What to expect
You will be warmly welcomed.
In Paul’s letter to the Romans, he gives us a command to show hospitality to others. Here at Holy Trinity, we take Paul’s command seriously. We pride ourselves on making everyone who comes through our doors feel welcome. We are a church family in every way that truly loves and cares not only for one another but also for all those who may come to visit us for a day or who hopefully stay with us for a lifetime.
Walking into a new church, or a new denomination, can be an intimidating experience. But don’t let that stop you. To make things a bit easier for you, we offer this brief introduction of what newcomers might expect. If you have questions during the service, feel free to ask someone nearby or one of the ushers at the back of the church.
The Act of Worship
As Episcopalians, we gather in worship to celebrate God’s presence among us. The services follow an order found in our Book of Common Prayer (“common prayer” refers to the prayers we say as a group, in common). We’re a sacramental and liturgical church, acknowledging our traditional rites and roots but open to thoughtful debate.
As you enter the church, you’ll be greeted by an usher and be given a pew bulletin which will guide you through the service, containing all the prayers, responses and readings. It will also tell you when to stand or kneel. Practices vary, even among Episcopalians. Generally, we stand to sing; prayers are said either standing or kneeling; we stand to hear the Gospel and sit to hear the other readings.
On the back of the pews, you will find two books: the blue 1982 Hymnal and the black Book of Common Prayer from which all services are conducted. Pew bulletins are used to make following the services easier, especially for newcomers.
The main service at Holy Trinity is the 10:00 AM service on Sunday morning. There is organ music accompanied by the choir, and childcare in the parish hall for young children. After this service, there is always a well-attended coffee hour in the parish hall. For those who prefer a more meditative service, there is a said service (without music) on Saturday evening at 5:00. (Note: during summer months, we worship on Saturday at 5:00 pm and on Sunday at 9:00 am.) Morning Prayer service (found in the Book of Common Prayer) is offered on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday 9:00 to 9:30 am. On Tuesday at 12 noon, there is a service of healing with a celebration of Holy Eucharist.
An Open Door
When you visit an Episcopal church, you will be a respected and welcomed guest. You will not be singled out in any way nor asked to stand before the congregation nor to come forward. You will simply be part of our family as we worship God. We strive to live by the message of Jesus Christ in which there are no outcasts and every one of God’s creation is welcome.