As a Lutheran church, Grace is liturgical. That means that
we worship God in an established and mostly formal manner. And yet Grace has
considerable variation in our worship, using several different service formats,
on the seasons of the year. And within these formats, we very often have weekly
differences. And, since every worship service is guided by the Holy
Spirit, what we do is not always what we thought we were going to do.
Changes happen based on circumstance and immediate need.
Our worship has grown more flexible than the straight hymnbook formula. And it will
probably grow more varied as we grow in the freedom and joy of the Lord, as the Spirit works in
and on us, as
we become a more diverse family. God knows and directs.
We occasionally have an 'alternate' worship service; 'alternate' is
different each service, but it will always be for our benefit and will
give praise to God. Various people in the congregation have written these
alternate worship services, with pastoral and elder oversight. They are generally
liturgical in form, but almost never have the visible structure typical of older
Lutheran worship services. Usually, clarity of word and understanding is important.
All are intended to be in the language that today's people can easily understand,
something the traditional liturgies don't have, especially for younger
Music is an important part of our worship. We use digital organ, electronic
piano, acoustic and plugged guitars, brass, percussion and the
human voice -- all in praise of God.
have a CCLI subscription, and often use its more modern hymns and praise
songs to supplement our
two regular hymnbooks.