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What’s Happening at Grace Cathedral?

Explore the auditory experience that artist collective Korinsky will create in the cathedral.

Korinsky Sound Installation

Wednesday, August 22

Explore the auditory experience that artist collective Korinsky will create in the cathedral.

Come discuss the results of the Congregation Survey and what membership means to our community.  

Congregation Town Hall

Sunday, August 26

Come discuss the results of the Congregation Survey and what membership means to our community.  

The Newcomers' Brunch for this weekend has been canceled.

Canceled – Newcomers’ Brunch

Sunday, August 19

The Newcomers' Brunch for this weekend has been canceled.

This Berlin-based art collective will perform a live concert to complement its sound installations

Korinsky Performance

Sunday, August 26

This Berlin-based art collective will perform a live concert to complement its sound installations

Receive a blessing before the new school year.

Blessing of the Backpacks

Sunday, August 26

Receive a blessing before the new school year.

Listen to Featured Sermons

Sunday, August 12
Sunday 11 a.m. Sermon
Preacher: The Rev. Jude Harmon
Read sermon

The Rev. Jude Harmon’s sermon manuscript will be available soon.

Thursday, August 9
Evensong sermon
Preacher: The Rev. Dr. Ellen Clark-King
Read sermon

There was an article in the Guardian newspaper a couple of years ago, written by a hospice nurse, on the five things people regretted most at the end of their lives. These regrets had nothing to do with barns full of stuff or any other financial or social achievements. Instead they were all about who they had been, and who they had failed to be.

The first was: I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.” People saw and deeply mourned that they had not lived true to their own truth, true to their own dreams. The second: “I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.” People, especially older men, regretted spending so much of their lives on job success and economic achievement. The third “I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.” Many felt they had buttoned down their true emotions to fit in with others and keep the peace, and so had never experienced life in an open heart-strong way. The fourth and fifth seem the simplest and saddest of all “I wish that I had stayed in touch with my friends” and “I wish that I had let myself be happier.”

“I wish that I had let myself be happier”. This evening’s two Bible readings reflect this basic truth of human existence – that meaning and value never lie in what we accumulate but in who we become. Jesus in Luke’s gospel calls it ‘being rich towards God’. Being rich towards God means being the person God created us to be – living into our own unique identity, valuing ourselves for who we are rather than what we do, expressing our feelings fully and not being afraid to love, building strong lasting relationships, and allowing ourselves to be joyful, thankful, laughing creatures.

These are the things that stop life being mere vanity and a waste of divine breath. These are the building blocks of a life that we can leave knowing our time has been blessed and we have been a blessing to others. Don’t let yourself become rich in possessions and poor towards God. Don’t allow the fog of the demands of daily living to obscure this core divine and human truth: God created you to add to the delight of the world. So, in the words of poet Mary Oliver: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

Discover Grace

The Year of Truth

Sister Act Mass

The Gift of Grace

What important truths are you learning about other people, especially those who may seem different from you?

 

Every year Grace Cathedral chooses a theme to unify and inspire our community to improve their lives and the world. Our 2018 theme is truth. Join us in exploring the truth about ourselves, each other, the world and God. This Pentecost season, we are exploring the truth about each other.

A special service celebrating Pride Month.

Eight hundred people came to the cathedral to sing their favorite Sister Act songs and hear a powerful sermon by the Rev. Jude Harmon. See photos from the Sister Act Mass.

Stewardship is a cherished practice of the Episcopal Church that helps us connect our lives to the core mission of Grace Cathedral.

With our annual financial gifts, we deepen our own spiritual awareness of our blessing and share with others in service. Through the generosity of congregant Bill Van Loo, new pledging members of Grace Cathedral for The Gift of Grace will receive a photographic print of Grace in the Fog by Bill Van Loo.

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