Christmas Eve Candlelight Mass

Please join us for our Christmas Eve Candlelight Mass, December 24th at 10:30 pm.   The service will end at midnight, with Silent Night sung by candlelight.  O Come Let us Adore Him!

Pride Interfaith Service

Each year, on the week of Pride Parade, faith leaders from across Houston gather for a service of unity with the LGBT community. This year Grace is excited to announce that we will be hosting the service!

Join us for this year’s 2014 Interfaith Pride Service, scheduled for Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 7:00 PM right here at Grace!

Grace asks volunteers to provide finger foods, cookies, etc. for the service. Please contact the office (office@gracelutheran-houston.org) for details. 

HRRC Special Press Conference and Campaign Launch

Houston Rescue and Restore Coalition (HRRC) Mission:
HRRC exists to prevent and confront modern-day slavery by educating the public, training professionals and empowering the community to take action for the purpose of identifying, rescuing and restoring trafficking victims to freedom.

Join HRRC for a Special Press Conference and Campaign Launch
When: June 3rd, 2014 at 10:30 am
Where: 901 Bagby St, Houston TX 77002 - On the steps facing Bagby St.

Houston Rescue and Restore Coalition is hosting a press conference in conjunction with Clear Channel Outdoor. We would like to invite you to witness the launch of our new media awareness campaign created by Studio Brand Collective.

Featured speakers include Governor Rick Perry, Mayor Annise Parker, and many more distinguished guests. Our very own Executive Director, Maria Trujillo, will facilitate the press conference and announce our new name as an organization. The press conference is open to the public.

We hope to see you there.

We need a HERO!

Pastor Lura and Grace Lutheran are excited to support the proposed Equal Rights Ordinance!  

Houston City Council is expected to vote on the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) on May 28th. The proposed ordinance would prohibit discrimination based on an individual’s sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, familial status, marital status, military status, religion, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or pregnancy in housing, public accomodation and most employment. 

Pastor Lura and Council President Charles Wilson have both testified to City Council, and Bishop Mike Rinehart has written a public statement of support.  Now all Grace members are invited to join in!

You can call, email, and/or testify in person on May 28th.  This post will help you know how to do all of these things. 

First, you want to know, if you live inside Houston, who your City Council people are.  It always helps to be able to say “I’m a Houston Voter, and I live in District…”  Find your district here:
http://www.houstontx.gov/council/whoismycm.html. Remember, the At-Large members represent ALL of Houston!

Next, decide if you can testify in person, call, or write letters, or all three.  You can call during the day to speak to a staff person, or in the evening and leave a message.  You can call or write to all of the City Council members, not just the ones who represent you.


To Testify in Person:
If you want to testify in front of City Council on Wednesday, May 28th at 9:30AM at Houston City Hall (901 Bagby St., Houston, TX 77002) that’s awesome! Here are a few things you should know:
1. Email or call the City Secretary IMMEDIATELY to sign up to speak.
a. citysecretary@houstontx.gov, 832-393-1100
b. Ask to speak for one minute
c. Be sure to state that you are speaking in regards to the HERO
d. Give your name and a contact phone number

2. WEAR RED!!

3. Arrive by 8:30AM in order to secure a spot in chambers or the overflow room. Bring your ID; you will have to go through security.

4. Plan on being there A LONG TIME.

5. No signs are allowed in chambers while Council is in session.

6. No clapping or verbal support or dissent is allowed. We show our support by waving our jazz hands in the air (!), and/or by standing. You’ll get used to it, don’t worry.

7. Food really isn’t allowed in chambers, but bring a snack in your purse (or find a friend with a purse!), and be discreet.

8. When you are speaking, be sure to speak slowly. State your name in the beginning, state that you are in support, and if you live in Houston, state what district you live in.

9. As always, be polite!  The other side is doing the fire and brimstone routine and it's actually making the case for why this ordinance is absolutely necessary for Houston.  We take the high road, and show that we are loving, honest, reasonable people.  It is good and acceptable to talk about God and your faith if you wish.


Making Phone Calls:
When you call, be friendly, respectful, and clear.  You can say something like:
“My name is….and I’m a Houston voter in District…..  I’m calling to ask Council Member …..to vote in favor of the Equal Rights Ordinance.”  If you want to identify yourself in another way (in addition to Houston voter) you can also say “I’m a Christian…” “I’m a business owner…”  “I’m a native Houstonian…” or whatever else you wish to say.  Then you can give a 1 or 2 minute reason why you support this ordinance, if you want to.  The staff person will probably tell you how the Council Member is planning to vote, and you then say either “Thank you, I’m so happy to hear that.” Or “Please tell the Council Member I’m really disappointed to hear that.”  Be polite either way! 

