Grace Episcopal Church
The Lexington Parish of the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia
Proclaiming the Gospel of Christ
Growing in the Knowledge of God's Word
Building the Fellowship of Christ's Church
Caring for one another in Community
Come join us in mission!
A Message From Our Rector, Tuck Bowerfind
“The LORD my God my shepherd is; how could I want or need?” F. Bland Tucker para Ps 23:1
Please know that I am holding you in my prayers and ask you to hold each other in prayer during these anxious and uncertain times.
During this crisis we are called to be present with and empower one another with resources to support decisions for more abundant life.
Being Present through pastoral care, worship and meeting.
Our Pastoral Care leaders are getting in touch with members over 60 who live alone or with chronic/acute illness. We want to be in touch if you are quarantined. Please let us know. Don’t go this alone!
Following the guidance of our Bishop, Grace Episcopal will suspend congregational worship until further notice. We are livestreaming Morning Prayer 8:30am weekdays through our facebook page. Join us! We will also live stream Sunday 10:30am through our facebook page. This will be a shorter service with music, the gospel, a message, prayers.
We are using Zoom Video Conferencing for meetings. If you want to participate in prayer group, bible study, committee meetings, vestry meetings, etc, please sign up for a zoom account and check our email and website for meeting times.
Please share your stories witnessing the presence of the Lord in and through the lives of your neighbors. Tell us your ideas about how we can be present with and for each other.
Resources for empowerment
Let’s help each other find reliable resources for health, safety, happiness, and well being.
Get and share information about the virus from the CDC and the Virginia Department of Health.
If you or a neighbor needs help with food, shelter, rent, utilities or anything else related to daily needs. Contact RARA at 463-6642. We support them and they will direct people to us for help through our Mission Emergency Fund.
Learn to use ZOOM and video streaming!
Share other resources you find empowering!
None of us can find the way alone, and even if we could, every journey is better with a friend. God is with you. Be present to God.
“Then surely I can trust thy love for all the days to come, that I may tell thy praise, and dwell forever in thy home.” Ps 23:6
Wednesday, April 1
Session for Adults will start at 6:30 on Zoom.
Join URL here
This week we will discuss The Passion Narrative.
Help Needed at RARA
RARA has switched to a drive-thru model for the food pantry, and they were looking for volunteers. Here's a link to sign up to help.
Coronavirus and the Eucharist
This article was shared by Alex Brown. This is a helpful summary of teaching. We, where ever we are, are members of the Body, the Church. And we celebrate Eucharist, Thanksgiving, not most importantly with our lips, but in our lives, at all times and in all places. The great liturgy includes our sending into the world to love and serve the Lord with gladness and singleness of heart, and then to return with joy to celebrate the ways we have witnessed the Lord going on ahead of us, and have worked with him to extend the ministry of reconciliation, healing, restoration to the ends of the Earth. This sojourn from the table may be a little longer than usual for some of us. But in principle and practice it is the same liturgical action. So let's carry on. Tuck+
This crisis calls on us to care for one another
and thank God at home
What Are Your Most
If you want to share, write your name, the first line of the hymn, and perhaps the number if it is from the '82 Hymnal and, if you feel like it, a couple of sentences about why it is beloved. Of course you can offer more than one. Would be fun to add a page to the website with these. I hope we'll enjoy reading about the hymns and learning more about each other and how the Church's songs have formed us and our faith journeys. Maybe some of our artists will feel inspired to
Music That Makes Community
Martha is writing songs for these times based on prayers in the BCP. She is contributing them to the Music that Makes Community global community. One of her newest songs "Prayer for Quiet Confidence" can be found here along with many other short, prayerful songs for us to lift our voices and sing to God who always hears us. Look for "For Trust in God" in the next few days.
A Lenten Call to Prayer, Fasting and Repentance Leading to Action
Grace Episcopal Church: Moving Forward
Click here for a powerpoint of the New Organ and Chancel Renovation proposal.