Posts Categorized: Voice of the Clergy

Grace has been good for me

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By The Rev. Katheryn King More than a few years ago now, Roy Oswald wrote a document about leaving a parish ministry called “Running Through the Thistles.” The point being, there may be pain involved in closing out one’s life in a particular place and time. That would be Grace Episcopal Church in Traverse City… Read more »

Home for the Holidays

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By The Rev. Katheryn King Associate Rector Carolers and crooners have been proclaiming this invitation for decades. These verses recall memories of decorated rooms with wreaths and evergreens, whether designer or simply Gramma’s tree hung with packs of Juicy Fruit gum. Traditions continue with cookies and cocoa, fabulous foods but most especially, time with friends… Read more »

A Prayer for the Keep

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By the Very Rev. Daniel P. Richards Three years ago our Vestry faced a decision.  We had several people with the gifts and experiences to fill the normal positions on the Vestry, and quite well.  But we also had this situation that had arisen a few times over the years that I wanted to address… Read more »

Bishop’s Pastoral Letter – September 2015

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To: People of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan From:  The Rt. Rev. Whayne M. Hougland, Jr.; IX Bishop of Western Michigan My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, September marks my second anniversary as your bishop. Serving as your ninth bishop continues to be a tremendous honor and privilege. I have been deeply moved and humbled… Read more »

Lay Eucharistic Visitors bring communion to those who cannot attend worship

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I AM the bread of life window St. Joseph’s Church Central City, Kentucky. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Rev. Katheryn King Associate rector, Grace Episcopal Church As early as 150 C.E. (Christian Era) Justin, the martyr, in writing an explanation of Christian worship to the Roman authorities, described the celebration of Holy Communion pretty much as we celebrate today. At the end of the description, he notes that members take the Lord’s Supper… Read more »

Tapas Talks summary

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By The Very Rev. Daniel P. Richards July 2015 Through Christ Jesus you are being built in the Spirit together with others into a place where God lives.   Ephesians 2:22 As we approach my seven year anniversary as rector of Grace, we have come to a time of discernment, again. This is an ongoing… Read more »

Voice of the clergy – Happy Easter

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Christ is Risen! As Christians around the world gather today to celebrate the Resurrection, we make this acclamation in hundreds of languages as we have for two thousand years. In this shout we make a claim about the world and God. We declare that the world is as Jesus proclaimed: his rule of love and service, grace and mercy has begun,… Read more »

Voice of the clergy – Rites of passage

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People of Grace, This Lent walk with others in the light of Christ.  This often feels like a season of darkness and shadow as we journey through repentance and reconciliation.  These are hard places where the desert images of Scripture take on full emotional and spiritual color. I learned taking long hikes in the deserts… Read more »