Sunday, Jan. 27 at 9:30 — What is God calling Grace Church to be and to do?

Join the parish-wide conversation, as we do some reflection and planning on the blessings and the work of Grace Church. The more of us who participate, the better the conversation, the more imaginative the planning, the more effective the results. We’ll hear the word of God, sing some hymns, do a lot of talking and sharing, and end with communion — all in the comfort of the parish hall.

We’ll need extra snacks during, so consider bringing something to share.

For a preview, check out the introduction to asset-mapping here, and for further inspiration, a personal asset starter that you can use in our church conversation, and in your own life.

We’re following a great precedent hosting this wide-ranging conversation as part of our worship service. Our Gospel this week says it all. Jesus walked into his own home-town synagogue citing the prophet Isaiah:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”

You know the Spirit has always led Grace Church. Let’s find out where it’s going next.

— Jackie Schmitt

Snow! Stay home!

Grace Church services will be CANCELLED on Sunday, Jan. 20. Please spread the word to people you know who might not be on our email list.

Mayor Walsh said this about us hearty folks who brave all kinds of weather:

“Syracuse is used to heavy snow and cold temperatures, but this looks to be a very serious storm followed by strong winds and extreme cold,” Walsh said. “Pay close attention to the forecast, and if you don’t need to be on the roads beginning Saturday night, don’t be. If you do go out, take proper precautions to protect from the cold and wind.”

Many other churches and community events are cancelling, so it would be wise for all of us to stay off the roads and let the plows do their work. In case you want to read the lessons for the day, as well as the sermon I had prepared for these lessons — the wedding at Cana! — you can do so here, at Grace Notes.

NEXT SUNDAY, Jan.27, at 9:30, we’ll have a community-wide conversation about where God might be calling Grace Church. Don’t miss it!