Worship at Grace

Worship Format

Worship at Grace brings together the strengths of Lutheran worship: Christ-centered preaching, excellent music, and stunning architecture. Four identical services are held each weekend at 7:45, 9:00, and 10:30 a.m. on Sunday and 6:30 p.m. on Monday. You will find the worship focus for the coming Sunday at Worship This Week.

Worship at Grace is liturgical worship; that is, it follows a pattern of worship - the liturgy - used in the Christian Church for almost 2,000 years. Sermons, readings from the Bible, hymns, and prayers focus on the words and works of Jesus as they are arranged in the Christian Church Year. This means that we observe seasons such as Advent, Epiphany, Lent, and Easter (You may find a summary of the Christian Church Year on pages 157-159 in the front of our hymnal).

The Christian liturgy appears in a number of formats, and Grace worship uses a different format each Sunday. Some of our services are more traditional in character and feature the congregation's outstanding pipe organ and fine choirs. An alternative service, led by piano, guitars, and smaller vocal groups, is scheduled on the first Sunday of each month.

All the services are printed in service folders so worshipers can follow along easily. If you arrive late, ushers will assist you in finding a seat - and it won't be in the front pew! We offer a staffed nursery for those whose children may not be ready for the quiet of worship and places where parents can quiet children who need some time out. What to wear is not an issue at Grace; we welcome those who dress more formally and those who prefer casual clothing. Grace Friends are available after each service to answer questions about Grace Church.

Many services at Grace include Holy Communion. We believe that gathering together at God's altar to receive Holy Communion is a testimony of the confession and commitment we share as members of the Lutheran Church. We ask guests who are not members of our denomination to speak with one of the pastors before joining us at the altar so that all may have a clear understanding of our faith and practice.

Music at Grace

Grace has a long tradition of excellent music. Worship is enhanced by our fine Schlicker pipe organ, a Yamaha U-1 upright grand piano in the balcony, and a Steinway grand piano in the nave. Four standing choirs add choral music on Sundays, and several trained vocal ensembles lead singing in the alternative services. On any given Sunday, worshipers may hear music by brass, woodwind, or string instruments provided by talented members and area musicians who look forward to playing at Grace.

Prof. James Tiefel serves on a part-time basis as Minister of Music at Grace. He is a member of the faculty at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, the Wisconsin Synod's pastoral trainging school. Direct all questions about worship and music at Grace to Prof. Tiefel at (262) 242-8149 or tiefelj@wls.wels.net.

Information about the various Grace Choirs follows. Choir rehearsals are held in the Choir Room located in the church basement. Click the "Grace Choirs" heading below for more information about the choirs of Grace.

Grace Choir

The Grace Choir is the primary choral group at our church and participants in about half the Sunday services and on church festivals such as Christmas and Easter. About 35 men and women are active in this ensemble; some are retires, some are college students, and the rest are somewhere in between. Most of the singers have choir experience and can read notes. The Grace Choir rehearses from August to May on Thursday nights from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Rehearsals are held in the choir room in the church basement; parking is available in the small lot between the church and the Grace Center. Because of the size of the group, individual singers are able to miss rehearsals or singing dates occasionally without harming the choir's efforts. Prof. James Tiefel directs the Grace Choir.

Motet Choir

The Motet Choir is a group of young adults who volunteer to sing at services about ten times from September through May. They add their names to a list of potential singers and respond to emailed invitations to participate in the choir on specific Sundays. Rehearsals are arranged several weeks before the service and are held in the choir room. Motet Choir participants aren't professionals, but do have significant choral experience and are able to read music easily.

Men's Choir

Men of the congregation who enjoy singing participate in worship about four or five times from September to May. This group rehearses on several Sunday mornings in advance of the Sunday they are scheduled to sing. Previous choir experience is valuable, but the music is usually not challenging for average singers. Rehearsals are held in the choir room.

Women's Choir

The newest choral group at Grace is the Women's Choir. Like its counterpoint, the Men's Choir, this group participates in worship several times from September to May. This group rehearses on several Sunday mornings in advance of the Sunday they are scheduled to sing. Previous choir experience is valuable, but the music is usually not challenging for average singers. Rehearsals are held in the choir room.

The Grace Organ

The pipe organ has a long history not only at Grace but also in the Lutheran Church. The Lutheran reformer Martin Luther is considered to be the "father of congregational singing" and the organ has invariably been the best instrument to lead and enhance the congregation's song. With its many sounds, the organ also adds music before, during, and after the service which calls to mind, joyously or quietly, the mood of worship.

The present organ retains pipes from the organ that was placed in the church at the time of its dedication in 1901. Subsequent work was carried in in 1926, 1955, and 1978. In 1997 the congregation approved a plan to remove the entire organ from the balcony and to have it rebuilt and enlarged by the Schlicker Organ Company of Buffalo, New York. The "new" instrument was dedicated in May 2002.

Specifications for the Schlicker Organ

53 ranks - 3004 pipes

Great Division (middle keyboard)

Violone 16' 12 pipes
Principal 8' 61 pipes
Vionone 8' 61 pipes
Rohr Flute 8' 61 pipes
Octave 4' 61 pipes
Spitz Flute 4' 61 pipes
Twelfth 2 2/3'   61 pipes
Fifteenth 2' 61 pipes
Sesquialtera II   122 pipes
Mixture IV 244 pipes
Trumpet 8' 61 pipes
Chimes
Zimbelstern

Swell Division (top keyboard)

Geigen Principal   8' 61 pipes
Bourdon 8' 61 pipes
Salicional 8' 61 pipes
Celeste 8' 61 pipes
Principal 4' 61 pipes
Nachthorn 4' 61 pipes
Block Flute 2' 61 pipes
Nazard 2 2/3'   61 pipes
Tierce 1 3/5' 61 pipes
Larigot 1 1/3' 61 pipes
Scharf IV 244 pipes
Fagott 16' 24 pipes
Trompette 8' 61 pipes
Fagott 4' 61 pipes
Tremulant

Solo/Choir Division (bottom keyboard)

Quintadena 16'   61 pipes
Hohl Flute 8' 61 pipes
Flute Celeste 8' 49 pipes
Gemshorn 8' 61 pipes
Harmonic Flute 4' 61 pipes
Koppelflöte 4' 61 pipes
Principal 2' 61 pipes
Cymbal III 183 pipes
Dulzian 16' 12 pipes
Oboe 8' 61 pipes
Dulzian 8' 61 pipes
Festival Trompete   8' 61 pipes
Tremulant

Petal Division (petal keyboard)

(Some pedal voices are borrowed from ranks placed in other divisions.)

Violone 16'   Great Division
Double Open   16' 32 pipes
Subbass 16' 32 pipes
Quintadena 16' Solo Division
Octave 8' 32 pipes
Flute 4' 32 pipes
Quintadena 8' Solo Division
Octave 4' 32 pipes
Flute 4' 32 pipes
Mixture III 96 pipes
Posaune 16' 32 pipes
Fagott 16' Swell Division
Trumpet 8' 12 pipes
Fagott 8' Swell Division
Clarion 4' 12 pipes
Dulzian 4' Solo Division

Services

Sundays @ 7:45, 9:00 & 10:30 am

Mondays @ 6:30 pm