“I value the unselfish nature of our parish. The love of one another as a Church and the openness to seek.”
Sunday morning worship: 10:00 a.m. – In the sanctuary, livestreamed on FaceBook.
Use this Worship bulletin.
Note: Per Diocesan guidelines, we are currently allowing 10 people to worship in person. You may sign up for one of the available spots here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805054BADA822A2FB6-inperson
COVID-19 protocols, including masking and social distancing, must be strictly observed. Please take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to sit in the sanctuary and worship with fellow parishioners! If you have questions, please contact Staley Nance at firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-425-3773.
WORSHIP SCHEDULE (non-COVID-19)
9:00 a.m. – Rite I Eucharist in the historic chapel
9:45 a.m. – Christian Formation
11:00 a.m. – Rite II Eucharist in the main sanctuary
12:00 p.m. – Social hour in the Undercroft
Opportunities for Worship
For many years the worship tradition at Grace Church has included a weekly
celebration of Holy Eucharist on Sunday mornings, and all are welcome at the
Rite I is celebrated at 9:00 a.m. in the historic chapel and Rite II at 11:00 a.m. in the main sanctuary.
While the last year of quarantine has been incredibly difficult, an unexpected and much needed consequence of our inability to worship together in person has been the development of an increased online presence, including live streaming of Sunday worship at 10:00 a.m. on Facebook. Church members have stepped forward to install new equipment and learn the ins and outs of this technology.
While our online services look little like the “normal” Sunday worship experience –
morning prayer instead of Holy Eucharist, no choir, and, most importantly, no
congregation – recording the service has provided a way for us to stay connected as a church community. As we begin to gather in person, services will continue to be streamed live and recorded for later viewing.
At Grace, we celebrate special services following the liturgical calendar. These include:
● Special recognition of our “Saints” on All Saints Sunday
● Advent Lessons and Carols on the 4th Sunday in Advent
● Family Christmas Eve service at 5:00 p.m.
● Christmas Day service
● Epiphany Feast of Lights where we celebrate the coming of the Wise Men.
Votives line the walkways around the sanctuary and are a beloved tradition for
the entire Lexington community.
● Traditional services during the Lenten season and Holy Week including:
imposition of ashes on Ash Wednesday, procession of palms on Palm Sunday,
Maundy Thursday with foot washing, Good Friday, a modified Easter Vigil on
Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday
● The main sanctuary is decorated dramatically for Pentecost
● Outdoor service with alternate liturgy is in June. This is typically at someone’s
home and is followed by a covered dish lunch.
Lay ministry is essential to worship experiences at Grace, and offers
parishioners a number of ways to be involved in the worship
Acolytes include a Crucifer and two Torchbearers. Typically the youth serve as
acolytes, beginning around 4th grade.
Altar Guild is responsible for ensuring the table is properly set for every service.
Choir rehearses weekly and prepares a weekly anthem for the 11:00 service and
special music for liturgical celebrations. The choir provides leadership to the
congregation during worship, offering cues for standing, kneeling, etc.
Greeters and Ushers are the welcoming committee, and the first impression for those new to Grace Church. In addition to passing out bulletins and answering questions, Ushers assist with functions during the service and perform safe Church protocols and security measures.
Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEMs) assist the celebrant with administering Holy
Communion. Lectors assist by reading lessons, psalms, and prayers.
Technology is new to our worship experience . These volunteers coordinate live
streaming and recording the worship services.
The Book of Common Prayer https://www.bcponline.org/
The Lectionary Page https://www.lectionarypage.net/
The Episcopal Diocese of NC https://www.episdionc.org/
The Episcopal Church https://www.episcopalchurch.o