Grace United Church of Christ

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

January 2021 

Virtual Worship
Sunday, February 21, 2021

First Sunday in Lent

God Gave Noah the Rainbow Sign. From the 6th century Vienna Genesis, the oldest illustrated biblical manuscript known to exist.



or follow along below 


We Gather

Prelude/Jonas Dawson

"Supplication", Henry Kihiken

Preparing of our Hearts

Call to Worship
L: Let us test and examine our ways, and return to the Lord!
P: God has blessed us, let all the ends of the earth fear God!
L: Seek the Lord while God may be found, call upon God while God is near.
P: The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart God will not despise.
L: Let us draw near to God and worship at the Lord’s footstool.
  Opening Hymn  

Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross
NCH # 197

Prayer of Confession
Merciful God, we come to you in the name of Jesus, your Son and our High Priest. We confess that there are times when we go against your hopes for us as your people.    We confess that there are times when we go against your Word for us.  In silence, O LORD, hear us as we confess those things we have done, and those things we have neglected to do; times when we have failed you and each other. . .
(Time of silence)
Loving God, we ask you once again to receive us into your compassionate, forgiving arms that we might find favor with you for all the days of our lives, now and forevermore.    Amen.
 Sung Response:
        Bless the Lord, my soul and bless God’s holy name. 
      Bless the Lord my soul, who leads me into life. 

Assurance of Pardon:
L:   God loves us and forgives us.  God gives us the chance to begin again.
All: Thanks be to God.  Amen!

We Listen

First Reading

Genesis 9:8-17
 Responsorial Psalm 25:1-10
To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
Response: To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul.

O my God, in you I trust; do not let me be put to shame; do not let my enemies exult over me. Do not let those who wait for you be put to shame; let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous. Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths.
Response: To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long. Be mindful of your mercy, O LORD, and of your steadfast love, for they have been from of old.
Response: To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for your goodness' sake, O LORD! Good and upright is the LORD; therefore God instructs sinners in the way, leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble God’s way.
Response: To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep God’s covenant and decrees.
Response: To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
 Special Music/Jonas Dawson
"Offertory on 'Maitland'",
George N. Allen, arr. Edward Broughton

Mark 1:9-15

Children’s Message


Geocashing Faith
Rev. Rob Apgar-Taylor

We Respond
Pastoral Prayers

 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


Closing Hymn

Just As I Am
NCH # 207  (vs 1 & 4)
1 Just as I am, without one plea
but that your blood was shed for me,
and that you called inviting me,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!
4 Just as I am, your love unknown
has broken every barrier down;
Now to be yours, and yours alone,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

Postlude/Jonas Dawson
"My Song is Love Unknown",
John F. Edwards, arr. Robert Hebble

A huge welcome
to our newest
Grace Church
family members

who were received into
membership on Sunday, February 14, 2021

Becca Benson

Meghan Callis

Rachel Fisher

Laura Zahos

Season of Lent and Easter 2021
Worship and Study Schedule

Virtual via Zoom

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

 Co-led by John Brehmer and Pastor Rob

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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+

Mission and Outreach 2021

San Mar Family and
Community Services

Recently we heard in worship from San Mar Family and Community Services, about ways we can help make a difference in the life of a foster child.  They are in particular need of gift cards for gifts on birthdays and holidays.  Rather than collect individual gift cards, we are asking that you donate to Grace Church and earmark your gift for "gift cards".   We will use the money to purchase gift cards and deliver them to San Mar for the children in need. 
To learn more about this community go to
Many thanks for your help in helping an area child in need! 
Any questions, please reach out to Pastor Rob at or our Missions Chair, Mike Davies at

Virtual Book Club



Every Wednesday
at 7PM


(See Zoom link below)


2/19/2021  --  MESSAGE FROM Missy Moxley

For 2/24 discussion: 

We are reading through page 230 ( in the hardcover book version) or the equivalent of thru chapter 6 ( this book doesn’t explicitly have chapter numbers so it’s kind of ambiguous so essentially we will be a little more than half way thru book for the discussion on Wednesday, if that is a better explanation).



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. 
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Topic: book group

Time: This is a recurring meeting 

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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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