“Holy Worship, Wholly Serving”

These words are the most essential, biblical description of our ministry. They are based in Deuteronomy 6 – “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your might” – to which Jesus adds citing Leviticus 19, “And you shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” Our congregation gathers for holy worship, offering our hearts, souls, and might, and God sends us to love and serve our neighbors wholly, or as we sometimes say today, “holistically.” This is who we are at Grace Lutheran Church. This is who God calls us to be.

Our Logo includes the liturgical colors: Red for the Holy Spirit and Pentecost, Blue for the Advent season, Purple for the season of Lent, and Green for Ordinary time (winter and summer). The cross is Gold – the color of Easter.

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Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church makes Christ known in the world. In response to God’s grace, forgiveness, and transforming love, we worship with the saints, see Christ in others, and serve God’s people near and far.

Vision Statement

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church lives to be a faithful growing servant at the corner of Queen and James Streets in Lancaster. We witness to the good news of Jesus Christ and the gifts he gives to his people. We offer vibrant worship rooted in the Word and Sacrament. We pray for God to shape us as a regional congregation for worship, witness and transforming ministry.

Trusting in the Holy Spirit to gather seekers and believers and to bind us into a caring community, we will grow and be renewed through:

  • Faith practices of prayer, worship, bible study and learning, giving, service
  • Deliberate, planned activities of witness, invitation and hospitality
  • Lifting up of each member’s gifts for ministry
  • Stewardship of our individual and corporate gifts
  • Support of local, national and worldwide missions and outreach

Diversity and Inclusion

While not pretending to be unanimously agreed on all questions of identity and behavior, Grace Church is committed to welcoming all God’s children as they are, and/or as they identify. We have strongly supported a congregational policy that affirms our pastor in celebrating same-sex weddings at Grace when requested. Those members of Grace whose personal beliefs may diverge from the majority agree that it is more important to be a part of a community that fosters respectful dialogue under the guidance of Holy Scripture, tradition of the Church, and gentleness with each other, than to enjoy agreement in all matters in this dynamic and changing culture.

While the majority of Grace’s members reflect the white, Euro-descended ancestors who founded Lutheran congregations in Pennsylvania years ago, Grace’s make-up now includes folks with other historic ties to Lancaster – African American, Hispanic – as well as from other national backgrounds. We rejoice in the diversity of God’s people, and strive to reflect our “catholicity” – that Christ’s church is for everyone – knowing we all have work to do in overcoming boundaries, prejudices and presumptions.