming of a king.

On the Tuesday before Lent begins,  Christians all over the world celebrate the end of season after Epiphany with a big party - like our famous Pancake Supper. Epiphany began January 6, when the wise men followed a star in search of a newborn king and found the infant Jesus.

People celebrate Fat Tuesday with parades and parties and pancakes and plastic beads. Mardi Gras is called that because long ago on the night before Lent began, people used up all the fat in their kitchens - milk, butter, eggs, meat - so that during Lent they could come closer to God by not eating those foods

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

Some of us still prepare for the coming of our king by fasting - or giving up something. Some of us give up foods we really like, like desserts or sodas or vanilla lattes. Then the money that we used to spend on desserts or sodas or lattes can be saved and given to help feed the hungry. We’re going to use United Thank Offering boxes as an option for alms giving. Some of us give up television or video games or try to spend less time with our smart phones, and for the forty days of Lent we use that time instead to look for ways to come closer to God.On Ash Wednesday we mark each other with the sign of the cross in ashes as a reminder of our ultimate dependence on Christ for the redemption of our finite, fallible and fallen human condition. We take the word alleluia out of our worship services to save it for the great Feast of the Resurrection - Easter!

There is a menu of options at Grace for the practice of a Holy Lent this year. In addition to giving alms to UTO, an added mid-week service of Healing and Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at noon every Wednesday. At 1:00 on Wednesdays, for those who want to stay and study, our Lectionary Lunch continues with a study of the coming Sunday scripture lessons (lunch is brown bag only). And on Wednesday evenings we will gather at 6:00 for soup and bread and watch a faith themed movie and discuss it.  The theme for this Faith and Film series is Saints and Sainthood. And for further study and fun we are going to follow lentmaddness.org where we can learn more about the saints and even vote for our favorites!

I pray that you will participate in some or all of these options and enjoy the benefits of tucking away the “alleluias,” adding, subtracting and/or just working on changing as we prepare our hearts in this way for Easter and for our continued journey as disciples.

See you Sunday if not before!

Kathy+

This is adapted from a homily by Wendy Claire Barrie.  Lent begins Wednesday, March 6 with services at Noon and 6:00 p.m.

Announcements

 March Mission
UTO

The United Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry of The Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. Through UTO, individuals are invited to embrace and deepen a personal daily spiritual discipline of gratitude. UTO encourages people to notice the good things that happen each day, give thanks to God for those blessings and make an offering for each blessing using a UTO Blue Box. UTO is entrusted to receive the offerings, and to distribute the 100% of what is collected to support innovative mission and ministry throughout The Episcopal Church and Provinces of the Anglican Communion.

UTO Boxes are available in the bell tower. Please prayfully consider using this box in your home for daily/weekly alms as a Lenten practice.

Lenten Series: A lenten series on Faith and Film will be held in the Parish Hall on Wednesdays during Lent from 6:00 to 7:30 beginning March 13.  Please sign up to bring soup and/or bread to share.  We will enjoy soup and bread, watch a faith based film and then discuss the film.  This series includes the theme of Saints and Sainthood. Due to time constraints, some films will be watched in two parts.

Lent Madness!During Lent this year, we will also enjoy a Lent Madness study of saints.  To participate, go to Lentmadness.org to vote for your favorite saints. To participate in the Lent Madness Tournament and the chance to win prizes, complete a bracket with your predictions of winners and place in the basket on the stage. The deadline for entries is Ash Wednesday. Prizes for winners will be awarded at coffee hour after the 10:30 service on Easter Sunday.  Copies of the bracket are available in the parish hall.  Booklets called "score cards" are also available in the parish hall in a limited number for those less inclined to online participation.  

Noon Eucharist—Beginning March 13 there will be a Noon Eucharist and Healing Service in the sanctuary followed by Lectionary Lunch in the Parish Hall.


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Weekly Roles

Serving Grace March 3, 2019

Lay Eucharistic Minister
Michael Cluver (8a)
Mark Carper (10:30a)

Lector
Bob Himmel (8a)
Kristi McCraw (10:30a)

Counters
Ann Walker and Diana Jordan

Coffee Hour
Bob and Sarah Himmel

Altar Guild
Bonnie Cunningham, Liz Millar, Mary Johnston

Serving Grace March 10, 2019

Lay Eucharistic Minister
Michael Cluver (8a)
Joyce Muldoon (10:30a)

Lector
Paula Downs (8a)
Mark Carper (10:30a)

Counters
Bette Wright and Hank Johnson

Coffee Hour
Hank and Louise Johnson

Altar Guild
Bonnie Cunningham, Liz Millar, Mary Johnston

Lenten Film Series

Faith and Film Lenten Series starts this March 13 from 6:00 to 7:30 with the film All Saints, staring John Corbett. Sign up to share soup and/or bread.

All Saints    Part 1 - March 13    Part 2 - March 20    Michael Spurlock decides to trade in his corporate sales career to become a pastor. Unfortunately, his first assignment is to close a country church and sell the prime piece of land where it sits. He soon has a change of heart when the church starts to welcome refugees from Burma. Spurlock now finds himself working with the refugees to turn the land into a working farm to pay the church's bills.

All Saints

Part 1 - March 13

Part 2 - March 20 

Michael Spurlock decides to trade in his corporate sales career to become a pastor. Unfortunately, his first assignment is to close a country church and sell the prime piece of land where it sits. He soon has a change of heart when the church starts to welcome refugees from Burma. Spurlock now finds himself working with the refugees to turn the land into a working farm to pay the church's bills.

Same Kind of Different as Me    Part 1 - March 27    Part 2 - April 3    Description   Successful businessman Ron Hall and his wife, Deborah, discover a renewed sense of purpose when they begin to volunteer at a local mission in Fort Worth, Texas. Their lives change forever when they develop an unlikely friendship with Denver Moore, a homeless man who inspires them to save their struggling marriage.

Same Kind of Different as Me

Part 1 - March 27

Part 2 - April 3

Description

Successful businessman Ron Hall and his wife, Deborah, discover a renewed sense of purpose when they begin to volunteer at a local mission in Fort Worth, Texas. Their lives change forever when they develop an unlikely friendship with Denver Moore, a homeless man who inspires them to save their struggling marriage.

Come Sunday    Part 1 - April 10 Part 2 - April 17    Evangelist Carlton Pearson is ostracized by his church for preaching that there is no Hell.

Come Sunday

Part 1 - April 10
Part 2 - April 17


Evangelist Carlton Pearson is ostracized by his church for preaching that there is no Hell.