Here are all of the phone numbers:


Mayor Annise Parker: 832-393-1012
District A-Brenda Stardig: 832-393-3010
District B-Jerry Davis: 832-393-3009
District C-Ellen Cohen: 832-393-3004
District D-Dwight Boykins: 862-393-3001
District E-Dave Martin: 832-393-3008
District F-Richard Nguyen: 832-393-3002
District G-Oliver Pennington: 832-393-3007
District H-Mayor Pro-Tem Ed Gonzalez: 832-393-3003
District I-Robert Gallegos: 832-393-3011
District J-Mike Laster: 832-393-3015
District K-Larry Green: 832-393-3016
At-Large 1-Stephen Costello: 832-393-3014
At-Large 2-David Robinson: 832-393-3013
At-Large 3-Michael Kubosh: 832-393-3005
At-Large 4-C.O. 'Brad' Bradford: 832-393-3012
At-Large 5-Jack Christie: 832-393-3017


You can also mail letters:


Mailing Address:
City Hall Annex 
900 Bagby, First Floor
Houston, TX 77002

You can also email City Council Members:
districta@houstontx.gov districtb@houstontx.gov districtc@houstontx.gov districtd@houstontx.gov districte@houstontx.gov districtf@houstontx.gov districtg@houstontx.gov districth@houstontx.gov districti@houstontx.gov districtj@houstontx.gov districtk@houstontx.gov atlarge1@houstontx.gov atlarge2@houstontx.gov atlarge3@houstontx.gov atlarge4@houstontx.gov atlarge5@houstontx.gov



Remember, Justice delayed is Justice denied! Let’s get this done!

An Invitation to Holy Week

We are entering a week of celebrating the holy mysteries at the heart of the Christian faith.  This is what our faith is all about!

The service that everyone attends is Easter morning, and that is right and good- Easter joy is for all the world!  But to know that joy more truly, I invite you to delve deeper into this week.  The more worship services you are able to attend, the more you get to experience. 

Palm Sunday: April 13th, 10:30am.
This Sunday, we’ll wave palms and read the story of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem.  It is a celebration of Jesus as a folk hero, with subversive political undertones. The Gospel starts here, but goes much deeper.

Maundy Thursday: April 17th, 7pm.
We worship with our friends at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church.  1805 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77098
Thursday, we read of Jesus’ last supper with his friends.  We remember how he promised to be present in our meals together, to be revealed as we break bread.  We see how the love at the center of the universe is about kneeling to serve each other. 

Good Friday: April 18th, 7pm
On Friday we see how real death is, that it hurts.  We remember that humans die, and that grieving for loved ones is a part of our life.  But most of all, we see that God would rather die for us than ever kill, and that even in the midst of torture and ridicule and pain, God’s nature is to forgive.  On Good Friday, we watch God die.  And we hear that, somehow, this is for us.

Easter Vigil: April 19th, 9pm
Saturday night, we gather for one of the church’s most ancient rituals.  Like the earliest Christians in Roman catacombs, around a fire, we spend the night re-telling all the stories of our faith.  We remind each other of all the times that God has acting in the world to bring life, and wholeness, and resurrection.  And we proclaim Easter- the ultimate triumph of life over death, goodness over evil, love over hate.   In this one night, the grand story of our faith is told.   This used to be the night when, after this telling, new Christians were baptized.  At Grace this year, several people will be baptized, and the rest of us will be reminded of our baptisms.   We move to the altar, stand around it together, and eat the Lord’s supper.   I know that not everyone will attend this service.  But if you want to see the heart of our faith, to hear what Christianity is all about, this is the night to experience it.

Easter Sunrise: April 20th, 7am.
On Sunday, Easter morning, remembering the women going to the tomb of Jesus at dawn, we gather to hear the early news, to remember the confusion, to be amazed, to feel the wonderment. 

Easter Breakfast: April 20th, 9am.
(We take a break to eat and party.  This isn’t a liturgical tradition, but a part of our church life anyway!)

Easter Mass: April 20th: 10:30am.
The great celebration- Christ is Risen!  Death is defeated! This is life for all the world!  And we’ll have our biggest service of the year, full of people from all walks of life, celebrating the hope of more than we can see, feeling Easter Joy.

This deep meaning of our faith, of this week, is more than you or I can know or understand.  But I invite you to come this week and begin feeling it.  And to spend your lifetime living it, little by little, deeper and deeper. 
Death and suffering are real, and they hurt.  But life and love are greater.  Even more real.  Come and worship!