The Fifth Sunday of Easter, May 10rd 2020
If you are searching for a place to connect in order to find strength and hope, we are glad you found us. If you are overwhelmed by the world right now, we will pray with you and for you. If you are seeking ways to help others, we hope you will join us here.
Browse our website, follow us on our Facebook page, sign up for our weekly email and sermon. Walk our labyrinth or pray in our Memorial Garden during this time when we cannot gather together for worship. Check out the resources for at home worship and study by clicking the links provided:
I’ve been thinking about this term we keep using, social distancing, and I’ve decided I don’t like it very much. Yes, we do need to keep a safe distance from one another to help slow down the spread of the virus, but we are human beings who need to be social, need to be in community. This is a time when we are all creatively thinking of ways to stay connected even when we cannot be physically present to each other. Emails, phone calls, and handwritten notes are all ways we can share our lives with one another at this time. Stay tuned for more ways we can be of help to one another and ways to help the needy in our community.
If you need help for any reason a prayer, a conversation, or errands and shopping done Call us and we will help.
If you are able to help by writing notes, making calls or running errands please call and let us know.
Call us at 804-733-7202 and leave a message. We will call you back. Read your weekly email to stay connected. If you would like to be added to our email list call the church office or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to God from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen.
In God’s peace,
Happy is the one whose hope is in the Lord. (Psalm 146:5)
We place our hope not in external things and circumstances, which are always changing, but in God’s love, which we have been assured through the crucified and resurrected Jesus will endure forever.
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up our wounds. (Psalm 147:3)
Jesus healed all manner of illnesses when he walked the earth. Today, we believe the Holy Spirit is still at work healing our broken spirits and wounded souls. This healing occurs through consistent participation in worship, Christian education, service and the fellowship of the church.
Come to me all you who are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)
We believe that the church is not ours; it is God’s. Consequently, hospitality is a way of life for us. We in the church have accepted God’s gracious invitation to be a part of God’s family. Our natural response to that open-hearted invitation is to extend this graciousness to all who enter and to those in need beyond the church’s walls.
We are glad that you have found our website. Christ and Grace Episcopal Church in Petersburg, Virginia, is an increasingly vibrant parish who seeks and welcomes new families and individuals who seek God's love. We are well established but strive to act like a church that is newly formed as our members bring new ideas for ministry within and beyond the walls of the church. The Outreach Garden is a good example of our continual efforts to explore new avenues to reach out to our local and extended communities who face many challenges.
We are diverse in our theological and social positions but find that being together in worship, fellowship and service is more important than strict uniformity in the belief and practice of our faith. We pray and strive to let Jesus be our guide as we seek to love God and our neighbors as ourselves.
Our Mission is simply stated: We offer hope, healing, and hospitality to everyone we encounter. It is our desire that you engage in and experience these aspirations as well. We hope you will join us at Christ and Grace. When you do, you will find, as we do, that the presence of the Lord is in this place.
Our doors and hearts will be open to all. We will provide a variety of worship and study opportunities for people of all ages to encounter the living God. We will be agents of positive change throughout the larger community.