Grace Episcopal Church
Holy Week & Easter Schedule

Palm Sunday (April 9)   8:15, 10:30AM

Join us for the blessing of the palms, a triumphal procession into the church, the narration of the Passion of Our Lord, and a celebration of Holy Communion. The 10:30 service will begin in the Church yard—weather permitting.

Maundy Thursday (April 13)

This year our monthly Feeding America ministry is on Maundy Thursday and so we will feed hungry people as we remember Christ’s mandate to “love one another.”  Come as early as 4:30 to help prepare supper and any time after that to help with the distribution of eight thousand pounds of food to over one hundred and fifty families.  Everyone is invited to eat supper through the time of food distribution and then at about 7:00, we will enter in to the more formal service of Maundy Thursday.  We will hear the lessons of the day, wash feet, and celebrate Holy Communion as we remember the actions and promises of Jesus’ Last Supper. We close the evening with a stripping of the altar in preparation for Good Friday.

Good Friday (April 14), 7:00PM

Join us as we mark the crucifixion of our Lord with the Story of the Passion, solemn reflections, prayers, and song. The offering from this service will be given to The Church in Jerusalem.  Stations of the Cross will also be available in the Sanctuary from 9:00am to 6:00pm for those who would like to come for silent prayer.   

Easter

Easter Vigil (Saturday, April 15), 9:00PM

Gather with us at sunset in the Church yard as we kindle a fire in the darkness and process in to listen to the Biblical story of God’s saving actions.  At the news of Christ’s resurrection, we shout “Alleluia!”, ring bells, sing praises, and celebrate Holy Communion. (Bring your bells!) A celebratory cheese, wine and dessert feast will follow this service. Sign up in the Commons to bring desserts!

Easter Sunday Service (April 16), 10:30AM

We gather in the good news of Christ’s resurrection, celebrating Holy Communion and offering our thanks and praise to God with prayers and songs of “Alleluia!”

 

Worship at Grace

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We are sent forth into the world to love and to serve God and neighbor

It is in our liturgy, an important aspect of our tradition as Episcopalians, that we rediscover our primary identity as a baptized people of God. In liturgy we proclaim the good news of Christ; we pray for the church and world; we exchange the peace; we offer our gifts; and in Communion, we feast on the meal provided us by Christ. In that whole experience, we become the Body of Christ and are sent forth into the world to love and to serve God and neighbor. Our worship is central to our life as community. All are welcome to participate with us in prayer and song and to receive from our open table at all services.

Our Sunday and Wednesday service times are listed below.

We look forward to welcoming you! Contact the Church Office at 616-396-7459 or a member of the Church staff for more information.

Sunday Services:

8:15 am Eucharist – Rite I
A traditional service of Holy Eucharist (Communion) without music. All are invited.

10:30 am Eucharist – Rite II
A service of Holy Eucharist with music led by pipe organ, choir, musicians, and the whole congregation. All are invited.

Wednesday Services

9:30 am Holy Eucharist
A service of Holy Eucharist, with no music, held in the Chapel. All are invited.

 

Choirs & Musicians
Grace has a Chamber Choir (youth and adults.) The Chamber Choir rehearses on Wednesdays at 7:45. Musicians of all kinds are integrated regularly into the 10:30 Sunday service. Choirs and musicians are led by our Music Director Steve Jenkins. Contact Steve at jupiterjenkins@gmail.com for more information.