Grace Episcopal Church
25 September 2014
It has been said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different outcome. With this truism in mind we are going to change the parish breakfast model. In the past we have had a breakfast for men, with the intention being to be agenda-free, and to just allow building of community. This model was extended to include all comers, and we have certainly enjoyed some good fellowship together, but the staying power of the model is questionable, so we will try something different.
Parish breakfasts will continue to meet at 7 a.m. on Tuesdays, at Fountain Park Restaurant. (Anyone who is concerned about the cost of the meal should plan on being the guest of the rector.) What will be different is that we will not be agenda-free. We will meet to enjoy fellowship and build community, to be sure, but this will be done in the context of discussion of the application of Scripture to our lives.
How will this work? We have actually heard more preaching in this parish that takes account of the lesson from the Old Testament, than in many, but to emphasize the wholeness of all of Scripture, on Tuesdays our breakfasts will include a discussion focused on the O.T. lesson for the coming Sunday. We’ll talk about the lesson itself, the author, the context, and what in this biblical revelation resonates in our lives and world today. What is God revealing about Himself and His will for us? How does this revelation guide us in life decisions today, whether they are large or small, in a world that is vastly different from that of the Old Testament? How does better understanding O.T. revelation allow us to better understand and participate in the life of Jesus Christ, who revealed in the Sermon on the Mount that He had come to fulfill the law and the teachings of the prophets (Mtt. 5.17)?
When Jesus spoke to His listeners and said “[You] have Moses and the prophets ...” (Lk. 16.29) He referred to what His listeners understood Scripture to be. There was no New Testament! Paying attention to the Old Testament was important to Jesus, and so it must be important to us. Life in Christ, life in the Spirit, is life informed by all of God’s revelation. Join with us on Tuesday mornings to explore this, and to enjoy good company and food!
Grace Abounds: Please thank:
§ Danie Wilson and the Boland family for the Sunday coffee hours.
§ Paul Aparicio for helping with Sunday School.
§ Bobbie May for gradening.
§ John Davis for fixing the kitchen stove.
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.
Youth and Family updates:
Music this week: Proper 21A
Prelude Prelude on Strengthen for service, Lord Leo Sowerby
Entrance Hymn 477 “All praise to thee, for thou, O King divine” Engelberg
Offertory Hymn 435 “At the Name of Jesus” King’s Weston
Communion Motet O thou who camest from above S. S. Wesley
Comm. Hymn 312 “Strengthen for service, Lord” Malabar
Closing Hymn 564 “He who would valiant be” St. Dunstan’s
Postlude Toccata in G Johann Speth
§ Love for the Least: On 28 September at 9:00am we will be joined by a priest active in mission in areas of the world in which Islam is the dominant faith and culture, and militant Islam is active. This priest (who cannot be named in a public communication)
§ had his church burned last year, and will be with us following a mission planned to an area subject to ISIS attack. He will speak about witnessing to the faith in an alien and hostile environment.
§ Coffee Hour there are still a few openings: Thank you to all who have volunteered for coffee hour and all who have stepped in and made coffee and put out snacks. We do have a sign-up sheet in the white binder on the Narthex table. Several of the upcoming Sundays have taken but we are in need of more volunteers. The weeks that are open are 8:00am: 9/28, 11/16, 11/30, 12/21 and 12/28. For 10:15am: 9/28, 10/12, 11/16, 11/23, 12/28. If you can help please sign up on the green sheets in the white binder on the Narthex table. Thank you so much.
§ Coats for Kids: is a community service campaign. Area residents are asked to donate clean coats in good repair. We accept coats of all sizes for people of all ages, with the need being greatest for children’s coats. These coats will be distributed to Sheboygan county residents who would otherwise go without. Drop off location: Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home, 1535 S. 12 St. Sheboygan. September 2 –October 3 Monday–Friday 8:30am–4:00 pm. Distribution Location: Salvation Army, 710 Pennsylvania Ave. Sheboygan, Tuesday, October 7th, from 9:00am–1:00pm and Thursday, October 9th from 2:00–6:00pm.
§ New Time for Men’s Everyone’s Breakfast: The parish breakfast will be Tuesdays at 7 a.m., Fountain Park. This is open to everyone to gather for a bite of breakfast and conversation before the day begins.
§ Walsingham Volunteers Needed: There are many opportunities to help with hospitality for the Walsingham Pilgrimage. We will need volunteers to greet pilgrims as they arrive for both the quiet day on Friday as well as Saturday morning for the Solemn Mass and for the musical offering, healing prayer and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, We will need help with the set up of St. Nicholas Hall for lunch and especially for clean-up after lunch. Please sign up on the sheet on the Narthex table.
§ Walsingham Pilgrimage Music and Flowers: The Walsingham Pilgrimage is just around the corner and preparations are being made. We will have a quiet day with meditations at 12:00 and 3:00pm concluding with Solemn Evensong at 6:00pm on Friday, October 10th. The meditations will be led by Mother Miriam, CSM, Superior of the Eastern Province of The Community of St. Mary. On Saturday, October 11th the Rt. Rev. Matthew A. Gunter, eighth Bishop of Fond du Lac, will celebrate at the Procession and Solemn Pontifical Mass at 10:30am. Mother Miriam, CSM, will preach. Music will include the Gaudete Brass again this year. As you are able, please donate so we can once again offer beautiful music that has become so much a part of the pilgrimage and the flowers that add so much to the beauty of holiness. Please make you check out to Grace Church with Walsingham music or flowers or both in the memo. Reservations are required for lunch at a cost of $15 per person and will be served at noon on Saturday. Thank you.
§ SCIO – Sheboygan County Interfaith Organization: We have been a member of SCIO for many years. We have donated time and money for the outreach to the community, especially for women and children. There is a sign up sheet on the table in the Narthex to receive the newsletter which will give many ideas about how to help. If you have questions please talk to Mary Ann Neuses.
§ St. Paul’s New Book Club: Will meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month beginning on October 9, 2014 at 11am at St Paul's Episcopal Church in Plymouth. They will be reading, viewing, and discussing books, movies, and documentaries that have a spiritual element to them. The books, movies, documentaries will not be heavy but encourage, challenge and motivate rewarding discussions and impress us in some way. They will also have quest speakers now and then. A list of suggestions for books and movies will be presented; however, every participant is welcome to suggest their own ideas. Everyone is welcome to join. You don't have to be a member to join us, just a love of learning and child-like curiosity. Contact Pat at 920-400-0048