For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.’ (Ephesians 2:8-10).

Morning Prayer (3rd Sunday of Advent)

Grace Morning Prayer

Coming Sunday, December 13th, we gather again for worship at 10:30am, but will also provide a livestream (details below).

Hard to believe, but it is already the Third of Advent!  On Sunday, we’ll hear Isaiah’s prophetic words of healing (Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11) which also anticipate the message of John the Baptist (John 1:6-8, 19-28), who also was called to prepare the way for the Lord into the heart of humanity.  We’ll also reflect a bit on Mary, the mother of Christ, and Elizabeth and Zechariah, John’s parents, and how they all worked with God’s surprising and extraordinary plan of salvation.  And we’ll have a few lovely pieces of music on Mary’s being informed about her role and her accepting it, and responding in song!

We welcome you to join us in person, if you can, and will continue to do our best to ensure everyone’s health and safety in the current conditions.  (If you are feeling sick, please do stay home, and enjoy our livestream [details below]; we’ll keep you in our prayers.)

We now adhere to a 30-person-limit for the church building, including those leading and helping coordinate.  All attendees over the age of 12 need wear face coverings.  (You may bring your own, but we will also certainly provide them on the day for any and all who need them.)  Though we can enjoy beautiful worship music, we are not to sing along.  During worship and afterwards, we maintain social distancing, and we depart the building in an orderly fashion immediately after the service.

If you would like to attend, and to guarantee a space, please request a place before 17:00 on Saturday, December 12th.

Please do so by:

1) responding with ‘Going’ to this Facebook event invitation, or

2) sending a message via email to

If you plan to come with others, please do let us know precisely how many.

If you cannot attend, for health or other reasons, we will plan to livestream the service in our Grace Church Groningen Facebook group and hope also afterwards to post a recording of it on our Grace Church YouTube channel:

Please note:

  • There will be a children’s activity offered at the church on Sunday afternoon at 14:30! If you would like to come, please let us know by responding ‘Going’ to the Kids Activity Event in the Grace Church Facebook group or send an e-mail to, again by the Saturday evening.
  • Unfortunately, there can be no coffee/tea time after our morning service in the building itself.

We look forward to seeing you this Sunday if you can join us!