Trinity Christmas 2017 Worship Schedule
Sun Dec. 17 - Advent 3:
Sun Dec. 24 - Advent 4:
Sun Dec. 24 - Christmas Eve:
5 pm Pageant & Communion
9:30 pm Special Music
10 pm Festival Holy Eucharist
Mon Dec. 25 - Christmas Day:
Tue Dec. 26 - St Stephen’s Day:
Sun Dec. 31 - Christmas I:
8 am Holy Eucharist
10:15 am Lessons & Carols
Fri Jan 5 - Eve of the Epiphany:
6:30 pm Evensong, Dinner & Epiphany Cake
Sundays: 8 & 10:15 am. We celebrate The Holy Eucharist, aka The Holy Communion, The Lord’s Supper.
The Episcopal Church invites you to take your place at the Table of our Lord.
We celebrate The Holy Eucharist in Word and Sacrament at 8 am using Rite 1 in the Book of Common Prayer, 1979, which uses very traditional language for prayer, and there is no music at this Service.
At 10:15 am we celebrate The Holy Eucharist in Word and Sacrament, with music and with a choir. Generally, we use contemporary language using Rite II in the Book of Common Prayer, 1979. “Hymnal 1982” is our primary hymnal but songs are also sung from Life Every Voice and Sing II. These Hymn Books are in every pew along with a Bible. As licensing permits other texts from “Wonder, Love and Praise” are also sung.
Wednesdays: 6.30 pm
This is a small, informal service, where anyone may share in reading the lessons and leading intercessory prayer. We move to stand around the Altar during the Blessing of the Bread and Wine, and most weeks the calendar, “Lesser Feasts and Fasts” is followed.
SPECIAL WEEKDAY WORSHIP THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
7 pm Wednesday, the night before Thanksgiving.
Our practice is to celebrate Thanksgiving in a shared evening Service with members of the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration in Lake St. Louis, alternating between our Churches.
(December 24): 5 and 10 pm
Christmas Eve is a festival occasion. The 5 pm Service is a Christmas Pageant or other special presentation telling the story of the birth of Christ in word and song. This Service celebrates the Holy Eucharist. The 10 pm Service begins at 9:30 pm with special music by the choir, the Minister of Music and the congregation. At 10 pm we also celebrate the Holy Eucharist.
Christmas Day (December 25) 11 am
In this small, quiet Holy Communion Service, with carols and organ, but without the choir; we continue the celebration of the birth of Christ.
Epiphany: January 6
When the Feast of the Epiphany (12th Night) falls on a weekday, we celebrate the event in a special Service with candlelight, prayer, Holy Communion, and song.
Ash Wednesday: Noon and 6:30 pm
Both Services use the Ash Wednesday Liturgy in the Book of Common Prayer, 1979 and Holy Communion. The evening Service includes music.
The week begins on Palm Sunday and ends on Easter Eve. We offer several opportunities for worship.
Maundy Thursday (Holy Thursday): 7:15 pm
This Service commemorates Christ’s Last Supper with his disciples and includes Holy Communion and stripping of the Altar.
Good Friday: Noon and 7 pm
Worship on this day commemorates the Crucifixion and Death of Jesus Christ. The Noon Service includes Holy Communion from the Reserve Sacrament, and the 7 pm Service includes the Stations of the Cross.
Easter Eve (Holy Saturday) The Great Vigil of Easter: 8 pm
This Service begins in the dark, pierced by a fire. We hear Readings from Holy Scripture, baptize and renew our Baptismal Vows.
The formation of the music program is in the English Choral tradition with the addition of contemporary music as well.
We have three choirs: The Adult Choir, Bell Choir and Children’s Choir.
The Adult Choir rehearses on Wednesdays from 7:15-8:30 pm, with warm-ups on Sunday mornings at 9:15 am; The Bell Choir rehearses on Thursdays from 6-7 pm; and the Children’s Choir on as needed basis.
Children, youth, and adults who carry torches, the Cross, the Gospel Book, assist at the altar, light and put out candles, carry incense, and assist the priest and deacon are called acolytes. Those who wish to minister in these ways are trained for the various tasks and are scheduled on a rotating basis for Sunday morning worship and special services.
Members of the Altar Guild work behind-the-scenes, as it were, to make sure that everything we need for worship is ready for use. The altar guild includes people who order supplies, polish brass and silver, wash dishes, trim candles, iron linens, scrape candle wax out of the rug, and organize special events, such as the Hanging of the Greens (on or after the Fourth Sunday of Advent). Members of the Altar Guild members work in teams, and usually have fun in this ministry.
A Lector is a child, youth, or adult trained to read lessons from Holy Scripture at worship. At Trinity
Church, lectors come up to the lectern from their seats in the congregation to read the first lesson of the day. People of all ages who can read clearly and well are invited to offer themselves to this ministry. Lectors are scheduled a month at a time for Sunday morning at 10:15 and at other special service.
Worship Leaders (Licensed Lay Readers & Chalice Bearers)
On Sunday mornings and at other services, persons trained at Trinity but licensed by the Bishop read lessons, prayers, lead psalms, and serve at Communion. These persons also may lead or assist at funerals, and can lead the congregation in services of Morning and Evening Prayer or other parts of other services. To be a worship leader, one must be at least 16 years old and a Confirmed member of the parish who regularly attends worship and contributes to the life of the church. Training is provided on an as-need basis, with yearly “refresher” meetings for all those who are part of this ministry.
The first person to meet you as you approach the church for worship will be an usher, a person trained not only to hand you a bulletin and lead you to a seat, but also to assist at the Offertory and be alert to special needs of those present at the service. In an emergency, it is an usher who will summon an ambulance or organize a building evacuation. Ushers assist not only on Sunday mornings, but at funerals, weddings, and other special services, as needed.
Weddings & Funerals