Worship is the most important thing the Church does; it is also one of the greatest blessings we receive from God. Worship is difficult to describe because it is a mystery, yet it’s also tangible. In one sense, we are all always worshiping; in another sense, when we meet together to worship it is in a specific and special way.
We believe our participation in this worship of God with the Church is organically connected to the remainder of our time. As God set His rhythms of work and rest in creation as a pattern for our lives, our time of worship together rejuvenates us and forms the pattern for our worship in the rest of our lives.
“Liturgy” is a foreign word to many of us; but it just means “the work of the people”; it points us to worship as an act rather than as an experience. Our experience is the result of our participation in this act. The Bible directs the shape of this act, but the experience we receive is not the result of our having done worship “right,” but of God ministering his grace to us, of Christ offering worship to the Father in our midst and, by the power of His Spirit, bringing our worship to God.
At Grace the shape of the worship service intentionally follows a narrative movement: the story of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection is retold a different way each week, using biblical elements from the ancient church as well as the modern and, fed by the Word of God in the sermon, those who follow Jesus in faith and repentance meet the risen Lord in the sacrament of communion. In this way our worship is centered on Word and sacrament.
We meet for corporate worship on Sunday mornings at 10:30.
When you arrive, one of our greeters will hand you a bulletin and help to answer any questions you might have. The bulletin contains the liturgy for the service, which is a guide that the church has historically used to help us as we move through the service together. If you have any questions about the elements of the liturgy, please don’t hesitate to ask.
WHAT TO WEAR
Please wear whatever you are comfortable wearing. We have some folks who like to wear their “Sunday best,” and we have others who would never think of coming to church in anything but jeans and a t-shirt.
Our church is passionate about serving families and enabling them to thrive. We hope to equip and partner with families as you seek to invest in the spiritual wholeness of your children. We value the role of kids as a central part of our community and desire to create an environment where they feel known, loved, and respected.
Children of all ages are warmly welcomed to our entire service–we like a little noise. We also offer a safe place for kids to be together during the service. Our intention is to draw kids into an engaging, enjoyable, and provocative encounter with the gospel using language that is familiar to them.
The nursery is open through the entire service for children ages 0-3. The little ones are free to play, sleep, cuddle, and laugh with caring attendants. You are welcome to keep your children with you for part of the service and use the nursery for only a portion of the service if you like, or use the nursery for the entire service. You will be contacted via text message during worship if needed (please leave your cell number with the attendants).
Parents of little ones, there is a room with a widow open to the service at the back right of the sanctuary for anyone during the service who needs a quiet space. You are welcome to use this at your convenience. Please be considerate of nursing mothers using this space.
Also, we take the safety of our children very seriously at Grace. Therefore, all of our nursery and childcare workers are trained volunteers who have been background checked to help ensure a safe environment for your children.
Whether you are one of the many people in our culture and congregation processing skepticism and doubt about Christianity or a seasoned believer trying to grow and better understand your faith, we welcome your questions. If it is true, as we believe, that the God of the Bible is the all-powerful creator and sustainer of all things, then we should not be afraid to ask or answer any question. Therefore, we are dedicated to creating a safe environment providing honest answers to any and all honest questions concerning faith, life, and God. If you have any questions about our community, services, or about what it means to be a Christian, we welcome you to visit or contact us.