Posts By: Donna Olendorf

Stations of Advent

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The Root of Jesse, reprinted by permission of Johnathan Grant.

In 2011, Grace Episcopal Church asked artist Johnathan Randall Grant to paint four meditations for Advent. Each is inspired by various texts in the prophets- and there is a painting for each of the weeks in Advent. The paintings are on permanent display on the lower level opposite the music room. Grant is an artist… Read more »

Voice of the Vestry: What are we thankful for?

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By Mike Cotter At the opening of every Vestry meeting, each member takes a turn bringing fellow Vestry members up to date on what has been happening since we last met. Most times, this involves a mentioning of something we are thankful for. This is a very prayerful process and when we all have had… Read more »

Grace offers repose inside sanctuary – Columbarium ministry (11/23/13)

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Over the centuries, Christians have laid the dead to rest in churches, where they are remembered and their remains safeguarded. Burial within the church itself or in the adjacent churchyard was once a common practice. In recent years, cremation, rather than burial, has become more common. In this way, the remains of the deceased can… Read more »

Advent taps our spiritual roots

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By Dixie Stephen The observance of Advent and the Nativity is one of mankind’s most significant events. They are an observance and celebration that provide us with a sense of connectedness – a communal event that taps our spiritual and emotional roots. When our sons were three and six years old, it became apparent that… Read more »

Finding hope at the holidays

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By Kathryn Holl It is okay to be sad when someone you love dies. This is especially true during the holidays when fresh memories arise, when tradition, fellowship, and love–all once delightful expectations of the season, now bring sadness to the surface. If you feel overwhelmed, remember to be gentle with yourself and with others…. Read more »

Give thanks: it changes everything

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By The Very Rev. Daniel P. Richards Giving thanks is primary, a first act. It is so basic that it determines everything else in our lives, our personalities, our relationships to God, others, even ourselves. When someone is shaped by a primary gratitude, that is they are given to realizing that whatever comes their way… Read more »

We are planting acorns…

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By The Very Rev. Daniel P. Richards We are planting acorns. This work that we are involved in now is really a fifty or hundred year work. It is the work of planting forests of faith that will shelter, protect, ad provide for our parish for lifetimes. This may be an age and a culture… Read more »