I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God,
that you may know that you have eternal life.
1 John 5:13
WORSHIP WITH US
9:00 am Adult Sunday School
10:00 am Holy Eucharist * nursery provided
11:00 am Fellowship Hour
5:00 pm Evening Study
4:30 pm Centering Prayer
5:30 pm Eucharist & Lenten Supper* (during Lent)
6:00 pm Choir Practice
5:30 pm Stations of the Cross* (during Lent)
DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES
Adult Sunday School
We believe that learning together is an important part of Christian growth. That is why we set aside an hour every Sunday for the entire church to grow through learning. In class readings guide our conversations as we learn more about ourselves, our faith, and each other.
During Lent, the Sunday morning class will be a study Are we there yet? Pilgrimage in the season of Lent. Whether we’re taking the trip of a lifetime or the trip simply feels like it’s taking forever, the question on everyone’s lips is: Are We There Yet? As we make our way through Lent, we will come to realize that the journey—the wrestling and the wandering—is the real flesh and blood of our endeavor. Our companions on this Lenten journey are fellow pilgrims, sharing their stories about following yellow arrows along the Camino and white blazes through the Appalachian Trail to bearing witness to the pain of historic lynching sites in the American South. Contributors recount their search for healing and wholeness at Marian shrines, in a reunion with birth parents, and around a prayer circle in a mental hospital.
In the Book of Common Prayer, the whole service is entitled the Holy Eucharist. The first part of the service is designated the Word of God. It usually includes the entrance rite, the lessons and gradual psalm, the gospel, the sermon, the Nicene Creed, the prayers of the people, the confession of sin and absolution, and the peace. The second portion of the service is designated the Holy Communion. It includes the offertory, the consecration of the bread and wine in the Great Thanksgiving, the communion of the people, and the concluding prayers of thanksgiving and dismissal. A blessing may be given prior to the dismissal.
Following our Sunday Eucharist, we gather for food and fellowship in the Parish Hall. At Grace Episcopal Church, we are more than just a community, we are family.
Sunday Evening Study
During Lent at 5:30 p.m. on Sundays make plans to attend Evening Study. They will be reading and discussing Meeting Jesus at the Margins. Where do you meet Jesus? In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus urges us to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, welcome the stranger, and visit the prisoners. And in doing so, we meet Jesus. These daily reflections for Lent, offered by well-known faith leaders, provide boots-on-the-ground stories of serving and being served by "the least of these." The meditations also explore our own hunger, our vulnerabilities, and the times we are imprisoned, either self-imposed or by circumstance. Come and meet Jesus each day this blessed Lenten season.
Centering Prayer offers an opportunity for spiritual enrichment and growth. Our centering prayer group meets on Wednesdays at 4:30 and is over promptly at 6:00. Centering Prayer is sitting quietly so that God can speak to you. It is a wonderful way to connect to God in the busyness of our lives.
Lift your voice and sing praises to the Lord! If you'd like to join the choir, it meets on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm in the Parish Hall.
Wednesday Eucharist & Lenten Supper
During Lent (Feb. 21 - Mar. 29), we will hold a Wednesday evening Eucharist beginning at 5:30 p.m. As part of the service, we reflect on the Lenten Meditations 2018 book which is available for free at church. Following the service, we enjoy a Lenten supper prepared by the Men of Grace.
Stations of the Cross
On Fridays at 5:30 p.m. during Lent, beginning on Feb. 16, meet in the church as we follow the Stations of the Cross, which is a series of images embroidered onto tapestries representing successive incidents during Jesus' progress from his condemnation by Pilate to his crucifixion and burial, before which we will perform devotions.