Grace News April 12, 2022

Holy Week

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

Breakfast at 9:00 a.m. in Nolt Auditorium (please bring a dish to share)


Easter Flowers

Plants may be taken following the 10:30 service Easter Sunday. Plants may also be picked up from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mon. – Thurs. the week of April 18th

Worship Volunteers Needed

As we begin the journey back to a “normal” worship schedule, we need volunteers to: read the lessons, assist Pastor with communion, set up and clean up communion, sound and camera operators, ushers, and greeters. Have helped in the past— or would like to?  All are welcome! Please call the office at 717-397-2748 to volunteer!

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! 

Lancaster Chamber Singers

For spring, Lancaster Chamber Singers are going to record several pieces to post on their YouTube channel – and you’re invited to the recording session! While it won’t be a full-length concert, you will get to watch and listen as we record both audio and video of six pieces.

The recording session will take place on Tuesday, May 10, at 7 PM at Grace Lutheran Church, 517 N. Queen St. (corner of N. Queen & E. James) in Lancaster.
There will be no admission charge, but you must show proof of full vaccination to enter. We hope to see all of our friends! Please share this post to help spread the word!

Christian Formation

Walking Group Update: The Power of Habits

As our Lenten Walking Group has come to an end, as we journey through Holy Week, we make space to reflect on our time together.

Consistently making space for the spiritual habits of prayer, meditation, generosity, stillness, and fasting leads to these things becoming part of our natural rhythm of life.  Jesus’ forty days in the wilderness prepared him to resist the temptations of the Devil and to step into the calling God had for Him. Creating healthy spiritual habits can do the same for us.

When we practice these things, remember the spiritual habits themselves are not the end goal. In 1 Samuel 15:22 and Hosea 6:6 God’s word makes it clear that obedience is better than sacrifice.  When sacrificing anything, it must be from a place of humble surrender, not as a half-hearted obligation.

When we truly humble ourselves before God, we experience a deeper intimacy with God. Making space for spiritual habits reflects our obedience to God and keeps us grounded in His love. Whether you journeyed with us in person or through the printed material, thank you for taking the time to make space for these things.

In His Peace, Philip

Creation Care

This Week’s Green Tip

Home gardening continues to boom as more people discover the joys of growing their own food. If you’ve longed for a backyard vegetable garden to grow your own fruits and vegetables but feel short on space, these small-space growing tips will help you get the most out of your yard this season. Read more here

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