Grace follows the ancient form of Christian liturgy: Gathering • Word • Meal • Sending
We are informal, but we practice reverence for God and for one another in intentional ways. Some of us bow to the cross as it enters and exits the sanctuary. On certain Sundays at the 11am service we anoint with oil and lay hands on shoulders during prayer. At the 9am service, we form into smaller prayer groups to share gratitude and yearnings. We often connect the message of grace with God's desire for us to live lives of abundant action—working for justice, peace, and inclusion.
All are welcome to receive communion at Grace. We commune young children, relying on God's promise of grace that there is nothing one needs to learn or earn to receive it. However, because we also value faith education, we offer communion classes when our children reach third grade. We are happy to offer a blessing to your child during communion if you prefer to wait for them to go through communion classes when they are older.
We also offer blessings and words of welcome to all who come forward to the table, whether you are Christian or not. While some may not feel they are ready to receive the sacrament, there is still an affirming place at God's table.
Join us downstairs in our hall at 9am for a shorter, more informal service. Filled with simple but spirited songs, conversational sermons, and a participatory communion style, the 9am service reminds some of the way the first Christians worshipped. There are no books or bulletins needed. If you have a dog who is friendly and not at risk of injuring anyone, you are welcome to bring it on leash to our 9am service.
At 11am, the sanctuary is filled with the echoes of ancient liturgy. It entails a mix of latinx, gospel, middle-eastern, and european music, powerful proclamation, and a more traditional communion practice. We have a full bulletin at the 11am service, and we use bibles and hymn books during the service.
During the Summer, we enjoy worship at 10am in our Sanctuary; once a month we move outside to our front lawn (weather permitting) for service.
Come as you are! You are welcome here.