Sign Up Now for Deo Adoramus Youth Choir (ages 13 & above)

Deo Adoramus Youth Choir is a Christian Choir for youth ages 13 & above and is open to all singers in southern Maryland. The choir sings more challenging and complex repertoire than Deo Cantamus Children’s Choir which is for ages 7-12.

“I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.”
~ Psalm 104:33

When: Wednesdays from 4:00 to 5:00 PM, September 14, 2016 through April 5, 2017

Where: Grace & Peace Presbyterian Church at 22646 Benswood Road, California, MD

Deadline: 

Please feel free to share this PDF copy of the registration form with other youth in the community.

Deo Adoramus Youth Choir Registration

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.

 

Sign Up Now for Deo Cantamus Children’s Choir (ages 7 to 12)

Deo Cantamus Children’s Choir is a Christian Choir for children ages 7 to 12 and is open to all singers in southern Maryland. Our mission is to teach the next generation how to worship God through song. Each year we develop a repertoire of songs and hymns which we perform periodically at nursing centers, special services and concerts. We also learn how to read music and develop our voices.

“I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.”
~ Psalm 104:33

When: Wednesdays from 5:00 to 6:30 PM, September 14, 2016 through April 5, 2017

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

Deadline: 

Please feel free to share this PDF copy of the registration form with other youth in the community.

Deo Cantamus Children's Choir Registration

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 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

Faith Comes from Hearing

Questions from the Westminster Shorter Catechism – on the reading and preaching of God’s Word

Q. 89. How is the word made effectual to salvation?
A. The Spirit of God maketh the reading, but especially the preaching, of the word, an effectual means of convincing and converting sinners, and of building them up in holiness and comfort, through faith, unto salvation.

Q. 90. How is the word to be read and heard, that it may become effectual to salvation?
A. That the word may become effectual to salvation, we must attend thereunto with diligence, preparation and prayer; receive it with faith and love, lay it up in our hearts, and practice it in our lives.

Faith comes from hearing and hearing through the word of Christ.

 

 

 

Lent

The word “Lent” is from middle English- length. It recognizes the lengthening of the days (northern hemisphere) moving toward the yearly remembrance of the ministry of Jesus leading to the cross.  For centuries Christians have used this period to reflect upon the sufferings and ultimately the saving works of God in Jesus Christ through his death on the cross.

For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.  — 2 Corinthians 4:5,6

The Bible - A LIght for our Path

Epiphany

Epiphany was first observed in second-century Egypt, as both the day of Jesus’ birth and baptism. December 25 wasn’t established as a separate celebration of the nativity until around A.D. 336 and has never been universally celebrated on that day. Today some Eastern churches still observe Christmas on January 6, the day of Epiphany.

The Wise Men, originally recognized at Epiphany, have gotten mixed up with the shepherds, the angels, the stable, and the manger of Christmas. It is time we reclaimed Epiphany as a separate celebration with a meaning and significance all its own.

Star of Bethlehem - wise men from the east

The word Epiphany means “manifestation,” “showing,” or, less literally, “a moment of recognition.” Epiphany celebrates God’s manifestation of Jesus in three ways.

First, Epiphany celebrates the fact that Jesus came to all people. The story most often associated with Epiphany is that of Wise Men from the East following the star as it led them to Jesus (Matt. 2:1-12). Foreigners bowing before the new king show that God offers the Messiah to the whole world, not to just one race or nation.

The second manifestation showed Jesus’ divinity. After his baptism by John in the Jordan River, the heavens opened and the Spirit of God descended like a dove and rested on Jesus. Then a voice came from heaven proclaiming him as God’s Son (Matt. 3:16-17).

Finally, Jesus’ power was manifested at the wedding feast in Cana. It was here that he performed his first public miracle, changing water into wine.

These three events–the Magi’s visit, Jesus’ baptism, and the miracle at Cana–are traditionally associated with January 6. Although all three moments of recognition are observed on Epiphany, the majority of customs associated with the holiday in the Western world relate to the “Three Kings.”

The biblical account does not offer many details about the foreigners or their visit. Much of what we think we know is based in tradition, not Scripture. Legend has fleshed out the visitors by giving them names, homelands, and even experiences on their journey, both before and after their encounter with Jesus.

If we are to reclaim Epiphany, the first step will be to get the facts straight as Matthew tells them. Reread the story with a careful eye and realize that the Gospel does not put the visit of the Wise Men at the stable but at a house. Most scholars attest that the visitors arrived in Bethlehem as much as two years after Jesus’ birth, according to the biblical account (Matt. 2:16).

Thanks be to God that Jesus was made manifest to us Gentiles!

Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law. Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, since God is one—who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. (Romans 3:27-30 ESV)