Worship is the adoration and magnification of God for who He is and what He does. This is the chief aim and purpose of humanity and of all creation. Worship also includes a grateful submission to God, a willing humbleness before our Creator and Redeemer. Worship is then, a combination of shouting and silence; of singing and meditation; of doing and listening. It can and should be a characteristic way of life for God’s people.

WHAT TO EXPECT AT TRINITY

When you come, greeters will meet you in the foyer where you’ll be given a bulletin listing the details of that particular service. In addition to greeters, ushers will be available to assist you in finding your way around.

Start Times:

“Discipleship Hour” (Christian education classes for children and adults) begins at 9:00 a.m, followed by a time of visiting and enjoying snacks in our fellowship hall (10:00 – 10:30).

Sunday Morning Worship Service is at 10:30 a.m. (click here for directions).

Length: The service lasts approximately one hour and fifteen minutes.

Below is a listing of key components of our worship service

Call to Worship – Our service begins with the worship leader (one of the pastors or an elder of our church) reminding us that God calls us to worship him. Through brief remarks he helps to direct our thoughts to God. Then he calls us to worship by with a responsive reading of God’s Word (often taken from the Book of Psalms).

Hymns/Songs of Praise – One of the great joys of Christians is to sing our praise to God. At Trinity we have a mingling of historic and contemporary music. The church-at-large is grounded in a glorious history of wonderful musical offerings. We should not despise this. On the other hand, we want to be ready to receive and use newer creations that are musically and theologically rich. We also use a variety of instrumentation in our services, including organ, piano, stringed instruments, brass, guitar and percussion. The use of these instruments may vary from week to week, depending on the theme of the service and selections of music.

God’s Greeting and Ours – Here we acknowledge that God always comes to us before we come to God. So, words of Scripture are read that convey God’s greeting to us. Time is then given for us to reflect that greeting to one another.

Confession of Sin – We are here reminded that we do not come before God in our own worthiness. We stand in constant need of his pardoning and strengthening grace. The time of confession consists of a scriptural call to confession and prayers of confession (usually silent individual confession followed by a corporate confession read together). This is followed by an assurance of forgiveness in which the worship leader reminds us that when we confess our sins, God forgives us because Jesus died for our sins and was resurrected so that we might have new life in him. This is one of the moments in our service where the good news is made explicit and brings great encouragement to us.

Scripture Reading – One of the main ways we worship God is by listening to his word, the Bible. We follow the long standing Christian tradition of having multiple scripture readings each week: an Old Testament reading, an Epistle reading, and a Gospel reading. The sermon will be based on at least one of these readings, and the others will be chosen to compliment it and to display the beautiful unity of the Bible.

Creed – The congregation recites a common confession of faith declaring the unity of our belief as Christians. We use such historic creeds as the Nicene and Apostles’ Creed. We will also sometimes use confessions of faith taken from our doctrinal standards or directly from Scripture.

Hearing God’s Word – One of the central acts of worship is listening to the teaching of God’s Word. This is generally done by one of our pastors. They tell us what God’s Word means and how to apply it to our daily lives in our relationship with God, family, friends, and to the world around us.

Ministry Focus – Frequently we will devote about five minutes to highlight a particular ministry in our church, someone’s service beyond our church, or an update from one of the missionaries we support. We rejoice that God is acting in our midst.

Prayers of the Church – Every Sunday a pastor or elder of our congregation offers a short prayer on behalf of the whole congregation. We thank God for past blessings, and we plead for continued blessing that will honor his name. We pray not only for special needs within our church but for the needs of the whole world.

Lord’s Supper – We usually celebrate the Lord’s Supper once a month (on the first Sunday of the month). Here we rejoice in the fact that our salvation is grounded in the broken body and shed blood of Jesus on the cross. We understand the Lord’s Supper as more than a bare remembrance of what happened long ago. While not claiming that the elements (bread and wine) themselves change, we affirm the special spiritual presence of our Lord in this sacrament. He feeds us afresh with the riches of his grace as we partake of the elements in genuine faith.

Commission/Benediction/Congregational Response – We commonly close the service with the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) and a proclamation of a Scriptural blessing for the people of God as we’re dismissed. The congregation then responds with a brief affirmation of praise in song.

In the sidebar of this page you can download recent bulletins from our worship services.