The Season of Lent is a valuable practice in the Christian life. It is the forty days of special devotion from Ash Wednesday to Easter. Lent is the spiritual journey we take with Christ when he turns toward Jerusalem risking capture, arrest and trial. We figuratively count ourselves to be traveling with the disciples who accompany Jesus on his journey toward the cross.
Ash Wednesday is February 18th Three service times are available at Grace Church for the people of the Alvin area: 7:00 A.M., Noon, and 7:00 P.M. In the penitential Ash Wednesday Service, we offer the prayer called the Litany of Penitence, and hear the assurance of God’s forgiveness. Prior to this prayer, people have the chance to come forward as a sign of humility, and of our mortality, to have ashes imposed on their foreheads. These ashes, are made from the dried palm fronds of Palm Sunday the previous year, burned, cooled, and ground into a black dust. A small cross is drawn on our foreheads to acknowledge that God is the Holy One, and we are God’s finite creatures in need of divine grace and mercy.
With this act, we begin the forty days of Lent with the Sundays in Lent: a season in which we choose special practices of devotion. We are invited to observe Lent by self-examination and repentance, by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating of God’s holy Word. People take on acts of kindness or service. Others give up foods, habits or luxuries as disciplines of self-denial during this season. It is a time of deepening our love and service to God and our neighbor.
If you are looking for a church home, or just a comfortable place to worship and enjoy fellowship, please know that we want to share our Grace Community with you. You are invited to join us at anytime.
Our parking lot is located immediately across from the church at the corner of West Lang and Hardie with the entrance and exit located off of Hardie Street. Visitor parking is located on the front row nearest the church.
Handicapped parking is available on Hardie Street.
We are fully accessible.
Our church building, parish hall and parlor are all handicap accessible. Please do not hesitate to ask an usher for assistance or directions if needed.
In addition, handicap accessible parking is available on Hardie Street, immediately adjacent to the church.
Holy Communion for the People of God
All Christians baptized in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit who receive the Sacrament in their denomination are welcome at the Lord's Table. Come forward to the Altar Rail as the Ushers direct you and take the next available place. You may kneel or stand, though the custom for most of our parishioners is to kneel. Receive the communion bread from the Priest in your open right palm. You may then take the bread to your mouth, or, if you wish to receive by intinction (dipping), place the communion bread between the thumb and index finger of your right hand and hold the bread over your open left palm. This signals the Chalice Bearer to allow you to intinct the wafer into the wine in the intinction insert in the chalice. You may also choose to receive the wine directly from the chalice by gently guiding it to your lips as the Chalice Bearer presents it to you. If you choose not to receive the wine, simply cross your arms across your chest after you have received the wafer. The Church has long held that the Sacrament is effectual even when only one of the elements is received. Please return to your pew as soon as the next person has received the wine.
If it is physically difficult for you to come to the Altar Rail, please indicate this to an Usher and the Priest will bring Communion to you where you are seated.
If you, or your child(ren), would like to receive a blessing from a Priest at the Altar Rail, come forward just as you would to receive Communion and cross your arms across your chest, and/or instruct your child(ren) to do the same.
Please join us for coffee between the services at 9:00 a.m. in the parish hall.
This is a great time to see and greet old and new friends, and we genuinely encourage all visitors to join us during this time.
Our nursery is open from 8:00 AM to 12:00 noon on Sunday mornings. All children aged infant through 3 years old are welcome to stay with the nursery attendant as their parents attend the morning worship service.
The nursery is located on the first floor of the parish hall. Please feel free to ask an usher or any member of the church to assist you in locating the nursery.