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After 2,000 years, it is still hard to believe. Even first century Judeans couldn’t believe it right after it happened. But then they found him—they found the risen Lord in the stranger, the one with whom they broke bread. Only after welcoming the stranger, and sharing their food with him, did the Emmaus travelers recognize him—right there, right in their midst. Hidden in plain sight. Join with the people of Grace and St. Stephen’s on this Sunday as we pray into the mystery of the Resurrection that our eyes of faith may be opened to see the Risen Lord in the world that he has redeemed.
All children ages 4 to 12 (and their friends and neighbors!) are invited to Camp Grace Vacation Bible School, June 19-23, 5 to 7:30 pm. Each evening will begin with a simple supper for the whole family, then the children will engage with Jesus as their guide for the rest of the evening.
Sue Stoner, our resident master gardener says that the English poet, Cyril Connolly, got it right when he wrote, "April is the cruellest month." The temperature reaches into the 70s, sprouts appear on trees and bushes, and spring bulbs bloom profusely when--Bam! a snowstorm hits. You are aware, aren't you, that April is the second snowiest month after March, so we must be prepared for such a scenario.
You may be familiar with the essential services that Ecumenical Social Ministries (ESM) provides to the homeless and others eking out a life in and around downtown. Food, showers, laundry and more are available to nearly 75,000 individuals annually.
In 2016, director Ann Lantz saw a growing need for shelter and help for homeless women in our community. Now, WISH House will open to provide a safe shelter for single women experiencing homelessness.
So what is left after Easter? The colorful ribbons and flowers that decorated our homes and tables are put away. The festive sweets have been consumed. Today is just another cool spring day in Colorado. But then we hear today…”Peace be with you.” And we are reminded that Peace is left for us after Easter. A Peace which surpasses understanding. A Peace which calls for a new covenant of Reconciliation. Join the people of Grace and St. Stephen’s today as we begin to learn what it means to be called by the risen Jesus to be different and to live differently from the world around us.
Our journey through Lent is completed, but today we are told that a new journey awaits us. Jesus preached the Way God chooses for us: a way of health and wholeness. We have but to choose the way God has chosen for us, and Jesus will walk with us to show us the Way and to give us, too, the power to transform the world. Join this day with the people of Grace and St. Stephen’s to celebrate Christ’s victory over death and to be commissioned to enter the world with Christ, each to be a sign to the world that there is a different and better way to be human.
We live in a world in which so many people are hurting, carrying hidden wounds and secret scars. Unfortunately way too many of those hurts have been afflicted in places that should offer healing and strength: churches.
Since my arrival at Grace and St. Stephen's more than a year ago, I've been told countless stories of spiritual pain and trauma inflicted by church leaders, individuals who were supposed to be trust-worthy. Some of those stories, of course, come from long-time members of our parish who endured the painful days before, during, and after the split. Some of those stories come from parents who watched their children sour on the Church because of the un-Christian things they witnessed or heard. And others come from members of our community who were told, in the churches of their childhood, that God did not love them or want them.
The journey of Lent arrives at Holy Week, the week when we remember that Jesus was acclaimed with joy by the crowds of Jerusalem as their King--only to be thereafter arrested and executed as a treasonous criminal. But the story will not end there. Join the people of Grace and St. Stephen’s as we travel the last days of remembrance, plunged into the depths of mysteries that we only comprehend by faith and love for Christ.