Growing in Faith. Creating an Inclusive Community.

Serving with Compassion. Working for Social Justice.

Sunday, July 7, 2024


The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost


Worship Service 

with Holy Eucharist 


in person at 

10 am


Service Bulletin


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Independence Day Holiday


The staff, clergy, and wardens at Grace Church wish you a Happy 4th of July. As a reminder, the church and offices are closed in observation of the holiday today.

20s 30s BBQ

 20s/30s Year-End BBQ


The clergy at Grace Church hosted a a year-end BBQ for the 20s/30s group last Friday evening in the Grace Court Garden. Thanks to all who attended!


Interested in fellowship, spiritual discussion, and service? Between the ages of 20 and 39 (or close enough)? Then we would be happy for you to join our 20s & 30s Group at Grace! If you are interested in learning more, please contact Thomas Baldwin (thomas.baldwin92@gmail.com) and Taylor Allen (taylorannemarieallen@gmail.com). 

20s 30s BBQ
20s 30s BBQ
20s 30s BBQ
Red Hook Farms

Come Back to Red Hook Farms


Saturday, June 8th, was a picture-perfect day for farming! It was not too hot with low humidity. Over 30 volunteers, including one from Grace, descended at the Red Hook Columbia Farm to address food insecurity in New York City.  Farm tasks included weeding, composting, and transplanting while having a great time working outside and enjoying each other’s company.  Purple pale beans, poblano peppers, cucumbers, and lemon grass were among the plants transplanted. 


Grace Church, we need you one day a month, for 3 hours, from April through December.  The remaining dates are July 13th, August 10th, September 14th, October 12th and November 9th.  Click here to register .


Come back for the mission, to address food insecurity by improving access to healthy and affordable food.


Come back for the service, by contributing your time and talent you serve with compassion, in an underserved community, which aligns with Grace Church’s Core Values.


For questions, please email Theresa Seabaugh, taseabaugh@gmail.com.  We hope to see you at the farm!


The Farm Stand opens next Saturday, June 15th, 10 am – 2 pm, at Columbia Street Farm, 560 Columbia Street. Volunteers get 10% off.


Summer Hymn Sings at Plymouth Church


On three Thursdays -- August 15, 22, and 29 -- there will be spirited hymn singing in the (air conditioned!) Choir Room starting at 7 pm. Join your friends and neighbors in a lively time exploring congregational songs old and new, with selections both from our hymnal and from other sources. Under the leadership of Raymond Trapp and Jacque Jones, each evening will include a time for “singer requests” so come prepared to call out your favorite worship song and join the group in singing it. Bring your friends, and all ages are welcome. Enter Plymouth at the 75 Hicks Street door.


North Room Chat Recap: General Convention
On June 2, Kathy Page and John Colon gave an engaging presentation on the General Convention of the national Episcopal Church and the Revolutionary War-era roots of our church governance. The talk was timed to coincide with the 2024 General Convention in Louisville, KY, commencing on June 23. Kathy will be representing our diocese as an alternate delegate at the convention. You can hear Kathy and John’s remarks by using the link below. Of special interest is the election of a new Presiding Bishop to succeed The Rt. Rev. Michael Curry, who is preparing to retire.
Link for North Room Chat on General Convention.

EfM Registration Open for Fall 2024 


The Education for Ministry (EfM) Seminar program at Grace Church welcomes friends from Grace and other parishes to join our small, diverse, and vibrant group! 



EfM is a unique four-year program in theological education based upon small-group study and practice. Since its founding in 1975, this international program has assisted more than 120,000 participants in discovering and nurturing their call to Christian service. EfM helps the faithful encounter the breadth and depth of the Christian tradition and bring it into conversation with their experiences of the world as they study, worship, and engage in theological reflection together. The program invites participants into small, mentored groups that provide the framework for understanding life and shaping actions as Christian faith is deepened. EfM seminar groups develop a theologically informed, reflective, and articulate laity. 


Our group meets at Grace Wednesday evenings, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, October to June, in person and on Zoom, with breaks at holidays, and there is also an annual weekend retreat at Holy Cross Monastery. Former students are welcome to return. The annual fee is $325 plus the cost of textbooks; limited scholarships may be available. 


For more information see https://efm.sewanee.edu/about/ and contact co-mentor John Musco, johnmusco@gmail.com, or speak to an EFM participant at Grace.  An open house is planned for August 14th from 6:30-7:30 pm.  

Centering Prayer


Centering Prayer is a method of contemplative prayer in which we rest silently in the presence of God. It is a very simple method that is easy to learn. We may think of prayer as thoughts or feelings expressed in words, but this is not the only form of prayer. 


Zoom sessions are held on Tuesday evenings at 7 pm. Each session lasts approximately 50 minutes with a 20 minute period of silence. Instructions on how to participate are part of each session.


The link for Centering Prayer is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85673451852

Rector's Bible Study


The Rector's Bible Study Group will resume on Tuesday, October 1st in the Choir Room. The group will be reading and discussing the New Testament book The Acts of the Apostles for its fall study. 


