"Serving Our Community by Sharing Christ's Love"
Witness – Mercy – Life Together
These phrases illustrate how the church lives and works together to proclaim the Gospel and to provide for our brothers and sisters in Christ in our congregation, community, and throughout the world. And in all we do, Christ is at the center, leading us, sustaining us, keeping us focused on our mission. This will never change. As we at Grace Lutheran Church pray for our Synod’s new leadership, for wisdom and courage for them in the Word of God, we rejoice at this faithful reminder of what Christ’s Church, whether Grace Lutheran Church or The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, is all about. These three themes are a helpful introduction to what our Lord has given us to be at Grace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley.
Witness (μαρτυρία, testimony)
“For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree.”
1 John 5:7–8
Grace Lutheran Church is here to bear witness to the Truth. God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, from all eternity. The eternal Son was made flesh in Jesus Christ, died on the cross for the sins of the world, and was raised bodily from the dead on the third day, with life and salvation for all who believe in his Name. He is the only hope for sinful man. In him alone we are saved by grace alone, through faith alone.
The Church bears witness to salvation in this Jesus in her preaching of Christ crucified, raised, and ascended to the right hand of the Father. Grace Lutheran Church stands in agreement on this with the Bible, the Creeds, and the Lutheran Confessions, as teaching the truth about Jesus. Our teaching is normed, checked against these standards, so that we do not teach the doctrines of men, but the Word of God. This is a place where these three John mentions still testify to Jesus: the Spirit, in the preached word of God, the water, in Holy Baptism, and the Blood of our Lord, offered for our sins and given us to drink, with his Body to eat, in his Holy Supper. This doctrine, the Word of Jesus that is Spirit and Truth, is the beating heart of both our life together and our works of mercy. We therefore see to the preaching of this Word and the administration of the Sacraments in our community and, through our gifts and prayers, throughout the world.
Mercy (διακονία, service)
“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Jesus did not come to help those who help themselves, or to show a way of living by which we could try to save ourselves by serving God in a better way. He came to seek and to save the lost, and that, by giving his own life as a ransom for many. On account of his faithful service to us, as those justified through faith in his blood, we are confident that nothing can separate us from the love of God in him. Our hearts are therefore freed from trying to justify ourselves to love others, and our hands are therefore freed from trying to save ourselves to love and serve our neighbors.
Just as Grace Lutheran Church is a place where witness is borne to Jesus through Word and Sacrament, it is also a place where his mercy goes forth into the world through acts of loving service. We exercise the various gifts and offices with which God has entrusted us to serve one another with the love of Christ. We joyfully serve and give out of the substance with which our Lord has served and gifted us–locally, through our elders, Men's Ministry, Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML), and numerous community service projects; and nationally and internationally, through gifts and prayers and organizations like LCMS World Relief and Human Care. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
Life Together (κοινωνία, communion or fellowship)
“God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”
1 Corinthians 1:9
When Jesus began his ministry, he did it by being baptized together with sinners, by taking his place with us in the baptismal waters, taking all the “dirty bathwater” of our sins on himself to make us clean. Just before he was crucified, putting those sins away, he instituted the Holy Supper of his Body and Blood, giving his Church communion with him and with all the saints in the holy things that bought our peace. At his ascension, he sent his apostles to preach and baptize, to gather to him a holy Church out of this dying world, a Church gathered in the one hope that belongs to her calling: one Lord, one faith, one Baptism, one God and Father of us all, who is over all and through all and in all (Ephesians 4:5–6).
