Worship at Grace Chapel

By: Anthony Freddura

An avid guitar player, I enjoy the opportunity to share music and God’s Word through worship at Grace Chapel in Lexington, Massachusetts. As a volunteer in the Worship Arts Ministry at Grace Chapel, I dedicate my music to my brothers and sisters in Christ. In a community of people who live passionately to serve and worship the Lord, I seek to establish an environment that encourages others to build close, vital relationships with God.

The Worship Arts Ministry allows those of us with creative interests to bring attention to Jesus in any way we can. In addition to Grace Choir, Grace Orchestra, contemporary praise bands, and vocal teams, which lead worship for morning services at Grace Chapel, the Worship Arts Ministry includes diverse opportunities for individuals who want to contribute their talents to worshipping God. Those with experience or an interest in running the technical aspects of worship, including sound, light, and video, possess the opportunity to serve in the Technology Ministry. Actors and other stage specialists can contribute to the Drama Ministry, which includes ongoing troupes, as well as seasonal productions. Finally, the Worship Arts Ministry strives to establish the worship of God as not only passionate, but also accessible through the Media Ministry, which produces weekly recordings of services, and the Signing Ministry, which expresses worship through the art of signing for the hearing impaired.

In addition to volunteering at Grace Chapel, I played rhythm guitar with a few friends at a weekend retreat in New Hampshire for high school students. I helped lead worship with music from contemporary Christian artists, such as Hillsong United, Matt Redman, and Lincoln Brewster. The experience proved enjoyable for the kids and ourselves.

World Vision

By: Anthony Freddura

God has blessed me in my life, and I feel it is my responsibility to give back. To that end, I choose to support World Vision, a Christian, humanitarian, non-profit organization dedicated to ending injustice and poverty throughout the world. With that mission in mind, World Vision works in nearly 100 countries around the world, serving nearly 100 million people in need.

Most people recognize World Vision from the organization’s child sponsorship campaigns; however, sponsorship is just one of the many ways that World Vision provides aid around the world. The organization fights hunger in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, Central America, and South America. In the United States, World Vision works to end hunger and poverty, distributes clothing, toys, and household goods for the country’s poor, provides disaster relief and emergency assistance, and supports rural ministries. One of the organization’s current initiatives involves relief efforts in Haiti, providing ongoing support to help rebuild the lives of those affected by the 2010 earthquake.

Other efforts focus on transforming poverty-stricken communities around the world through health care, nutrition, HIV and AIDS programs, sanitation and hygiene, economic development, and child protection services. You can help World Vision by sponsoring a child or making a donation. To learn more, visit www.WorldVision.org.