Grace Episcopal Church
26 June 2014
It’s Summer. (Believe it, or not, given the recent weather!) In Summer we seek to relax perhaps a bit more than at other times. But we must not forget that despite any slackening of pace we remain on a journey. This reality is recognized in the original name for the followers of Jesus Christ. Before calling themselves “Christians” (see Acts 11.26) the followers of Jesus were called The Way (echoing, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life ...” of John 14.6). This speaks to the reality that we are a pilgrim people. We are on the move. We journey toward our true home, recognizing that as we journey we remain exiles, resident aliens (cf. 2 Cor. 5.6). As people of The Way we are ever directed ahead, to the future fulfillment of the promises of God.
We journey, but to where? To the land of our true citizenship, heaven (Phil. 3.20), and toward that which is above, where Christ is seated (Col. 3.1). How do we journey? Together and with purpose. Even in a “slow” season, we continue our journey, moving while taking stock; moving while girding ourselves for further effort; confident that we are continuing to come closer to the fulfillment of God’s promises.
Throughout the Summer, pray about how we continue to move forward. What specific ministries is God calling us to, to not only keep us focused in our journey but to show the Way to those who do not know Him? How will you be active in these ministries? In praying about call let us always remember that staying still, resting upon the past, is not an option, any more than it was an option for Abram to return to Ur or the Israelites to Egypt. We cannot go back to who we were or where we were, we can only be faithful in following God to where He leads us.
Grace Abounds: Please thank:
§ Tracey and Kevin Regis for the Sunday coffee hour.
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.
Summer adult formation: In the 17 June web publication of the journal First Things: A Journal of Religion and Public Life is found the article “Why Do People Become Catholic?”, in which R. R. Reno examines the phenomenon and reasoning of conversion of Protestants to Roman Catholicism. See http://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2014/06/why-do-people-become-catholic R. R. Reno (a Roman Catholic) celebrates the catholicity of the Church, and enumerates the following realities about the Church Catholic, that she is: 1. visible; 2. universal; 3. enduring; 4. possessed of authority; 5. embodies beauty; 6. hierarchical; 7. in communion with the saints; and 8. a moral witness. Our discussions will focus on these eight realities of the Church, and particularly how these are embodied in Anglicanism. In other words, we are going to talk about how and why the Church matters, and how we participate in how she matters! This class will meet beginning on Sunday, 13 July, at 9 a.m.
Bible study resource: The Christian Classics Ethereal Library (www.ccel.org) is a wonderful resource provided by Calvin College, that makes available online a wealth of materials for bible study, theological research, research into hymnody, the writings of the Fathers of the Church, and current opinion. The CCEL also provides online bible study discussion groups from time to time, and a group is forming now for the study of The Acts of the Apostles. To get more information and explore interest act now by going to http://www.ccel.org/node/25643 . A complete listing of study and discussion groups can be found at http://www.ccel.org/groups .
LoveINC kick-off: The kick-off celebration for LoveINC (Love in the Name of Christ) Sheboygan was held this past Tuesday. If you could not attend but want to learn more about how you might be involved, please contact Fr. Karl or Dcn. Michele. A listing of the types of ministries involved is available to help you discern a call to service.
Music this week: Proper 8A
Prelude Prelude & Sarabande (Suite VI) Louis Couperin
Entrance Hymn 414 “God, my King, thy might confessing” Stuttgart
Mass Setting Deutsche Messe Schubert, arr. Proulx
Offertory Hymn “Christ is made the sure foundation” Westminster Abbey
Communion Hymn 609 “Where cross the crowded ways of life” Gardiner
Closing Hymn 542 “Christ is the world’s true light” St. Joan
Postlude Rigadoun Louis Couperin
An anthem for the week: Given the wording of the collect for this coming Sunday, and how this message and the lessons are echoed in the hymns, I cannot resist adding an anthem composed for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of a parish elsewhere. You will recognize echoes of the collect, Ephesians and a number of psalms.
Christ the Cornerstone
Unless the Lord build the house,
they labor in vain that build it.
But, built on the sure foundation
of the apostles and prophets,
the household is joined
and rises, a holy Temple in the Lord.
With Christ Himself the cornerstone,
blessèd are those who dwell in the house:
they will evermore praise God and sing
“His mercy endures forever!”
Grace Episcopal Church is pleased to present an antiques and collectibles appraisal event featuring expert Mark F. Moran on Thursday, July 24, 2014 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM.
