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MUSIC: Listen to the tunes
Dr. Lambe has compiled a number of pieces for your listening pleasure.
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Pastoral Message from Bishop Gates 3.27.20
The story is told of a man caught in the turmoil of an earthquake. With the world falling down around him, he fell to his knees to pray. Fearful, stricken with dread, he could not form the words. A devout and lifelong person of faith, he had heard and spoken countless prayers, in public worship and in private. But in this moment of blind panic, neither the familiar words of the liturgy nor the extemporized plea of his heart took shape.
So he recited as prayer the only thing that came: he prayed the alphabet. “A, b, c, d, e, f, g …,” he offered fervently, “… h, i, j, k, …” On it went, this heartfelt petition, “… p, q, r, s, t, …,” to its ardent Amen.
The prayer was genuine. The prayer was offered. And the prayer, surely, was received. God knew precisely the prayer of this man’s heart.
As Saint Paul has promised, “the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.” [Romans 8:26-27]
From the MA Diocese
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NEWS & DIOCESAN UPDATES
Sunday Service will be cancelled with no in-person public worship services until May 31.
These guidelines reflect Governor Baker's March 23 advisory, with its definitions of "Essential Services," as well as consultation with civic health and policy officers, New England bishops, advisors from churchwide emergency management departments and others.
Virtual worship opportunities
There are a number of services available, live streaming and recorded that are available.
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Tips for Coping with the Stress of COVID - 1 9
Are you feeling stressed and anxious?
Here are some resources. Click on the black boxes.
VIrtual Service Zoom Instructions
Grace Church will hold virtual Sunday Services.
Using a program called Zoom, we will hold a morning prayer service, led by Rev. Grant, with music from Bob Lambe.
This is a computer app that allows for groups of people to join together to talk, view the service and listen to music. It is like Facetime or Skype, if you have used one of those platforms.
Sunday Service starts at 9:15 for technology setup.
Service from 9:30 to 10:30.
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The CDC launched an online bot called Clara to help people who think they may have COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, decide whether to seek medical care. The Coronavirus Self-Checker asks questions to establish the user's level of illness and their location, and recommendations for users may include calling 911 or staying at home and contacting a professional. Click on this link to access it. Coronavirus Self-Checker
Rev. Grant Barber's message for April 5th.
Dear People of God at Grace,
Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020
Or the 3rd Sunday in the extraordinary time of the Virus
How are you today? Now that’s a question that we casually ask in daily exchanges during routine living as we go about our business. Sometimes we even answer with more than, “I’m fine” or words to that effect, especially if the two people in the exchange know one another from previous times.
My version sometimes is a bit different: “how is it with your soul?” I stopped asking it though when a college friend heard that question and looked at it as an unintended inquiry about any recent sins. I was horrified.
Maybe today, the start of another Holy Week but in such different circumstances, we can take some heart and comfort in the familiarity of the liturgical year. Even more today and in the week to come the real question is “Whose are you?”
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We are asked today which direction we are travelling. Whose procession, parade, do we want to be part of? Death, we are reminded, intrudes inevitably. No getting around it. But for today, where do you find life? And is that life one filled with the promises of life restored, rebirth, love of others…or one that divides along lines of power, short-term comfort, looking out for number one, each of us in our own worlds, not constrained by the need to stay at home, keep social distance, being a bit anxious about going out if need be into that seemingly virus-saturated world. Or are our eyes set on, come what may, the lord of life, who calls us to be one another by whatever means we can have access to, to connect to neighbor and God, to know ourselves best as God knows our true, good selves.
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