The central formational experience for Episcopalians is our common worship. At Grace we value and encourage inter generational participation in our traditional, liturgical, communal prayer. We “become” and we are “formed” as we pray. On Sunday mornings, young and old are present in the pews, at the altar, serving as acolytes, serving as greeters, singing in the choir, and serving as Lay Eucharistic Ministers. It is in worship that we learn the Scripture, prayers, hymns, and rituals of our tradition. In our common prayer, we are formed as a people of faith. Together we become the Body of Christ.
Throughout the year we explore a variety of themes and topics that pertain to living a life of faith as Episcopal Christians. We welcome guest speakers, read Scripture, watch videos, and reflect on events in the world and the happenings of Grace. The Forum schedule is included here and is added to as we move through the year.
May 5 & 12: Getting to Know Katharine Jefferts Schori, led by Rev Jen Adams
May 19: End of year Brainstorming and Planning for 2019-20
An (approximately) monthly offering through which all Grace members and friends are invited to share in a common read and come together for learning and conversation. Open to all.
Upcoming meetings & reads:
Our May read is “The Heartbeat of God: Finding the Sacred in the Middle of Everything,” by The Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori. We’ll be reading this book in preparation for Katharine’s visit with us on May 25 and 26 (see 150th events on the back of this insert.) “Explore our connections — as human beings with each other, as one nation with all other nations, as the human species with the whole of our environment—through the lens of faith. Katharine Jefferts Schori..examines these connections as she looks at the intersections of faith with the major issues of our day,” from poverty to the environment to inter-faith relationships and dialogue. Our book discussion will be on Wednesday, May 15 at 7:00pm in the Commons. Books are available in the Commons.
Pints and Perspectives (First Mondays, 5:30-7:00pm at Big Lake Brewing):An offering of our Church Family and Fellowship Hub, Grace folks and friends are invited to gather at Big Lake Brewing on the first Monday of every month for food, drinks and conversation on a shared topic. Topic and basic format will be provided. May 6 will be the last time we meet until Fall.
St Mary’s Guild (Second Mondays, 7:15-8:45pm):A women’s group that comes together monthly for shared fellowship and often a guest speaker. Open to all women. Guest speakers are publicized and open to all.
Men’s Bible Study (Every other Monday, 4:15-5:15pm):This group reads through a book of Scripture at a time sharing questions, insights and reflections. Brinks snacks and drinks of choice. Open to all men. Specific dates are available in the Sunday bulletin, Grace newsletter, and Grace google calendar.
Pop-Ups: What are you exploring or reading that you’d like to sit with others to talk about or wrestle with? Let us know and we’ll help you “Pop-Up” the offer of a one-time or short-term conversation around a topic, book, issue, podcast… of interest.
Education for Ministry (aka “EFM”) (Weekly on Tuesdays 6:00-8:00pm):A four-year program out of the Seminary of the South that explores personal spirituality, Scripture, Theology and Church History in a small group setting. Registration is open every summer.
EFM’s “5th Year” (Monthly on third Tuesdays): Graduates of EFM continue their learning by sharing good reads and other sources and using the EFM model of theological reflection. Open to all EFM grads.
This Episcopal Life (about once a year and by request): It’s a class for newcomers to the Episcopal tradition and for old timers or middle timers too, ages 16 years and up. It’s for those who just want to know more and for those seeking Confirmation or Reception into the Episcopal Church. We learn about the history, liturgy, polity (what’s that?), and place of Scripture in the Episcopal Church. We explore The Book of Common Prayer, read Your Faith, Your Life: An Invitation to the Episcopal Church, and talk together and online about what we think, what we wonder, what we know and what we don’t know. This class will be that safe place where you can ask your burning questions such as: “What exactly is ‘The Eucharist’?” “How can I become a member here?” “Why do people cross themselves?” “How are we different from other denominations?” and “What is an undercroft, anyway?” At the end of the class, participants will have the opportunity to be formally Received or Confirmed in the Church (sacramental rites which will be explained at our first meeting.) Email Rev. Jen,or the Church Office at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested.