Welcome to Trinity.
Our style of worship involves movement in the chairs. We stand for hymns, sit for lessons and stand for prayer. We use the phrase - as you are able - to allow for your abilities. You can always do whatever you are comfortable doing as part of your worship.
During the COVID-19 pandemic
We do a live-stream service at 9:15am from the church. The readers and prayers may come from either the church or from someone's home.
We are delighted to welcome you into our building today. Thank you for being here, for wearing a mask, using hand-sanitizer, taking your temperature, and completing the contact-tracing sheet!
We hope you find your spot comfortable—you are sitting on the first evidence of renovation in worship space, a new chair! The chairs hook together like pews, or can stand separately from each other. You will note that there are places in the seats in front of you to hold hymnals, prayer books, visitor cards, and hand sanitizer, but that those seats are currently six feet away and contain none of the things you usually see. For the time-being, we are using full-service bulletins for worship. We ask that you take your bulletin with you when you leave.
Please Note: Masks stay on during this service. We invite you to respond in all the spoken parts of worship for Celebrant and People. We regret to say that YOU MUST NOT SING. No one but assigned singer/singers of each hymn is to sing at any time. This is a hard thing, but is a requirement for now for in-person worship.
The worship bulletin and the live-stream connection is found at Worship. In place of the Book of Common Prayer and the Hymnal 1982, we are using a full-text bulletin containing some announcments, all the Bible readings, and the text with score of all the hymns. It is in the PDF format that utilizes Adobe Reader. The hymns are solos, but if you are home or elsewhere, go ahead and sing along.
Everyone is invited to recieve Holy Communion, or the Eucharist during the in-person worship. Prior to approaching the altar for communion, someone will come around with hand sanitizer. We are only distributing the blessed bread/wafer and we ask that you recieve it in your hand and turn away, lower your mask and eat the bread facing away from people.
During traditional times (non-pandemic)
We conduct our worship in the church using a traditional worship style. The service follows a format that is used throught the Episcopal church and is similar to the Roman Catholic Church. We utilize the New English Translation of the Bible for all our readings, the Hymnal 1982, Lift Every Voice and Sing as well as other songbooks for our music. The readings are from a Lectionary, (an organized list of reading for each Sunday or Special Day), and the sermons are based upon those readings.
When you enter the church, be sure to get a bulletin from the ushers and feel welcome to sit in the chairs wherever you are comfortable. Before the service begins music will be played on the organ, announcements covering recent events or future events will be made. Immediately following is the procession where the worship team enters the church and the service formally begins. We stand for the procession, singing a welcoming hymn.
In your bulletin, there is an insert with the readings from Holy Scripture assigned for today. (Today's psalm or canticle is also to be found in the Prayer Book.) The bulletin gives you page numbers for the prayer book and the hymnals. S-numbers are "Service Music" found inthe first section of the blue hymnal. Words related to service music are printed in the Prayer Book.
In the racks in under your seat or on the seat back, you will find the Book of Common Prayer (red) and a Hymnal 1982 (blue). In the same place, you may find the hymnal Lift every Voice and Sing, along with a Bible.
All persons, including children, are invited to recieve Communion. If you have difficulty walking, please let an usher know, and we will bring Communion to you where you are. We have gluten-free Communion hosts, so let us know if you need one.
In the pews, you wil find a welcome card. We ask that you fill that out and drop it in the offering plate so that we may have further contact with you. We have two services on Sundays 8 & 10:15 AM. From 9 - 10 AM we offer Christian Education for all ages. Each week, we invite you to enjoy coffee hour, usually with donuts and fruit!