Lenten Centering Prayer
Evenings in the Chapel
March 15, March 22, March 29, and April 5
some time reflecting together on our experience of this prayer practice, and
some time in silent prayer together.
If you are looking for a Lenten discipline
that is simple yet profound and includes some conversation
and support in
learning a new way to pray, this may be a good fit for you.
During our Lenten Centering Prayer gatherings, we’ll be discussing the book Centering
Prayer and Inner Awakening by Cynthia Bourgeault.
- Wednesday, March 1st
Join us for services at 12:00pm (noon) in the Chapel or at
7:30pm in the Sanctuary
Save the Date!
Our Annual Meeting will take place on Sunday, January 29th after the service. We’ll kick it off with a luncheon of Quiche, Soup, Salad, and, of course, Dessert. Please check the sign up sheets on the Hospitality Board to let us know whether you can contribute a quiche or a dessert, and whether you can help with set-up on the morning of the 28th. Child care will be available!
This Epiphany, Grace Church will host a six-week Introduction to Centering Prayer
, a form of Christian meditation. Centering Prayer is simple to learn, and is a great practice to both grow in relationship with God, and also invite silence into our day in a way that helps us live with less anxiety and more perspective and awareness of grace.
The first session on Wednesday January 18th from 7 to 8:30 pm will be taught by Ethel Fraga, a longtime teacher of Centering Prayer. Sessions will continue from 7-8pm on 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, and 2/22. The cost is $25, which includes a copy of the book Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening by Cynthia Bourgault (scholarships are available). If you have friends outside our parish who might be interested, invite them, too!
Calendar of Advent Events & Christmas Services:
Thursday, December 15: Mighty Letter Writers, 6:00 pm in the Small Hall
Saturday, December 17: Christmas Pageant Dress Rehearsal and lunch, 10 a.m. to noon - please bring a drink, side or dessert!
Sunday, December 18: Christmas Pageant, 10:30 a.m. service
Monday, December 19: Advent Vespers: Bringing Light into Darkness, 7:00 p.m. (Chapel)
On Monday, December 19th at 7:00pm in the Chapel, we will have a special service for those mindful of loss and seeking some solace as we approach the holidays. Flutist Melissa Vining will join Heather Kirkconnell in providing meditative music. We will hear poems and scripture, pray, sing, and have a chance for reflection and candle-lighting. This service is not focused on any specific form of loss; it is offered as a quiet resting-place in the midst of what for many is an emotionally complicated season.
Wednesday, December 21: Women of Grace Cookie Exchange, 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 24: Christmas Eve services, 4 p.m and 10 p.m.(musical preludes at 3:45 and 9:30)
Sunday, December 25: Holy Eucharist with Carols, 8 a.m., and Christmas Day Potluck Dinner, 5 p.m.
Advent Wreath Making and Lunch this Sunday, November 27 following the 10:30 service. Please bring hand pruning shears if you have them (labeled with your name) and extra greens from your yard!
Sunday, November 13th, is St.
Andrew’s day, and Grace traditionally celebrates with Shortbread and Oatmeal
Cookies. If you are able to provide a bit of one or the other, it will be
a much appreciated addition to our mulled cider served at a reception in the
Large Hall after church. Hope to see everyone there!
Please join Grace Book group on
when we will be discussing The Sympathize
Viet Thanh Nguyen. We will meet from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.in the Small Hall
for a light supper, warm fellowship and great discussion. Hope you can
Spooky organ music! Games! Pizza! Don't miss a frighteningly good time!