October 16, 2020
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Pray and Worship with Grace

The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost, October 18

10:30AM  Liturgy of the Word (on Facebook Live)
Readings, reflection, and prayers will be led by Rev Daniel Snyder and Lay Eucharistic Ministers with music from Steve Jenkins. The readings for this Sunday can be found here in English and Spanish.  

11:15am  Service of Holy Eucharist at the National Cathedral (found here)
Join us online for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist on the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost. The Rev. Canon Leonard L. Hamlin, Sr. preaches and the Rev. Canon Dana Colley Corsello presides.

11:15am Growing Into Worship
We will be having GIW on Sunday, October 18. Be sure to tune in as we will be having special leaders those weeks! Email Sarah Shea for the "Zoom Room" Access code. There will be no GIW on October 25 when we celebrate onsite, outdoor Holy Communion. 

Our next service of Holy Communion will be on Sunday, October 25th.  (Participate in our survey/sign up here to help us plan for Holy Communion through the winter months!)

Noonday Prayers via Facebook Live is being offered every Monday through Friday. Join us on Grace's Facebook page or link or via our website. Please share this invitation with friends, family, anyone whom you think could benefit from this prayerful pause in the day.  If you have a BCP, open to page 103 (English BCP) or page 67 (Spanish BCP).  You can also simply pray along with us. 

Friday Compline, 8:30pm on  Grace's Facebook page 
Join us and share this invitation with Grace kids, youth, friends, family, anyone whom you think could benefit from this time of prayer at the week's end. If you have a BCP, open to page 127 (BCP in English) or page 93 (BCP in Spanish).  You can also simply pray along with us.

Worship "Bulletins" and Guides
Prior to every Sunday, we'll send out mini-bulletins via email and also have them accessible via our website  The bulletins will contain the Sunday readings, prayers, and any music we will be using for our time together.  Contact the Grace Office if you would like to receive one regularly in your email box.

Communion Pods and More...

Thank you for all of your input as we make plans for Holy Communion during the winter months.  If you haven't yet, please visit the brief survey/sign up "Grace Communion 2.2"  and help the Transition Team plan as they minister to us all.  

Know that we will continue to offer Holy Communion outdoors through the winter months, similar to our current practice for those who would like to bundle up or simply remain in their cars during this part of the service.  Our Home Communion visits will continue for those who would like it.

We will also form small group Communion Pods of no more than 15 people for those who would like to receive Communion in the sanctuary on a scheduled and rotating basis.  All who participate will need to be masked, households will remain at least 6 feet apart, and we'll follow a clear flow of entering and exiting the sanctuary. You can sign up for a Pod by filling out the survey or contacting Mary Miller at the church office via phone or email.

We will continue to stream services online and when Holy Communion is offered, a prayer for Spiritual Communion will be included for those who are not present.  We know that there are many in our congregation who will choose to not participate in in-person worship until the Covid crisis has diminished.  We honor the breadth of how Grace folks are walking this journey and have as a priority, continuing to care for the most vulnerable among us.

Remember to visit the brief survey, "Grace Communion 2.2"  and help the Transition Team plan as they minister to us all.

Adult Forums, Classes, and Groups
Sunday Forum: October 18 from 9:30-10:15AM

The Deep Stories of Our Time: An OnBeing Interview with Arlie Hochschild.  Arlie Hochschild is a professor of sociology at the University of California in Berkeley and the creator of a specialized field of sociology that looks at and seeks to understand the social impact of emotion.  She explains how our stories and truths - what we try to debate as issues in our social and political lives - are felt, and not merely factual.  "We all need to be makers," says Hochschild, "If you want to make a social contribution and help build a public conversation about the big issues of the day, you have to really be good at emotion management. It’s a contribution to the larger whole, to be really good at that."  You'll need to listen to the entire podcast before we meet and can find that hereZoom link is, and Password is Grace555.  Zoom room opens at 9:15am for check ins, and we'll discuss content from 9:30-10:15am.  Email Amber at with questions.

