Sunday 8:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite I
nave & online: Zoom
Sunday 10:45 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II
nave & online: Facebook/website
Tuesday 8:00 p.m. Compline
Wednesday 12:00 p.m. Eucharist
The Grace Church nave is located at the corner of Washington Street and Boulevard in Gainesville, Georgia.
The parish office, open Monday through Thursday from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, is located at 422 Brenau Avenue. Come to the red door that faces Brenau Avenue and ring the bell for access.
Mailing Address: 422 Brenau Avenue, Gainesville, GA 30501
Last week, as we celebrated Ash Wednesday and stepped into this Season of Lent, Cynthia and I were having lunch (yes, on Ash Wednesday). She turned to me and said, “I don’t think we have been in this part of the forest before.” I don’t know about you, but this Lent has felt unlike any other Lent we have experienced. There is so much uncertainty and anxiety, and I don’t flippantly say that Lent invites us to reflect deeply on both the constraints of our human condition and the grace of God. Our parish is experiencing concerns for the virus, financial market turmoil, family grief, construction delays, and basic pressures of this time of year.
To that end, I wanted to send this note out to help ground us as we venture together through the forest we find ourselves in. My practice of prayer is essential in my life as your rector, and I invite us to prayerfully reflect on our shared life as a community during these days. Below you will find a series of updates for our entire Grace Community: church and school, pastoral and financial components, and administrative and liturgical spheres.
Please be assured that I will be in touch with any updates. Above all, I would ask us to remain prayerful and seek-as always-to be grounded in God’s indwelling presence in our lives. The Spirit seeks our health and wholeness, both as persons and as a spiritual community-indeed, as the entire world.
To close, I actually commend to you this beautiful musical reflection by Josh Groban and Angie Stone, as they sing “The Prayer.” This has long been one of my favorites, and perhaps it offers you comfort on this day. The opening words are:
I pray you’ll be our eyes
And watch us as we go
And help us to be wise
In times when we don’t know.
God’s blessings be with you, always,
The Rev. Dr. Stuart Higginbotham