Grace Episcopal’s Sunday 9:30 am liturgy is the core of who we are as a faith community. We have a blended service of contemporary and traditional music. Our regular instruments are keyboard, guitars and flute, but we also have guest instrumentalists on occasion. Because we value liturgical music, we have great vocal participation. Our community is blessed to have an amazing music director.
We find Rite II as most fitting for us. We use a screen to follow the liturgy and music, but hymnals and the prayer books are available. Parishioners are fully involved in the liturgy, including making bread for communion.
Our community environment for liturgy is both relaxed and welcoming.
Service Times: Sunday Worship: 9:30 am
Our worship services are in hybrid format, with the full service held in the church AND connected to Zoom in real time (live meeting, not recorded). The service begins with a prelude at 9:25, and is about an hour long. After the closing hymn, the congregation has an announcement time followed by fellowship time, with coffee and refreshments in the narthex, as well as an option for Zoom worshippers to stay online and chat with each other for a few minutes.
Children are welcome, with a nursery room available as needed for parents and caregivers.
Special Services: Wednesdays in Advent and Lent
During Advent and Lent, we have a weekly simple meal of soup and bread at 6:00 pm in the undercroft, followed by the singing of Holden Evening Prayer at 7:00 pm in the sanctuary.
Holden Evening prayer is a sung service based on psalms and canticles from scripture. The practice of Evening Prayer, also known in the historic Christian church as Vespers, dates back to the first century, and is one of the most important of the daily prayer offices in both Eastern and Western Christianity. “Holden Evening Prayer” is a beautiful and intimate musical setting composed by Marty Haugen in 1986 while staying in the mountains of Washington state at Holden Village. This service is led by laypeople, with the full participation of all present bringing their voices and hearts together. Our congregation has embraced this service setting as a tradition for Lent and Advent.
On Saturday, December 24th we will celebrate Christmas Eve beginning at 7:00pm with half an hour of carol
singing followed by the service with Holy Eucharist at 7:30pm. The sanctuary is always a special place to be
on Christmas Eve, surrounded by the beautiful decorations and the love of fellow worshippers all joining in
prayer and song. Then on Christmas Day, Sunday morning, we will have our regular 9:30am service.
What a special opportunity we have this year to enjoy back-to-back services worshipping our newborn Savior,
Jesus the Christ.