Grace: It's Our Way of Life

As Episcopal Christians we
Worship at home daily and together weekly;
Study the Scriptures, our tradition, and what it means to be a disciple today;
Serve our families, our parish, and our world in the name of Christ.

Everything we do is done with an ethic of Welcome
because we are only here by Grace.

19 September 2010

The Great Conversation: Worship part One of Four

part one: Worship

Since 1867

The Great Conversation is an invitation to the people of Grace to live into community differently. In the face of a consumer culture, we are gathering as citizens of the body of Christ. We do not gather just to make demands but to take our place as responsible participants in the dialogue where we learn about our tradition, listen to our neighbors, and speak up for ourselves, and where we begin to answer one of the fundamental questions of our life together: How do we worship God as Grace Church in Traverse City?

Worship in the Anglican/Episcopal tradition is defined by the Book of Common Prayer and so is rooted deeply in the history and heritage of the early church, traced particularly through the British Isles and the United States. Worship is more than just what happens on Sunday morning, too. Worship means the attitude and acts of reverence to a deity according to the HarperCollins Bible Dictionary. How should we worship God as the Episcopal Church in Traverse City?

So what are getting together to talk about? We are gathering to talk about what our worship is and how we might face the future as a community; specifically will address how we incorporate children and families into our worship life, how we preserve our local Episcopal tradition, and how we incorporate new experiences of worship and music. How will we be Grace Episcopal Church in Traverse City?

26 September 2010

The Schedule

9:00 a.m. Unity Service

10:00 a.m. Gather in Parish Hall
with coffee and snacks

10:15 a.m. Brief Introduction by
Rev. Daniel Richards

10:30 a.m. Small Group Conversation
Round One

11:00 a.m. Break

11:10 a.m. Small Group Conversation
Round Two & Light Lunch

11:50 a.m. Done

Selected from the Outline of the Faith, called the Catechism
from the Book of Common Prayer pages 856-857

Q. What is the duty of all Christians?
A. The duty of all Christians is to follow Christ; to come together week by week for corporate worship; and to work, pray, and give for the spread of the kingdom of God.

Q. What is prayer?
A. Prayer is responding to God, by thought and by deeds, with or without words.

Q. What is Christian Prayer?
A. Christian prayer is response to God the Father, through Jesus Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Q. What are the principal kinds of prayer?
A. The principal kinds of prayer are adoration, praise, thanksgiving, penitence, oblation, intercession, and petition.

Q. What is corporate worship?
A. In corporate worship, we unite ourselves with others to acknowledge the holiness of God, to hear God’s Word, to offer prayer, and to celebrate the sacraments.

Q. What are the sacraments?
A. The sacraments are outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace, given by Christ as sure and certain means by which we receive that grace.

Q. What is grace?
A. Grace is God’s favor towards us, unearned and undeserved; by grace God forgives our sins, enlightens our minds, stirs our hearts, and strengthens our wills.

Q. What are the two great sacraments of the Gospel?
A. The two great sacraments given by Christ to his Church are Holy Baptism and the Holy Eucharist.

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