Lessons & Carols 2018

You are invited to…

Monday, December 24th at 7pm

22646 Benswood Road, California, MD 20619

Grace and Peace has become well-known as a church that does Christmas Eve very well. Grace & Peace’s 12th annual Lessons & Carols will be held on Christmas Eve at 7pm.

This marks the 100th year since Lessons and Carols was first performed Christmas Eve at Kings College, Cambridge England.

Voices of Grace Concert

You are invited

Voices of Grace, a new Christian community choir for adults, will sing their first concert.

When: Thursday, November 15th at 7:00PM

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

A free will offering will be taken that evening to support the choir. The choir consists of singers from the southern Maryland area and is seeking new members. Click here to register.

Community Hymn Sing, November 9th, 2018

Do you like to sing great Hymns of the Christian Faith?

Join us on Friday, November 9th at 7PM at

22646 Benswood Road, California, MD 20619!

Many hymns are very rich in lyrics and musical quality! We welcome singers from any church or no particular church as we join our voices. Singing is fun and spiritually enriching.

This is a widely attended annual event at Grace & Peace. We will be singing some of the traditional and seasonal hymns. There will be time for the audience to request favorites.

A free-will offering will be received as a gift to WXMD 89.7FM, the wonderful Christian radio station serving our St. Mary’s County Community. Checks should be made out to Redeemer Broadcasting.

Refreshments will be served following the hymn sing.

 

“Oh sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth!”

– Psalm 96:1

Fall Conference – November 3rd & 4th

Rev. Angelo Valle will come with his family to teach and preach about Sanctification. Sanctification is the process by which we are more and more conformed to Christ and the power and practice of sin is increasingly destroyed.

Schedule:

  • Saturday Morning: Congregational Breakfast followed by presentation by Rev. Valle comparing John Owen and John Bunyan
  • Sunday Morning Worship with Rev. Valle Preaching on a related topic
  • Sunday school presentation on the life of John Owen
  • Sunday Evening worship with Rev. Valle preaching on a related topic

Rev. Angelo O. Valle (MAR, Westminster Theological Seminary) is the pastor of Christ Reformed Church in Alexandria, PA (www.CRCalexandria.org).

Rev. Angelo Valle came to Christ Reformed Church in the summer of 2013, soon after graduating from Westminster Theological Seminary. In his time at Christ Reformed Church, he has greatly enjoyed helping the church celebrate their historical Reformed roots in teaching and in worship.

As an Orthodox Presbyterian Minister, in the Central PA Presbytery, he continues his education as he works towards further degrees in Historical Theology. He is an avid reader of Puritans like John Owen and John Bunyan as well as the ancient Church in pastors such as St. Augustine, Athanasius, and John Chrysostom. He is presently a PhD candidate at Westminster Theological Seminary in Systematic Theology looking to pursue further study in the continuities and discontinuities of the first generation Reformers and their relationship to Thomas Aquinas.

Rev. Valle met his wife Marie Valle at their alma mater, the University of Valley Forge. Marie went on to graduate with two Bachelor degrees (Business Administration and Children’s Ministries). Marie is presently working on a Masters Degree in Biblical Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary and is indispensable as Rev. Valle’s “right hand” for all things related administration, event planning and marketing.  Marie is also committed to home schooling their children.

The Valle home celebrates their family of five: Jonathan (5 years old), Eliana (“Ellie” – 3 years old), and Thea (nearly 1 year old), plus a chocolate Labrador retriever, Ace. Jonathan is in 2nd grade and an avid reader of Church History, Star Wars and Captain Underpants. Eliana is all about princesses and her very refined “stinky” cheese parties with her daddy. Thea is learning how to walk, developing her limited vocabulary, and committing herself to slowly driving her siblings insane. Besides being with his wife & children, Rev. Valle enjoys reading theology & history, taking walks with his family, hunting, and experimenting with new recipes.

Good Friday Tenebrae

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:

  • To narrate and remember the events of Jesus’ death
  • To open up the meaning of these events for our understanding of God and the redemption accomplished by the cross
  • To invite worshipers to renewed prayer and dedication

Join us on Good Friday at Grace & Peace Presbyterian Church.

Christmas Eve Service, December 24th, 2017

 

Conference on the Media, October 14th, 2017

Grace and Peace Presbyterian Church Presents: Conference on the Media

October 14, 2017 – 12:30-5:00 pm

Additionally, a flier advertising the event may be found here.

“MEDIA WARS:  A BATTLE FOR THE HEART AND THE MIND”

The conference will focus on the media, including broadcast, print, and social media. These media shape our society more than almost anything these days. How can Christians make proper use of the media? What are the dangers to individuals, families and the society?

PRESENTER: REV. BILL SHISHKO, Regional Home Missionary, New York and Southern New England

Rev. Bill Shishko, a minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, is frequently heard on WXMD 89.7 FM Redeemer Broadcasting’s Proclamation program at 9 PM weekdays, and more recently on a new program on Saturdays called A Visit to the Pastor’s Study. He is the founder of Reformation New York and is also actively helping start new churches in New York and southern New England.

SESSION 1:   AMUSING OURSELVES TO DEATH (REVISITED)

In 1985 Dr. Neil Postman, Professor of Communications at New York University, fired a shot across the bows in what would soon become “The Media Wars.” In this session we’ll revisit Postman’s prophetic book, Amusing Ourselves to Death, and learn of its chilling accuracy in predicting the decline of the power of the word as a medium of communication.

SESSION 2:  THE WORD IS WORTH A THOUSAND PICTURES:  CHRIST, CHRISTIANITY, AND MEDIA

What should we learn about media as we consider the Bible, and particularly the coming of Christ into the world?   How has the Christian Church used (and abused) media over the centuries?  What lessons did the Protestant Reformation provide for us?  Put on your seat belts for a fast and fascinating ride through church history in this session.

SESSION 3:  WINNING THE WAR OF THE MEDIA WORLDS

No war is won by cursing the darkness.  Let’s light a candle for ourselves and others as we face the “Media Wars”.  This session will help you get over the sense of defeat that comes by pessimism.  By following Christ seriously (that’s what true Christianity is all about!) we’ll be in the right path in the media battle for our hearts and our minds.  We’ll learn battle strategies for ourselves, our families, our churches, and our world.   And they are strategies that always win!

Community Hymn Sing, October 27th, 2017

Do you like to sing great Hymns of the Christian Faith?

Join us on Friday October 27th at 6:30PM at

22646 Benswood Road, California, MD 20619!

Many hymns are very rich in lyrics and musical quality! We welcome singers from any church or no particular church as we join our voices. Singing is fun and spiritually enriching.

We will be singing some of the traditional and seasonal hymns as we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The audience will be asked to choose some favorite hymns.

A free-will offering will be received as a gift to WXMD 89.7FM, the wonderful Christian radio station serving our St. Mary’s County Community. Checks should be made out to Redeemer Broadcasting.

Refreshments will be served following the hymn sing.

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.