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What to Expect at Grace

Grace is a laid-back and welcoming faith community. All are welcome regardless of who you are, where you come from, or where you are on your faith journey. We practice open Communion, all are welcome at Christ's table, regardless of age.

"We gather to worship, grow, care and share," meaning we are blessed beyond measure with hearts to welcome and worship with all minds that seek to be enlightened and nurtured, and talents and resources for caring and sharing. 

Every time we gather as a church family, we learn, pray, comfort, celebrate and restore ourselves so that we may strengthen our own lives and those of others. We invite you to join us on Sundays at 8:30 am.

What do we believe about Communion?
Who can take Communion?

We believe that Communion is a sacrament, which means that when we take God’s words of promise and combine them with ordinary bread and wine (or grape juice), we receive the very body and blood of Christ and the forgiveness of sin Jesus promises us in that. We understand that Christ is in, with, and under the bread and wine (grape juice), and is present in the Meal as we receive it.
 
All people who hear Christ’s invitation to receive the Body and Blood of Christ and desire to receive it may. We believe that the invitation to Christ’s Table is made by Christ,
and all are welcome.
 
 How is Communion served?
Individual pre-packaged communion elements are provided in the lobby. The pastor will give directions on when to eat and drink during worship. Gluten-free wafers and grape juice are available as alternatives to bread and wine. 

What do we believe about Baptism?
Who can be baptized and what is the protocol to prepare for baptism?
As Lutherans, we believe that the Sacrament of Baptism is a gift given freely by God. By combining ordinary, everyday water with God’s words of promise that name and claim us as God’s own, we receive a promise of forgiveness and love we can touch in the waters of baptism. We don’t come to the waters of baptism because we are afraid that something bad will happen if we don’t. We come because of the loving gift that we receive in the Sacrament. We, as humans, do nothing to earn it or deserve it.
 
We practice baptism at any age. Most often, we baptize infants. However, baptism is open to people at any age. Older children and adults desiring to be baptized and parents desiring to have their children baptized are encouraged to speak to the pastor for baptismal instruction.
 
What should I expect when I come into the building?
When you arrive, you will enter through the main doors off the parking lot. You will see the Sanctuary (main worship space) in front of you to the left as you come in the door. The main office is located just inside the main entrance to the left.
 As you enter the building, coat racks are located down the hallway to the left and right, and restrooms are located halfway down the hallway to right.
 
What should I wear to worship?
You may wear whatever makes you feel comfortable. In worship, you will notice that some people may wear a suit jacket and tie while others wear jeans and a casual shirt.  
 
 What should I expect in worship?
Pick up a bulletin and communion elements found on the table in the lobby. Feel free to sit wherever you feel most comfortable. All the information you need will be projected on the screens for you to follow. You’ll notice that we sing together a lot throughout the service.  You are invited and welcome to join in.
 
We stand and sit at different times during the service – typically when we are speaking or reading together as a congregation, or out of reverence at the reading of the Gospel reading. Please know that standing is an invitation, and if you are physically unable to stand,
it is perfectly acceptable to remain seated.

  Offerings are collected to support the ministries of the church. They can be placed in the plates as you enter the sanctuary or given online here. As a guest, you should not feel obligated to contribute. If you do decide to contribute, we thank you for your generosity.
 
After the worship service is over, you are invited to join us for coffee and fellowship in the fellowship hall just outside the sanctuary.