We at Grace Lutheran Church are gathered into the living community raised up in the resurrection of Jesus, gathered in the forgiveness of all sin by his blood, calling upon one Father in heaven in his Name. Even as we confess that we are gathered together with all the saints who believe in Jesus in the Church Universal, so we are gathered together now in this place, as those who partake together of our Lord’s common gifts, as those whose sins are alike forgiven, as those who are made new as sons and daughters of God by his Word even in the midst of our imperfections and even sins. Our life together flows from our receiving together from the Word of Christ. We are united by his teaching and reconciled by his forgiveness. We rejoice in our life together in Christ, forgiving one another as he has forgiven us, gathering frequently to receive his gifts and to build each other up with “songs and hymns and spiritual songs,” with the Word of Christ dwelling in us richly. And we await our common hope, together with all the saints, in the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting, where we, with angels and archangels and all the company of heaven, will forever praise the Lamb once slain and now forever alive, our Lord Jesus Christ.
Welcome to Grace Lutheran Church. It is a pleasure to have you visit us. Central to our congregation is the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus, a gift to us of God’s guarantee of everlasting life through faith in Jesus Christ. As part of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod we continue to conform our teaching to the canonical books of the Old and New Testaments and the Lutheran Confessions as written in the Book of Concord of 1580.
Who We Are
As Lutheran Christians, we believe, teach, and confess the Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, as revealed in Holy Scriptures.
God receives us as His own through the waters of Holy Baptism, and continues to nourish us in Holy Communion where we receive Christ in the bread and wine.
The Holy Spirit motivates His people to a life of worship and service as we hear and share the lifegiving Word of God.
Serving Our Community by Sharing Christ’s Love
|Gospel-powered, Christ-centered Worship
Respectful, Open Dialogue
Active, Generous Community Service
Compassionate, Christian Fellowship
Engaging, Faith-enlarging Bible Study
Our Vision and Mission
Grace Lutheran Church has an atmosphere of love, acceptance, hope and Christian culture.
We are recognized and known in the community as the “Touch of Grace” (Hebrews 9:24-28). We match people’s needs with the resources within our community and within our church. We are a community source for answers to life’s problems, and we provide resources for people to discover their spiritual purpose in life and to develop answers to life questions (Matthew 5-7)
We create relationships that bridge to conversations about the Gospel, both with each other and with those who do not know Christ as their Savior (Acts 2:26-47).
We are a mission driven church with an outward focus; we welcome all people. While getting together to fellowship with each other and with our Lord, we inspire each other to do good works (Matthew 28:19-20; Romans 10:12-18; Luke 10:1-2)
We welcome all people and are good stewards in the care and use of our facilities, in community outreach, and in the performing arts. (Ephesians 2:19-22)
- 9:00am LSB Divine Service: Following the Divine Services in the Lutheran Service Book (LSB), Three-Year Lectionary. Hymns from the LSB accompanied by organ. Communion takes place every Sunday.
|Jim Bierwagen, President|
|Eric Gibbons, Treasurer|
|Gaye Rogers, Secretary|
|Tom Micone, Head Elder|
|Neil Kosbab, Elder|
|Barry Hundemer, Elder|
|Rick Gagelin, Elder|
|Jean Poff directs Grace Choir and serves as Traditional Music Ministry Manager. She has a degree in music education, and has directed the singing of children and adults for more than twenty years. She enjoys working with the dedicated and faithful Choir, leading the congregation in song and preparing anthems to enhance the worship. It gives her great joy to realize that God’s people have been singing to their Lord and Savior and edifying each other in song for more than three thousand years and continue to do so today.|
|John is a retired teacher, having taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Math, Science, Social Studies, and music for 34 years. Prior to retiring, he served as organist for Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. for 27 years|
Within the side windows and the entrance doors are more specific symbols in crystal medallions. The medallions with the pear and the apple remind the congregation of its roots in Chicago Park.
The 11 architectural glass windows display an individual theme:
The next panel is Mt. Calvary, the meaning and importance of what happened there being the center of our religion. The processional cross is part of this panel and a remnder of its part in our salvation.
The last panel is the Mt. of Olives, the mountain from which our Lord ascended, with the promise that He will come again.
The current Sanctuary was dedicated on May 5, 1991. A Bigelow organ provides the music for our Sunday Divine Worship Service and has been used by various organists for concerts.
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