Traditional Sunday Morning Worship at Grace
This is a liturgical service in which the congregation prays together, recites the Lord’s Prayer and the Apostles’ Creed, hears the Gospel message, and responds to the chanted liturgy. All children are encouraged to come forward for our children’s sermon, something that both children and grown-ups enjoy. This service is organ/piano led and includes a variety of popular hymns from the Evangelical Lutheran Worship hymnal. You will find copies of both the hymnal and the Holy Bible in the pews.
Children enrolled in Grace Bible School (September-May) attend worship with their parents for the opening hymn, liturgy, prayer of the day, and children’s sermon. At the conclusion of the children’s sermon, students and teachers are dismissed to their large-group gathering in Friendship Hall for music time, after which they proceed to their individual classrooms for a lesson. When the worship service has concluded, parents pick up their children from their classrooms. (Parents may not ‘drop’ their children off at the door, leaving them unsupervised.)
Communion is celebrated on the first and third Sundays of the month. The Nursery is open and staffed for children 3 years old and younger during the 8:45 and 10:15 a.m. services.
The service is led by Pastors John Matthews and Andrea Roske-Metcalfe. If you cannot make it to a service, sermons—with a relevant message each week weaving together the scripture lesson with current events and chapters in our daily lives—are available online for your listening convenience.
Once a month during the summer, the GraceAbounds band will be offering a family-friendly, contemporary worship. This contemporary service is held by the fire pit on the west side of the building—in Friendship Hall in inclement weather. Bring a chair or blanket. (Our regular traditional worship service will still be held in the sanctuary at 9:30 a.m.)
As an added treat, a congregational lunch is being planned for these three Sundays. Most likely, we will order-in food (rather than a potluck), and each individual/family can give a free-will offering toward the lunch. A sign-up sheet for the lunch will be in the Narthex on the two Sundays prior to each service.
At Grace Lutheran Church, as Jesus did, we welcome children of all ages as integral members of the body of Christ, and we welcome the sounds and activity that accompany them! Our ‘Pray-Ground’ space in the front of the Sanctuary is intended especially for families with infants and toddlers, recognizing that small children are often more engaged when they can see what is going on. Small tables and chairs, baby bouncers and seats, and soft toys help to keep our littlest ones occupied. If your little one simply needs a break, a nursery is staffed during the 9:30 a.m. worship service for children from birth to three years of age.