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Don’t throw those used, broken, out-of-date electronics into the landfill! Save the planet and support our Youth programs by recycling your electronics at Grace and St. Stephen’s on Sat., Mar. 25, 10 am to 1 pm (in the south parking lot). For a small fee, Metech Recycling will take your electronic castaways and recycle them. Grace and St. Stephen’s youth, joined by youth from St. Michael’s and Chapel of Our Saviour, will be cheerfully unload the items from your vehicle.
Today, on the last Sunday in Epiphany we invite you to join us in prayer that we -- like the disciples who were with Jesus on the mountain (Matthew [17:1-9] -- shine the light of God’s love on all we meet.
Winter’s tight grip on our lives seems to be loosening. We emerge from our winter homes to begin our lives anew in the increasing light of the season. It is fitting that today we are reminded by God in Holy Scripture that we are a new people with new lives, that we are dedicated to God, and therefore called upon to act as God would act toward others that cross our paths. Join the people of Grace and St. Stephen’s today as we pray for God’s spirit of love to fill our hearts with peace to share with all those we encounter throughout our lives.
Today we are reminded that God is our eternally loving parent. Just as human parents set boundaries for their children to protect them from harm, we hear how God sets his boundaries for us to live in safety and harmony with each other. Join the people of Grace and St. Stephens as we pray today, in humility, for God’s presence in our lives because, “in our weakness we can do nothing good without you.”
About this time of year in our part of the world, we begin to notice that the light of day, ever so slowly, lengthens. When one of these winter days occasionally turns warm, we can even imagine in hope that, as the light returns, our green seasons will soon return as well. Join the people of Grace and St. Stephen’s today to be reminded that, when we follow the Lord’s commandments, we also are bringing God’s light to a dark and cold world.
Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?
These days it seems impossible to escape the hyperbolic chamber we call, in this country, “politics.” The cycle just never ends; each election day we hold our breath and hope that the animosity will subside; each election day we find our hope has been in vain. As each moment in our country is freshly spun, those in the political sphere (and your facebook friends) find creative, new ways to ratchet up the partisan rhetoric. In an effort to win the "war" those on the front lines strategically demean their opponents, build of them inhuman caricatures to pummel, straw-men and straw-women to burn in the public square while pundits and bloggers bask in the glow.
It’s February and hearts turn to Valentine’s Day, when it’s all about the Love. The incarnation is God’s Valentine to us; John 3:16 is the postmark: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only son to the end that all who believe in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” God loves you. More than you can know. And he wants you to take good care of yourself so your relationship with him can continue to grow and shine his light in this darkening world.