Like other Episcopal churches bearing the name ‘Grace,’ Grace Episcopal Church, Woodlawn celebrates its patronal feast day on Pentecost. The dove, symbolizing the Holy Spirit, is our emblem that reminds us of God’s gift of infinite grace bestowed upon us each and every moment, both as individuals and as community. This grace comes to us as an outpouring of God’s unconditional love. Transformed by this love, we are then able to love our neighbors by serving Christ in them from the heart of Christ in us. This is the character and the legacy of Grace Church.
Our mission/vision statement reflects our identity as an Episcopal parish in the Anglo-Catholic tradition worshiping God in the beauty of holiness. Our experience of Christ’s Real Presence in the Eucharist feeds our souls and enlivens a deep desire to show Christ’s love to the world through good works of compassionate service to everyone we meet. It is our hope and passion to create and nurture a sanctuary in the heart of Woodlawn. It is a safe and peaceful place where each person is free to ask the big questions of faith without judgment, where everyone can be comfortable revealing his or her true self, where we can worship, study, serve, love, and grow together into the holy people of God.
Wherever you are in life or in faith, know that you will be welcome at Grace. If you desire the experience of beautiful liturgy and music, if you long for the good company of a loving, joyful community, if you believe in the diversity of God’s people, if you have questions about faith or religion, if you wonder what it means to be “Christ-like” rather than to be merely “Christian,” if you have gifts that you want to put to use in service to the poor, if you want to ease suffering and inspire hope, and if you wish to form lasting friendships built on trust and common mission, then we invite you to visit us, worship with us, serve with us, be with us.
The Holy Spirit is moving in and through Grace Church, Woodlawn. Come, join us as we answer the call of the Spirit in worship and service. You just might feel the Holy Spirit moving in you, too.
“And for all this, nature is never spent;
There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;
And though the last lights off the black West went
Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs —
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.”
Gerard Manley Hopkins (excerpt from God’s Grandeur, 1918)
Mother Robyn, Rector