St. Charles, MO

 

Trinity Worship Schedule

WORSHIP SCHEDULE for HOLY WEEK & EASTER:

  • Palm Sunday, 3/25:             Services at 8 & 10:15 am.  Seder Meal from Noon – 2 pm
  • Maundy Thursday, 3/29:    Agape Meal, 6 pm; Worship 7:15 pm, Keeping Watch 9:30p
  • Good Friday, 3/30:              Keeping Watch 12:30a-11:30a; Services – 12 Noon & 7pm
  • Sat. Easter Eve, 3/31:         Great Vigil of Easter 7:30pm
  • Easter Day, 4/1:                   Festival Holy Eucharist 8 & 10:15am.   

          11:45am Easter Coffee & Egg Hunt                


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.


WEEKDAY WORSHIP

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

Thanksgiving: 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.

Christmas Eve (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.

Holy Week

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.

 

 


MUSIC

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 sing in Sunday worship and special services.  They practice on Wednesdays from 7:15-8:30 pm, and warm-up on Sundays at 9:15 am.    The Bell Choir ring bells in worship as scheduled, and for special events.  They practice on Thursdays from 6-7 pm.   The Children’s Choir

sings at special services and at the 5 pm Service on Christmas Eve.   They meet on Sundays after the 10:15 am service on an as needed basis.


Opportunities to Assist in Worship

Every Worship Service at Trinity involves much planning and many people.  Below are various roles one can play in worship.


 

Acolytes

   

Trained young persons, children, and adults who help clergy set the Table in Sunday Worship; light and extinguish candles; carry the Cross, torches, banners, and flags in procession;

may help also in funerals and weddings.

 

Altar Guild

 

Teams of members prepare the Table for worship, clean and care for linens, decorate the church.

 

Lectors

Persons of all ages trained to read Holy Scripture aloud in public worship.

 

Worship Leaders (Licensed Lay Readers & Chalice Bearers)

Licensed by the Bishop to assist clergy in worship and to lead non-Eucharistic services, and are licensed as Eucharistic Ministers.

 

Ushers

Welcome and guide people to seats; gather the offering; assist people to Communion.

 

Choirs:  See information under MUSIC.



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Wed: 6:30 pm

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