Entries by Amelia Fannin

Grace’s Not-So-“Blue” Advent Vespers

At this time of year, many churches offer what is usually called a “Blue Christmas” service, for those who are experiencing depression, grief, anniversary of a death, or otherwise not feeling like Christmas is “the most wonderful time of the year.” It’s called a “Blue Christmas” service, I assume, because of the song “I’ll Have […]

Crafting a More Life-Giving Advent

Crafting a More Life-Giving Advent One of my favorite picture books is “Christmas with the Mousekins” by Maggie Smith, about a family of mice that prepares for Christmas by baking, skating on a pond, caroling, and making presents for each other. There are lots of craft instructions and recipes included, and the Mousekins are pretty […]

Advent Crafternoon

Advent Crafternoon  2-5 pm Saturday December 8  Spend some time with Grace friends crafting and celebrating Advent. Regina is teaching a beginner ukulele lesson at 4 pm, Rowan will have materials for making several different kinds of ornaments for kids, and we’ll be making a new star for the Christmas Pageant! Bring any craft projects you […]

Lessons & Carols

A Service of Lessons and Carols Sunday, December 9, 10:30 am This Advent, Lessons and Carols will be based on the O Antiphons, of which the hymn O Come O Come Emmanuel is a paraphrase. The exact origin of these Antiphons is unknown, however there are references to them dating back to the sixth century. […]

Greeting the Day in Peace

I came across this prayer this week, which I think is perfect for this time of year, as many of us are getting “back in the swing of things,” with all the meetings, scheduling, and activities that implies. (Here’s more on this prayer.) One of the gifts of faith is the growing ability to choose […]

Time to be Received?

Perhaps you were raised in another Christian tradition, but have been worshiping at Grace for a while now—a few years, ten years, perhaps longer. Maybe you consider yourself a former Roman Catholic, a former Evangelical, Methodist, etc. You feel connected to Grace, and to our Episcopal worship—but you’re not sure you are “officially” an Episcopalian. […]