Worship OPPORTUNITIES

Sunday Worship of Word and Sacrament

Service at 10:00 am
With Holy Communion and children’s sermon each week

Services offer a traditional feel yet contemporary content.

  • A worship bulletin contains the order of our service with text to follow along and participate easily, and announcements with information about our current ministry.
  • Most of our congregational songs are found in the cranberry colored hymn book, Evangelical Lutheran Worship (ELW) in holders at the back of the pews or underneath chairs.
  • Special space with room for wheelchairs or walkers is available in the first pews.
  • Offering envelopes, information about Stephen Ministry, and a request card for prayer are in holders at the back of the pews together with pens.
  • Please indicate your worship attendance by sharing your name, contact and participation or needs in the blue Friendship Folder. Pass the folder along and greet those sitting next to you, taking note of their names and background.
  • We welcome all ages in worship. Activity bags with quiet toys are available for children. A Parent and Kids Place outside the worship area is provided when children get restless.
  • The children’s sermon is a time for young people to hear a message about God’s guidance and consider how to be a follower of Jesus.
  • The sacrament of Holy Communion is offered to all baptized and communing Christians. Our Lord Jesus invites and welcomes all who believe he is present in the bread and cup.

Children in Sunday School begin worship with the assembled congregation and join their teacher after the pastor’s children’s sermon.

Join us for refreshments and conversation at Coffee Time between services in Charter Hall.

What is Lutheran worship like?

There is a great variety of worship styles among Lutheran congregations. Within the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Sunday services center around the biblical Word of God and the sacramental meal of Holy Communion.

What we do in worship is an expression of our love for God, commitment to follow Jesus, and response to the Holy Spirit. We offer our thanks in song, receive encouragement in faith through Bible readings and a message, celebrate God’s blessings and promises, and join together in prayer and other signs of mutual friendship and care for the world. Many parts of our service have biblical origin or references. The simple four-part format has been used throughout the history of the church. Martin Luther’s 16th century reforms introduced singing by the congregation, and emphasized preaching the good news.

While the sound and format of our services may seem formal and traditional, the content is contemporary and our actions are always authentic.

Special Worship Services

There are occasions that warrant a special emphasis. Throughout the year Grace has a set of services for specific events, purposes and audiences. Beyond these examples we are always looking for an opportunity and reason to thank God and eat together.

  • Festival Sundays, Occasions in the life of the congregation or its members, and Religious Holidays – Check the Calendar for dates and times when we make our celebrations extra special.
  • Rally Sunday and Community Picnic – On the Sunday after Labor Day we gather for a single outdoor service, lunch and fun activities to begin fall programs.
  • Lent – A gathering for food, fellowship, learning and worship on Wednesday evenings during the 5 weeks before Easter.
  • Pet Blessing – A yearly service to thank God for our animal companions and pray for them near the commemoration of St. Francis in October.
  • Thanksgiving Eve – We gather to express our gratitude for God’s many blessings with prayer, song, offering and refreshments on the Wednesday evening before the national holiday.
  • Youth Night – A faith celebration worship experience is being shared during bi-monthly events for young people in 7th grade and up.

>> For upcoming special celebrations, see: Current Events.
>> For pastoral guidance for life events such as baptism, wedding or funeral see: Celebrating Life Events.

Music

"Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of the faithful." (Psalm 149:1)

The purpose of music in our services is to offer praise and worship to God. Singing groups, hand bell ensemble, soloists and instrumentalists support and complement the congregation’s worship. Rehearsals take place weekly from September to May. New participants are most welcome. There are no auditions required to join participate in any of the choirs!

Choir

  • Grace Choir – Rehearsal on Wednesdays September to June 7:00-8:30pm

Hand Bell Ensemble

  • Bells of Grace - Adult women who ring hand bells, Thursday, 6:30-7:30pm

Summer Choir and Instrumentalists

  • Everyone interested in singing as a group meets one Tuesday in June to rehearse the songs for the summer. On the monthly Sundays the choir is singing, rehearsal is at 8:20am.
  • During the summer, solos, duets, quartets and those playing instruments are welcome to participate in a service.

Special Music Events

  • Children’s Musical – Special presentation in worship

>> Contact our Music Director for information about the different groups, their emphasis, current rehearsal times and contributions to worship.

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