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Grace Episcopal Church
The Lexington Parish of the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia


Walking the Way of Love

Sunday, September 27

Holy Eucharist Rite I  8 am (Bulletin)

Family Morning Prayer 9:15 am (ZOOM)

Holy Eucharist  Rite II 10:30 am (Bulletin)

The 8 & 10:30 services are recorded on Facebook Live (click  here)

If you are planning to attend 10:30 please register here


 Sung Evening Prayer 5 pm (ZOOM)


  NOTE: In-person attendance is limited to 41 households or individuals.  Masks and social distancing required.  Communion will be distributed in bread only.

Sunday Worship Schedule

8 & 10:30 Holy Eucharist

9:15 Family Morning Prayer 2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays

5 pm Taize Eucharist 2nd Sunday

5 pm Family Holy Eucharist 3rd Sunday

 5 pm Sung Evening Prayer (ZOOM)



Weekday Worship

Morning Prayer   Monday - Friday   8:30am 

 Facebook Live

Compline, (BCP, p. 127)

Monday - Thursday   8:30pm

ZOOM

  

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Parish News

Christian Education

Christian Education for Youth and Students

Sunday, 1 - 2 pm, (ZOOM contact Sharon Massie for link)

September 20 - What is God's Nature? (Megan Hess and Sharon Massie)

In this session, we will explore some of the attributes of God's nature as revealed in the Bible: His holiness, His sovereignty, His transcendence, His omnipotence, His faithfulness, and His goodness. Understanding these aspects of God will set us up to talk about the really big question, which we will tackle on Sept. 27 - What does it mean that God is Love?

 

Godly Play, Tuesday, 4 pm (ZOOM contact sharon@graceepiscopallexington.org)

Godly Play helps children to explore their faith through story, to gain religious language and enhance their spiritual experience though wonder and play. For children ages 3 to 7. Contact Sharon Massie for more information.

Music Ministry

Choir Rehearsals: They're not just for singers! How do we Walk in the Way of Love in our language, liturgy, music, and community? Join us for a rich array of topics and discussions. (Stay for singing if you like, but feel free to leave after the initial segments.)

 

Want to learn about American Sign Language and ministry to the Deaf in the Episcopal Church? Want to learn to sign the Lord's Prayer, Gloria, and Sanctus? Join us at choir rehearsal Thursday, Oct. 1 (virtual) when the Rev. Laurence Wainwright-Maks, Chaplain to Episcopal Conference of the Deaf join us.

 

David Cox will explore the history and riches of the Anglican Tradition of Evensong on Oct. 22.

Want to hear Ed Craun on "What's a Word?": A Christian Ethic of Speech--join us on Nov. 12.
Join us to consider how musical styles and language in hymns help us embody a Spirit of Welcome and Hospitality: Paul Vasile of Eden Seminary and Executive Director of Music That Makes Community will lead that discussion on Nov. 5.  

There's more to come! A calendar will post next week, but this fall promises rich reflection on Walking in the Way of Love. Additionally, our music scholars are leading segments on music theory, music history, and vocal techniques. Demannuel Gonzalez WOWED us last night with an exploration of acoustics and physics. More to come!


Ukulele Group meets virtually 4:30-5:15 on Wednesdays. For people ages 3rd grade through 4,007th grade. Contact Martha at martha@graceepiscopallexington.org

 

If you want to be one of the voices on the recorded hymns for Sundays, email Martha at  martha@graceepiscopallexington.org



  

Searching for our Saints

 

To better understand “Walking the Way of Love”, God’s presence in our parish and community, please help us to recognize those whose lives have taught us this message. They may be living or deceased, and of any, or no, faith community. We are not only depending on your understanding, but asking you to talk to neighbors, friends, and acquaintances. Invite them to share who they see in this community expressing the ideals of love, justice, healing, and mercy.


Please use this form or give the office a call.

Send us individuals’ names before October 25, so we can celebrate them on All Saints Day November 1. Please include a few sentences, if you will, on why you identified this person and, also, include your name and email address, so we can learn more about them. We will of course contact these individuals prior to identifying them publicly.


Time and Talent Survey

Whether you are active or not on a ministry team or formation group at Grace, please let us know whether you might consider participating with one of the following teams or groups. No previous knowledge is required. All necessary training will be provided at your convenience.

Survey begins here

A 9/11 Message and Prayer from the Rector

Dear friends,

Today, as we remember the devastation and loss of 9/11/2001, we grieve the loss of the nearly 3000 people who died that day in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania including the nearly 400 police and firefighters who died courageously responding to the emergency. We pray for strength and healing for the tens of thousands directly impacted by the attacks including nearly 18,000 with 9/11 related cancer. We pray for all those for whom this day surfaces psychological, emotional and spiritual wounds We give thanks for all those who laid down their lives to help in the effort to save others, and for the prayers and good will extend to us from all the nations of the world in that confusing and frightening time. We pray that God will continue to work through our confusion and fear to strengthen our trust in his grace and love, to give us courage to face the challenges that confront us in our own day, and to help us work in hope for justice, peace, and the health and well-being of all people.

 

With Gratitude,

Tuck+

 

9/11 Memorial, New York City

photo by Sharon Massie

 

Sacred Ground

Sacred Ground is a race dialogue series developed by the Episcopal Church and is framed as a spiritual journey, grounded in the Christian faith – in the example of Jesus Christ and the power of scripture, prayer, God’s grace, and the Holy Spirit to help us step closer to the dream of beloved community. The focus of the materials is the history of race and racism in the US.    

 

The 10 part series is built around a powerful online curriculum of documentary films and readings that focus on Indigenous, Black, Latinx, and Asian/Pacific American histories as they intersect with European American histories.


Grace Episcopal will offer this series starting September 23.  If you are interested in joining this class please see the registration form above. 

 

For more information please see

https://episcopalchurch.org/sacred-ground



YMCA ALL DAY LEARNING CENTER AT GRACE


At the end of July the Rockbridge Area YMCA reached out to Grace along with other sites around Rockbridge County to inquire whether we would be willing and able to provide some of our space for the Y’s All Day Learning Center. With the ever changing school situation in Rockbridge County, many working parents are seeking safe alternative learning situations for their children. Following a visit from the Y’s Branch Director Bobbie Wagner and Child Care Director Annie LePere in early August, fire and asbestos inspections had to be conducted in order for Grace to host Y staff and children enrolled in the All Day Learning Center. As those reports came back, we have been checking off the health and safety issues that needed to be addressed. 

 

The Y’s All Day Learning Center begins Tuesday, September 8, and will operate Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm. The maximum number of students at Grace will be 20.  Students aged 5-12 will be using the Parish Hall and the Nursery traveling from one area to another by the rear staircase in the Parish House. CDC Covid-19 guidelines and Y child care guidelines will be followed. 

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Prison Ministry Panel Discussion – July 20, 2020 

Recording of Prison Panel Discussion

Break out sessions

These Zoom recordings are the Main or plenary session of our Prison Panel Discussion including six noted panelists that work in different parts of the prison experience and our break out sessions. They include a chaplain, director of a W&L Prison clinic, professors that teach in the prisons, a prison visitation specialist, a counselor/prison reform activist, and the Reentry Services Administrator for the Virginia Department of Corrections (VDOC). The information gained from this session will be used to further develop our Prison Ministry known as S.T.E.P.S.

(Supporting Transitions by Engaging in Parolee Sponsorship)

There is No Fear In Love

Pentecost Video




Community Needs and Outreach Opportunities

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Calendar

To submit an event to the church calendar please contact Lisa McGuire  or Sharon Massie