The Grace Festival Brass Quartet will lead Palm Sunday celebrations with music from the Renaissance and Romantic eras.
April 14: Maundy Thursday
7:00 PM — Note: This service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, located at:
85 West St. in Rutland
(just down the street from Grace).
April 15: Good Friday
7:00PM – Good Friday Tehebrae service.
This year, we invite you to also participate in a Spiritual Walk, either before or following the 7PM service:
6:00 PM—Spiritual Walk, Journey Inward Labyrinth Walk: 6-7 PM in Fellowship Hall
7:00 PM—Tenebrae Service in Grace Sanctuary. The Sanctuary Choir and saxophonist Katie Runde will lead our Good Friday Tenebrae service, with a wide range of music that reflects the powerful and dramatic scripture readings of Good Friday.
~8:00 PM—Spiritual Walk, Journey Inward Labyrinth Walk: 8-9 PM in Fellowship Hall
April 16: Holy Saturday – Waiting for the Resurrection
Reserve a time for a group or solitary journey walk inward. Call the church office (802-775-4301) to visit the labyrinth on Holy Saturday or visit on Easter morning, 8—9 AM.
April 17: Easter Sunday. He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!
Easter Sunrise Service at 6:00 AM – Worship and light breakfast Join us at the Ashcroft-Billings farm, 731 Creek Road, North Clarendon, VT
Sanctuary Service at 10:00 AM Joyous Easter music from the Grace Festival Brass Ensemble and the handbell choir.
*In an effort to keep our community safe, Grace Church services and all musical rehearsals are suspended through March 31st, 2020. Please check back here and the Grace Church Facebook page for alternative online worship experiences.
Other church-sponsored meetings are also cancelled through March 31st. AA will continue to meet. Please contact the church office for more details: 802-775-4301.
We gather to reflect on the themes of Good Friday through poetry and discussion.
When: Good Friday, April 10, 7 p.m.
Where:Grace Church Sanctuary
About: In the early first century Christian church, every Friday was a special day of prayer and fasting. Not until the fourth century did the Friday before Easter become a special observance originally called ‘Great Friday’ or ‘Holy Friday’. But why would this sad day on which Jesus was crucified ever be called ‘Good Friday’. In the early church, the Friday before Easter was referred to as ‘God’s Friday’, and over the years, ‘God’s’ was replaced with ‘Good’. But to this day, many Christians do find a transcendent good in the awful realities of Jesus’ crucifixion. His sacrifice on the cross highlights humanity’s inhumanity to each other. The horror of the crucifixion, in grim juxtaposition to Jesus’ innocence and martyrdom, only serves to magnify that inhumanity. This year, we will explore the dramatic themes of Good Friday through poetry and reflection in the candle-lit beauty of Grace Church Sanctuary. Our hope is that the collective conscience of the human race is inspired to never repeat the cruelty, but increase in justice and love.