May 15, 2022 – Benjamin Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings

Grace Church presents Benjamin Britten’s major song-cycle: Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, featuring Ryan Mangan, tenor; Ron Wold, horn, and the Grace Festival String Orchestra. The concert will also include the world premiere of Alastair Stout’s Three Burns Songs for choir, horn and strings, and Franz Schubert’s exquisite Auf dem Strom for tenor, horn and piano.

Lenten devotional: Under the Sign of Thomas

Under the Sign of Thomas

Under the sign of Thomas

we live—we doubters—

we wonderers—we wanderers—

scrupulously suspicious

of human and inhuman

dogmatisms,

unfootnoted creeds, 

and facile suppositions.

We must put

our heads as well as our fingers

at the point where facts

puncture the flesh

and measure how far

love can unsafely go.


From “Invisible Harvest,” by the Reverend Thomas John Carlisle, 1987


Grace Congregational Church members and friends have contributed to this year’s Lenten devotionals. This year’s Lenten theme is “Good enough: Embracing the imperfections of life and faith.” Today’s devotional was offered by Ellen Green who knew the author.

Lenten devotional: When you have more

Artwork by Jen Bloomer

Acts 4: 32-35

32 The group of believers were united in their hearts and spirit. All those in the group acted as though their private property belonged to everyone in the group. In fact, they shared everything. 33 With great power the apostles were telling people that the Lord Jesus was truly raised from the dead. And God blessed all the believers very much. 34 There were no needy people among them. From time to time those who owned fields or houses sold them, brought the money, 35 and gave it to the apostles. Then the money was given to anyone who needed it.

Let us pray:

Oh God of Creation
and Bounty and all that is Good, 
Give us a vision 
To build community
To share what we have 
To emulate 
The vision of the first Church.
Amen


Grace Congregational Church members and friends have contributed to this year’s Lenten devotionals. This year’s Lenten theme is “Good enough: Embracing the imperfections of life and faith.” Today’s devotional was contributed by Ellen Green.