A spiritual home where all are welcome; a healing place in a broken world.
Issue 135, Thursday, April 21, 2011
Today the drama of Holy Week starts in earnest, as we re-enact in real time the last days of Jesus' life on earth.
Tonight (Maundy Thursday) at 7 pm, we commorate Jesus' last supper with his disciples--the first Eucharist in which Jesus takes the traditional bread and wine of the Passover and reinterprets them as his body and blood--signs of a new covenant with all people.
Tomorrow afternoon from noon to 3 pm in the Community Good Friday service at Grace we'll stay with Jesus as he speaks to us from the Cross. Ministers from seven churches serving College Hill will reflect on the traditional Seven Last Words of Jesus. Your editor will be speaking on the second word, "Father, forgive them..." Come when you can, leave when you must.
All will be quiet until 10 am Easter Sunday, when the flower-decorated church will be filled with songs and celebrations of Jesus' triumph over death.
Not all the drama is on TV or in the movies. Good liturgical drama is drama at its best; it raises real life issues and gives closure.
See you in church!
Please keep these people in your prayers for their special needs:
The Daniel family, the Cavalieri family, Virginia Chapel's family, Anne, Darryl, Caleb and Joshua, Brian, Kim & Robb, Lynda, Marty, Leroy, Erik & Alison, Marie, Maureen Back, Irene Bryeans, Dean Bryeans, Fr. Bob Hufford, Diane, Maxwell & family, Barbara, the peoples of the Middle East, New Zealand and Japan.
Please let us know who should be included on our prayer list. You may use the Prayer Request Book at the rear of the nave to have persons included in the Sunday bulletin Prayer List and for prayers this week, or you can tell the office (513-541-2415, firstname.lastname@example.org). Make sure you have the person's permission to list him or her.
If you need pastoral care or know of someone who does, please call or email the office (513-541-2415, email@example.com). Keep us informed about about illness, hospital stays, requests for visits, communion, and prayers for special concerns.
|Thanks to ...
- ... Fr. John Bower for leading our Maundy Thursday and Easter Sunday worship.
- ... our office staff who went beyond the usual call of duty in preparing our special worship bulletins. We really appreciate having all the words and special music in the bulletin so we don't have to shuffle books.
- ... those who are providing special music for our Easter celebration: Belinda Perna, Lisa Perry, Judy Handy, Tammy Robertson, John Thayer and the Grace Church choir.
- ... to Jonathan Tan, who will provide special music for the Good Friday service and who supports our worship in his exemplary manner every Sunday.
- ... those who gave the flowers that will make our church a special place this Easter.
- ... to Les Edwards of Carpet Land/Carpet One for providing free carpet tiles to carpet the upstairs hallway, and to David Mukasa to leading its installation.
We're sure that we've left out many of the people who deserve our thanks. Let us know who we've missed by clicking eGraceNotes@GraceCollegeHill.org
|Coming Events |
Future special services:
- Sunday, April 17 Palm Sunday Service 10 am. Celebrant: Fr. John Bower.
- Thursday, April 21 Maundy Thursday Service 7 pm. Celebrant: Fr. John Bower.
- Friday, April 22 Community Good Friday Service Noon to 3 pm. Preacher for Grace Church: Ken Lyon
- Sunday, April 24 Easter Sunday Service 10 am. Celebrant: Fr. John Bower.
- Sunday, May 1 Celebration of Wholeness and Healing 10 am. Liturgist: Hawley Todd; Preacher, Ken Lyon.
To see everything that's coming up at Grace, click here.
If you see errors or omissions, please email eGraceNotes@gracecollegehill.org.
|Pictures of Previous Holy Week Services |
Community Good Friday Service: click here
for more pictures of a previous service.
Easter Service: click here
for more pictures from last year.
News items not big enough to get their own separate article, but too good to leave out:
- We have created mini-biographies with pictures of the people who provide our liturgical leadership. You can see them on our website here.
- You probably know that we have healing prayers and laying on of hands for healing at the Peace Chapel during every Sunday morning service. On recent Sunday mornings, Tammy and J reminded us not to avoid coming if you think there isn't enough time for you. We will stay and pray with people as long as there are people to pray for.
- Our highest priority need for volunteer help in the Mission & Formation area is for people to work with J White on Newcomer Ministry & Congregational Life.
- Sunday Service Volunteers are needed in all positions including choir members, Sunday School teachers and sitters. Training is offered for acolytes, Eucharistic Visitors and Chalice Bearers. We are a Common Ministry Parish - everyone is encouraged to serve. Let the office know of your interest for training dates.
|Elizabeth Kelly's Prayer
Elizabeth Kelly shares this prayer that she says every day.
Lord Jesus, I come before you, just as I am.
I am sorry for my sins. I repent of my sins, please forgive me.
In your name, I forgive all others for what they have done against me.
I renounce Satan, the evil spirits and all their works.
I give you my entire self.
Lord Jesus, now and forever, I invite you into my life.
Jesus, I accept you as my Lord, God and Savior.
Heal me, change me, strengthen me in body, soul and spirit.
Come Lord Jesus, cover me with your precious blood, and fill me with your Holy Spirit.
I love you, Lord Jesus. I praise you, Jesus. I thank you, Jesus.
I shall follow you every day of my life.