What to expect at Sunday worship?
When you come to Grace on a Sunday morning, you will walk in and hear the organ playing as we gather together (Yes, we have a pipe organ!). Someone will hand you a bulletin and you are welcome to sit anywhere (you aren’t going to take anyone’s seat). The bulletin will be your outline for the service, so you will know what comes next.
Our service is traditional but full of life. There will be hymns and choirs and there is something special about praising God with some of the same hymns that people would have sang who founded this church as a place for students and professors from the college to come together. (That’s another thing–you’ll see a few rowsof college students, faculty, and staff from Southwestern College every Sunday school is in session).
There is always a children’s message with Pastor Lora where the kids come forward and learn more about the day’s lesson. It is their chance to grow up learning that there is always a place for them in the church and they are free to ask questions and teach us all how to love God through wonder, imagination, and possibility. And because we know that kids like to wiggle, we have FACE Time (Fun Activities in Christian Education aka Children’s Church) during Pastor Lora’s sermon. Leaders take kids age 3 through 2nd grade to the education wing for their own lesson. We come back and get them when the sermon is done, because having the children in worship with everyone else helps us raise children in the faith. When we baptize a baby, the whole congregation promises to help raise that child in faith. Including all ages in worship helps us to develop and nurture those relationships in a beautiful, formational way.
The sermon is usually about 15 minutes long and connects with a multi-week series. You can check out the series topic at the worship page. The sermons are relevant, rich, and always include practical, tangible steps to deepen your faith in your every day life. Pastor Lora is a story teller and has a gift of seeing God in the ordinary moments, speaking God’s truth into current events, and challenging the congregation to never settle for complacency.
We pray together every Sunday, sharing joys & concerns as a community. It’s a really great chance to remember those around us and be the body of Christ.
There is childcare for children birth to three in the nursery at the end of the hall on the main floor of the education wing. If you go in the office doors (right off the east parking lot) and take a right down the hallway, you will see the big yellow sign that says Nursery at the end of the hall. The nursery is open during Sunday School and worship. You will write down your name and phone number and any other needs, so that our Safe Gatherings certified nursery staff can best care for your child. You may pick your child up after Sunday School or worship. Please note that your child is always welcome to stay with you as well! It’s okay if they cry or giggle or coo or ask questions during church. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me,” and we think that means kids should be welcome and celebrated all over the church!
We have a parking lot on the west side of the building. It usually fills up on Sunday mornings. Feel free to park on any of the streets surrounding the church as well. You may enter any outer door and there will be greeters and also black signs that will point you toward the sanctuary (looking at the gorgeous stained glass windows on the outside as you are walking in will help you see which way you’re going to find the sanctuary).
The big steps on College Street will take you directly into the sanctuary. The door by the parking lot is closest to the office entrance. If you go in this door, you’ll find the sanctuary to your left and up a handful of steps. For accessible entry, you’ll find the elevator at the southeast corner of the building.
Any door you will enter will have signs to help you get where you need to go.