Moran bought and sold antiques for more than 30 years, specializing in vintage folk art,
Americana, and fine art. He has been active
as an appraiser of antiques and fine art for more than 20 years.
Formerly senior editor of Antiques and Collectibles Books for Krause Publications in
he has also been a contributing editor for Antique Trader magazine. He
has served as editor of Antique Review East magazine; as producer of Iola, Wis. Atlantique City,
an antique show held in Atlantic City, N.J.; and as editorial director of F+ W
Media's Antiques Group.
He is the author or co-author of more than 25 books on antiques and collectibles, including three editions of the 800-page annual Warman's Antiques & Collectibles.
Pre-registration and payment is required. Cost is $15 per item. Cash, check or MC/VISA will be accepted. You may sign up for a maximum of 3 items. Please call 920-912-4505 to schedule your appointment.
Categories of objects for appraisal may include:
Fine art, including paintings, drawings, prints and statuary.
Furniture (usually smaller pieces are best).
Ceramics, including figural pottery, vases, dishes, kitchenware and stoneware.
Glassware, including lighting, marbles and souvenir items.
Vintage photographs, including snapshots, tintypes, Ambrotypes and daguerreotypes.
Advertising, including posters, lithographed tin, paper and figural objects.
Folk art, including carvings, quilts, weathervanes, windmill weights and "outsider" art.
Assorted toys, including dolls (bisque, composition and plastic), windups and mechanical banks.
Metalware, including iron, bronze, brass, pot metal, silver, silver plate.
Clocks, including mantel, hanging and figural.
Costume jewelry, including brooches, bracelets, earrings.
Musical Instruments, including string, wind and reed instruments.
Excluded items: all weapons, including swords and knives (though folding knives with advertising are accepted); Nazi memorabilia; coins and paper money; fine jewelry, including precious gems; Beanie Babies.
Interest in this event is already starting to build and this is exciting. Parishioners have already started to register to have their valuable evaluated and volunteers are stepping forward to help on this date. Won’t you consider donating one to two hours of your time that day? A sign up in the narthex is available. Proceeds from this fund-raiser goes towards youth outreach.
International Praise, Worship, & Fellowship: In celebration of 150 years of proclaiming God’s love in Sheboygan Falls there will be a Celebration Concert on the church lawn, 104 Elm Street Sheboygan Falls, Saturday, June 28at 7:00pm featuring New Hope African Fellowship Choir from Dayton, Ohio; and Ben & Shelley Hall from Milwaukee. On Sunday, June 29th at 10:00 am there will be Outdoor Worship & Picnic. The guest preacher will be The Rev. Wilson Roane and there will again be music by New Hope African Fellowship Choir and Ben & Shelley Hall. All of the weekend events will be outdoors, please bring a lawn chair. In case of rain the festivities will be indoors.
No Adult Formation: there will be no Adult Formation today, June 29th.
A Prayer Ministry at Grace: Saturday mornings at 10:00am members of Grace meet and walk throughout the church praying. Our prayers are focused on asking the Holy Spirit to be
released in a deeper, more powerful way into our Grace Church community. The prayers begin at the back of the church and continue through each pew, chapels, pulpit, sanctuary and sacristy. Where the Spirit leads, we will pray, ending at the main altar. In Acts1:14 we read that the early church prayed together constantly. Paul reminds us in 1Thess.5:17 we are to pray without ceasing. It is with deep devotion and great conviction that we begin this Prayer Ministry by meeting once a week to pray for our Church. If anyone feels called to join in the praying, please come. If you are unable to join us in person, you can still join us in spirit by praying for those listed in our Parish Directory. Saturdays 10AM.
LoveINC kick-off: The kick-off celebration for LoveINC (Love in the Name of Christ) Sheboygan was held this past Tuesday. If you could not attend but want to learn more about how you might be involved, please contact Fr. Karl or Dcn Michele. A listing of the types of ministries called for is available to help you discern a call to service.
Antiques and Collectibles Appraisal Event: featuring expert Mark F. Moran on Thursday, July 24, 2014 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. Interest in this event is already starting to build and this is exciting. Parishioners have already started to register to have their valuable evaluated and volunteers are stepping forward to help on this date. Won’t you consider donating one to two hours of your time that day? A sign up in the narthex is available. Pre-registration and payment is required. Cost is $15 per item. Cash, check or MC/VISA will be accepted. You may sign up for a maximum of 3 items. Please call to schedule your appointment or for further information and if you would like to help on this event please contact Barb MacEwen at 920-912-4505. Proceeds from this fund-raiser goes towards youth outreach.