Worship with us every Sunday at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Communion will be available each Sunday at 8:00 a.m. and the first and fourth Sunday as well as special church holiday Sundays at 10:30 a.m. services.
What to Expect on a Sunday Morning at Grace
People will gather both inside and outside the Sanctuary prior to our worship services typically at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., with one service at 9:15 a.m. in the summers. We know you will be greeted and welcomed, and please introduce yourself to those you meet. There is a Welcome Table with a Guest Book inside the door; if you would sign it, it would help us to know who you are and maintain a connection.
As we prepare to build, our present welcome area is limited and can become a little crowded and noisy at times. A new fellowship and activity space is in our construction plans. Children’s Sunday School classes also meet between the services in the Sanctuary as we prepare for the construction of new learning spaces.
An usher will give you a bulletin with the order of our service in it. You will need to use one of the hymnals in the rack under the chairs for the hymns. There is also a sheet included called Grace Notes which includes church news, a calendar of events for the coming week, and contact information for our leadership.
Word, Sacrament, music and prayer are the most important things about our worship together. We do not worry about many other things like how loud your kids are or what you wear. We do have a nursery space available at all times for young children which is supervised at the 10:30 a.m. service. During the summer, there are some special activities available for children to do during worship in lieu of Sunday School.
Grace is part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and a liturgical congregation, rich in the history and tradition of the Lutheran Church. Typically, the service follows the order from one of the settings of the Evangelical Lutheran Worship book. For our Scripture selections, we use the Common Lectionary, which includes readings from the Old Testament, New Testament, and Gospels on a three year rotating basis. Our music will include both traditional and more contemporary hymns, and can be accompanied by organ, piano, brass, guitar, and flutes. We have an adult choir that sings at the 10:30 a.m. service. We have special music at the 8 a.m. service and during the summer.
Worship is the cornerstone of our life at Grace. It is our time to center our hearts, minds and souls around God’s Word and Sacrament. You will hear God’s Word faithfully read and preached. The majority of the services will include Holy Communion and all Christians of all ages are invited to come forward to receive. You will hold out your hand and receive a piece of bread, and then dip it in the cup of wine. There will be ample opportunity for singing and prayer. An offering to support the ministry of Grace Church will be taken. We will share the Peace of the Lord with one another, saying “The peace of the Lord be with you!” or similar words, with a handshake or hug. The pastor and a council member will be available to greet you at the door as you leave.
Lent– Grace has its own evening worship services on Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday in our church. During the other weeks of Lent, we partner with other Hatfield congregations for Community Lenten Services on Wednesday evenings. Each week, one church will host and another church will provide the preacher. There is always good fellowship and refreshments following the services. Please contact the Church office if you would like a Lent Schedule.
Indian Valley Cluster Service– Annually, there is a combined summer worship service at one of the five Lutheran congregations who participate in the Indian Valley Cluster.
Thanksgiving Eve– Each year, Grace participates with Heidelberg UCC in Hatfield in a joint Thanksgiving Eve service on the Wednesday evening prior to the holiday. One church hosts, the other provides the preacher, and there is a combined choir.
Christmas Eve– We celebrate the birth of Christ with three services at 4, 6:30 and 9 p.m. that include Holy Communion, Congregational candle lighting, and lots of familiar Christmas carols.
Weddings- Pastor Lutcher is available for weddings both at Grace and at other locations. A period of preparation is required in order to plan the service and do necessary premarital counseling. Pastor uses the Prepare-Enrich curriculum, an interdenominational program, for premarital counseling. Typically, this preparation requires 5-6 sessions with the pastor and a minimum of two to three months advance planning.
Funerals- Pastor Lutcher is available for funerals of both members and non-members of Grace. Funerals may be held at the church, a funeral home, graveside, or another location. Please contact the Pastor for additional information.