Music and Christmas Pageant by Grace Kids & Youth – 5:30pm: Kids of all ages are welcome to participate in the annual Grace Christmas Pageant!
Christmas Eve Service – 6:00PM: Following the pageant, we will have a Christmas Eve Children’s service. All are welcome to this service. The sermon will be geared towards children and families.
Christmas Eve Choral Service of Carols and Holy Eucharist – 10PM:The choral service of carols will start at 10:00PM and will be followed by a Traditional Midnight Eucharist starting at 10:30PM.
Holy Eucharist Service – 10:00AM (One service ONLY today!)
8:15am, Holy Eucharist, Rite I (spoken service, no music)
10:30am, Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Music (SHIFT TO 10:30, September 16-May 19)
9:30am Holy Eucharist in the Grace Chapel
7:00pm Centering Prayer in the Grace Chapel
While the entire congregation plays a vital role in worship, Grace folks who participate in specific ministries of worship include acolytes, Lay Eucharistic Minister, Greeters, Altar Guild, Choir Members and Musicians.
Anyone aged third grade and up is welcome to join this wonderful ministry team. Acolytes serve as leaders in our Sunday morning services, supporting the clergy and carrying the important symbols of our prayer: the cross, the gospel, and the light. Kids, youth and adults serve together on teams of four to six, and each team serves about once every five weeks. The next training for new (with current acolytes attending too) will be Sunday October 2nd after the 10:30 service. Sign up in the Commons and plan to join us!
Altar Guild members serve in teams of two to prepare the Altar Table and Sanctuary for Wednesdays, Sundays, and other occasions for worship. Volunteers are needed, contact Lora Lee Murray at the church office.
Centering Prayer happens weekly on Thursdays from 7:00-8:00 pm in the Grace Chapel. All are invited to attend the group whenever you are able. The hour consists of a reading or prayer that leads into a 20-minute meditation, discussion of the evening’s experience or thoughts about your ongoing daily practice, and occasional information about the practice of Centering Prayer in various formats. “Nearly everybody reports that Centering prayer is much easier in a group — not only because of the support and fellowship you receive from your fellow group members, but because of the synergy of the group itself. Even if your personal experience of a prayer period is one of restlessness and a lot of thoughts, in a group you’ll become simultaneously aware of a deeper energy pulling you toward center. In that collected and amplified energetic space many people experience — sometimes for the first time — that they actually are being met and held in a divine presence that is always there but sometimes too subtle to detect when you’re meditating alone. The synergistic reinforcement makes the “prayer” part of Centering Prayer truly palpable.” ~Cynthia Bourgeault
Anyone of any age can serve as a Greeter (formerly known as “ushers.”) Sign up as a family or an individual and you can be the ones who welcome folks to Grace on Sunday morning, offering bulletins and then bringing forth the elements (bread and wine) for Communion. Teams serve about once every six weeks. Contact Cherie Schmidt if you are interested in becoming a Grace Greeter!
Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEMs) assist in our services by reading the lessons and helping with the distribution of Holy Communion. Training is offered regularly and the coordinator of LEMs is Carol Homan who can be contacted through the church office.
Music ministers include choir members and other musicians too! The Chamber Choir meets Wednesday evenings through the program year and anyone aged High School and up is welcomed to join. Musicians participate in the service on many Sundays. Anyone interested in participating as a choir member or musician is encouraged to contact our Director of Music, Steve Jenkins at firstname.lastname@example.org.