Worship Services

Holy Communion is offered on Sundays at 9:30 AM and on Wednesdays at 12:00 PM, outdoors on the Grace Church campus for a congregation of 50 or less. All are welcome, however registration is required. Virtual services are held on Sundays at 8:15 and 10:45 AM and every weeknight at 8:00 PM. Please visit our Grace@Home page for registration links and to see all the ways we are staying connected to one another, to Grace, and to God!

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Date Posted: November 20, 2020

News for November 22-28

Will Gotmer to Play at Cathedral

Will Gotmer will play a short livestreamed recital at the Cathedral of St. Philip on Sunday, November 22 at 3:15 PM. The Cathedral typically does weekly services of Evensong at 4:00 PM on Sundays preceded by an organ recital. During the pandemic there hasn’t been Evensong, but the recitals remain. You can watch on the cathedral’s Facebook page or website.

Thanksgiving Blessing Boxes

Family Promise will distribute Thanksgiving Blessing Boxes to families on Tuesday, November 24. If you have been collecting food items this month, please make plans to deliver your donation to the Family Promise Headquarters at 3606 McEver Road in Oakwood on Monday, November 23 if possible! Food donated on Tuesday, November 24 or Wednesday, November 25 will be used to stock the Family Promise Food Market. Family Promise is so grateful for your support! Please call 770-535-0786 with questions.

Christmas Pageant 2020:
A Drive Through Journey to Bethlehem

On Saturday, December 19 from 4:00 – 5:00 PM, come help us tell the story of Christ’s birth and celebrate together as a community, 2020 style. Viewers will be able to experience the Journey to Bethlehem one step at a time in a drive – through pageant around Grace’s campus.

Each family will tell a “scene” in the story from Luke’s Gospel as viewers drive along the path. Video from the performance will be included in the 4:00 PM Christmas Eve Zoom worship. Scripts will be provided, and costumes and props are available – or you can create your own!

If your family would like to perform a scene, please sign up at this link no later than Monday, November 23. If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Kelley, Director of Christian Formation.

Compline

Compline will not meet on Thursday, November 26 or Friday, November 27.

Prayer Yoga

Prayer Yoga will not meet on Thursday, November 26.

Office Closed

The staff and clergy will close their virtual and at home offices and take some time for rest and family on Thursday, November 26 and on Friday, November 27. Happy Thanksgiving from our families to yours!

The School for Christian Practice Retreat

The School for Christian Practice is an intentional framework that nurtures the community’s mission to seek reconciliation and wholeness with God and one another in Christ. By centering ourselves in our practice of prayer, we can grow in our awareness of our union with God and one another, and we can foster a spirit of transformation in our personal lives and in our community.

The four key topics our School will focus on: Practices of Prayer; Stages of Faith and Development; Scriptural Proficiency; and Sacramental Ethics. These four focus points are essential in the way we understand ourselves as Christians, and they will form the basic framework for our shared work.

If you’d like to learn more, please explore The School for Christian Practice webpage and plan to join Fr. Stuart Higginbotham for retreat and conversation on Sunday, December 6 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM. To receive the retreat Zoom link, please register at the link below on or before Friday, December 4.

Christmas Flowers & Greenery

Beautiful flowers and greenery enhance our celebration of The Nativity of Our Lord at Grace Church, and you can help make that celebration special. Contributions to our Christmas flower and greenery fund may be made in thanksgiving for or in memory of loved ones, friends and family. Notice of your donation will be included in the worship bulletin on Christmas Eve.

If you would like to make an offering, please submit both the online form and your donation on or before Sunday, December 13.

Formation for Families and Friends of All Ages

Don’t forget we are gathering outside on Sunday mornings following worship for a time of study, fellowship, and fun. Our intergenerational Sunday School is open to families and parishioners of all ages! We meet in the Grace Center parking lot from 10:10 – 11:00 AM. Children must be accompanied by a parent. Registration is required. Register at the button link below and bring a chair and your mask!

2020 – Perfecting Vision: See Clearly Now

Contemplative Outreach Atlanta presents Lerita Coleman Brown, Stuart Higginbotham, Carl McColman, Moderator Rebecca Parker, and Host Maggie Winfrey on Sunday, November 22 from 3:00 – 5:00 PM on Zoom. Register here.

These past several months have been challenging for us all, both personally and communally. We have been taken outside of our comfort zones, and we are challenged to see ourselves and our world with a level of honesty and vulnerability that perhaps we have avoided.

What are you seeing that you did not see before the pandemic? How is your vision changing and what might look different after the pandemic ends? It is providential that we are called to change how we see things in the year 2020 (our terminology for perfect vision). Predictions have prevailed for some time that either the world would end (perhaps as we know it?) or something major would happen in the year 2020. Is it a contemplative revolution or spiritual revolution? What is changing about what and how we see?


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