David Sears, Permelia Sears, and Rebecca Sears on August 3

Summer Music at Grace is hosting a performance featuring David Sears, Permelia Sears, and Rebecca Sears on August 3, 2018, at 7 p.m.
The concert will feature works by Pachelbel, Heinichen, Flor Peters, and others, with David Sears at the 1833 Erben organ.
Biographies of the performers:

David Sears holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Peabody Conservatory and a Doctor of Musical Arts from Boston University. He is Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts at Merrimack College and is also a composer. With his wife, Permelia, he was Co-Chairman of the Extant Organs Committee of the Organ Historical Society. Dr. Sears has appeared in concert throughout New England as a soloist, with his wife in piano four-hand recitals, and with his wife and daughter in family concerts. He may be reached at: searsd@merrimack.edu

Permelia Sears is a graduate of Smith College and the Yale University School of Music with a Master of Music in Pipe Organ Performance. She is a past Dean of the Merrimack Valley MA Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and has taught organ and piano through the Indian Hill Music Center in Littleton, MA. Mrs.Sears has performed solo organ recitals across New England, played at several Organ Historical Society Conventions as well as in family concerts with her husband and daughter.

Rebecca Sears graduated from Bowdoin College with a double major in Music and Classics. In August 2012 she received her Doctorate in Classical Languages from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and is a Lecturer in the Department of Classics at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Dr. Sears has played violin with the Lowell Philharmonic and Arlington Philharmonic in Massachusetts, the Mid-Coast Orchestra in Maine, the Wake Forest Univ. Orchestra, and the New Orleans Civic Symphony, as well as in family concerts.

The 1833 Erben, originally installed at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and housed at Grace Church since 1869, was presented Historic Pipe Organ Award number 411 on 2013-06-26 and received the designation Landmark of American Organbuilding. It was

Admission is by donation. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Sheldon Foodshelf.
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Village Harmony returns July 23

Village Harmony brings its singing teens to Grace on Monday, July 23. This session group is led by Will and Lynn Rowan and special guest Artūras Sinkevičius from Lithuania. The dozen teen singers include two girls from Lithuania as well as talented teens from Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, Pennsylvania and Illinois. The eclectic concert program will include music from three continents and several centuries. Artūras will present ancient ritualistic Sutartines chants and lively Lithuanian folk songs accompanied by bagpipes, drums, and zither. These will be contrasted with music and dance from English visiting customs. The concert program will also feature upbeat Bulgarian dance-songs, 17th century American ballads and shape-note-tunes, lilting Medieval folk songs, and original compositions by Lynn and Will.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Arrive at 6 with a dish to share at our potluck dinner! Questions? Please call 326-4603.  A suggested donation includes a $5-$15 sliding scale. Proceeds support the Village Harmony teen camp program.

 

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Summer Music at Grace 2018

It’s back! Farewell Reunion

May 25 – Pete’s Posse plays the 16th annual farewell reunion! Fundraiser – $20 suggested

June 22 – Chasing 440 returns ! Bluegrass at its best

July 17 – stay tuned!!

July 23 – Village Harmony – traveling young musicians

August 3 – David Sears – 1833 Erben Organ

September 14 – Va et Vient – Traditional French-Canadian

All shows 7 pm unless otherwise noted.

Summer Music at Grace 2016 features diverse performers

This summer’s schedule is going to be terrific, so please mark your calendars for these exciting performances!
Sunday, May 29: Farewell Reunion featuring Michele Choiniere, Will Patton, Deb Flanders, Andrea Beaton, Wendy MacIsaac, Eric McDonald and others, 7 p.m.

Friday, June 24: Missisquoi River Band, 7 p.m.

Saturday, July 16: Old Home Day in Sheldon
Sunday, July 24: Village Harmony Returns – 4 p.m. Visit http://northernharmony.pair.com/camps/new-england-teen-traveling-camp-ii/ for details about the performers and leaders.

Friday, August 12: Full Circle, 7 p.m.

We Brought the Summer With Us–With A Hey Nonny No!

Celebrate summer with traditional Irish melodies & sounds
of Shakespearean times spun together on recorders, hammered dulcimer,
harp, guitar & percussion.

Presented by Full Circle, a quintet of friends of many seasons–
Maeve Kim, Linda Rodd, Mary Ann Samuels, Beth London & Susan Reit

See website at www.fullcirclerecorders.com for more information.

Sunday, October 14: Frevo!

Check back periodically for changes, or email beth.daybell@gmail.com to be added to our e-mail list.

Easter Day March 27, 2016

Acts 10:34-43
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
1 Corinthians 15:19-26
Luke 24:1-12

When the women walked to the tomb early on that first Easter morning, they had just witnessed one of the most horrifying events one could imagine. They had spent three years with Jesus, and, as they watched him and listened to him, they realized that he was different from anyone they had ever met.

They followed him, and the group of followers became larger and larger. He brought healing and hope to everyone he met. He would touch people and they would rise up from their mats where they had lain crippled for years, or he would make a poultice from mud and spit and put it on their eyes and they would see after a lifetime of blindness. He fed thousands at one time.

But what he really wanted to do was to give them and us another way to live, a way based entirely on love and service. He made this clear when he washed their feet at that last Passover and when he said that in this simple meal of bread and wine he would be with us forever.

As they walked to that tomb, their feet dragging with fatigue and  dashed hopes, those women may have thought that his vision for the world, his vision for our lives and our life together, had died.

Have you ever really believed in something or given your all to something or someone, and then realized it was over? Maybe that someone was not who they professed to be. Maybe the vision had some fatal flaws which had not been apparent at the outset. Most of us have had experiences like this. Someone or something we felt passionately about—a person or a dream or a project or a vision comes to an and, falls apart, dies.

