Engaging our minds and our hearts
The Christian life is often challenging. We are called to be disciples, to seek first the kingdom of God and to live lives centered in faith, hope, and love. We try to promote justice and peace, to live in patience, selflessness and self-discipline.
This can be challenging for people of faith because so much of modern culture stands in contrast to the life of discipleship. The predominant messages broadcast across our country every day claim that a better life is found in the amount of money we make or spend; that faith in the right political party or platform will transform our lives and country; that advances in medicine or technology are our best hope for a better future; that might, strength, and power are the only means to peace. Hearing these messages day in and day out, it is no wonder that so many people struggle to find deeper meaning in their lives.
At Grace, we hope to discern God’s voice even amid the clutter and confusion of life. Along with prayer and worship, we seek to engage our minds to make informed, reasoned decisions about what to do and what not to do. We study together knowing that God speaks to us not only through scripture but also through those very people and events in the world around us which seem so confounding. We invite you to join us in our study, and to share your voice and experience with ours as we prayerfully seek to live lives in line with God’s purpose for us: in faith, hope, and love.
Education for Ministry (EfM)
In the Fall of 2012, Grace Church launched an EfM seminar group. Education for Ministry is a lay education program covering the Hebrew (Old Testament) Bible, New Testament, church history, and theology. Members commit to meeting regularly during the academic year for study, sharing, and theological reflection. There is a significant amount of homework. Please inquire with Father Matt if you are interested in enrolling.