The children will lead us in telling the Christmas story through the nativity. Any child who comes that day will be invited to participate as a character in the story! There will also be rehearsals the two weeks prior for the children’s choir to sing familiar hymns. It will be a great chance to invite neighbors and family in town to participate in the program! They can be an angel or sheep or wise person or…the possibilities are endless!
6:00pm – A traditional Christmas Eve service with carols, music, children’s time, and candlelight!
11:00pm – Ring in Christmas with us at the late service. There are carols, both the bell choir and chancel choir, Holy Communion, and candlelight!
December 3, 10, 17, 24
This Advent learn about the traditional story of Christmas through the lens of what it means to wait. Anticipate like Mary, act like Joseph, and live out God’s call in your life like the shepherd. Just like the legends of our Christmas story did so long ago, we will wait for the promise of God With Us.
October 22, 29, November 5, 12,19
From our very beginning, Grace has had a special connection with our neighbors at Southwestern College. We were started by students and faculty and have been connected ever since. For these five weeks, we will explore the images Southwestern gives to us and find Christ in them.
October 22 – The 77 Steps: Finding Christ in the Resting Places
October 29 – Homecoming: We welcome Builder Alum and former pastor of Grace, Rev. Jim Reed, to celebrate Builder Homecoming Worship with us. The SC A Capella choir will share music in worship with us. We will also recognize Builders who have died in the last year. Come and enjoy Rev. Jim’s message: “Jeremiah, Martin, and John, or, Meanwhile, Back on Campus.”
November 5 – The Mound: All Saints Day Remember the saints who have gone before us and those who live among us as we think of the “mound” of witnesses we carry with us. SC is known for their very unique “mounbuilding” ceremony where students, faculty, staff, and friends paint rocks each year and toss them into the mound. As they remember each year all of the rocks that make up that mound and the people they represent, we too will remember the mounds!
November 12 – The Jinx Too often we believe that God operates more like one who curses us or offers retribution, “jinxing” us for our mistakes. Come and wrestle with one of the hardest questions of our faith: why do bad things happen?
November 19 – Rivals Bishop Bruce Blake, graduate of SC rival Friends University, and former president of SC, will share the message with us this day on how we love our enemies.
October 1, 8, 15
O God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come…
Isaac Watts wrote these familiar hymn lyrics in 1719, but they still ring true today. Over the next three weeks, worship will be centered around our stewardship by using the framework of our past, present, and future.
Come to worship and see how God invites us to look back and to look ahead in order to be present now, and how these views invite us into generosity and faithfulness.
Kick off a congregation-wide Neighboring Initiative, sign up for Neighbor Group, and celebrate God’s call to love our actual neighbors.
Every year on the second Sunday in September, Grace hosts “Bluegrass Sunday” to kick off the week of the Walnut Valley Festival in town. We feature Carp Camp, a celtic-inspired band who camps together during the Festival. Wear your tie-dye and stay for a potluck after worship. It’s our biggest Sunday of the year with folks coming to worship from all over the country who are in town for the Festival.
August 27 – 9/10
Who am I?
Where do I fit?
What difference do I make?
Join us for this series to explore God’s claim and invitation in our lives.
June 11 – August 13
This summer in worship we will kick off a series on Compassion: Learning to Love Like God. The scripture will be in line with the children’s Sunday School curriculum, so it is a chance for a church-wide look at how we can tangibly be more compassionate in our world today. The more I talk to you all, the more I hear that you want the tools of how to share God’s love. This is a step in that direction. We will have practical action steps every week for us to put our compassion skill into action. You won’t want to miss this opportunity in worship this summer.