Thoughts & Updates

News, perspectives and updates from Grace Episcopal Church

Posts by members of the congregation at Grace Clayton.

Easter Sunday

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 We had a great celebration of Jesus' resurection!  Thanks to everyone who did a fantastic job decorating, serving, singing, playing and attending our worship, bringing food for and coordinating the brunch, putting on the Easter egg hunt and cleaning up!  It was a great morning!
 
 
 
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Backpack Buddies

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Grace Episcopal Church has many ministerial outreach programs. One such program is the Interfaith Food Shuttle’s Backpack Buddies, whose motto is "Feed Teach Grow".

As Grace's Backpack Buddies coordinator, I assemble 34 bags of groceries that would feed a needy child through the weekend.  This is coordinated with First Baptist every other week and distributed to classrooms at Cooper Elementary in Clayton.  This provides low-income households with weekend nutrition for needy children.

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Gayla on Hymn Singing

Gayla on Hymn Singing

At the beginning of several of the psalms of David there are instructive notes such as “to the choirmaster” or “to the musicians”. Such references would indicate that David intended these psalms to be sung and set to music. As a result, the psalms became the primary music of the early church and remained so until the 16th century.

Martin Luther began including hymns that were written to help the people understand the scriptures since many of the working class were still illiterate in this period. At the same time, John Calvin, another theological reformist, continued to believe that the psalms were THE music of worship and thus did not support the composition of “new songs”.

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