Worship and Music
Worship and the celebration of a living, caring, active God in our midst is the central core of who – and whose- Trinity Church is and strives to be. We are deeply rooted in the long tradition of Lutheran liturgical worship which provides the richness of Christian worship through the ages – but kicks it up a notch into the 21st Century through what’s called a blended service: a meaningful and creative combination of historically-revered liturgy, updated with contemporary language. Our hymnody is mostly tradition (we don’t have a praise band – but, we’re open to that for another service), led by our magnificent pipe organ – the king of instruments.
We believe your faith ought to work for you every day – not just for an hour on Sunday, and we don’t require you to leave your brain at the front door. We want you to connect your weekday life (the good, bad, and ugly of it all) with the challenging, refreshing, healing, and hope-filled promises of the risen Christ in a way that truly makes a difference in how you feel, interact, and grow all the other days of the week.
Sunday morning worship is at 9:30am. Dress is casual. The bulletin contains all you need to participate (no fumbling through books that take 12 fingers to keep-up but God only gave you 10!) Kids are welcome (but, we have a Nursery, too). And, there’s a Fellowship Hour – always with awesome homemade goodies – right after worship.
As Lutherans, we follow the Church Year Calendar – which denotes special days and time for specific celebrations and observations. Each Fall – sometime in October, Trinity holds a community-wide Blessing of the Animals in remembrance of St. Francis, patron saint of animals where our thanks for God’s gifts of Creation, and our household pets are blessed.
During Advent (the 4 weeks leading up to Christmas), we share in Evensong, a contemplative, gentle, candlelit 30-minute service each Sunday, preceded by a free Community Concert featuring local musicians.
Ash Wednesday marks the start of Lent: the time leading up to Easter and includes both a Noon and 7pm worship service with the imposition of ashes, a cross from the ashes of last year’s Palm Sunday palm branches is made on your forehead as the Pastor repeats to each of us the words God spoke to Adam in the mists of primeval history in the Garden of Eden: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Weekday Lenten worship services vary from year-to-year.
Palm Sunday (the Sunday before Easter) worship begins with the Procession of Palms from outside to inside the sanctuary, and ends in silence as Holy Week begins. During Holy Week – on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday – opportunity is provided for worship and reflection on the night in which he was betrayed (Maundy Thursday), and a Tenebrae service of diminishing light on Good Friday. Both are at 7pm.
Holy Saturday usually includes a community-wide Easter egg hunt. And, on Easter Sunday, we begin with a congregation-wide breakfast (the Lenten fast is over), and festival Holy Communion/Eucharist (a Greek word meaning “thanksgiving”) is at 9:15am.
Summer worship is a bit more ‘casual’ (and sometimes shorter!), but remains at 9:15am. No Christian Formation is held during the summer months.
The Lutheran Church is also known as the singing church, the church of Bach, so congregational singing plays a major role in our worship liturgy. It matters not how well you sing – only that we all make a joyful noise to the Lord as his children. An adult choir, recorder ensemble, children’s choir, and (in the plans) a handbell chime choir attract those who wish to lead that joyful noise in worship. Rehearsals are held weekly.