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Grace Office
May 10, 2022

Dear Grace Family,

This past Sunday we were confronted with two pathways of invitation in Genesis 38: to break away from the Lord, following our appetites vs. breaking through our present darkness by His very present help? The dark story of Judah and Tamar demonstrates the colossal harm that happens when God's people--in this case specifically men of power--live selfish lives. Yet when God seems absent, He is nothing but and will be an Avenger in the form of those victimized by the people of God! His plan to bless the Nations is demonstrated through the resilience of Tamar and the continuance of Judah's lineage. Please recall that this message contains explicit material, but there is a powerful grace in the message! Listen here.

Related to this, in the wisdom of the church calendar, Easter is not a single day. Instead, it is a 7-week season. It takes longer than a single 24-hour celebration to get the reality of the resurrection of Jesus into our bones. Here is a helpful article about how we can make good use of Eastertide.

We are now an Anglican Church!
As we continue to walk together towards the new future God has for us, here are a few items of interest.

John was ordained as a deacon in the ACNA last Thursday at the annual C4SO Clergy Retreat in Nashville. The service was live-streamed, and can be viewed here. The sermon from John's ordination service can also be heard here with a little better sound quality than the YouTube video.

Second, here is a brief video about our Diocese, which explains a little bit about the vision and structure of our new church home.

Bring Communion Elements this Sunday, May 15: One of the changes we are experiencing as part of the ACNA is our practice of Holy Communion. Only ordained priests may consecrate the elements in the ACNA, and currently, neither Pastor John nor Pastor Jason are ordained as Anglican priests. To help us continue our weekly practice of partaking of the Lord's Supper together each Sunday, several local ACNA priests will be assisting us.

Please consider bringing communion elements to be consecrated on Sunday, May 15th. These elements will be an offering of Christ's love and peace from you to the rest of our church body for future worship services. The elements you bring will be consecrated (blessed) by Matthew Lanser, of Emmanuel Anglican Church as a part of our worship this Sunday, May 15. They will be carefully secured and safely stored in our church building for use on future Sundays until we have another visiting priest assist us with the consecration of the elements again. This practice will continue until Pastor John (now Deacon John) is ordained as an Anglican priest (hopefully sometime this fall).

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Grace Office

Weekly Calendar at a Glance
Wed 05/11, Recovery From Sexual Compulsivity Discussion Group - 7:00 PM
Thursday 05/12, Thursday Morning Walking Group- 10:00 AM
Sun 05/15, Worship - 10:15 AM

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