Grace United Church of Christ

25 East 2nd Street, Frederick, Maryland ~  301.662.3312
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February 2021

January 2021 

Virtual Worship
Transfiguration Sunday
Receiving of New Members
Sunday, February 14, 2021


Icon of the Transfiguration by Theophanes the Greek,
15th century


or follow along below 


We Gather

Prelude/Jonas Dawson
"Improvisation", Edward MacDowell, arr. David Paxton
Special: "Meditation in C", John S. Dixon

Preparing of our Hearts

Call to Worship
L: Let’s go up the mountain. To the place of voices and conversations,
to the place of listening.
P: To the place of meeting, to the place of mists,
L: Let’s go up to the place where the land meets the sky
where the earth touches the heavens,
P: to the place of meeting, to the place of mists,
All: Let’s go up the mountain to worship Christ the King

  Opening Hymn  
 Crown With Your Richest Crowns
NCH # 301 (v 1,3,5)

 Opening Prayer


We Listen

First Reading
2 Kings 2:1-12
 Special Music/Jonas Dawson
 "Meditation in C", John S. Dixon

Mark 9:2-9
Children’s Message

Video Meditation

Rev. Rob Apgar-Taylor

We Respond

Reception of New Members
       L:    Let us, the members of Grace United Church of Christ, express our welcome and affirm our mutual ministry in Christ.
       P:   We welcome you with joy in the common life of the Church. We promise you our friendship and prayers as we share the hopes and labors of the Church of Jesus Christ. By the power of the Holy Spirit, may we continue to grow together in God's knowledge and love, and be witnesses of our risen Savior.

Pastoral Prayers
  Missions Moment:  Sanmar Family and Community Services
Stewardship Prayer
 The Lord’s Prayer (in unison)
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into
temptation, but deliver us from evil, for Thine is the kingdom, the power,
and the glory forever. Amen.

We are Sent
Closing Prayer

 -Dag Hammarskjold (adapted)
Thou who art over us,
Thou who art one of us,
Thou who art:
     Give us pure hearts, that we may see thee;
     hearts of love, that we may serve thee;
     And hearts of faith, that we may abide in thee. Amen.
Closing Hymn
O Wondrous Sight, O Vision Fair   
NCH # 184
(Tune When I survey the Wondrous Cross # 224)
1 O wondrous sight, O vision fair
of glory that the church shall share,
Which Christ upon the mountain shows,
where brighter than the sun, Christ glows!
2 From age to age the tale declare,
how with the three disciples there,
Where Moses and Elijah meet,
they with the Christ God's future greet.
3 The law and prophets there have place,
two chosen witnesses of grace;
the Father's voice from out the cloud
proclaims his only Son aloud.
4 With shining face and bright array
Christ deigns to manifest today
what glory shall be theirs above
who joy in God with perfect love.
5 And faithful hearts are raised on high
by this great vision's mystery,
For which in joyful strains we raise
the voice of prayer, the hymn of praise.

Postlude/Jonas Dawson

Season of Lent and Easter 2021
Worship and Study Schedule

virtual Ash Wednesday Worship
Wed Feb 17 ~ 7 PM

Since we can't be together for Ash Wednesday, we will be worshiping at 7 PM on Wednesday, February 17th via Youtube as usual.

Wednesday, February 17th

in front of Grace UCC
(Pastor Rob will come out to you.)

If you would like to receive ashes personally, pastor Rob will be available in front of the church from noon-1 PM for anyone who can stop by.  I will prepare a short prayer and impose ashes for anyone who wants.  I can also send a small amount of ash home with you for people who may not be able to come in person.
(You only need a tiny bit.)
No need to RSVP.  I'll be ready from noon-1 if for anyone who comes by. 
(Stay masked!)

Lenten Book Study:  Entering the Passion of Jesus
by Amy Jill Levine
Thursdays throughout the Lenten Season
(2/18, 2/25, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25)

 Co-led by John Brehmer and Pastor Rob
Starting Thursday, February 18th via Zoom : Join us!!
(Look for the zoom link in upcoming Friday Emails or

Palm Sunday Worship
Sun, March 28 ~ 11 AM

Maundy Thursday Service
Thur Apr 1 ~ 7 PM

Good Friday Service
Fri, Apr 2 ~ 7 PM


Sun, Apr 4
Easter Sunrise Service
6:30 AM

Easter Sunday Worship
11 AM




Children's Worship Bulletin 7+

Children's Worship Bulletin 3+

Virtual Book Club



Every Wednesday
at 7PM


(See Zoom link below)

2/12/2021  --  MESSAGE FROM Missy Moxley
New Book title:  The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult.Read through chapter 4 for Wednesday, 2/17 via Zoom at 7p.

Book Title:  the book of two ways
Author:  Jodi Picoult

Everything changes in a single moment for Dawn Edelstein. She’s on a plane when the flight attendant makes an announcement: Prepare for a crash landing. She braces herself as thoughts flash through her mind. The shocking thing is, the thoughts are not of her husband but of a man she last saw fifteen years ago: Wyatt Armstrong.

