Grace Episcopal Church
Worship with Us:
5:30 on Thursday - Holy Eucharist in the Chapel
followed by Bible Study & Soup 6:15-7:00pm
Sundays at 8am, 10am, and 6pm
8am: Holy Eucharist in the Chapel
10am: Holy Eucharist in the Church with
Nursery for Infants & Toddlers
6pm: Evening Meditation in the Chapel
with prayers for healing and reconciliation
315 Wayne St.
Sandusky, OH 44870
Fax: (419) 625-6924
The Bishop's Christmas Message
Participants, not spectators.
The deaths this fall of African Americans by police action in Ferguson, Cleveland, and New York, and the resultant call for law enforcement reform by communities across the country, shine a bright light on the brokenness of our human condition, particularly as it relates to fear, violence, and racism. That light falls on each of us, exposing the reality that in some ways, doubtless in more than we might like to recognize, each of us is a participant, not just a spectator. It illuminates the pervasive fear in our society and world that seems to deepen daily, both locally and globally; the culture of violence that we support through entertainment, sports, handgun access, and government, and which increasingly defines urban and rural America alike; and the racism which, in spite of the sacrifices and enlightenment of the Civil Rights movement 50 years ago, continues to eat at our souls and divide us one from another.
The star of the Nativity shines on us, as it did on the shepherds and the Magi, not only to lighten our way to the Christ who comes to save us from ourselves, but to illuminate the world in which we live and the ways we live in it. It breaks through the darkness to expose our own participation in all that obscures and obstructs the kingdom of heaven, and it reveals to us all the beloved of God whom Jesus comes through us to rescue and save.
May the holy light of God shine on you and in you this Christmastide, and through you to the world God loves, that we might be changed more fully into the likeness of Christ, and in turn, change the world.
With every blessing of the Nativity,
The Rt. Rev. Mark Hollingsworth, Jr.
Bishop of Ohio
Love God. Love your neighbor. Change the World.
I Am An Episcopalian
As Episcopalians, we are followers of Jesus Christ, our Lord, and we believe in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
The Episcopal Church has members in the United States, as well as in Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Haiti, Honduras, Micronesia, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, Venezuela, and the Virgin Islands.
We strive to love our neighbors as ourselves and respect the dignity of every person.
The Episcopal Church is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, and traces its heritage to the beginnings of Christianity.
Our liturgy retains ancient structure and traditions and is celebrated in many languages.
Both men and women, including those who are married, are eligible for ordination as deacons, priests and bishops.
We believe in amendment of life, the forgiveness of sin, and life everlasting.
Lay people exercise a vital role in the governance and ministry of our church.
Holy Communion may be received by all baptized Christians, not only members of the Episcopal Church.
We uphold the Bible and worship with the Book of Common Prayer.
We affirm that committed relationships are lifelong and monogamous. Episcopalians also recognize that there is grace after divorce and do not deny the sacraments to those who have been divorced.
We affirm that issues such as birth control are matters of personal informed conscience.
We celebrate our unity in Christ while honoring our differences, always putting the work of love before uniformity of opinion.
All are welcome to find a spiritual home in the Episcopal Church.
Rev. April 2013
God loves you. No exceptions.