Greetings to you you in the name of Jesus. We pray you’ll take a moment to receive this invitation to the Divine Service with a joyful heart.
We are your neighbors at Grace Lutheran Church and we have been here over 60 years ministering to the city of Rialto. We’ve seen the neighborhoods grow and change over those years. But what hasn’t changed is that people need to know they are loved, and that they matter. Grace has been telling the Good News of Jesus and His love for you.
You may be doing well, or your heart may be broken by some loss. Grace is a Family Church where we won’t try and wow you with fancy programs or a lot of flash and glitz. Like the Church always has, we simply come together to sing and pray, to hear God’s Word and to receive His Gifts of grace while helping each other with glad and simple hearts, just like they did in Acts 2:42-47:
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
The Divine Service
The Divine Service is the historical, traditional, and confessional worship of the church. It rightly understands that the main point of the Divine Service is to be served by God with His divine gifts of absolution, liturgy, hymnody, preaching, and the Lord’s Supper. Naturally, we respond with great praise and thanksgiving to these wonderful gifts of God. How could we not! But our praise and thanksgiving is always a response to God acting first. “In this is love, not that we have love God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (1 John 4:10, ESV) Furthermore, the Divine Service allows us to show God-pleasing reverence to our awesome God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. When we receive God’s wonderful gifts, we are prepared to face our week where we gladly serve our neighbors with the love of Christ.
Senior Pastor Bill Maggard (left) is a second career pastor from all over but considers Indiana and Wyoming his home states. His previous career included a variety of computer jobs.
He and his wife, Erin, came to the Lutheran church later in life and love the pure doctrine of our church because it gives all glory to Jesus Christ who is our salvation. He graduated in May, 2018 with a Master of Divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Pastor and Erin are very excited to be a part of the Rialto community. Pastor’s daughter Jill is currently living and going to school in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Associate Pastor Daniel Holm (right) was born and raised in Southern California and has been a member of Grace Lutheran Church since he was a child.
He entered the seminary in 2013 to become a Specific Ministry Pastor (SMP) through Concordia Theological Seminary – Fort Wayne, Indiana. He was ordained February, 2017 at Grace.
He has been married to his lovely wife, Eleanor, for 13 years and they have three boys named Noah, Elijah, and Abraham. All three boys have been baptized at Grace Lutheran Church and Noah currently serves as an acolyte.