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Here you will find the weekly(ish) announcements of what’s going on in our family and our city. 

 

  • Wednesday Prayer Meeting: 5:30 PM – 6:15 PM. In the Grace Auditorium, we host an ecumenical and public time of prayer for ourselves, our city, our nation, and our world. We pray for Unity, Peace, and Healing. All are invited. All are welcome. 
  • Emotionally Healthy Spirituality July 10th: On July 10th we will begin a 9 week journey together through the Emotionally Healthy Spirituality course developed by Peter Scazzero. Tyree Mitchell will be leading us through the content. Tyree has facilitated this course before at another church. You can read more about this material here
  • Homeless Breakfast with Holy Cross: Grace is still involved with serving the homeless. We are just now partnering with Holy Cross. This year’s dates are:
  • July 10th 
  • August 7th 
  • September 4th 
  • October 2nd 
  • October 30th 
  • November 27th 
  • December 25th (Christmas Day)

     

  • Neighborhood Summer Prayer Walks for Peace: A visible presence of prayer in our neighborhoods is a sign of love to our city. Over the course of the summer when the violence is typically the highest, I will be leading prayer walks through our neighborhoods where our people live. We will meet in the neighborhood on Wednesday in the evening after work and pray for peace throughout the neighborhood and city. We will meet this Wednesday June 29th @ 6:15 at the Grace Campus to walk through the Capital Heights neighborhood. If you would like to set up a prayer walk in your neighborhood, please send me an email.

  • Grace & Holy Cross Potluck July 24 & August 21: Holy Cross will be going through the EHS course during the same time frame as us. And Jarrett and I have planned two potluck lunches for us to discuss the material together as sister churches.
  • The Story Behind Our Kenyan Prayer: I found the story of our Kenyan Prayer on this website. Which has an entire Kenyan Eucharistic Service written out and it is RICH, if you like that sort of thing. Here’s the story: “This [blessing] is based on an ancient litany of the nomadic Turkana ethnic group, from the north of Kenya. Its foundation as a curse on their enemies has been transformed into a blessing. Traditionally the Turkana, with a dramatic sweep of their arms to the west, would send all their problems, difficulties, and works of evil to the Karamajong, a nomadic ethnic group in what is now Uganda. When a group of Turkana who had migrated southwards became Christians, their Kenyan evangelist stressed Jesus’ call to love our enemies and suggested that instead of sending those things to the Karamajong they should send them to the setting sun [though still westward] . . . During the Provincial Liturgical Conference theologians from the dioceses in the west of Kenya complained, ‘Well, no wonder we are having problems; you are sending them all to us.’ A revision was called for. Since it began as a curse, curses in the New Testament were considered. In Galatians 3:13 Paul, writing about the cross, stated that ‘Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us.’ Therefore the revised blessing replaced the phrase ‘to the setting sun’ with ‘to the cross of Christ’ and the phrase ‘on the risen sun’ with ‘on the risen Christ.’ This has proved to be a very powerful end to the services as the people three times sweep their arms towards the cross, the only place in heaven and on earth which can cope with all our problems, difficulties, and the devil’s works. The physical sensation of movement, and the whole congregation joining in with it, are finally very moving.”
    -Graham Kings, Offerings, p. 25.

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    Dear Grace, Briefly, below is a link to our congregation's calendar, which I update regularly. Click on events to see details. For lagniappe to the new year, here's practical wisdom to steward time: if it's not on the calendar it won't happen; Sunday morning...

    Joseph Bible Story

    Joseph Bible Story

    All are welcome and invited to study the Joseph narrative (Genesis 37-50). A story replete with lies, deceit, dysfunction, forgiveness, redemption, and reconciliation. Sundays at 9:30 in the Grace Fellowship Hall  Led by Cynthia Townsend