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Parish News | March 5

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Dear Friends,

"Prayer is the practice of the presence of God." Brother Lawrence

Prayer is responding to God, by thought and deeds, with or without words. BCP p856 ...

Brother Lawrence resolved to make the love of GOD the end of all his actions. Of course this didn't happen immediately. Brother Lawrence continually turned his awareness to the love of God and tried to align his thoughts and deeds with his awareness of God's love. It was his priority in life, and it brought him to a sense of abundant grace and life.

For myself, I am not sure I want abundant grace and life, yet! So my prayer is help me want to make your love the end of all my actions.

How about you? If you are ready to center your life around the love of God, ask God to help you do that and begin to focus your efforts. If you aren't ready, like me, but think you might like to be ready some day, formulate your prayer and start there.

If you are not ready for either of these prayers, you can always ask God to help make you ready to seek and serve God's love.

In the Morning This is another day, O Lord. I know not what it will bring forth, but make me ready, Lord, for whatever it may be. If I am to stand up, help me to stand bravely. If I am to sit still, help me to sit quietly. If I am to lie low, help me to do it patiently. And if I am to do nothing, let me do it gallantly. Make these words more than words, and give me the Spirit of Jesus. Amen.

63. In the Evening (page 833 BCP) O Lord, support us all the day long, until the shadows lengthen, and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then in thy mercy, grant us a safe lodging, and a holy rest, and peace at the last. Amen.

With Gratitude,

Tuck Bowerfind, Rector, Grace Episcopal Lexington

During Lent, as always, the Grace Labyrinth is available. To learn more about the use of Labyrinths as a prayer practice please visit the information on our website.

Worship Services | Second Sunday in Lent | Sunday, March 5

Holy Eucharist | 8 a.m.

In-Person & Zoom

Second Sunday Lent at 8
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Christianity and Culture | 9:15 a.m.

Parish Hall & Zoom | Renewal of Faith, Confirmation

Holy Eucharist | 10:30 a.m.

In-Person & YouTube

Second Sunday Lent at 1030
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First Sunday Lunch | Following the 10:30 a.m. Service

Parish Hall

Bible Study | 4 p.m.

In-Person | Welles Room | Gospel of Matthew

Evening Prayer | 5 p.m.

In-Person | No Registration Required

Morning Prayer | Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m.

In-Person & Zoom

Lent Madness | Wednesdays in March 6:45 p.m.
Paws to Connect is Back!

We had a fantastic first-week-back at Paws to Connect! Join us this week on Grace's steps from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday!

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Upcoming Music Events (No Registration Required)
Confirmation Preparation

Anyone interested in Confirmation, Reception, or Reaffirmation of Faith please contact Tuck or Samson. Meeting are held in the library after the 10:30 a.m. service.

Lent Madness

The goals of this contest are fun and reflecting on how we are inspired and challenged by some exemplars of Christian discipleship. Please invite friends to participate and come to the presentations and debates.

Please subscribe for the Lent Madness emails which will allow you to vote for each contest.

Presentations will take place on Wednesday nights in March starting at 6:45 p.m. On Wednesdays in March those who wish may gather for abbreviated Evening prayer at 6 p.m. Anne Sauder will serve a Soup and Bread supper at 6:20 p.m. and our presentations will begin at 6:45 p.m. We plan to adjourn at 7:30 p.m.

Presenter Schedule
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Prayer List

Please pray for the wider Church and intercessions requested by our Congregants: The Diocese of Southwestern Virginia, and our Bishop, The Rt. Rev. Mark Bourlakas. Pray for the people of St. Luke’s, Hot Springs and their Rector, The Rev. Harrison Heidel. Pray for Brendon (friend of the Brooke family), Michael Murphy, John Thomas, Timmy, Rick Alexander, Bradley Fairchild and Karen Junkin (friends of the Gibsons), Gloria June Perry (mother of Michael Perry), Glen Jones (friend of the Riethmillers), Darlene Travis (sister of Don Ellis), Patricia Brown Boyer (sister of Madison Brown), Alice Furgerson, Dolly Shumate & Betty Gale Anderson (friends of the Lewis’), Laura Wieman (friend of the Hotchkiss’), Carolyn Glenn (friend of Judy Schram), Jack Hershbell, David Passmore, David Sorrells, Crystal Iosco and John Penn (granddaughter and son of Ellie & George Penn), Farris Hotchkiss, Mary & George Kostel, Laura Stearns, and those we name aloud or in our hearts. Pray for the parish of Christ Church, Buena Vista and The Rev. Samson Mamour who is celebrating at their service today. Pray for those who have died.