And we feel as though it’s all over for us.

What’s the use of trying to go on, we wonder. There’s nothing to live for. These women walking to the tomb were suffering deep grief because they had lost a person whom they loved deeply, a person who had changed their lives and given them hope and a purpose in life. Jesus had died, and they may well have felt that all their hopes had died with him.

When they got to that tomb and found the stone rolled away, and went in, and found no body, they began to wonder. And then, when the two angels reminded them of what Jesus had said and told them that he had risen—they couldn’t get back to the others fast enough to tell them this good news.

Most of us have had experiences of profound loss and disappointment, something that has made our world fall apart, something that has made us lose hope. That is how those women felt, That is how all of Jesus’ close followers felt.

Most of us have also had our own experiences of Good Friday. Our Lord has wrestled with the forces of death and has lost the battle. We go back to the upper room and pray and wonder, what next?

But we have to go and prepare the body for burial. The Sabbath is over and we just have to give him a decent burial. And when we get there, the landscape of our lives is completely transformed.

He told us there was a different way to go  about things. He told us there was a different way to live. And he has just proved that that way leads to new life. It leads to his kingdom his shalom of peace, harmony, and wholeness.

Most of us have had our Good Fridays and most of us have had our Easter mornings. We go to the tomb to prepare the body and it is not there. He is risen.

Yes, the world is full of violence. There has been a terrorist attack in Brussels. Refugees are streaming out of Syria and Afghanistan trying to save their children from the ravages of war. There is violence in our own country as well. Here, and all over the world, people are hungry. They need shelter; they need clothing; they need medical care; they need hope.

We can look around us and think there is no hope. that we can do nothing. But that is not what our Lord is doing. He is risen. He is calling us to follow the commandment he gave us at the Last Supper—to love and serve others as he loves and serves us.

On this Easter morning, March 27, 2016, we are deeply aware that there is much brokenness and violence in this world. At the same time, we must remember that he is risen and he is in our midst. He has a vision, and he is calling us to help him bring in his shalom.

I quote our Presiding Bishop retired, Katherine Jeffers Schori: “The word ‘shalom’ is usually translated as ‘peace,’ but it’s a far richer and deeper understanding of peace than we usually recognize. It’s not just a 1970s era hippie holding up two fingers to greet a friend—‘Peace, bro.’ It isn’t just telling two arguers to get over their differences. Shalom is a vision of the city of God on earth, a community where people are at peace with each other because each one has enough to eat, adequate shelter, medical care, and meaningful work. Shalom is a city where justice is the rule of the day, where prejudice has vanished, where the diverse gifts with which we have been so abundantly blessed are equally valued.

“…Building the reign of God is a great and bold adventure, and it is the only route to being fully alive. If we don’t set out to change the world, who will?” (Jefferts Schori, A Wing and A Prayer, pp. 33 and 35.)

Christ is risen. Christ is alive. He lives in us and we in him. Let us help him build his kingdom, his shalom.   Amen.

Summer Music at Grace 2016

Farewell Reunion…local artists…Village Harmony…and Grace Church’s 200th…oh, my!

Ash Wednesday February 10, 2016

Isaiah 58:1-12
Psalm 103:8-14
2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10
Matthew 6:1-6.16-21

“Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice; to undo the thongs of the yoke; to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?” These words which God spoke through the  prophet Isaiah remind us that we are called to help God to free every person from any kind of slavery which binds them.

The people of God in Isaiah’s time were performing the outward rituals of worship, but they were not living the spirit of their faith. Because of this, they were not in harmony with God. They wondered why God was not answering their prayers, but their prayers were not in harmony with God’s vision. God’s vision is that we free our brothers and sisters from oppression and that we take care of each other.

In our gospel, Jesus is giving us a powerful illustration of how to come into God’s presence. The Pharisee is full of narcissistic self-congratulation. He, too, follows every aspect of the Law, but he is so full of himself that there is no room for God. Whereas the tax collector, someone who is hated by all because he collects money for the Roman oppressors, realizes that he is a sinner and that he needs God’s help. His heart and his life are wide open to God;s healing, forgiveness, and grace.

One of the tasks of Lent is to go into God’s presence, take a look at ourselves, and come to a realistic assessment of where we are and who we are. Yes, we are all sinners. We do the things we do not want to do, and we fail to do the things that we want to do and are called by God to do.  We are frail, fallible humans, yet we also know that God’s love and grace are at work in our lives.

Another of our tasks in Lent is to ask God’s help in finding out where we need to grow spiritually, and then ask that God give us the grace to do that growing.

Where do we need to be freed? What aspects of our lives imprison us or bind us? In what ways are we called by God to free others, those who are near and those who are far away?  Recently, we felt called to help to free refugees halfway around the world who are being driven from their homes by unspeakable acts of military aggression.

Now, we are being called to help God to free someone who is very near to us; someone we love; someone who is one of us. Everyone here at Grace has responded to this call from God.

One of us has had to do some very difficult work to see that she is indeed oppressed and in captivity. She has done much of that work and will continue to do that work. The work of seeing that we are imprisoned is the most difficult work we will ever have to do. The resolution to ask God’s help and the help of others in order to get free takes a great deal of courage and grace.

This Lent, we are all responding to God’s call to “break every yoke” and “to let the oppressed go free.”  This is a very special Lent for us because we are actually living this reading from Isaiah. Frail and fallible as we are, broken and imperfect sinners that we are, we are still answering this call because of what our Lord has done for us.

May God bless each of us and all of us. May God’s protection and grace be with us and with all who are helping in this ministry. May we grow closer and closer to God and to each other this Lent, and may God bless us with the fresh green shoots of new growth.  Amen.