Our Worship Service
We gather together on Sunday mornings at 10 am for worship and Sunday school for children. Our worship time typically includes communion. We practice what’s called an open table for communion. You are welcome to receive communion (at your option) regardless of your denominational background.
Musically, we use a blend of traditional hymns, spirituals and contemporary pieces. You’ll hear the organ, piano, percussion, and even handbells.
What should I wear?
Wear what makes you most comfortable when worshiping God. We don’t have an expectation of the style of dress – you’ll see people in jeans, shirt & tie, sneakers, and the occasional princess dress. Wear what makes you happy & able to connect with God.
Can I Bring My Kids?
Yes, please. Children are welcome in worship. They can also attend our Sunday school that meets at the same hour most Sundays and get to know other kids from Grace and learn some of the stories of our faith.
Who Can Come?
Everyone. No qualifications. Grace Lutheran is a Reconciling in Christ congregation. As Christ’s church, we offer a radical welcome to all people. We recognize that our diversity is a gift from God. "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus." (Galatians 3:28)
As Grace searches for a new full-time pastor, we are in great hands.
Stated Supply Pastor
Timothy J. Wengert
Dr. Timothy J. Wengert is the Ministerium of Pennsylvania emeritus professor of Reformation History and the Lutheran Confessions at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. A parish pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) for over seven years in Minnesota and Wisconsin, he received his doctorate from Duke University in 1984 and was on Philadelphia's faculty from 1989-2013. He has written and edited books on the Reformation, history of the Lutheran Church, the interpretation of the Bible, and ecumenism. Dr. Wengert is married to the Rev. Ingrid Fath Wengert, pastor at Zion Lutheran Church, Long Valley, and has two children (by his late wife Barbara). In October 2013, he became the grandfather of twin girls.
Pastor Jaye Newbold is the Associate Pastor at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Succasunna, NJ. Prior to that, Jaye served as the Director of Music at Grace Lutheran Church in Phillipsburg, NJ. She has earned degrees from Syracuse University in Elementary Education and Special Education, and Westminster Choir College in Organ and Church Music. With 30 years’ experience serving the church as an educator, worship specialist and musician, and 10 years as a pastor, Pastor Jaye’s strengths are in the areas of creative worship and preaching, community building and the inclusion of parishioners in parish life and spiritual growth. Her presence during our pastoral search is a blessing to Grace.