In Thanksgiving for February and March Birthdays

3/7 Woody Sadler

3/8 James Brown, Emma Brooke, Jonathan Webster, Carole Elmore

3/9 Anne F Grizzle, Susan Mead

3/10 Mary Price

3/11 Alice Furgerson, Daniel Mastin

3/14 Cindy Mullen

3/15 John Milford

3/16 Shay Peters, Catherine Harcus

3/17 Ed Craun, Bill Sayre, Pat McGuire

3/18 Elizabeth Knapp

3/19 Wade Branner, Cecile West-Settle

3/23 Polly Lawrence, Laura Stearns

3/24 Rose Gordon

3/26 AP Smith

3/27 Kathryn Hill

3/31 Will Edgar


We're so glad you're here! If you or someone you know is new to Grace and would like more information about Parish life, follow the link below.


Black in Appalachia Pilgrimage

Join the Episcopal Diocese of Southwestern Virginia April 28-30 for a pilgrimage to explore and learn about the roots of black history in the Appalachian Mountains. There is a limit of 15 spots for this trip, so please see the event details and registration button below.

Our Lenton Journey: Companions Along the Way

You're invited to Our Lenten Journey: Companions Along the Way, a six-week, online series on Tuesdays at 7PM from February 28 – April 4 sponsored by The Episcopal Diocese of Southwestern Virginia.

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Donate to The Bishop’s Dollar Fund

This year during the season of Lent, Bishop Bourlakas extends his annual invitation to reflect on our discipleship in Jesus' name. As you walk the way of the cross through the forty days of Lent, we encourage generous support of The Bishop’s Dollar Fund to continue to address a variety of initiatives and needs throughout the diocese that would not be available through our annual program budget. You may send donations via the link below or mail a check to the Diocesan Office made payable to the Episcopal Diocese of Southwestern Virginia with "Bishop's Dollar" in the memo line to: Attn: Bishop's Dollar Fund, PO Box 2279, Roanoke, VA 24009.


Community News

Joint Service at First Baptist Church

You are cordially invited to attend First Baptist Church as we welcome our Hispanic and Ukrainian Friends to our Community! The service will be held on Sunday, March 5, 2023 at 11AM. Our Guest Preacher will be Rev. Dr Tomas Mackey who hails from Buenos Aires, Argentina and is the current President, Baptist World Alliance. A complimentary Soul Food Lunch will be served immediately following the Morning Worship Service.

Festival of Faith | March 11-12, 2023

Lexington Presbyterian Church Featuring Guest Speaker/Facilitator, Rev. Aisha Brooks-Johnson, Executive Presbyter of Greater Atlanta ALL EVENTS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC ALL AT LEX PRES (120 S. Main St., Lexington)

Saturday, March I1

5:30-8:00 PM - Dinner, Rev. Brooks-Johnson's Keynote Address, and Discussion (childcare provided)

Sunday, March I2

11:00 A.M. Worship (Rev. Brooks-Johnson preaching)

5:00 PM Youth Supper/Actvities with Rev. Brooks-Johnson (all students in Grades 6-12 welcome)

W&L's Equality Gala

The LGBTQ+ Equality Gala (formerly Virginia Colleges LGBTQ+ Equality Gala) is an annual charity event hosted at Washington and Lee University where we have food, music, dancing, and drag queens in order to celebrate LGBTQ+ identity and raise money for the Shenandoah LGBTQ Center in Staunton, VA. We would LOVE it if you would come to the event and celebrate with us on March 18 at 8 p.m. W&L will be celebrating their 11th year hosting this event.

Hosting Ukrainian Families

A humanitarian outreach effort organized by citizens of Lexington, Buena Visa, and Rockbridge County, we aim to pave the way for sponsoring temporary re-settlement of families who qualify for entry according to the laws of the United States.

The mission of Hosting Ukrainian Families is based upon love, compassion, and humanitarian concerns for families seeking to live in peace. Accordingly, a call is issued to each person joining in this effort to set aside all political, culturally divisive viewpoints, and all differences which may hinder or defeat these goals. To donate, click the link below.

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