2017 Choir Camp Registration

Sign Up Now for the 2017 Choir Camp

Where: Grace and Peace Presbyterian Church. 22646 Benswood Road, California, MD

Please download the registration form (PDF), and follow the instructions.

 

Why Lessons & Carols?

Christmas and the Covenant

Grace and Peace Presbyterian Church will hold our annual Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols  Christmas EveDecember 24th at 6 pm.

The value of Lessons & Carols, in short, is this: Lessons and Carols tangibly reminds us of the unity of Scripture, with the story of Christ and the incarnation of our Lord at its very center. Promise and fulfillment is the basic pattern of the Old and New Testaments of the Scriptures, and that this pattern should guide all our reading and interpretation and application of these texts. This value is not to be underestimated, as we live in a day of biblical illiteracy.

Briefly, Lessons and Carols is a service of nine scripture readings interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols. The most famous and perhaps “original” L&C was held on Christmas Eve at King’s College Cambridge in 1918, and every year there since.

Advent Candles

 

Community Hymn Sing, Oct. 28

Do you like to sing great Hymns of the Christian Faith?

Grace and Peace Presbyterian is hosting a community hymn sing October 28 at 7 PM.

We have an excellent Piano and Organ as well as several other instruments to accompany the singing.

We welcome singers from any church or no particular church as we join our voices.

The audience will be asked to choose some favorite hymns.

Refreshments will be served following the Hymn Sing.

Good Friday at Grace and Peace

Good Friday marks the death of Jesus Christ. It’s called ‘good’ because of what Jesus’ death means for the redemption of the world. Worship this evening focuses on three aims: (1) to narrate and remember the events of Jesus’ death, (2) to open up the meaning of these events for our understanding of God and the redemption accomplished by the cross, and (3) to invite worshipers to renewed prayer and dedication.

Please enter humbly, worship deeply, and leave quietly this evening with your heart centered on the suffering of Christ for you and your salvation. You will observe a diminishing of light through the service in the pattern of tenebrae worship. Tenebrae means shadows, and so our worship will include an experience of some of the shadows that Christ endured. At the close of the service the bell will toll seven times to represent the fullness of Christ’s sacrifice for us.

Redeemer Broadcasting Network in St. Mary’s County

There is a wonderful new radio station here in St. Mary’s County!

WXMD 89.7 FM features excellent teaching programs and edifying music. Grace and Peace is a supporter of WXMD and encourages everyone to listen! Tune your home and automobile radios.

A Festival of Lessons and Carols

Why Lessons & Carols?

Christmas and the Covenant

Grace and Peace Presbyterian Church will hold our annual Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols  Christmas Eve, December 24th at 7 pm.

The value of Lessons & Carols, in short, is this: Lessons and Carols tangibly reminds us of the unity of Scripture, with the story of Christ and the incarnation of our Lord at its very center. Promise and fulfillment is the basic pattern of the Old and New Testaments of the Scriptures, and that this pattern should guide all our reading and interpretation and application of these texts. This value is not to be underestimated, as we live in a day of biblical illiteracy.

Briefly, Lessons and Carols is a service of nine scripture readings interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols. The most famous and perhaps “original” L&C was held on Christmas Eve at King’s College Cambridge in 1918, and every year there since.

Please Come!

Grace and Peace is a family of people in Southern Maryland. We are all about worshipping God as we study the Bible, and caring for each other. We welcome new persons, families, young or older, all races. We are all learning together led by our pastor and other leaders. PLEASE COME!

Good Friday Service

Good Friday Service at Grace & Peace will be at 7:00 PM on the 29th. Friday marks the death of Jesus Christ. It’s called ‘good’ because of what Jesus’ death means for the redemption of the world. Worship will focus on three aims: (1) to narrate and remember the events of Jesus’ death, (2) to open up the meaning of these events for our understanding of God and the redemption accomplished by the cross, and (3) to invite worshipers to renewed prayer and dedication.

Please enter humbly, worship deeply, and leave quietly with your heart centered on the suffering of Christ for you and your salvation. You will observe a diminishing of light through the service in the pattern of tenebrae worship. Tenebrae means shadows, and so our worship will include an experience of some of the shadows that Christ endured.

Behold the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Please join us of for our Christmas Eve Festival of Lessons and Carols, December 24 with Prelude beginning at 6:30PM and the Lessons and Carols at 7PM.

The readings and songs of this service begin with the fall of Adam’s race in the Garden of Eden, through the prophetic promises of salvation made to Israel and lead into the gospel announcement of the Savior’s birth:  The Ninth Lesson is the culmination of the service as it announces the coming of the Word made flesh. We will end with singing “Silent Night” and lighting individual candles as we spread the light.

Advent Candles

Prayer for Thanksgiving Day (URCNA)

Prayer for Thanksgiving Day
Our Sovereign God, who created all things for your pleasure and who gives to all life, breath, and every good thing, we praise you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life. For rain and sunshine, in abundance and in lack, we acknowledge that our times are in your hands. You supply all of your creatures with your good gifts: the just and the unjust alike. Nevertheless, we especially give you praise for the surpassing greatness of your saving grace that you have shown to us in Christ Jesus our Savior. For our election in him before the foundation of the world; for our redemption by him in his life, death, and resurrection; for our effectual calling, justification, sanctification, and all of the blessings of our union with him, we give you our heartfelt thanks. And we look with great anticipation toward that day when you will raise us to life everlasting, glorified and confirmed in righteousness, so that we may sing your praises without the defilement of our present weaknesses, distractions, and sins. As you have served us with these gifts, we ask that you would give us grateful hearts so that through us you may serve our neighbors. In the name of Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.