and about Grace Episcopal Church
Sunday (tomorrow, or perhaps today, depending on when
you're reading this) is the Parish Picnic. See you
As always, check out the Calendar to see
what else is coming up at Grace.
|Parish Picnic Sunday!
A Parish Picnic follows the service Sunday, with
food, games and fun.
If you can, bring a side dish,
salad, dessert or beverage to share.
But in any
case, BRING YOUR APPETITE!
|Bible Study Begins in October
Bible Study begins October 5 following coffee
hour. Sign up on the sheet on the piano.
|Bathroom Repairs Begin
Thanks to the generousity of an anonymous donor, the
repair of the plumbing in our rest rooms has begun. The
ground floor is under way. Once completed, we will do
those on the 2nd floor. Please use the 2nd floor rooms
at this time.
|Morning Prayer Returns
Do you remember when we had Morning Prayer most
Sunday mornings and sang wonderful chants like the Venite and
Jubilate Deo? Well, we are going to do it again.
Each Sunday in October, we will have Morning Prayer as the
portion of the service that precedes the Peace and the
Eucharist. And we will be learning these
chants once again. After October, we will have Morning
Prayer preceding the Eucharist on the 2nd Sunday of each
For those of you who don't remember Episcopal
worship prior to the "new" Book of Common Prayer of 1978,
Morning Prayer is a worship service consisting, in its barest
form, of bible readings, psalms and prayers (with no
Eucharist). The service may be said or some or almost all of
it may be sung. Morning Prayer, with sung psalms and
chants, was the main service on most Sundays in most Episcopal
Churches prior to 1978. The sung version of Evening Prayer is
called Evensong and may be heard regularly on Sunday evenings
in some churches and many cathedrals. The worship service done
in most protestant churches on most Sundays is a form of
The worship orders of Morning Prayer
and Evening Prayer were created for the English Book of Common
Prayer in the mid-1500's as conflations of the many daily
Latin monastic offices. They were intended to be done daily
and that is still the case in some places.
Church's beginning, and for centuries thereafter, Eucharist
was the norm for Sunday worship and the prayer services were
the norm for daily worship. In the Episcopal Church, at some
point, Morning Prayer replaced the traditional Sunday
Eucharist on some (or many) Sundays. Perhaps this was
due to the relative scarcity of priests in the colonies (lay
people may read prayer services, but clergy are required for
Eucharist). The Prayer Book revision of 1978 restored
the Church's traditional practice of Eucharist every
created the above history of Morning Prayer from memory.
If his memory needs augmenting or correcting, please let him
| Where's Roger?
Roger Speer, who provided Grace with much-needed help
when we needed it, is now resident in Charlotte Amalie, St
Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands as Missioner for Children's,
Youth, and Young Adult Ministry for the Episcopal Diocese of
the Virgin Islands
You can email him
or take a look at his
musings at his blog here
Our thanks to Jim Dietz and Ken Lyon for removing all
the growth from the mound behind the parking lot. This
will soon be leveled to make our ground more
And our thanks to Roger Perna who helped
supervise the men on our work day Thursday, to Belinda Perna
who prepared the meal for them, and to David Mukasa for his
help on so many of these
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|Ride Your Bike October 5: Benefit Youth-2-Mission
If you love to ride bikes, sign up for the
Youth-2-Mission bike ride and picnic Sunday afternoon, October
5. The goal is to raise funds for scholarships for youth from
around the diocese to go on mission trips. The entry fee
is $20 per person ($50 max per family), but you can get that
waived if you can collect $100 in sponsorships.
The ride starts at 1 pm, followed by a free picnic at
3. There are two ride locations in the Cincinnati area:
Miami Whitewater bike trail, with a picnic to follow at St.
James, Westwood, and the Little Miami bike trail, followed by
a picnic at St. Thomas, Terrace Park. Ride routes will
be safe and offer varying distances.
will receive a Youth-2-Mission water bottle and there will be
watering holes en route where you can fill up and get cheered
on. To sign up for the west side ride, call the Rev. Dave Halt
at St. James, 513-661-1154 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
. To join the east
side ride, call Paul Rank of St. Timothy's, at 513-528-0931 or
your friends! All ages welcome! Sign-up forms are
available from these coordinators.