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Lent begins Wednesday, February 10

Saturday, February 6th, 2016
Dear Friends in Christ,
Lent begins next Wednesday, February 10, with Ash Wednesday. We will begin our observation of Lent with worship at 7 PM, a traditional service with the imposition of ashes.
We will worship each following Wednesday night at 7 PM. We will mimic Jesus’ 40 days in the wilderness and the People of Israel’s 40 years in the wilderness, by praying Holden Evening Prayer service, with prayer around the cross and silent meditation time. The service will last about 45 minutes.

Life in Christ is an adventure that is a lot deeper than fun. Fun is surface. It is pleasurable and more or less predictable, but for that very reason, it is shallow. Lent is the church season that intentionally focuses us on the part of the Christian adventure that is deeper than fun. It is unpredictable, serious, earnest, and often unpleasurable. In Lent we take time to look closely at the need for a Savior: our personal need and the world’s need. The world is a mess and it needs help, so do we.
How in the world do we invite others into this adventure when it has no selling points? When it invites us to look at what we are desperate to deny and it does not promise us any pleasure, only Truth? When it encourages us to face our own limits: limits of compassion and love, limits of willingness, energy, and vision? It’s just not that fun to look at this stuff. But it is real and authentic, just like God’s love in Christ.
The only thing I can see that empowers us to invite others into this adventure is love for them, not our love. God’s. Lent done right will uncover the limits of my love for my neighbor, but it will reveal to me the depth of God’s love and forgiveness for sinners like me; sinners whose love limits are unacceptably low. The promise of Lent is that God will say again to me and the church, “I know this sin of yours. I forgive it and I love you. Go, love with my love not your own limited love. Go invite with my invitation, not with your own ambivalent invitation.” This promise alone gives us the power to invite others into this adventure. The question for each of us is, “How will I obey?”
Pastor Jami Fecher

Hymn Festival at Saint Mark’s Seattle

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Beloved Friends,

St Marks invites you to a Hymn Festival at Saint Mark’s on Friday night, February 5, at 7:30. A great Hymn Festival needs lots of enthusiastic singers of all ages and abilities.

Thanks to underwriting by a generous donor, this event will be free.

William Porter will be our guest organist. He improvises music on the organ with astonishing skill and imagination, and his hymn-playing inspires robust singing. Mr Porter’s appearance is part of St Mark’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of their Flentrop pipe organ.

Parking at Saint Mark’s is free!


Epiphany

Saturday, January 9th, 2016

A blessed Epiphany to you. Here’s a brief Epiphany Bible lesson.

Throughout the Old Testament Israel lived in the hope that despite their oppression, despite having been forcibly removed from their homes and scattered all over the known world, not ONLY would God their Savior gather them back together, but God would SHINE from them like a great light, so that even their oppressors would flock to them to learn the ways of their righteous God who takes the part of the poor and saves the oppressed. This is the Biblical meaning of justice.

Fast forward to the New Testament. The coming of the Magi (the so called three kings) to visit the Baby Jesus stands as the beginning of God’s Light drawing all nations to Israel (I’m certainly not talking about the political nation, Israel, but about the people God created and gathered, who worship and obey God). In Jesus, those who were not Jews, those who were not part of the people who endured centuries of oppression in order to worship and obey their Savior God, in Jesus even the Gentiles are gathered to worship the God of the Bible. This is a major theme of the New Testament, exemplified by Paul’s words:

“There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise. ” (Galatians 3:28)

The God of the Bible who shines forth from Jesus is the foundation of all justice, acceptance, inclusion, and all welcome of the stranger, and the “other”, even to the point of G loving the enemies of God and forgiving sinners their sins. This is the Epiphany in Jesus Christ and the reason we remember the magi coming to worship the baby in the manger.

Peace and power to you from Christ,
Pastor Jami Fecher


Christmas Services at Gift of Grace

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Please  join us for Christmas Eve Candlelight Services, Thursday, December 24 at 7:30pm!


Celebrating worm castings

Friday, October 30th, 2015

gog1Here is a Gift of Grace farming success to celebrate which you have to look beneath the surface to see. In January 2015 Farmer Micah started the hugelkultur bed (pronounced hoo-gul-culture).
The point of this design, which is described below, is to produce extreme soil fertility, water efficiency, and ease of use. Our hugelkultur bed has already done some great work. It has produced a two inch layer of worm castings on top of the soil under the mulch layer. Worm castings are more or less worm poo and are a extremely rich organic fertilizer.gog2

Micah created the Gift of Grace hugelkultur bed like this: After tearing out and saving the parsonage sidewalk he dug down about 3.5 – 4 feet and
buried large hardwood logs that will break down over a period of approximately 20-25 years adding fertility slowly and promoting fungal life in the soil. Then he laid layers of sod, straw, and leaves, which  break down much more quickly and provide lots of food for worms! gog3Worms are one of the biggest keys to fertility in the garden. Next there is a layer of topsoil and finally a very thick layer of much. The mulch protects the soil from drying out or from getting rained on directly, causing erosion. Best of all the mulch provides is more food for worms!

The worms have eaten about halfway through the mulch! There is now a rich layer of worm castings sitting atop the soil. Worm castings are an extremely valuable resource effecting water efficiency, fertility and soil structure.

Learn more about hugelkulture go to http://www.permaculture.co.uk/articles/many-benefits-hugelkultur


2nd Annual Chili Cook Off Highlights

Monday, October 5th, 2015

Second Annual Wallingford Chili Cook Off – October 4, at Noon!

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015

chiliWe invite you to the Second Annual Wallingford Chili Cook Off hosted by Gift of Grace Lutheran Church at 2102 N. 40th St. (Wallingford) on Sunday Oct. 4, at Noon! Come and eat the best chili in Wallingford or be bold! Enter your best chili and let five judges (local Wallingford restaurant owners/chefs and a Gift of Grace member) taste and select the most delicious chili which we will serve at GraceFeast Sunday Dinners*. The First Prize Winner gets bragging rights and the prestige of his or her chili to be used in the GraceFeast recipe book and rotating menu (We’ll serve it about every 8-9 weeks). read more » »


Burying our sister in Christ, Debra Lang on Good Friday

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015
Today is Maundy Thursday and we gather for worship at 7 PM. Please join in worship as we mimic “the night in which he was betrayed.”
Tomorrow is Good Friday, or better called The Triumph of the Cross. We worship at 7 PM. Immediately following worship we will bury the ashes of our sister Debra Lang on the Church grounds in a brief committal service. Friday is the night Jesus was buried and it is our joy to put Debra in the tomb with Christ as we confidently await the resurrection of our Lord and those who are grafted into his Body.
Peace and power to each of you from Christ,
Pastor Jami Fecher

Women in Black Vigil

Saturday, January 17th, 2015

Gift of Grace is hosting a Church Bazaar

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Gift of Grace is hosting a Church Bazaar. Come share a cup of cocoa and consider purchasing fair trade knitwear, coffee, chocolates, and olive oils for your gift giving this season. There will also be fresh baked goods, preserves, and handcrafted novelties. The proceeds from this fundraiser benefit the Fair Trade organizations and Gift of Grace Church through the matching grant “Matthew 25: Neighbors in Need Grant Program” with $0.50 on the $1.00 up to $5000 from Thrivent Financial.

 Bazaar Dates & Times

Friday, November 7th   3PM to 8PM 

Saturday, November 8th  9AM to 6PM

Sunday, November 9th  1PM to 5PM