Visiting at Trinity
We seek to be a genuinely inviting congregation. While our worship style is somewhat structured, our expectations are most certainly not.
Some folks dress up to attend worship since this has been a part of their church tradition since they were young. Others don’t. Casual dress is more than appropriate for any gathering at Trinity. We believe you ought to feel comfortable.
Our pastor, worship assistants and choir members wear vestments (robes). For Lutherans, worship is, indeed holy – which means set apart from that which we encounter in our lives most of the rest of the week. The vestments worship leaders remind us our gathering is ‘something set apart from daily life.’ It is God’s time and our time to ‘listen, reflect, and engage’ in intentional Christian community.
A user-friendly bulletin contains everything needed to encourage a meaningful experience worship experience, rooted in tradition, yet connected to the present.
What can I/we expect?
We know that checking out a new church can be a challenge: a room full of strangers; how do they worship? How should I dress? Will I be “singled-out” and embarrassingly asked to stand up to be welcomed?
The answer at Trinity to all of those is NO! We realize that the step to make a first-time visit to a new congregation (or, maybe, an entirely new denomination) can be one of the most difficult moves you ever make. And, we don’t want to make it any harder!
When you arrive….
When you visit Trinity plan to arrive a few minutes before 9:30am. You will find marked parking for visitors. You will be greeted in the Narthex (entry area) by someone who will offer you a Bulletin (Order for Worship). If you wish to have help finding a seat, the Greeter will ask an Usher or another member to assist you.
Once seated you may be greeted by a member. You may wish to take time to look over the bulletin and check the “Trending at Trinity” announcements page. In each pew you should find Visitor Cards, please take a moment to complete one so we can know a little about you. When the offering plate is passed, place the card in the plate.
The Bulletin contains everything you need (except the hymns) to ‘navigate’ the service comfortably and meaningfully. You’ll even see red type, called “rubrics” = “red” – which tell you when to stand, or sit. Hymn numbers are indicated in the bulletin, and found back portion of the red book, Evangelical Lutheran Worship (ELW) in front of you.
During The Eucharist (Holy Communion, Lord’s Supper), you will be directed by an usher into one of 2 lines in the center aisle (depending where you are sitting). All Christians -regardless of denomination or age – are invited to participate. You may receive the Sacrament in one of three ways (whichever is most comfortable for you):
Individual Glass: a stand of empty cups is at the head of the center aisle. Take one, and proceed to the Pastor or Assisting Minister who will hand you a wafer with the words: The body of Christ given for you.
- If you wish to receive the wafer on your tongue, simply extend it slightly
- If you wish to commune by Intinction (see below) – no need to take a cup
- If you wish only a blessing (no bread or wine), fold your arms across your chest
Once you have received the wafer you will receive wine from an Assisting Minister by:
- Individual Glass
- Intinction: by dipping the wafer into the Chalice of (real) wine located to either side of the Pastor and presented to you by a member of the congregation serving as an Assisting Minister.
- Common Cup: if your tradition is to drink from the common cup, eat your wafer as you approach the Eucharistic minister, extend your hands, and the Eucharistic minister will guide the Cup to your mouth.
A basket on a stand just to the Assisting Minister’s side is where you place the used cup.
At the End…
Following the last hymn, you are invited to the Parish Hall for coffee and refreshments.