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!
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
Please join us for Christmas Eve Candlelight Services, Thursday, December 24 at 7:30pm!
Here 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.
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! Worms 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
We 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 » »
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