Grace Notes from Father Paul
Grace Note for July 24, 2020
Last week, I received an invitation for us, as the people of Grace, to lean in to serving as beacons of Christ by offering a generous invitation and welcome to folks who are often vulnerable and marginalized.
Some of you may know that Muncie was going to host its first ever PRIDE event this September. As a result of COVID, the event will take place online. So, instead of having a welcome table or some such, we’re being invited to provide video message of affirmation and welcome to those participating in the event, as well as the lgbtqia+ community. The messages will be played during the online event September 14-19.
Would you be interested in joining me in offering a message of welcome and invitation as part of this very worthy event? A group of both community members and allies would be a wonderful thing. The specifics of when we do the taping will be worked out when we know who’s participating.
Please consider joining me in letting our siblings at PRIDE know they are seen, loved, and accepted as they are, and a welcome part of this place of Grace. I can think of no stronger affirmation of the final question of our Baptismal Covenant: Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?
Please let me know directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) there was an error in an earlier version, by next Friday, July 31st, if you’re interested.
Grace and peace,
Grace Note for July 17, 2020
As many of you know, a grace note is a musical embellishment, indicated by printing a note much smaller than the ordinary note that follows, sometimes with a slash through the note stem. It is my plan to write a short note to the parish each week, lifting up one or two (today, three) things that are on my mind and heart as we prepare for the coming weekend.
First, I want to thank everyone for your exquisitely warm welcome to Muncie and to Grace Church, culminating in the lovely welcome reception on Sunday. I was delighted to meet so many folks, to begin to put names and faces together, and to hear some initial stories. Even more, it was a joy to see how delighted you were to be with each other! I feel well and thoroughly welcomed, and you each have my deep thanks!
My second thought is about staying connected. These times are trying, yet they invite us to continue to seek out new ways to stay connected, not only as friends and neighbors, but also as the Body of Christ. You can already gather on Zoom for the Sunday morning service at 9:30 as well as Morning Prayer on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings at 9am. Please continue to reach out to each other. If you’re concerned that you haven’t heard from someone, please pick up the telephone and call them. I also want to invite any who are interested and able to join us at Gathering Grace on Sunday afternoons. Email me or Barbara Wills for details.
Lastly, a word about moving together into the future. There is a committee hard at work formulating a plan to send to the Bishop for gradually resuming in-person worship. There are a lot of variables in this process. Please keep this group, whose primary goal is the safety of each of you, in your prayers.
This has already pushed the boundaries of being a short note, so I will close with my firm conviction that, strengthened by the Holy Spirit through prayer in community, we shall be empowered to do the work that God has given us to do.