Weekly Reflection March 26

…yields its space today to the mysteries of our redemption;
in the breadth of God’s providence these include both the sacred liturgies of Holy Week and the party and fundraiser we call the Friends of Grace Gala.

SAVE THE DATE: FRIENDS OF GRACE GALA

You should have received your e-mail invitation to this fundraiser and party, “Salsa
and Stone”, scheduled for Sunday, April 12. If you haven’t, please let John Graham
know. Or, you can visit the Gala registration page ,
hosted by Blacktie-DC, courtesy of Grace member and Blacktie-DC CEO Jan Tyler
(note that credit card companies charge the purchaser a fee for this service:
Mastercard and Visa 2.7%, American Express 3.25%). Also, feel free to pay by
check, either mailing it to the Grace office or placing it in the offering plate
on Sunday: $100 / individual, $175 / couple, $50 / student.

HOLY WEEK CALENDAR OF SERVICES

Sunday, March 29
Palm Sunday
8:30 am Palm Procession and Reading of the Passion
Sunday School children will lead the procession at 10:30, and Youth Group members will lead the reading of the Passion
10:30 am
Thursday, April 2
Maundy Thursday
Parish Hall
6:30 pm Simple Supper (agape meal)
7:00 pm Informal Eucharist with Footwashing, followed by a Procession into the Sanctuary and Stripping of the Altar
Friday, April 3
Good Friday
11:00 am Procession of the three “stations” from Grace to Georgetown Presbyterian (3115 P St NW) with three stops at significant places along the route for brief prayer and reflection
12:00 pm Service of the 7 Last Words (at Georgetown Presbyterian)
Including prayers and meditations by representatives of the member churches of the Georgetown Clergy Association
7:00 pm Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Death
At St. John’s Episcopal Church (3240 O St NW)
Saturday, April 4 8:00 pm The Great Vigil of Easter
At Christ Church (31st & O Sts NW)
Sunday, April 5
Easter Sunday
8:30 am Holy Eucharist
9:35 am Adult Forum in the Parish Hall
10:30 am Festive Holy Eucharist with special music
11:30 am Coffee Hour; Children’s Easter Egg Hunt
5:00 pm Evening Eucharist

UPDATE: Covenant to Reduce Homelessness

Last Sunday, March 22, 2 p.m. at Second Baptist Church, 816 3rd St. NW.
Members of Good Faith Communities Coalition (GFCC) congregations gathered to commit
themselves to a Covenant to Reduce Homelessness.

Many thanks to the 10 Grace members who participated. I’m hoping for more next
time.

This Covenant will give us a strong spiritual foundation to provide both support
and accountability for Mayor Bowser’s recently-released plan to end chronic homelessness
– read the article on this plan by Grace’s own Aaron Davis.

There are many ways to provide both the support and the accountability that the
will be necessary to the success of the Mayor’s plan: monitoring progress in the
media, communicating with DC Council members and the Mayor’s staff, testifying
at Council hearings, and more. Please let the Rector know if you can help out in
any of these ways, and if you need more information.