From the sacrament of Holy Baptism to giving thanks for all our blessings, Grace Episcopal Church had many reasons to celebrate on Sunday, Nov. 4.

First, it was All Saints’ Sunday — the day we recognize all those who have come before us to serve Christ. In her sermon, the Rev. Rebecca Dinovo urged us all to consider ourselves saints and live a life of Christian service.

Then, 4-year old James McPherson Pierce became the first person to be baptized with Grace’s new baptismal font. The Rev. Todd McDowell led James, his family and the rest of the congregation to the back of the sanctuary, where we all gathered to witness the baptism. Our church school students surrounded the font with handmade shell necklaces and celebratory wands. We all watched as young James bravely and willingly let the baptismal waters flow over him, becoming our newest member in the life of Christ.

Our worship service also featured lovely music from an oboe soloist who performed with organist Phillip Brunswick. Ella Heigham led St. Dunstan’s Handbell Choir during the offertory. Also during the offertory, members offered their 2013 stewardship pledges, which were presented at the altar for a special blessing.

Following this eventful service, everyone gathered in Albright Parish Hall for a “Celebration Breakfast” sponsored by the BRIDGE/Stewardship Committee. Fr. Todd and Stewardship Co-Chair John Adams thanked everyone for their participation in the life of our church.

We have two slide shows from the day’s events. To view a slide show from this eventful day, click on the arrow in the middle of the picture below. To see the pictures full-screen, click on the icon in the lower right corner of the pictures.

 

Photos below: courtesy Dick Corbet

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