Lent 2017

Noted below are offerings for the Lenten season to aid parishioners in the keeping of the holy season and in the renewal of faith in preparation for Easter.

Ash Wednesday Services

Ash Wednesday services were held in the church on March 1 at 12:10 PM and 7:00 PM. Both services included the Imposition of Ashes. Grace Church also offered "Ashes to Go" on the Gainesville square.

Ecumenical Wednesday Service/Lunch

At noon each Wednesday in Lent, we gather with members of other churches in our community for worship and a light lunch. (Suggested donation is $5.) Please note that there will be no 12:10 PM service in our chapel during Lent.

  • March 8: St. Michael's Catholic, hosting; Rev. Stuart Higginbotham (Grace Church), preaching; First Baptist (on Green Street) Choir
  • March 15: Gainesville First United Methodist, hosting; The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Park (Grace Church), preaching; Antioch Baptist Church Choir
  • March 22: First Baptist (on Green Street), hosting; Rev. Lee Koontz (First Presbyterian), preaching; First United Methodist Choir
  • March 29: Grace Episcopal, hosting; Pastor Scott Hearn (First United Methodist), preaching; St. John Baptist Choir
  • April 5: First Presbyterian, hosting; Rev. Gerardo Ceballos, Parochial Vicar (St. Michael's Catholic) preaching; St. Paul United Methodist Choir
  • April 12: St. John Baptist, hosting; Dr. Bill Coates (First Baptist on Green St.) preaching; First Presbyterian Choir

Wednesday Lenten Soup & Salad Suppers

The whole family is invited to come share in a space of fellowship and a simple soup and salad meal from 5:30 - 6:30 PM on Wednesday evenings during Lent. Cost will be $6 for youth and adults. Children 5th grade and younger eat free.

  • March 8: Chili, Vegetarian Chili
  • March 15: Potato Soup w/toppings (bacon, cheese, ham, sour cream, green onions)
  • March 22: Chicken Noodle, Vegetable Noodle
  • March 29: Minestrone, Tomato-Basil

» Make a reservation by noon each Monday

Lenten Sunday Forum

Join us during Lent to study Lauren Winner’s Mudhouse Sabbath; Seven Ways of Christian Formation Inspired by the Jewishness of Jesus. Using a DVD with reflections by the author, we are exploring a number of different traditional Jewish practices during Lent including Sabbath Keeping, Hospitality, Prayer, Fasting, Grief and Mourning, and how these practices can inform and transform the way we, as Christians, view the world and God. The Forum meets on Sunday mornings from 9:30-10:30 AM in the parish hall.

Chapel Open

The chapel is open for personal quiet time, prayer, and meditation from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Monday through Thursday during Lent. A booklet will be available to guide those who wish to pray the daily office of Morning, Noonday, or Evening Prayer.

Laying on of Hands for Healing

Each Sunday in Lent, at the 10:45 AM worship service, members of the Ministries of Compassion team are stationed in the side aisles for those who would like to receive laying on of hands for healing, or a prayer for someone else.

Mite Boxes

Mite Boxes invite us to make available during Lent some of our treasure for the relief of our needy neighbors. This is done by placing money in the box on a regular basis throughout the season. Baskets for receiving filled boxes will be available on Easter Day. Money received will be forwarded to Episcopal Relief and Development to support projects assisting the needy in this and other countries.

Lenten Devotional Booklet

Grace Church has made available the devotional booklet offered by Episcopal Relief and Development. Written by a diverse group of faith leaders and produced by Forward Movement, 2017 Lenten Meditations reflects the spirit of Lent by focusing on love, togetherness and community. Copies available at the information station and a .pdf copy can be downloaded here.

Leave Prayers at the Cross

The cross that is used for flowering on Easter morning is being used to hold our Lenten burdens. Stop by the cross, located in the Greeting Area (after Ash Wednesday), and write down a prayer or worry on a slip of paper provided. Then roll it up and place it in the cross. Smaller children may draw a picture, but need not write anything at all. The simple act of thinking a prayer and rolling up the paper is similar to lighting a candle in prayer. On Easter morning these prayers will be taken out and replaced with flowers.

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