Grace Church :: Worship

Worship at Grace Church

Worship is the foundation of our commitment to Jesus Christ and the center of life at Grace Church. We believe the way we pray shapes the way we believe and live in the world. It would be our pleasure to have you join and participate in any of the worship services held here. All are welcome.

Sunday Services

Our Rite I service at 8:15 AM each Sunday morning includes Scripture readings, a sermon, prayer and Holy Communion. This service is a spoken one, with no music, and the language of the service follows the older structure of the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.

The Rite II service at 10:45 AM is a rich, traditional service using the 1979 Book of Common Prayer. From September until May, music is led by the Parish Choir and our two age groups of children’s choirs, Choristers and the St. Cecelia Choir. During the church school year, Children's Chapel is available during the 10:45 AM service for children 3 years old to 1st grade.

» see a sample worship bulletin
» listen to worship services
» Lectionary readings for the week

Wednesday Service

Please join us in the chapel for our Contemplative Eucharist on Wednesdays at 12:10 PM. The service includes healing prayer, a Gospel lesson, silence, and shared Holy Communion.
The chapel is arranged to foster a contemplative and inviting space for worship.

Special Worship Services and Musical Events

Special liturgies take place on selected feast days and during Holy Week. Festal Eucharists are celebrated on Christmas Eve and Easter.
» Special Services and Musical Events

Nursery

The nursery is located in the children’s wing and is available to all children age 4 and under. The nursery is open during Sunday worship services, during the Christian Education hour between services, and by reservation for other programs and events, as advertised.

Children's Chapel

Children, ages 3 (by September 1) to 6 (kindergarten), are invited to participate in Children’s Chapel each Sunday during the first half of 10:45 service. Children’s Chapel is an opportunity for little ones to learn about worship, and helps them make the transition to “big” Church. They have their own liturgy, and discuss one of the weekly Bible stories in child-accessible ways. Music is an integral part of the worship experience. Children begin the service in the Nave with their families, and are blessed and released to Children’s Chapel, and rejoin their families in the main service at the Presentation. 

Opportunities to Assist with Worship

Aside from regular church attendance, there are varied ministries which can enable growth through service to our Grace community. These groups and programs allow a direct or indirect contribution to the success of a particular mission: to provide for worship which is grounded in the Anglican tradition of Christian spirituality. All are welcome and encouraged to explore one or more of the opportunities listed below.

  • Acolytes assist the clergy and other worship leaders with our worship services on Sundays and at other times. All youth in grades six through twelve are invited to serve as an acolyte. Initial and ongoing training with regard to duties is provided. Contact the parish office to express interest in serving as an acolyte.
  • Ushers work on teams of four to assist in the non-clergy aspects of worship services, including greeting and seating parishioners, collecting the offertory, and assisting parishioners during communion.
  • Greeters help welcome parishioners and visitors to Grace Church on Sunday mornings.
  • Lectors assist in public worship by reading the Word of God.
  • Prayers of the People Volunteer lay people lead the intercessions on Sunday mornings.
  • Chalice Bearers assist the clergy in worship by administering the bread and wine.
  • The Altar Guild prepares the altar for services and cares for the linen and silver.
  • Lay Eucharistic Visitors take communion to homebound parishioners.
  • The Flower Guild plans, orders, and arranges flowers for services in the nave and chapel, including weddings, memorial services, and special receptions in the parish hall. If you would like to donate flowers in honor or memory of someone special, please download a donation form or pick one up from the information table.
  • The Brass Guild is responsible for polishing the brass in the sanctuary and chapel.
  • The Needlework Guild beautifies worship spaces at Grace Church in ways which enhance the liturgical experience of all that worship there. On May 2, 2004 Grace Church dedicated the kneelers stitched by the guild over a period of 22 months.
    » learn more about the kneelers here