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2017 Choir Camp Registration

Sign Up Now for the 2017 Choir Camp When: July 31 – August 4. Where: Grace and Peace Presbyterian Church. 22646 Benswood Road, California, MD Please download the registration form (PDF), and follow the instructions.  

Why do we worship as we do?

Our Liturgy We share in worship forms used by the earliest Christians and which developed over time and were revised during the Protestant Reformation of the 16th and 17th centuries. Even after the changes of nearly two thousand years of use, however, Christian liturgy is organized around two basic poles: the public reading and preaching…

Advent Candles

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 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…

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…

What Bonhoeffer knew

Disclaimer: The Christian Century is not a periodical I would normally quote. Jul 17, 2015 by Samuel Wells in The Christian Century After I’d given a talk to mark the 70th anniversary of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s execution, I got a letter complaining that Bonhoeffer had been drained dry of meaning and was of no more use to…

The Power of One

The Church today would be a different kind of place if it were not for a short, dark-skinned, red-bearded, half hermit who single-handedly fought an empire for the truth of the Gospel. For much of the fourth century, A.D., it was Athanasius contra mundum—“Athanasius against the world”—and Athanasius won. One letter. To some historians his…

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 Challenge of Ecclesiology: Some Advice for Seminarians

It is almost a truism among thinking Christians today that the doctrine of the church, known among theologians as “ecclesiology,” has fallen on hard times.  When I was a student at a reasonably well-known conservative Reformed seminary it seemed that students would much rather argue about apologetics or eschatology or predestination than the doctrine of…