From Grace's Creation Care Team
Grace's Creation Care group will be joining the 2020 Fall BIG READ in HollandIn the Heart of the Sea by Nathan Philbrick.  We will have our first discussion in September, then October and November and see what BIG READ Holland has to offer.  The schedule for discussion is below:

  • October, Chapters 6 – 11
  • November, Chapters 7 – Epilogue
  • The movie is also available to view on Amazon Prime!

Dates to rememberNov. 2, 2020 @ 7:00 pm Dr. Fred Johnson will give a lecture on the historical context of the time, events, place of the story and on Nov. 11, 2020, 7:00 pm Skip Finley will give a lecture on the context of the whaling industry.  All on ZOOM!

Grace Kids, Youth, and Families

Grace Littles: 
Growing into Worship: October we will be having GIW Sunday, October 4 and 18. Be sure to tune in as we will be having special leaders those weeks! Email Sarah Shea for the "Zoom Room" Access code. There will be no GIW on October 25 as we celebrate outdoor Communion. 

Grace in a Bag: Do you know what special day happens in November? I'll give you a hint - it has to do with people from the past. Grace in a Bag November will highlight this special day. Coming to front porches soon! 

Trunk-or-Treat: You are invited to Grace's first-ever Trunk-or-Treat in the Grace Parking Lot!  Grace staff and parishioners will come together (masked and at a distance) to provide a safe space where kids can get that candy fix they look forward to all year.  This will happen on Friday, October 30th. Set up is at 6:30 pm, and the trunk-or-treating begins at 7:00 pm. You are welcome to come and just trunk-or-treat. We also need folks to provide a (car) Trunk yourself!  Email Sarah Shea with questions, sign-up HERE if you want to provide a "Trunk". See you there! 


Grace Youth

Serve: We had a great serve Saturday, October 17th. We partnered with Out on the Lakeshore (OOTL) to help them with projects around their center. In November, we will be helping out with Grace's annual Fall clean-up. More info to come. 

Hangout: Do you consider yourself an intelligent person? Do you know a lot of random facts? Well, then this is for you! Sarah Shea will be hosting a Zoom trivia night with REAL cash prizes. Happening in November, more information to come. 

Trunk-or-Treat: We need your help! We are looking for volunteers to help at Grace's Trunk or Treat. We are looking for people to decorate their (car's) trunk and pass out candy on Friday, Oct 30th, 6:30 pm at Grace. If you are interested email Sarah Shea or sign up HERE


Trunk-or-Treat: We need your help! Grace is hosting a Trunk-or-Treat Friday, October 30th set up 6:30 pm and Trunk-or-Treat! We need volunteers to come out to Grace with a decorated (car)Trunk and help the families of Grace celebrate Halloween. Sign up HERE. to be a volunteer. You can also email Sarah Shea or call the Church office with more questions.

From The Diocese of Western Michigan
The full Diocesan newsletter, "The Feast" can be found here.

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Lord, Hear Our Prayer

The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
Almighty and everlasting God, in Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations: Preserve the works of your mercy, that your Church throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Dios todopoderoso y eterno, que en Cristo has revelado tu gloria a todas las naciones: Mantén las obras de tu misericordia; a fin de que tu Iglesia, esparcida por todo el mundo, persevere con fe inquebrantable en la confesión de tu Nombre; por Jesucristo nuestro Señor, que vive y reina contigo y el Espíritu Santo, un solo Dios, por los siglos de los siglos. Amén.

A Prayer for the Human Family
O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which
infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in
your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Por la familia humana
Oh Dios, tú nos hiciste a tu propia imagen, y nos redimiste por Jesús tu Hijo: Mira, en tu compasión, a toda la familia humana; quita el odio y la arrogancia que nos corrompen el corazón; derrumba las barreras que nos separan; únenos en vínculos de amor; y actúa a través de nuestra lucha y confusión a fin de cumplir tus propósitos en la tierra, para que a su debido tiempo todas las naciones y razas te sirvan en armonía alrededor de tu trono celestial; por Jesucristo nuestro Señor. Amén.

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