We blend ancient liturgy with contemporary style. Weekly communion, music that ranges from Gregorian chant to blues and folk, and lots of participation from members of the congregation who like to sing, drum, ring, or strum, We celebrate communion every Sunday. (Click here if you would like to know more about who can receive communion). Occasionally we offer healing services, evening prayer, and other opportunities for prayer and praise.
We follow the liturgical calendar in our worship, a cycle of "seasons" that takes us on a journey of discipleship. Together, we from expectation and hope (Advent), to receiving the Promise (Christmas), to seeing that Promise revealed for the whole world (Epiphany), to journeying toward the Cross (Lent), to recognizing the Promise fulfilled in new life (Easter), to receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit and learning to follow the Risen Christ (Pentecost)--and back around to Advent.
The lessons each Sunday follow the Revised Common Lectionary. This is a three-year pattern of readings that carries us through the liturgical calendar every year, focusing on the gospel readings from either Matthew, Mark or Luke--with parts from the Gospel of John showing up in each year.
Sermons at Grace always focus on the good news that comes to us in Jesus, but also connect to the struggles we face in living a Christian life in a complicated world. There's usually a bit of exegesis, or learning about the origins and meaning of the text, along with application to our lives and the proclamation of God's grace.
The proclaimed word should always give us hope--but that doesn't mean it will always make us comfortable. Sermons can inspire, challenge, comfort--and even sometimes irritate. Our hope is that the word proclaimed will make you more aware of God's activity in your life. We hope the proclaimed word will give you something to think about during the week, make you ask new questions, give you a new perspective. Our hope is that the word proclaimed will change you.
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Music has always been a part of worshipping God. The bible tells us that God's people have offered praise and prayer through song from the very beginning! We value singing and instrumental music in our worship, and incorporate all kinds of music. As far as instruments, you might hear the pipe organ, piano, guitars, congas or bodhrán, bells, clarinets, steel drums, lagerphone--you name it!
Our choir sings under the direction of Mr. Bradford Thompson, offering pieces ranging from classical to old-time gospel. Soloists are also a regular part of worship, offering their gifts in a variety of styles but always in praise of our God.