Worship Ministry

  • Chancel Cross—The magnificent walnut Cross above the altar was fashioned and built by Rev W. Russell Zimmerman, our mission developer and first pastor.  We drape the cross during Lent and Holy Week, and we use it to anchor the red swoosh during Reformation and Pentecost.
  • Baptismal Font—The Baptismal Font was built in 1994 by Grace members Allan Smith and David Edwards, to be used at a Chrysallis Youth Gathering.  The font continues to be used for Grace baptisms, which occur at the beginning of the service in the narthex of the church, where our Grace family gathers to witness and commit to baptismal promises.  Newly baptized members receive a baptismal candle, a cloth napkin, and a personalized banner lovingly made by our church family as a remembrance that “Today God Spoke My Name”.  
  • Narthex—Since the completion of our narthex in December 1994, Grace has used this beautiful area in creative ways for special services, including baptisms, mid-week Lenten Vesper services using the beloved Holden Evening Prayer setting, Palm Sunday gatherings, and Ascension Day services.
  • Music Ministry—Over the past fifty years, the music at Grace has been varied and spiritually-grounded through the leadership of our gifted music directors. Grace worship uses many different liturgical settings throughout the year, and the musical gifts of choir members, flutists, percussionists (including bongos), and guitarists.   Music selection varies from Traditional to Gospel to Hispanic to African hymns.
  • Monday Prayer Group - As a group, we pray for many things: those with afflictions, those experiencing personal difficulties or changes, those in mourning, those serving in the military and for peace in our world.  We also pray for the Church of God as a whole and for Grace congregation in particular, that we may do the work of spreading the Good News of God’s love.

 

‍‍Worship

The Worship Ministry Team shall encourage congregational involvement in worship.  Assist the pastor in planning regular and special worship services.  Assign and train assisting ministers, communion assistants, lectors, acolytes, crucifers and ushers.  Coordinate with the Altar Guild and Choir.

 

“At the center of our life together is worship and at the center of our worship is the crucified and risen Christ.  When we gather for worship we turn our gaze away from ourselves to the source of our life and hope and salvation.    When we gather for worship we are encountered by the living God in Scripture, proclamation of the gospel and the sacraments.  (In worship), God meets us and transforms us.”       (Presiding Bishop, Elizabeth Eaton)