You are always welcome here…
No matter how you ended up on our site, we are glad you are here. Take some time to get to know us, and we hope to get to know you soon.
We invite you to worship at Grace. People have come here from every walk of life. They have grown in their relationships with God, found meaningful friendships, and discovered the joy in serving others.
Grace offers incredible ministries for kids, youth, men, women, couples and singles, but it doesn’t stop with what happens at church. If you are wanting your life to make an impact, partner with us as we seek to reach out to share the gospel with everyone.
Here are some common things you might like to know before you come worship with us…
When are church services held?
Weekly worship is held at 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM. The two services are identical, so you may attend either one. You can also watch our services live or on-demand on our YouTube channel.
What are worship services like?
Our church services last about one hour. At both services, we confess our sins, read the word of God, pray, and sing.
Will I have to say anything, sign anything, give anything, or be singled out in any way?
We will not make you wear a visitor badge or stand up so that everyone can see you. Our greeters, ushers, and regular worshippers will probably greet you as you enter and leave the church. It is up to you whether you want to engage in an extended conversation with us. You may decide to visit a few times before starting a conversation. We do not ask visitors to give a dime when we pass the offering plate. We would like you to fill out the friendship register, along with our regular attendees, when it is passed down the pew.
Is it okay to just watch at first?
We don’t want to pressure you to join our church. It is more important that you trust in Jesus for forgiveness and salvation. You should first listen and evaluate whether our church teaches God’s word and that you are in agreement with those teachings. Then, when you are ready, we can discuss how you can become a part of our church family.
What do I wear?
Wear whatever is most comfortable. Some of our members wear their “Sunday best” and show up in suits and dresses. Others wear t-shirts and jeans. Most are in-between – a polo and khakis or a sweater and dress slacks.
What do the pastors wear?
The pastors wear white robes, and they do this for a couple of reasons. First of all, it allows worshipers to focus not on the pastors’ clothes but on the Word of God they are proclaiming. Secondly, the white robes act as a reminder that believers have been washed clean by the sacrifice of Jesus (Revelation 7:14). They also wear something called a “stole” around their necks that symbolizes a yoke, reminding them and their hearers that ministers are guided by God’s Word.
What do my kids do?
It is a blessing to have your children worship with us. During our Sunday Adult Bible Class (9:30-10:15 AM ever Sunday), children age 3 through 8th grade can attend Sunday School while the adults and teens are in Bible Study.
What if I have a fussy child during worship?
A Parents Room is located at the back of the Sanctuary. For your convenience, audio from the service is available in the room and windows allow you to continue to view the service while in the Parents Room.
How do I get there?
We are located at 5600 W Palmaire Ave in Glendale Arizona. This is just north of Glendale Ave in historic Downtown Glendale. View a map or our location on our Contact Us page.
What about parking?
We have a large church-owned parking lot on the north side of the church, just off Myrtle Ave. We have reserved guest spaces available there. Or you may park in the large public lot across the street to the south. On-street parking is also available on Palmaire Ave. right outside the church.
How big is your church?
We have a membership of about 700 souls. Depending on the service and time of year, you can expect 150-200 people at a worship service. The church itself seats at least 400, with additional seating available for special services like Christmas and Easter. So there will always be room for you and your family to join us.
Still not certain?
At the bottom of this page, you can sign up for Grace Enews, our free biweekly email newsletter. It will make you aware of some of the things happening at Grace. If you ever wish to be taken off the list, it is a simple matter to do so. You are always welcome here!
Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church is a Bible-believing, Christ-centered Lutheran congregation that joyfully gathers around God’s Word and his Sacraments (Lord’s Supper & Baptism). As a Lutheran congregation, we subscribe to the Lutheran Confessions because they are correct interpretations of the Bible.
Our church is guided by the three Rs…
Focusing on something bigger than ourselves
What the Bible says about our daily lives
The unchangeable nature of what we believe