Grace Episcopal Church
24 April 2014
Alleluia! The Lord is risen! Over the past week we have done a lot of work, the “work of the people” (liturgy). Our new bishop has offered his own reflections on how liturgy involves children, and these dovetail nicely with what was offered in the Easter sermon on how our five senses point to a greater reality beyond them.
The bishop’s comments are found here:
The Easter sermon is found here:
But wait! There’s more! Contemporaneous with these offerings is the submission on small groups (below) from Barb Drury-Zimmerman, arising in the context of the Education for Ministry course meetings in the parish. Notice the equation here? Liturgy involves the active participation—in the Spirit—of all worshippers, and life in the Spirit involves reaching out to each other.
Small Groups Ministries: Being part of a small group is being part of the body of Christ. When we are comfortable with each other we then have the courage to tell each other prophecies or what we see someone else doing or how we understand something. This deep sharing of our souls can only come about through the love we have for each other. We feel safe and we can honestly share our successes and failures. I was able to share my personal growth in praying extemporaneously that afternoon with dear friends whose child has sustained a severe injury. I not only prayed aloud with them, but could just hug, listen and love them for it was not me that was there, but I represented Jesus and was trying to show His love and hope for them. I could also share [in EfM] that being able to do it that day was not something that I had always been doing. There have been many times in my past that I did not listen to God telling me to go, pray, listen or offer hope and love. I have grown in my ability to be able to do this, because I not only know that God wants me to do it, but I know that my close friends will be there to support me in it, no matter what it looks like.
Jesus had a small group of trusted friends, who He could share his life with, and He didn’t send each disciple out by themselves to minister. The strength we get from each other is crucial to our growth in our Christian walk. God did not call solitary Christians, but called each one of us to be part of families, small intimate groups and faith communities. We grow as we become an active part and not just an occasional “pew sitter”. Relationships are never easy, take consistent time, but they are worth all the effort we put into them. They sustain us, love us and help show us the way that God wants us to go. What is holding you back from being part of a small group? Need help in finding one? I am sure that there are many people in church leadership that can help you. I pray that you take this first step, which is forged with courage, but always know that God is leading the way & holding your hand. With God being there, we need to trust Him and not rely on ourselves. May this Easter season find you taking that first step. ―Barb Drury-Zimmerman
Grace Abounds: Please thank:
§ The Altar Guild.
§ Acolytes: In addition to acolyte master Scot Fabiano, our acolyte crew put in yeoman duty throughout multiple services. Please thank: Austin Barrows, Beth, Emily and Rachel Boland, Ben, Dee and Tasha Crouse, Kaleigh Kraft, and Dustin Yang.
§ Ben Dobey and the choir!
§ The deacons, for all of their extra ministries (including Dcn. Mike’s pyromania!)
§ The decorating crew: The splendid flower arrangements and decorating were effected by Barb Drury-Zimmerman, Bobbi and Kaleigh Kraft, Bernie Markevitch, Mary Snyder, and Bryan Stenz.
§ The Easter luncheon was set up by Jessica Ambelang, Barb MacEwen and Bernie Markevitch, with clean-up managed by Paul Aparicio, and Bill and Deb Gagin.
§ Wine for the Easter luncheon was donated by Terry and Mary Kohler.
Call for Contributions: If you have a spiritual reflection to share, or want to point your fellow worshippers toward a resource, submit your contributions to Fr. Karl (by email) by Wednesday in the week of publication.
Music this week:
Prelude Prelude on ‘Haec dies’ Vintner
Entrance Hymn 193 “That Easter day with joy was bright”
Mass setting Communion Service Mathias
Offertory Hymn 206 “O sons and daughters, let us sing”
Communion Motet This joyful Eastertide Wood
Communion Hymn 209 “We walk by faith, and not by sight”
Closing Hymn 189 “He is risen, He is risen”
Postlude Fugue on ‘O filii et filiae’ Langlais
§ Sunday School Bake Sale: Saturday, April 26, from 9:00-2:00, in conjunction with St. Luke Methodist rummage sale, Grace will be selling baked goods with proceeds going to Sunday School’s outreach projects. Baked goods will be accepted by anyone who would like to bake: pies, breads, muffins, cookies or anything you would like to donate. Baked goods can be dropped off at the church anytime before Friday at noon.
§ Christian Formation Schedule for May: 4 May Rector’s forum: An open forum for questions about the Church, the parish, the faith.
- 11 May: Care and Share: Small group ministries formation and sharing
- 18 May: Biblical Reflections: Meditations/reflections will be offered on the Sunday lessons for all Sundays in May, as prepared by Mary Massey, Jane Hanson, Mary Snyder and Connie Schneider, for use in small group discussions. The meeting will be facilitated by Dcn. Michele Whitford.
- 25 May: Small groups: Such as Care Givers, Galatians and other existing ministries.
§ All About Camp: A special event will be held Sunday, May 4 from 2-5 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church in Appleton. It is for youth who have been to camp, those who have never been to camp but want to learn more about it, for parents with questions about camp, and anyone else who wants to find out what Summer Camp is all about. Many of the 2014 counselors will be there. There will be food, games, arts & crafts. For questions, contact Canon Tony Walter at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 920-284-7967.
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