As the story unfolds, Dawn’s two possible futures unspool side by side, as do the secrets and doubts long buried with them. Dawn must confront the questions she’s never truly asked: What does a life well lived look like? When we leave this earth, what do we leave behind? Do we make choices . . . or do our choices make us? And who would you be if you hadn’t turned out to be the person you are right now?  

Join us if you’d like to socialize, stretch your mind,
or just leave the daily grind of life behind for a bit.


Questions?  Contact Missy Moxley at:

or Doris Moxley at:

Please Email the church office at to be added to the list for email notices. 
Look for your all church email or check the church website for zoom link.


Topic: book group

Time: This is a recurring meeting 

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 871 1946 0232

Passcode: 615532

All are welcome to join and enjoy some socialization!

Wonderful Wednesdays
Virtual Small Groups Wednesdays
To find out about small groups to join or to start a group...
Contact Pastor Rob at 

Topic: Wonderful Wednesday
START DATE:  Feb 10, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
        Every week on Wed, until Aug 25, 2021, 29 occurrence(s)
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 896 5448 6377
Passcode: 726495

Reading and Contemplation


Living Psalm 139 – Epiphany 2 – Year B

Living Psalms Book

Psalms in the form of words and art, reborn in the specific contexts of our world, privileging the voices of historically marginalized communities and those acting in solidarity with them.

Living Psalm 139–Epiphany 2 B

It’s something, isn’t it,
to imagine being known 
so thoroughly 
that the pain you hold
is understood without you
having to say a single word,
without you having to testify
about your decision from last year 
or ten years ago or yesterday,
when you said the thing that led 
to the other thing that brought you
so low you thought you’d never be known 
for more than the pain that crystallized
around your hopes and your heart?

It’s something, isn’t it,
to believe in One
who isn’t afraid of your broken parts
or ugly deeds or the cowardice
or the fear or the anger or the 
hundred other ways you have tried
to make yourself disappear
when you felt unworthy 
of a great and abiding love
and had persuaded yourself
that forgiveness was beyond reach
and grace, an undeserved gift?

It’s something, isn’t it,
to be loved by God,
to be both fearfully
and wonderfully made
just as you are – 
not happier, not a work in progress,
or with fewer secrets or scars –
but just you, as you are,
welcome at the table?
Living Psalm  139 for  Epiphany  2 B was written by Maria Mankin.
Living Psalms Book is created by UCC Witness & Worship Artists’ Group, a Network of UCC connected artists, activists and ministers bridging the worship and liturgy of the local church with witness and action in the community.  Editor, Maren Tirabassi.
Logo is detail from Living Psalm 80 by Sophia Beardemphl, Redwoods, CA. Recovering from significant bullying, Sophia, age nine, read Psalm 80 and  thought of brokenness that needs mending. She drew this broken and mended bowl.
© Copyright 2021 Maria Mankin.  Permission granted to reproduce or adapt this material for use in services of worship or church education.  All publishing rights reserved. 

Grace Caring and Sharing

The following are members and friends of our church family who are currently ill, hospitalized, or home-bound. 
Please keep them in your prayers and perhaps send a note or a card. 
If you know of anyone who should be added to this list,
please contact the church office at

Millie Davis          801 Pine Ave., Frederick, MD  21701

Eleanor Free  1117 Rocky Springs Road, Frederick, MD  21702

Miriam Himes      Edenton, Orchard Terrace, 5905 Edenton Court, Room #705, Frederick, MD  21702

Pam Kehne         1632 Wall Dr., Pasadena, MD  21122

Betty Linton         Sunrise Senior Living  990 Waterford Dr., Unit 206, Frederick, MD  21702



FCAA Food Bank  “Grace Groceries”
Please drop your food bank items in the 3rd street entrance vestibule.
CANNED SAUCES ~ And other non-perishables

Community News and Assistance

Many aging adults are unaware of the available care options and programs that can help them maintain their independence and quality of life. So we created a free resource that provides comprehensive information on topics like financial support and assisted living options that are available in their area. You can read more about our work here: Robbie Davis
Community Outreach and Senior Advocate



GIVE via VANCO GIVEPLUS+   OR         PayPal     

Dear Congregation,
At the risk of being indelicate, I’m going to talk money.  Last year we did significant work at closing the budget gap. PLEASE remember your giving to the church during this time!  While we are not legally or safely allowed to be together during this time, the bills are still needing to be paid.  And the crashing markets of recent are going to hit our endowments very hard as well.  I’m just being honest.  PLEASE try to be a faithful to your tithe as you can be.  There will be a letter mailed to every home with a stamped envelope to help make your tithe easier!  You can also use the GIVING tab on our church website at and give via VANCO Giving Plus or PayPal.  ~  Pastor Rob+


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25 East 2nd Street * Frederick, MD  21701

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