Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him, bless his name.
Worship is central to what we do and who we are at Grace. Each week we gather to read scripture, the story of God’s unceasing work of creating, redeeming and sustaining. We respond to God’s word by offering prayers and song. Then, we come to the altar, the Lord’s table, where we receive the Bread of Life, partaking in the Eucharist or Holy Communion.
The two-part structure of our weekly worship is constant, deeply rooted in the practices of the earliest Christian church, and guided in the Episcopal Church by the Book of Common Prayer.
The Episcopal tradition recognizes there are richly diverse ways of gathering, praying, giving and receiving. At Grace, you can expect to experience some of that richness of worship throughout the seasons of the church and in a number of places. In addition to the church, Grace holds worship services in our gardens, and our parish house. This expansive approach guides all aspects of our worship as we participate in prayer, sacrament and song. In joining all our voices together, we give God glory and thanks.
- Blessing of the Animals
- The Feast of the Nativity
- Pentecost (“Fifty”)
- Ash Wednesday
- Holy Week Observances
The Blessing of the Animals is held annually in October, in recognition of the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi. Parishioners and members of the surrounding community are invited and gather on the grounds at Grace along with their beloved dogs and cats, birds, rabbits and reptiles, even the occasional horse or donkey. Each comes to participate in this heart-warming outdoor celebration of music and fellowship along with our fellow creatures in God’s Kingdom. October date and time specifics are announced in the monthly newsletter.
The Feast of the Nativity is held on Christmas Eve. This late afternoon service is ideal for families with small children and includes traditional Christmas music and hymns from the 1982 Hymnal, special choral arrangements, the Children’s Pageant, and Holy Communion. A reception follows the service.
Maundy Thursday service in the evening includes Holy Communion, ceremonial foot-washing, and the stripping of the Altar. Good Friday, Noon and 7 PM services include the Passion reading, the Solemn Collects, and Holy Communion from the reserved Sacrament (BCP 282). The Great Easter Vigil is the primary service that heralds the Resurrection of our Lord and begins the great Fifty Days of Easter. The Great Vigil of Easter often begins at sundown, when there are baptisms, on Holy Saturday and includes triumphal music, chanting of the Exsultet, the lighting of the Paschal Candle, and the retelling of the scriptural account of the creation and fall of mankind and our redemption through the death and glorious resurrection of Jesus, the Christ. It is one of the four times in the liturgical year where customarily baptisms and renewals of faith commitments take place.