What to expect from the services at Grace Lutheran…
At Grace, we realize that gathering together to receive God’s gifts in the weekly Divine Service is the primary purpose of a congregation. It is here that the Lord blesses us through the “Means of Grace,” that is, in His Word and Sacraments.
The Divine Service is the chief service of the week, held every Sunday at 9:00 AM.
During the Summer months starting Memorial Day weekend and continuing through Labor Day weekend, we also extend an opportunity for the same Divine Service on Thursday at 6:30 PM. These Thursdays are the same service as the coming Sunday. Though Sunday is still the preferable day for Christians to gather (i.e., “The Lord’s Day”), we offer these Thursdays so that members who are out of town for the weekend can still conveniently receive the Word and Sacrament.
(Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will continue to offer the Thursday night worship services through at least the end of 2020. The midweek Advent Vespers services will be moved from Wednesday to Thursday in 2020.)
We also offer the traditional Advent and Lenten services, without the Lord’s Supper. We observe various other festivals and occasions such as Ascension Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve.
Our worship “style” at Grace is unapologetically traditional. We strive to follow the rubrics of the hymnal fairly closely, with few deviations. This honors both the fellowship of our synodical brothers and sisters in striving for unity of practice, while it also guards against anyone’s personal preferences infringing on the orderly worship life of the congregation.
We use Lutheran Service Book. We rotate seasonally between Divine Services 1, 3, and 4. We offer the Lord’s Supper at every Divine Service.
We insert a “Catechism Time” between the Gospel Reading and the Hymn of the Day. This allows us to catechize and re-catechize both children and adults in the basics of the faith.
We also offer an array of special music from our various choirs — Senior Choir, Sunday School Choir, Bell Choir, and other special selections. During the festival half of the year, almost every service features some special music.