Visiting

Trinity is a warm and genuinely welcoming congregation for all of God’s beloved children.  While our worship style is somewhat structured, our expectations are most certainly not.  All are welcome at Trinity…regardless!

Some folks dress up for church, since this has been a part of their church tradition since they were young.  Other don’t. Casual dress is more than appropriate for any gathering at Trinity.  We think you ought to feel comfortable as you worship and praise the Living Lord!

Our pastors and worship assistants wear traditional chancel vestments (robes) to provide a sense of good order and holiness to worship. 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.  Our service is a blended service – melding both old traditions, hymns and readings with more contemporary hymnody and liturgy. Our user friendly worship bulletin contains everything needed to encourage a meaningful experience, and changes weekly.

While singing and music have long been a part of the Lutheran tradition (Lutheranism was the faith which Bach embraced after all!), nobody expects you to have a perfect voice – or that you can even to “carry a tune in a bucket!”  We – like the Psalmist urges – make a joyful noise unto the Lord, not necessarily a professional one!

Should I be leery?

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? Will I leave feeling worse than when I came in?

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) is 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’ll find marked parking for visitors. You will be greeted in the Narthex (entry room) by someone who will hand you the day’s Bulletin (Order for Worship).  If you wish to have help in finding a seat, the Greeter will ask an Usher or another member to escort you. (But, we feel you’re perfectly capable of seating yourself!)  There are no “reserved” seats.

Announcements and the Friendship Pad

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 there are small holders with Visitor cards, please take a moment to complete one so we can know a little about you. When the offering plate comes around, drop the card in the plate.

The Bulletin

The Bulletin contains everything you need (except the hymns) to ‘navigate’ the service comfortably and meaningfully. The hymn numbers are indicated in the Bulletin, and found in either the red (Evangelical Lutheran Worship) or blue (With One Voice) hymnals in the pew rack in front of you. You’ll even see the red type rubrics – which tell you when to stand, or sit.

The Eucharist

At The Eucharist (Holy Communion), you will be directed by an usher into one of 2 lines in the center aisle (depending on which side you’re sitting). All Christians -regardless of denomination or age – are invited to The Eucharist. 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/Celebrant 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
  • If you are sensitive to gluten, just whisper that to the Pastor and a gluten-free wafer will be handed to you

Once you have received the wine from the Eucharistic minister, there is a disposal basket on a stand just to his/her right. Place your used cup in the basket

  • 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 Eucharistic Minister for the day
  • 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 lips

At the End…

Following the Recessional Hymn, weather permitting,  exit through the rear door (opposite the one you came in) which opens into the Courtyard.  You are invited across the courtyard to the Parish Hall for coffee and goodies.

 

And, oh yeah, BTW: Glad you came! Come again!