This past Sunday, John preached on John 21 and how Jesus lovingly meets Peter in the disorienting liminal space Peter was living in. We were encouraged to receive the loving, gracious presence of God each and every day of our lives. And then, once we are established and rooted in the love of God, we can expect to be lovingly challenged by God to lay down our lives for him. The sermon concluded with the powerful prayer called the Susicpe, by Ignatius of Loyola.
Justin Milgate, one of our congregation's many artists, created this brief animation testimony to describe his own journey of trusting God in the midst of the many transitions going on in his own life.
To learn to practice living daily in the loving gaze of God, consider the Pray As You Go website/app.
Staff Search Continues! Please continue to pray for our church as we seek God's provision for the following staff positions:
Assistant Pastor with Emphasis on Youth & Young Adults
Assistant Pastor with Emphasis on Serving the City
Ministry Administrator and Communications Coordinator
We have a number of great candidates, and we are seeking the Lord as we trust him to provide. For more information, go here.
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.
Please be in prayer for Jamie Afshari, as she begins the ordination process to become a deacon.
Be sure to check out our Diocese blog for helpful articles and resources.
Please be in prayer for our Bishop, Todd Hunter, as he continues his sabbatical this summer.
Pray As You Go is a daily prayer APP, designed to go with you wherever you go, and help you develop a rhythm of praying every day. It is not a 'Thought for the Day', a sermon or a bible-study, but rather a 10 to 15 minute guided time of prayer, Scripture contemplation, and invitation to bring your own prayers to the Lord. You can download the app on GooglePlay or the Apple Podcasts.
We will hold in-person worship and livestream this week at 10:15 AM.
This Sunday: Farewell Party for the Davisons & Milgates: In light of Jason's news about transitioning and moving to New Orleans this summer and Danielle's news about moving to Vancouver, BC, we are forgoing the Talent Show, and instead, we are throwing the Davison and Milgate family a farewell party this Sunday immediately after the worship service. If you would like to volunteer to help with set up or clean up, please contact Linn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grace Kids is Hiring and Volunteers Needed: Emma Law has faithfully served us this year in the nursery/toddler classroom. She will be moving on as she will start attending college full-time. If you have met her or worked with her, please join me in thanking her for her faithful service to our children. We are now hiring another toddler/nursery host. If you know someone who would work well in this role or if you would like to volunteer, please reach out to Linn at email@example.com.
Sunday Volunteers Needed: With the return to in-person worship, we need people willing to help with communion, ushering, check-in, reading Scripture, and sound/video crew. Please contact Danielle Taniguchi at firstname.lastname@example.org sign up.
Volunteer Scheduling Changes: We will be working on transitioning our volunteer scheduling platform for both Sunday morning and Grace Kids volunteers to Planning Center and discontinuing the use of Elvanto starting this month. There will be more information to follow later in May.
We have a wide variety of groups: Community Groups, Bible Studies, Growth Groups, Prayer Groups, Men’s Groups, Women’s Groups, and Listening Prayer Groups. To find a group, or if you are interested in starting one, please contact our Director of Community Formation, Jamie Afshari at email@example.com.
Pastor Jason + Swag = Amazing: As Pastor Jason is finishing up his ministry at Grace and preparing along with his family to begin their new adventure in New Orleans, we came up with a fitting way for us to mark that transition and partner with his new congregation—St. Roch Community Church.
Our own Justin Milgate consulted with an artist at St. Roch to come up with a design that we could use to create swag—T-shirts, sweatshirts, and coffee mugs. The design, inspired by the creation of our Serving the City ministry under Pastor Jason’s leadership, includes images from both Seattle and New Orleans. You can order your swag here. All proceeds will be split equally between Grace and St. Roch and will be used in both congregations’ ministries to the marginalized and hurting in our cities. You can also donate over and above the purchase price if you wish to do so.
Women's Summer Devotional: Jamie Afshari has put together three summer Devotionals for all the women at Grace. Printed copies are available in the church foyer, or you can download the devotionals here. The devotionals are for you to use on your own. There are also three opportunities to share with one another over ZOOM on the first Saturday of each month from 10:00 to 11:30 AM. You will need to pre-register for each zoom meeting at least three days ahead and after registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. You may join all three or, if only one fits your summer schedule, come to that one!
Saturday, June 4, 10:00 - 11:30 PM, Discussion of Devotional #1 Register here in advance by Wednesday, June 1.
Saturday, July 2, 10:00 - 11:30 PM, Discussion of Devotional #2 Register here in advance by Wednesday, June 29.
Saturday, August 6, 10:00 - 11:30 PM, Discussion of Devotional #3 Register here in advance by Wednesday, August 3.
Meditation/Prayer for Children and Families at Grace (all welcome, you do not have to have children to attend this gathering): All are welcome, you do not have to have children to attend. This is a 20-minute meditation/prayer, on the second Wednesday of each month at 8:00 AM via Zoom - the next meeting will be Wednesday, June 8. We begin with a short time of centering prayer, followed by a brief scripture reading, a time to pray over requests generated from our congregation for our children and families, and we will close with a blessing. If you would like the zoom link, please email Linn at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please remain muted for the prayer, you are welcome to have your video on or off. If you would like to have a specific prayer request prayed (can be anonymous), please send it to email@example.com.
