Welcome to Grace! Bienvenido a La Gracia!

To Love, Proclaim, and Serve God through

Amar, Proclamar y Servir a Dios a través de

  • life-giving liturgical worship
  • joyful community
  • empowering others

We live our mission through worship, in which lay adults, children and youth participate alongside our clergy.  Traditional, life-giving Eucharistic liturgy and fine music are hallmarks of worship at our parish, and we have weekly services in both English and Spanish.  We create a joyful community with a harvest of fellowship activities and events for all ages.  We empower and serve others through vital ministries, particularly around feeding the hungry.  Please explore our website to get to know us or, better yet, come visit!

For more information or to be added to our mailing list, please contact us at welcome@gracealex.org.

 

 

Musings from Mother Jenny 12.01.2023

Chances are pretty good no one will notice if you do nothing this Advent to prepare your heart for Christmas. While they may notice if the tree isn’t decorated or the Christmas cookies baked or the gifts wrapped and given, when it comes to preparing our hearts, who would notice? The baby Jesus is going to be born with or without our preparation.

And yet what if this Advent is like no other. What if there’s a hidden hope to be found in stillness, in prayer, walking in nature, sitting quietly by the fire. What if deep peace awaits you on the other side of Advent.

Years ago, someone shared this poem with me that I hope inspires all of our Advent preparations.

 

Grateful to be on this journey with you.

 

Mother Jenny+

 

Now is a time of watching and waiting, a time pregnant with hope,
a time to watch and pray.
Christ our advent hope,
remind us to prepare for your coming;
remind us to prepare for the time when the soles of your feet will touch the ground,
when you will become one of us.
May we watch for the signs, listen for the messenger, wait for the good news to slip into our world, our lives.

Christ our advent hope, help us to clear the way for you;
to clear the clutter from our minds,
to sift the silt from our hearts,
to move the boulders that prevent us from meeting you.
Help us to make straight the highways, to unravel the deception that leads to war, to release those in captivity.
May sorrow take flight, and your people who sing a song of peace and hope be born again.

-Kate McIlhagga