Worship and music

Grace Lutheran Church offers two regular weekly worship services:

Wednesday: 6:00 PM
Sunday 9:30 AM

Grace Lutheran Church - View from Westfield St.
Each service includes a children’s message, lessons, gospel, sermon, Holy Communion and a number of hymns. The order of worship is a special mix that allows the children to experience the most important aspects of a worship service before they are dismissed to attend their Sunday School classes.

Though most worship services are essentially the same, Grace offers a unique blend of musical styles that alternate from week to week. One week will feature the traditional Lutheran hymns sung to the music of our pipe organ and often accompanied by flute and/or trumpet. This service is a sung liturgy from either the Lutheran Book of Worship, “With One Voice” and Marty Haugen’s “Now the Feast and Celebration”.

The second musical offering features the music stylings of Grace’s own “Back Row Band” with guitars, keyboard and four-part vocals. The BRB plays several original pieces as well as their own spin on lots of old favorites.

Holy Communion is offered at all services.

Holden evening prayers: On Wednesday evenings in Advent and Lent, we hold a beautiful musical vespers prayer service, with candle light, chant and witness from our community.

For more information on worship services, see the “visiting Grace” page.

Music of Grace
Grace has an eleven-rank, two manual pipe organ from the Zimmer and Sons Organ Co. of North Carolina, installed in 1983.  It has electro-pneumatic action with the console in front of the sanctuary. The pipes and swell division installed on the rear sanctuary wall.

Our services are filled with a mix of not only traditional Lutheran hymns, but also other popular Christian music and original songs, played to either a contemporary beat or accompanied by a traditional pipe organ and choir.

Some services feature our own “Back Row Band,” a four-member combo featuring guitars and keyboard. The BRB has recently completed its second professional music CD.

Pictured below are the Back Row Band members: Marion, Denis, Karen and “Chip”.

Back Row Band

Not long ago the Back Row Band released its first CD.

Grace also features traditional Lutheran music and hymns led by our multi-talented organist and choir director, Martha.

 Christmas Grace Album CoverThe traditional music emminates from our pipe organ and often features accompaniment of flute, trumpet and clarinet not to mention a choir.

Songs of GraceTo hear a sampler of the Back Row Band’s CD, ‘Christmas Grace’ on YouTube.com, click the image below. The sampler is about two and a half minuters and features four short samples from the CD and a slideshow of the band.