Sunday April 11, 2021
8:00 a.m. ~ Modified in-person worship
(please call 717-397-2748 to register)
9:00 a.m. ~ online Sunday School
10:30 a.m. ~ Livestream Worship
Opportunities to share plants and flowers for the fountain will be available beginning Sunday, April 18th and continue through May 16th.
Families may buy plants and flowers to decorate the Fountain on the Sunday they choose, delivering them to church on Saturday and following Sunday services, take their plants home.
Please call the church office @ 397-2748 with questions or to sign up.
This Week’s Green Tips
The urge to garden in early spring is primal.Reconnecting with the earth is affirming, renewing, promising. Waking up the garden to a new growing season is about more than soil and seedlings … this rite of spring is a tonic to the gardener as well. You can read more here
We are still collecting caps for the Earth Savers Club at Central York High School. If you would like to help—drop off your clean/label free caps to the church office!
Thank you for helping to protect our planet!
Second Sunday of Easter, April 11, 2021
“If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” – 1 John 1:8
The Creator of all has given us responsibility for our home planet. If we say we have no responsibility for being good stewards of creation, we also deceive ourselves. May we rise to the task and work for the good that God breathes into existence.
Listening For God
Join Pastor Steve and members of Grace for Sunday School at 9:00 a.m. for Listening for God Volume 1. Check your weekly email for the Zoom link.
If you need the readings or need to be added to the weekly email list please contact Vicki at (717-397-2748 or firstname.lastname@example.org
“Listen, O my son, to the precepts of thy master, and incline the ear of thy heart, and cheerfully receive and faithfully execute the admonitions of thy loving Father, that by the toil of obedience thou mayest return to Him from whom by the sloth of disobedience thou hast gone away.”
(Prologue to The Rule of St. Benedict, Trans. Rev. Boniface Verheyen OSB, 1949)
This week’s reading is John 3:31-36
Happy Easter, brothers and sisters! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Over the next seven weeks, we are going to read and reflect on excerpts from the works of some of the mystical thinkers of the church. We are going to start our journey with the first book of St. Augustine’s Confessions. It’s no secret that I love Augustine, so much so that I spent a little over a year transcribing, translating, and annotating a small section of a medieval commentary of City of God.
We’re also starting with Augustine because the title of our little journey Weekly Rest comes from the first paragraph of Confessions. You can either find a copy of Confessions Book I online or email me (email@example.com) for a PDF. You can also just read the reflections without reading the text. Whatever works best for you.
The quote that I’m reflecting on this week is, “You stir man to take pleasure in praising you, because you have made us for yourself, and our heart is restless until we rest in you.” What does it mean to rest in God? I think we will have different answers to that. I’m going to tell you how to find rest in God and how I’ve been resting in God recently.
When we started working from home a little over a year ago it was chaotic. Our congregations were looking for new ways to worship and stay connected. We were exhausted. I won’t speak for my husband, but I was not practicing self-care around this time last year. I was stress eating and spending way too much time in front of my computer screen and if I wasn’t on my computer working, I was working on my phone. I wasn’t resting let alone resting in God.
This past year we’ve seen the best and the worst in our fellow humans. I found myself glued to my computer and my phone. NPR playing in the background as I worked. As you can imagine it wasn’t a good combination. We took the week of Thanksgiving off. It was the reset that I needed. I stepped away from my computer and my phone and picked up the books that I was neglecting. I now have two rituals that I do most work days, I workout in the morning and I curl up with a book, a mug of tea, and some chocolate when I finish my work for the day. I’ve learned to let things go for the next day, the church is eternal, the work will still be there. I’ve also had to remind myself, some days more than others, that life happens, grace abounds, and God abides. By praying for God’s will-not my will/the will of someone else, I’ve found myself resting in God more than before. Tragedy happens, but not because we didn’t pray enough and not because we didn’t rest in God enough, but rather because life happens.
When I remind myself that life happens and there are things outside of my control I am much better at taking care of myself. May you find your rest in God during this Easter season.
Pax et bonum, Angie.
Grace Book Group
The Grace Book Discussion Group will meet via Zoom at its regularly scheduled time 7pm on Tuesday, April 13.
Read any memoir, biography, or autobiography to share with the group. If you have questions or wish to join, contact Brenda Hayasaka – firstname.lastname@example.org.