Over the summer you are encouraged to read two short books written by the modern New Testament scholar and theologian, Marcus J. Borg:

Reading the Bible Again, for the First Time: Taking the Bible Seriously, but not Literally

Meeting Jesus Again, for the First Time: The Historical Jesus and the Heart of Contemporary Faith

The Rector's Discretionary Fund

Even the most meticulously crafted budget can’t always cover an unexpected emergency, e.g. a child’s trip to the ER; a car vandalized and needing an expensive part; an elderly parent in another city requiring help.


Since it was established in 2004, the Rector’s Discretionary Fund has given to parishioners in circumstances like these. The need is great, especially after the pandemic, with more on the horizon, and the sole source of funding for this important fund is the generous contributions of our congregation, helping members of our Grace community when they are facing temporary financial hardship.


Contributing to this important fund fulfills our parish goal of Serving with Compassion. If you would like to participate, you can do so by using our online payment system, Realm. If you prefer to pay by check, please make it out to Grace Church Brooklyn Heights with Rector’s Discretionary Fund on the memo line.


Thank you for your faithful generosity.

Evening Prayer


Grace Church offers Evening Worship every Tuesday - Friday at 5pm online.


To attend Evening Prayer online, please use the following Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7186241850 .

Parish Prayer Concerns & Thanksgivings


This week we pray

… that, by God’s grace, we may find power and strength in the very situations that seem most difficult or fearsome. May we remain faithful and obedient to God; and persist in speaking God’s truth.

… that we, who follow Jesus the carpenter, may proclaim the good news of God’s all-sufficient grace.

… that we may be faithful in prayer, and regularly listen for, and be guided by, the voice of the Holy Spirit within us. May God preserve us from the arrogance of our convictions, and guide us toward humility and discernment in all that we do.

… that God will grant strength and courage to Joe, our president; Kathy, our governor; Eric, our mayor; and all elected officials, and the will to do all in their power to preserve our country’s government, uphold equal justice under the law, and protect the rights of all people.

… for peace in all places where there is warfare, and relief for all whose lives are threatened by fighting, starvation, or lack of medical care. We pray also that world leaders will refrain from escalating hostilities.

… for all who have been injured or lost loved ones, homes, or businesses in Hurricane Beryl, and those whose lives and livelihoods are endangered by wind, rain, flooding, heat, and wildfires: that God will protect them, and will open the hearts of many to reach out to them and lift them up. We pray also that God will move many more people around the world to work to nurture and restore God’s creation.

… for the poor, the hungry and the homeless, and for those who have been commended to our prayers, especially Lisa, Andy & family, Nickela, Marie, José, the Rev. Nils Blatz, Tom C., Heidi, Vivian H., Lally, Roger, Bill, Mary, Jane O., Dolores V., Ron & Betsy, Sohee, Jane K., Richard & Linda, Rosemarie, Andrew, Katie Lynn, Stephen, Kathy P., Kathy, Chris, Jesse, Max, Sean & Fiona & family and Heleen. For those who care for sick or aging loved ones, those who endure chronic or incurable illnesses, and those who are near death. For those whose names and needs are known only to God.

… For all who have died, and all who mourn.  Eternal God, Hear our prayer.  

Grace Notes Submissions


Announcement submissions for Grace Notes and Sunday bulletin can be sent to Melissa Kelly, Parish Administrator. All submissions must be received no later than Thursday at 10 am in order to be included in that week's e-newsletter and bulletin. Thank you!

Livestream and Audio Update


Due to equipment failure, Grace Church is working on repairs and upgrades to our audio and livestream systems. Unfortunately, therefore, we will not be able to livestream Sunday services until further notice. Thank you for your patience while these systems are offline. We will make an announcement as soon as our livestream capabilities have been restored.

Sunday Services at Grace


During the summer, Grace Church holds in-person services at 10 am each Sunday in the air-conditioned Guild Hall. All are welcome.We have child care available for those who need it during the service. 


Join us for coffee hour! Please join us for coffee and snacks after the service. 


If you have any questions about our worship schedule, please contact Melissa Kelly, Parish Administrator, at parishoffice@gracebrooklyn.org or (718) 624-1850 x 10.

The Common Cup


Holy Eucharist is offered in both kinds, bread and wine. The wine is offered from the common cup (drinking directly from the chalice). Intinction is not permitted.  At communion time, after receiving the bread, proceed to the eucharistic minister to receive the wine by drinking directly from the chalice. Those not wishing to drink from the chalice may cross their arms and reverence the cup.

Giving to Grace

We are happy to let you know that you can make a pledge or general offering donations by text! 


Please send a text to 73256 with the message "GraceBrooklyn". The first time, you will be prompted to provide your name and address, including your credit card number. If you save that information for future use, the second offering by text will be immediate. You can also make one-time pledge payments and general offering donations online here.


If you would like to set up a recurring pledge payment on Realm, please contact Melissa Kelly, parish administrator, for an invitation to join

In Remembrance or Gratitude...


Altar flowers are a wonderful way to express gratitude for life's blessings or to memorialize a loved one.


If you would like to contribute altar flowers, please contact Melissa Kelly in the parish office. The suggested donation, which covers the cost of the altar flowers for Sunday services, is $200. An acknowledgment will be included in the service bulletin.

Weekday Visits to Grace


When you visit, please use the Clergy Door, which is the first door on your right in the Hicks Street courtyard. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.


Grace Church | 254 Hicks Street | Brooklyn NY 11201 

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