Women’s Summer Gatherings: As the summer months are rapidly approaching, we have planned 3 evening gatherings for the women of Grace to share good food and fellowship. The gatherings are scattered throughout the Seattle area each month:
Friday, June 10, 7:00 - 9:00 PM: The Layne (Capitol Hill)
Friday, July 15, 7:00 - 9:00 PM: Jamie Afshari’s Home (Mountlake Terrace)
Friday, August 19, 7:00 - 9:00 PM: Shelly Morse’s Home (Renton)
We hope to see you there! For specific addresses and any questions, please email Jamie Afshari at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dinner for 7 This Summer: We're bringing dinners for 7 back with a slight twist! This summer if you're looking to stay connected, join the Afshari's at their home in Mountlake Terrace for a meal from 6:30-8:30 PM. There are 7 slots (1 slot per person) open per date. This is a great chance to get to know people you worship with but may not know well. Babies in arms are welcome. You can sign up here.
If these fit a need, we'd like to spread them out over the city this fall. If you'd like to host a dinner for 7 this fall, please reach out to Jamie at email@example.com so she can coordinate dates.
The New and Local Center for Theology and Mission is Offering a Spring Symposium for Seminary Credit: The Center for Theology and Mission is a new, local offering in theological education that combines in-person learning with online flexibility. At our Spring Symposium, a few of our academically credentialed pastor-professors will give you a taste of the classroom experience. If you - or someone you know - are interested in local theological education, then you will not want to miss this event! The theme will be "The Trinity and the Christian - How the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit Shape the Souls of God's People", led by Pastor Alex Early of Redemption Church and other local friends. The symposium is on Saturday, June 4th, from 10 AM to 3 PM at Cross & Crown Church. For questions or more information consult their website here.
Updates to Giving Statements: For 2022, financial giving records will be in Planning Center. More details on how to access your giving for this year will be coming soon. For any questions, please contact Danielle Taniguchi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Young Adult Group: As a young adult, it can be difficult to find friendships in Seattle. You've probably just moved here, got to or out of college, or you're coming out of your Covid-19-enforced hermitage and finding it difficult to meet people. If you consider yourself a young adult and are interested in growing in the community and breaking bread with others, join us for weekly dinner on Sunday nights in Eastlake. For those living or working downtown, in South Lake Union or the University District, it should be a quick bus ride on the 70. Reach out to Brent Williams at email@example.com for the specific location, or if you have any questions.
Book Club: Stephanie Pommer leads our book club for Grace. The next book is Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell. To join, email Stephanie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GraceLife Distribution List: GraceLife (email@example.com) is an email group designed to foster spontaneous generosity and hospitality among anyone and everyone who regularly attends Grace. The distribution list allows anyone who signs up to send out an email to the larger group. It is designed to be used to let others know about a party you’d like to invite others to join, a game night you’d like to host, a request to borrow something, a post to give goods away, a need you’d like to ask for help from the larger group, etc. If you are interested in joining, please email Danielle Taniguchi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday morning Walking Group: Regardless of the weather, we meet weekly at 10:00 AM. Currently, we are walking around GreenLake Park. If you would like to join and have a different park suggestion let us know, babies in strollers and leashed pets are welcome. Contact Linn Haralson at email@example.com if you would like to join us.
Listening Prayer Group Opportunity at The Layne 2021-22 “By beginning with the revealed word of God, Lectio Divina (listening prayer) continues the conversation that God has begun. We first pay attention to his approach to us and focus on our receptivity. Scripture becomes a means for God to feed, heal, and love us. We open ourselves to God’s presence and respond with our hearts.” -Stephen J. Binz – Conversing with God in Scripture
A Listening prayer group is a small group that meets with the intention of building a community around the word of God. We will begin a series this summer of Bible passages that describe what Heaven will look like and be like. During this time together we will listen to God’s word read out loud. We will have an opportunity for individual silence and reflection on the scripture and then conclude our time together, sharing the gifts that God has given us in our silence with him. Please join us for listening prayer, led by Shelly Morse, at the Layne on the following dates from 7:00-9:00 PM:
Breakfast Sandwiches for Unsheltered Teens at New Horizons: New Horizons Ministries has a request of partnership for Grace Church Seattle:
“We are looking for small groups to prepare breakfast sandwiches once a week. Ideally, a group would come in on a Monday or Tuesday morning (9:30 AM – 1:00 PM) for 2- 3 hours. They would prepare 80 – 100 breakfast sandwiches, pack them, and then put them in the freezer and refrigerator. We are looking to start making the breakfast sandwiches in April.”
We are asking groups to provide the eggs, cheese, sausage patties, and English muffins. New Horizons would provide all the spices for groups to use. Volunteers must have their Washington State Food Handler’s Permit, ($10 fee). The Serving the City team is working to also partner with other churches for this effort. If you have any interest or questions, please email Rebecca Ifland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Horizons Youth Shelter has an opportunity for meals to be prepared and delivered once or twice a month for the youth that utilizes their services. Prepared meals would need to feed 40 youth (teenaged to young 20-year-olds) in family-style containers. If you are interested in supporting this opportunity please reach out to Rebecca Ifland at email@example.com.