Grace News April 5, 2022

Holy Week 2022

Sunday of the Passion/Palm Sunday April 10
8:00 & 10:30 a.m. in the Nave

Maundy Thursday April 14
12 noon in the St. Peter Chapel and 7:00 p.m. in the Nave
Holy Communion, and the solemn stripping of the Altar

Good Friday April 15
Stations of the Cross – meet in St. Peter Chapel at 12:00 noon
7:00 p.m. Service of Good Friday in the Nave

Easter Vigil April 16
6 p.m. Begins in the parsonage yard; continues in the Nave

Easter Sunday April 17
8:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Holy Communion Services in the Nave

Easter Flowers

The cost is $10.00. Flower orders are due in the office Friday April 8, 2022. Plants may be picked up from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mon. – Thurs. the week of April 18th


Fountain Flowers

Opportunities to share plants and flowers for the fountain will be available beginning Sunday, April 24th and continuing through June 5th. 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.

Music at Grace Concert ~ April 24th at 4:00 p.m. Calli Graver

Grace Lutheran Church ~ 517 North Queen Street ~ Lancaster 17603 Freewill offering On Sunday, April 24 at 4 pm, Grace Lutheran welcomes Calli Graver back to Lancaster to share music with her hometown church! Calli will perform selections from her upcoming album to be released in this summer, as well as jazz standards and other favorites! 

In addition to this recent artistic project, Calli travels as a background vocalist for pops symphonies, is a professional chorister with the Philadelphia Orchestra, fronts a party band, and more! She also teaches at four institutions, including Millersville University. Calli can’t wait to bring home the music she’s been working on since 2020! 

Grace Book Group

April 12, 2022, at 7 PM, via Zoom, we will discuss books about poets during Poetry Month. If you were unable to find a book regarding the theme, attend anyhow and let us know what you read instead. If you would like to join the discussion please email me at  –Brenda

Christian Formation

Lenten Walking Group Update

This week we focus on the spiritual habit of fasting.
Matthew 6:16-18, Isaiah 40:29-31

Things to consider…

  • When you consider “fasting” what things come to mind?
  • In what areas do you practice delayed gratification?  In what areas do you find it difficult to practice delayed gratification?
  • How do you prepare to fast?
  • How do you finish your fast?
  • What do you gain from fasting? 
  • What do you lose?

Intentionally creating space in your life to hear God by removing things that give you immediate satisfaction can feel uncomfortable-especially when the world glorifies pleasure.
If you have not tried fasting, keep this exercise simple. Try fasting for a 24 hour period. The goal is to finish. If you start to feel weary, turn your weariness into an opportunity to talk to God and listen to what He has to say. God will provide clarity, strength, and breakthrough on the other side of your faithful sacrifice.
As you prepare for Resurrection Sunday, know that God does not expect you to grow spiritually on your own. When you allow yourself to come imperfect before God, His power makes you perfect in your weakness.
This concludes our five week journey on making space for things that matter. Five Spiritual Habits for Lent and Life.
Prayer. Meditation. Generosity. Stillness. Fasting.

Creation Care

Cap Collection Continues

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!

This Week’s Green Tip

Gutters should be cleaned and inspected twice a year, with extra attention given before a rainy spell. To ensure the cleanest delivery of water, gutters should be sloped enough to ensure continuous water flow, with no low spots which collect puddles. Debris will also collect in any low spots, then break down and add contaminants and particulate matter to the water and filter screen. Read more here

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