Patriotic Concert

The 2019-20 Grace Concert Series continues with this popular event! Join Chris Schroeder, Minister of Music, and the Grace Chancel Choir for an entertaining, educational and inspiring pre-Independence Day concert. Now in its sixth season, all ages are welcome to hear and sing your favorite patriotic songs, with organ and brass, and enjoy the ice cream social that follows. No admission fee; there will be a free will offering.

New Wave Singers Pride Concert

Maryland’s premier GLTBS mixed chorus returns to the Grace Concert Series with songs of hope, diversity, inclusion, and humor. They celebrate all of humanity in its infinite variations, and with their music they challenge us to embrace equality, harmony, and understanding.

This concert precedes the Gay Pride weekends in Washington, D.C. (June 12-14) and in Baltimore (June 19-21).  With an engaging message that reminds us that we are all part of the community’s diversity, you’ll be validated, challenged, and entertained!

Tickets may be obtained here or at the door.

Re-Dedication of the Newly Refurbished Moeller Organ

Christopher Schroeder, Grace Minister of Music, with Grace Church’s Chancel Choir, are excited to share our beautifully refurbished organ in concert, with the public most heartily invited!

The instrument has a rather amazing pedigree. M. P. Moeller, Inc. designed the pipe organ in the early 1950s; it was one of the premier instruments in the city, often chosen to showcase artists in recital. In the early years, Richard Ross and Robert Elmore were invited to play. After Bruce R. Eicher was hired as Director of Music, he instituted a new Concert Series, and visiting artists included E. Power Biggs, 1959; Virgil Fox and John Weaver, 1960; Virgil Fox and Catharine Crozier, 1961; Simon Preston, Mme. Marie-Madeleine Duruflé Chevalier and Maurice Duruflé, 1969. The Duruflés returned again in 1971. And that’s just Act I of the story!

Flash forward to 2019 – Dan Angerstein at Angerstein Organ Works, Inc. in Hendersonville, NC has been working throughout the second half of 2019 on the refurbishment of the instrument. The entire organ will be tonally refinished to provide solid, warm choruses with good balances and colors, in addition to other improvements and enhancements. No tickets required for this celebration; there will be a free will offering.

Easter Sunday Festival Service 10 am

Our Easter Sunday service, the Festival Service of the Resurrection, highlights music by the Chancel Choir, brass, timpani and organ. The message of the day, the Chancel area decorated with lilies, and the inspiring music all create a celebratory morning.

5 pm Tenebrae Service of Word and Song

The Service of Tenebrae includes readings from the Gospel of John alternating with choral anthems and congregational hymns. The service is similar to Christmas Lessons and Carols, but with a focus on Jesus’ final days leading to his death. As candles are extinguished one by one throughout the service, the stage is set to continue our Holy Week observance and experience the miracle of resurrection.

 

Gospel Sunday 10 am

We highlight black gospel music at this annual service, with Robert Cantrell filling multiple roles of rehearsal coach, director and accompanist. The Chancel Choir is assisted by the Youth Choir, instrumentalists and other singers from the congregation – an invitation is extended to include all who want to sing this wonderful music! And to conclude the service – all sing We Shall Overcome – every year, always. No Sunday School for the children; they are part of the service as well.

The 8:30 service follows the normal format.

Grace Christmas Eve Services

Our 2019 theme for Advent, The Hopes and Fears of All the Years, is taken from a familiar carol and encompasses centuries of emotions in anticipation of the coming of Christ.

 4:00 p.m. Family Service, 9:00 p.m. Candlelight Service           
A night of beauty, grace and love. Please choose your best hour for worship – we welcome all.
Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-20

Our month of December is full of worship services, music, and options for giving. This time also offers opportunities to experience the themes of wonder, hope, fears, attentiveness, and a deeper understanding of the meaning of Jesus’ earthly arrival. Please come and share the expectation and holiness of this special season!

 

Grace Advent Worship Service

Our 2019 theme for Advent, The Hopes and Fears of All the Years, is taken from a familiar carol and encompasses centuries of emotions in anticipation of the coming of Christ.

Dec. 22    4th Sunday of Advent  The love of God draws near.    
8:30 a.m. service normal format; 10:00 a.m. Service of Lessons and Carols. This service is presented by the Choirs of Grace Church and fashioned after the King’s College service in Cambridge, England
Genesis 3:8-15, Isaiah 40:1-11, Luke 1:26-2:16

Services begin at 8:30 a.m. and at 10:00 a.m.

Our month of December is full of worship services, music, and options for giving. This time also offers opportunities to experience the themes of wonder, hope, fears, attentiveness, and a deeper understanding of the meaning of Jesus’ earthly arrival. Please come and share the expectation and holiness of this special season!

A Traditional Christmas Concert – Grace Church Musicians

On Sunday, December 15th at 4:oo p.m., Grace Church’s musicians, led by Minister of Music Chris Schroeder, will present Advent and Christmas selections from several countries and in a variety of styles. Our own Chancel, Youth, Bell and Children’s Choirs, along with organ, flute, and trumpet, will prepare the way for Christmas for you in a most beautiful way. The audience will join in the beloved carols of the season, with cookies and cocoa at the parsonage to follow. We welcome all!

Handel Choir of Baltimore Sings Messiah

Handel Choir of Baltimore is a critically acclaimed choral ensemble that presents yearly performances of Handel’s Messiah with the Handel Period Instrument Orchestra, as well as other major choral and choral-orchestral works. We welcome them back to Grace Church on Saturday, December 15, 7:30 p.m. They are conducted by Brian Bartoldus, Artistic Director.

While the Choir remains committed to performing in a variety of earlier styles and genres, the organization performs 19th to 21st century music as well. Repertoire has included music of Fauré, Bernstein, Poulenc, Lauridsen, Duruflé and Berlioz. Handel Choir commissioned Requiem for the Fallen by Jonathan Leshnoff and The Song of the Shulamite by Donald McCullough.

Purchase tickets here or at the door. Celebrate the season’s finest music at Grace!