Worship at Grace United Methodist Church Los Angeles

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GRACE IN WORSHIP

2nd Sunday in Lent
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28 ONLINE

To safe guard the health and safety of our community and members in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and safe-at-home orders, Sunday Worship Service will be conducted online at 10:45 a.m. until further notice. Join us on Zoom at zoom.us/j/169104127. Follow the worship bulletin

Our highly spirited worship includes prayers, readings, music and the preached (proclaimed) Word. The new worship series is “Rent Your Hearts: Claim the Promise.” Rending of the hearts, or what we have come to see as giving something up for Lent, has become somewhat anemic these days. Abraham gives an example of a true rending, a true sacrifice. It makes our no chocolate or coffee for a few weeks seem kind of meager. Yet, a sign is a sign. It is about our willingness and our patience. Our proclaimer will be Rev. Dr. Cedrick Bridgeforth and his topic will be “Walk Before Me.” 

worship at Grace United Methodist Church

worship at Grace United Methodist Church

worship at Grace United Methodist Church

worship at Grace United Methodist Church

 LITURGICAL SEASON

Lent is a 40-day period that begins on Ash Wednesday (February 17, 2021) and ends before the celebration of Easter (Resurrection Sunday). By observing the 40 days of Lent, Christians replicate Jesus’ sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days of testing. Lent is marked by fasting, both from food and festivities. Whatever the personal sacrifice, it is a reflection of Jesus’ deprivation in the wilderness and a test of self-discipline.

However, Lent doesn’t have to be a somber time; but to be effective, it needs to be intense. It needs to be taken seriously and rigorously, and we can bring our full selves to the table. It is worth the strenuous effort, however, as we are enabled to embrace the fullness of the promise of Resurrection and live as disciples of Jesus Christ; disciples who make disciples. So, despite feeling as though we have been in a yearlong season of Lent, we need the season; we need the observance to open us to all God has in store for us. Rend your hearts, so together we can claim the promise.

The color of the season is purple which is associated with humility, willingness to repent, and mourning. The symbols are ashes, crown of thorns and the cross.

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Just because you can’t see him, doesn’t mean he’s not there.

Prayer Ministry in Los Angeles

BIBLE STUDY CLASSES
Noon Bible Study led by Rev. Dr. Cedrick Bridgeforth is held each Wednesday from 12-12:30 p.m. Evening Bible Study is held each Wednesday from 7-8 p.m. Participate via Zoom at zoom.ux/j/169104127 or call (669) 900-6833 passcode 169104127##

PRAYER GROUP
Prayer Warriors
Wednesday mornings at 6:15-6:30 a.m. via conference call at 712-451-0913 (access code 976658).
View the list of those seeking your prayers.

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HOW TO JOIN GRACE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

You are invited to become a member of Grace!
After the sermon, Rev. Bridgeforth offers the invitation to become a Christian and a member of our congregation. If you feel motivated by God to accept the invitation, while the choir sings, come forward to the altar area. Members of the congregation will join you as a sign of support and encouragement.

A new members class is offered before the membership becomes official. Visitors may attend inquirer’s class to learn more about the United Methodist Church and our faith community before making the decision to join.

  1. If you have never been a member of any church, you may join by professing Jesus Christ as your Savior. (Full membership after baptism)
  2. If you have been a member of a church at one time and baptized, but have been inactive, you may join by renewing your faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. (Full membership)
  3. If you are a member of another church, you may join by requesting that your membership be transferred to Grace. (Full membership)
  4. If you wish to keep your membership with another church, but would like to have an official relationship with Grace UMC, you may join as an affiliate member. (Affiliate Membership)
  5. The Ritual of Baptism can be your choice by sprinkling or immersion. There is one (1) mandatory counseling session required. (Full Membership)