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Jun. 30 ~ Event of Talent & Phantom

You’re invited to the end-of-the-season Grace Church Music Cabaret, featuring the Rutland area’s most talented singers, dancers, and actors!

When: Sunday, June 30th @ 7:00 PM (refreshments are available prior to the show and during intermission).

Where: Grace Congregational Church, in the exciting new multi-purpose space of Grace Church Sanctuary.

ACT 1 will be featuring a variety of acts including singing, acting, and dancing. Arrive early to enjoy refreshments and to view video installations and artwork on display by local artists.

ACT 2 will feature a medley from PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.

Based on the 1910 horror novel by Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera follows a deformed composer who haunts the grand Paris Opera House. Sheltered from the outside world in an underground cavern, the lonely, romantic man tutors and composes operas for Christine, a gorgeous young soprano star-to-be. As Christine’s star rises, and a handsome suitor from her past enters the picture, the Phantom grows mad, terrorizing the opera house owners and company with his murderous ways. Still, Christine finds herself drawn to the mystery man. The medley will feature singers from the Grace Church Sanctuary Choir, the Grace Church Youth Choir, Joyful Noise, and friends from all over the Rutland area. A band of professional musicians will accompany the selected solos and choruses in this abridged retelling of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s longest running hit!

July 3 ~ Travelogue

Join us on July 3rd for a Gather With Grace Travelogue and Potluck Dinner!

Ben Green will share his recent travels through New Zealand. As well as presenting pictures and stories, Ben will lead us in the HAKA – an ancient Maori traditional dance. The evening will begin with a potluck dinner at 6 pm in the Grace Church Fellowship Hall. Please bring something to share. The travelogue will begin at 6:45 pm and finish around 8 pm.

FREE – All ages welcome!

*We are located on the corner of Court and West.  For parking, enter our lot from
West Street.   Street parking is also available on Court Street.

The handicap entrance may be accessed through the north side portico of Grace Church via the parking lot.  The elevator is located in the central part of the building.

 

April 22 – ‘Paris to Pittsburgh’ Documentary Screening on Climate Change

A screening of a National Geographic documentary titled, “Paris to Pittsburgh” will take place from 7 to 9 PM in Fellowship Hall at Grace Congregational Church. The film will be followed by a panel discussion.

Across the country, the consequences of climate change are increasingly evident. These impacts have created a new force for change as mayors, governors, businesses, and everyday citizens launch local climate solutions.

You can view a trailer for this film.

The event is sponsored by Vermont Climate and Health Alliance and Vermont Interfaith Power & Light. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

May 19 ~ RAC Spring Concert

Sunday, May 19, 2019 ~ Rutland Area Chorus Spring Concert at 4 pm

The RAC will be joined by a professional brass and percussion ensemble to offer John Rutter’s world-famous, Gloria and Jesu, Joy of Mans Desiring by J.S. Bach. The Grace Sanctuary Choir will also sing Rutter’s setting of Psalm 150, which was written in 2002 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.  The brass ensemble will give the world premiere of a new arrangement of the Prelude and Fugue in C, BWV 547, by J.S.Bach.

A freewill offering will be accepted towards the concert and performance series at Grace Church.  A reception will follow in the Grace Fellowship Hall.

Apr. 28 ~ Spring Hymn Sing

Spring Hymn Sing – April 28 at 4pm

Please join us in the Grace Church Sanctuary to sing seasonal hymns. Baritone, David Castonguay, will perform The Five Mystical Songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams accompanied by Alastair Stout. A reception will follow in the Parlor.

2019 Holy Week Services

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Maundy Thursday Service at 7:00 PM

What is Maundy Thursday? Also known as Holy Thursday, Maundy Thursday is a Christian holiday falling on the Thursday before Easter. It reminds us of the foot washing and Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles.

This service is a communion service, where we will be remembering the Last Supper of Jesus Christ. “This bread is my body.” – 1 Corinthians 11:13


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Good Friday Service at 7:00 PM

“Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” – John 19:30

It has been said that Good Friday makes God heartbreakingly human and love utterly real.

Tenebrae is a Service of Shadows. It reminds us of Jesus Christ’s death on the cross at Calvary.

During the service, candles are slowly extinguished and the church is left in darkness. At the end, you hear a loud great noise, a strepitus. Some say this symbolizes the earthquake that followed Christ’s death, others say that it symbolizes Christ’s death itself.


 

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Where are you going on Easter?
There are many ways to celebrate here at Grace Church.

  • Easter Sunrise Service-at the Ashcroft Billings Farm at 6:00 AM
  • Easter Breakfast at 9:00 AM in the Fellowship Hall
  • Easter Sunday Sanctuary Service at 10:00 AM, (no chapel service)