Grace Episcopal Church                             February 2024

At our Annual Congregational Meeting on Sunday, I encouraged everyone to seek out time with God. It is time with God that should be our starting point for everything else that we do in our lives so that our decisions, commitments, and priorities flow out of a discerning heart.

What do I mean by that? When we spend time with God and when we make it a priority, the rest of our lives are grounded in a greater purpose. We center our days on who God wants us to be and we strive to live as God wants us to live.

However, our tendency is to rush through our days, checking off our to-do lists, making plans, and setting goals. But I wonder how many times we come up depleted, overworked, and frustrated at the messages around us to do more, be more, and succeed more.

God's message is different. When we slow down and center our days on God, our goals become simpler. They aren't about doing more. Instead, they are about loving more and caring more. God's agenda for us is a different kind of to-do list. You might say when we slow down enough to love God more, we can love one another more.

How might that look for you this Lenten season?

If you are able, join us for our Lenten luncheons this year and together we will discover how we can all move closer to loving God and one another. We will let go of our busyness and set a new priority of being still with God. You will find more information about our Lenten Luncheons in this newsletter. I hope you can join us!

May you all have a blessed Lenten journey.

- Emily

A Clare Benediction
John Rutter

May the Lord show his mercy upon you;
may the light of his presence be your guide:
May he guard you and uphold you;
may his spirit be ever by your side.

When you sleep may his angels watch over you;
when you wake may he fill you with his grace:
May you love him and serve him all your days
Then in heaven may you see his face.

May the Lord's loving kindness surround you;
keep you safe as you journey on your way:
May he lead you and inspire you
as he grants you the gift of each new day.

May he bless all your loved ones and cherish them;
Ev'ry friend, ev'ry stranger at your door:
In the name of his Son our Saviour Christ
May God bless you now and evermore.

Ash Wednesday
Wednesday, February 14 at Noon

Morning Prayer
9 am on Sundays

Palm Sunday Services
Sunday, March 24
9 am Morning Prayer
10:00 am Worship Service with Choir
11:00 am Brunch and Easter Egg Hunt

Maundy Thursday
Thursday, March 28 at 7:00 pm

Good Friday Liturgy
Friday, March 29 at Noon

A Stations of the Cross bulletin will be provided in the Narthex for an individual walking meditation.

Sunday, March 31
6:30 am Sunrise Service
8:00 am Facebook Live Service
10:00 am Worship Service with Choir

Lent is just around the corner and we want to invite you to our Lenten Luncheon Series beginning on Thursday, February 15th at 11:30 am in the Parish Hall.

This year, we will once again partner with Providence Presbyterian Church on a special Lenten journey provided by Abbey of the Arts called
A Different Kind of Fast: Feeding our true hungers in Lent. 

Here is some information from Abbey of the Arts about the study:

There are many different things we can fast from. The ancients advised not just abstaining from food but other things like unnecessary speech or unkindness. During this retreat you will be invited to consider and explore six other fasts:

  • Fast from multitasking and inattention (Embrace full presence to the moment)
  • Fast from anxiety over scarcity (Embrace radical trust in abundance)
  • Fast from speed and rushing (Embrace slowness and pausing)
  • Fast from strength and holding it all together (Embrace tenderness and vulnerability)
  • Fast from planning and deadlines (Embrace unfolding and ripening)
  • Fast from certainty (Embrace mystery and waiting)
These are fasts from certain ways of being in the world which can deplete us and increase our anxiety and suffering. We don’t just abstain from them, but also embrace their antidote which lead us to identify our true hungers. This Lent we will live more fully into a vibrant state of being so that we are resourced to bring our unique creative gifts into the world.

We are so excited to embark upon this journey with you.

Please RSVP to Emily at NO LATER THAN February 12 if you would like to participate. Lunch will be provided.

If you would like, you may purchase the book, A Different Kind of Fast, to help guide you through the season.

If you are a new attendee and would like to learn more about our church, please join us for our spring Inquirer's Class. Whether you are interested in membership at Grace or simply would like to explore what it means to be an Episcopalian, you are invited to participate.

We will gather on 3 consecutive Sundays at 9:45 am: March 3, 10 and 17.

Please RSVP no later than February 26th to if you would like to attend. We will provide you with the book Episcopal Questions, Episcopal Answers to help guide our time together.
Pancakes stack with different berries and honey isolated on white background

The Grace Church Men's Group will host Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on February 13th at 5:30 pm. Shrove Tuesday occurs the night before Lent starts on Ash Wednesday.

Pancakes are the traditional meal because eggs, sugar, and fat, commonly forbidden during the Lenten fast, are used up so they will not go to waste. We hope to see you there! All are invited.

Guitars and keyboard against brick wall background and open mic night written on blackboard

Please plan to join us on Saturday, March 16th for our Open Mic Night. This is a fun evening where we share music, poems, stories, and fellowship. You can share something or just enjoy being in the audience. Please bring some finger food to share. Bring a friend or two as well. All are welcome. Wine and non-alcoholic beverages are provided. There is no cover charge.
Lent may be a time of fasting but not for music at Grace Church. Moving into a new liturgical season is always a good time to join the choir. We are learning some new pieces that are easy and beautiful. If you love to sing, please come and try singing with the choir. You do not need to read music. I send out recorded parts to help us learn the music. There are no evening rehearsals. We practice before and after the Sunday service. You only need to enjoy singing and being with others who love singing, too. 

If you have questions, contact me directly at

We look forward to singing with you! Dee
Decorated Easter eggs in wicker basket on white background
Hold the date! We will host an Easter Brunch and Egg Hunt on Sunday, March 24th at 11:00 am.

If you are looking for a fun way to explain the Resurrection story to your younger kids, you might want to consider the Easter Cookie activity. Click the link here and get the recipe of how to make the cookies and tell the story of Jesus as you prepare them.
Grace Episcopal Church
2955 River Road West
Goochland VA 23063