No Worship on Sunday, March 10

With the serious winter storm predicted for Saturday into Sunday morning,  we are going to err on the side of safety and not have worship this Sunday at 10am.
We will have a brief at home devotion video posted on our Facebook page on Saturday evening. Check gracenempls.org/live to follow along at home wherever time permits.
Stay home and stay safe! Please keep all MnDOT workers in your prayers as they work to dig us out.
 
– Pastor Emmy

Lasagna Dinner RESCHEDULED

March 9 Dinner RESCHEDULED DUE TO SNOWSTORM

Grace Lutheran Church of Northeast Minneapolis presents an Italian Lasagna Dinner!
Saturday, March 16, 2019
5:00pm – 6:30pm

Adults $15
Kids ages 5-12 $5
4 & under are free!
Family ticket $40 (2 adults max)

Vegetarian lasagna will be available.

We are located in Grace Center for Community Life, 1500 6th St NE on the 5th street side at door #3 (purple awning).

Please call 612-788-2444 to make reservations or go to gracenempls.org/lasagna to order or purchase tickets online.

Tell your friends! Bring your sweetheart!

Hang on… what’s Lent?

Lent begins 40 days (not counting Sundays) before Easter, and it is set aside as a time of self-reflection, prayer, fasting, and charitable giving. In the time of the early Christian church, as adult converts were added, Lent was designated for preparation and teaching, with baptisms and first communions after sundown on Holy Saturday or at first light on Easter Sunday. The 40 days of Lent are for Jesus’ 40 days in the wilderness.

Why purple?

Lent is the season leading up to Jesus’ death on Good Friday and resurrection on Easter morning. Before his crucifixion, Jesus was dressed in a purple robe by Pontius Pilate, mocking Christ’s claim to power. Purple reminds us of the upside-down reign of Jesus, the son of God who dies for us. Purple is also the color of  near-night and near-dawn, calling us to self-reflection and repentance.

What’s with the pancakes?

By the 15th century, Lent had been established as a time of solemnity and fasting. Christians were expected to get rid of all the luxurious foods in their house — specifically butter, eggs, and fat. Guess what you can make with those! Thus grew the tradition of Mardi Gras or “Fat Tuesday,” when Christians would eat and drink and do everything else they planned to not do for the next 40 days.

What’s this about fasting?

Fasting has long traditions in many world religions as a way to focus the mind and show one’s spiritual devotion and commitment. Temporary self-denial can invite us to compassion for those who are hungry not by choice, to a remembrance of the trials of Jesus, or to better appreciation of food when we do eat. A common practice today during Lent is to give up a particular kind of food or drink, like chocolate, candy, or alcohol (some even give up coffee!). But in a day and age when eating disorders are not uncommon, it’s important to remember that what we do during Lent is not for us, but for our relationship with God and compassion for our neighbor. A practice that puts us in physical danger is not the kind of fast God invites us to. That’s why we pray at the end of each Lenten service:

May we fast from worry and feast on trust.
May we fast from haste and feast on patience.
May we fast from judgment and feast on kindness.
May we fast from gossip and feast on service.
May we fast from resentment and feast on forgiveness.
May we fast from fear and feast on love,
finding our power for compassion in the life of Jesus our Lord.

Lent at Grace Lutheran

Lenten Worship at Grace Lutheran Church

Tuesday, March 5, 6:30pm — Fat Tuesday Celebration
Join us for “dinner for breakfast” with pancakes, sausages, and lots of fun and games.

Wednesday, March 6, 6:30pm — Ash Wednesday
We begin the season of Lent with a solemn service of self-reflection and preparation.

Sundays at 10am — Bluegrass Worship
March 10, March 17, March 24, March 31, April 7
Our worship setting is based on classic folk and bluegrass music, and our sermon series on the Lord’s Prayer. Will the circle be unbroken? Come and see.

Wednesdays at 6pm — Soup Supper & Holden Evening Prayer
March 13, March 20, March 27, April 3, April 10
Soup supper at 6pm. Worship begins around 6:45. Join us for soup, for worship, or both!

Sunday, April 14, 10am Worship followed by Palm Sunday Brunch
We end our celebratory Palm Sunday worship with a youth-led brunch!

Thursday, April 18, 6:30pm — Maundy Thursday
We begin the Triduum (Three Days) by sharing a meal and remembering Jesus’ last supper.

Friday, April 19, 6:30pm — Good Friday
We continue the Triduum by remembering Jesus’ death on the cross.

Saturday, April 20, 4pm — Holy Saturday Passion Walk
We end the Triduum with a walk around our Northeast neighborhood, retracing the last hours of Jesus in distance and story. The walk will be about 2.5 miles and take roughly an hour.

Sunday, April 21, 10am — Easter Sunday Worship
Like the women at the tomb, we awaken to God’s incredible promise… death does not have the last word!  Jesus is risen!

Member Bryan Boyce featured in CityPages

Bryan Boyce is putting his money where his mouth is. The 32-year-old Waseca native runs Cow Tipping Press, a two-year-old Minneapolis publishing house that exclusively puts out books by people with disabilities. There are challenges to overcome working with authors who may not have full use of their hands, or who have trouble making words come out the way people are used to hearing them. Boyce takes those challenges as an opportunity, and loves every moment.

– Mike Mullen, “Bryan Boyce: The Publisher