Worship

What to Expect

Worship at Grace is welcoming, inclusive, meaningful, and vibrant. We offer three Sunday morning worship services that feature traditional Lutheran liturgical worship and a Sunday evening service that offers an informal, contemporary praise band setting.

At Grace you will experience:

  • A warm welcome, regardless of where you are on your faith journey;
  • Scripture-inspired sermons that convey God’s love and encourage thoughtful response;
  • Diverse styles of worship and music—from traditional through contemporary—that feed your needs; enhanced by special music, organ, piano, choirs, and bell choir
  • Many ways you can serve and enhance our communal worship and parish life;
  • A caring community that welcomes all people, regardless of age, gender, race, ethnic background, or sexual orientation.

If you have special needs or prayer requests, we want to hear about them. Contact our pastors at pastorlynn@glcpa.org, pastorschul@glcpa.org, or our church secretary at churchoffice@glcpa.org.

When We Worship

8:00 am – Traditional worship with piano and flute
9:00 am – Traditional worship with organ and musical ensembles
(Adult and children’s Sunday School classes are offered from 9:00-10:00)
10:30 am – Traditional worship with organ, choir and ensembles
6:00 pm – Contemporary worship with praise band

Where We Are

Grace is conveniently located at 205 South Garner Street in downtown State College, Pennsylvania, close to Penn State. We have ample free parking and are only a short walk from the University Park campus.

Our Mission Statement

GATHER + FEED + SEND

Grace Lutheran Church is energized by the Holy Spirit and nurtured through God’s Word and Sacrament to gather, feed, and send people in the name of Jesus Christ.

Become a member

Grace accepts new members from many backgrounds and denominations and all are welcome in our community of faith. If you are interested in joining the Grace family or would like to learn more about what it means to be a Lutheran or to become a part of our faith community, please let us know!

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Get a feel for what it’s like to worship at Grace!

Our Building

The current building where the faith family of Grace Lutheran Church worships is an example of mid-20th century architecture. Built in 1965 of local fieldstone and steel, it features an 89-foot spire with dramatically curved sides that define the iconic building. Designed by Harold E. Wagoner of Philadelphia, the church was modeled after the chapel of Notre Dame du Haut by the Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier and is listed in the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission as an example of religious buildings. The 2011 addition of 3 classrooms, a new entrance, 44 new parking spaces and a youth center and gymnasium was designed by KTH architects.

Sunday School

Learning is a life-long process that requires insightful teachers, including our pastoral staff and people from our community of faith. We offer diverse programs for adults—Sunday Bible study; an adult forum; a class for persons with intellectual disabilities; a “Questions, Not Answers” discussion group; and Wednesday Bible studies from 11:00-noon and 6:15-7:15 pm—as well as a lively, participatory Sunday School experience for children and youth.

Lectionary Bible Study - Since worship at Grace follows the three-year lectionary cycle that covers the most important lessons in the Bible, this Bible study and discussion provides an opportunity to look at the readings of the week under a magnifying glass and to figure out how these lessons can guide and enrich our daily lives.
Adult Forum - This member-led adult discussion group explores diverse faith issues and faith-inspired writings such as the reforms of Martin Luther, C.S. Lewis’s The Great Divorce, reflections on Lenten disciplines, and the topic of prayer. Scripture and theological writings support open discussions.
Summer Health Breaks - Traditional adult Sunday School takes a break in the summer, but the learning continues! Members and guest speakers present a variety of topics to help us make informed choices about our spiritual, mental, physical and financial health as well as ways we can take care of Mother Earth.
Children and Youth Sunday - We are blessed to have many children at Grace and a fun and educational program for children that is segmented by grade. Bible stories, interactive discovery, video clips, crafts, and songs create meaningful and memorable experiences. All Sunday School staff have federal and state clearances to care for children.
Questions, Not AnswersOur "Questions, Not Answers" group provides stimulating discussion for those who are very secure in their faith and not afraid to explore the most difficult questions of faith---sometimes finding no answers.
Class for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities - The adult class for persons with intellectual disabilities integrates persons with special needs into the life of our parish. Participants are brought to worship to take Holy Communion with our other members and engage in specially designed activities that help them to understand God’s great gift to all of us.
Nursery Care - Nursery care is provided for young children from 9:00 through 10:30 worship, enabling parents and siblings to participate in worship and educational programs while resting in the knowledge that their children are in good hands. All nursery staff have federal and state clearances to care for children.

Special Services

In addition to four regular Sunday worship services, Grace offers special healing services; mid-week services during the day and evening during Lent; and Holy Week services. All Christians are welcome to receive Holy Communion.

We recognize that members of our community enjoy giving thanks to God for his life-giving gifts and that we also sometimes struggle with the burdens of daily living. Our fall healing service, Thanksgiving eve worship, Blue Christmas, and Wednesday mid-day and evening Lenten services are designed to meet diverse needs. We also participate in ecumenical worship opportunities that help us to celebrate that although we may worship differently, we are unified in Jesus Christ.

“Worship at Grace Lutheran is inspiring:  relevant to modern issues, yet rooted in the traditions of the Lutheran Church.  There are several styles of worship to choose from and lots of great music too!” - Drew

“Members of all ages enrich our worship through ensemble singing.  It’s a wonderful, heartfelt testimony of their faith.” - Laurel

“Penn State students are vital to our church family.” – Nancy

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