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Worship at Trinity - Let us praise God together!

Worship

At Trinity Church our worship is a community event -- it occurs when we are all together. Each person plays a part: priest, choir, lay eucharistic minister and congregation. Each person is important as he/she uplifts others. Whatever your ministry at Trinity Church, you are a part of worship.

8:00 AM Holy Eucharist Rite I

The 8:00 AM Sunday Eucharist is a dignified, spoken service using Rite I of the Book of Common Prayer, conducted by the priest, with the assistance of a lay eucharistic minister and an acolyte. Rite I uses traditional, more formal language, addressing God using the pronouns thee, thy and thou. The opening prayer in Rite I is:

Almighty God, unto whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love thee, and worthily magnify thy holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen

10:00 AM Holy Eucharist Rite II

At the 10:00 AM Sunday Eucharist, the choir joins the priest, lay eucharistic minister and acolytes. After an organ prelude and an opening hymn, the service is conducted according to Rite II of the Book of Common Prayer. At several points in the service, the congregation and choir sing service music or hymns. On most Sundays, the choir presents an offertory anthem, after which the children taking part in the WoRM program join the congregation for Communion. Rite II uses more modern, less formal language, addressing God using the pronouns you and your. The opening collect in Rite II is:

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen

The Daily Office

Time of Day Name of Service
CockcrowMatins
SunriseLauds
At risingPrime
Mid-morningTerce
NoontimeSext
Mid-afternoonNones
Sunset Vespers or Evensong
BedtimeCompline

The ancient church divided the day into eight canonical hours. These are shown in the table at left. In monastic life, each was consecrated with an office, or prayer service. In the Book of Common Prayer, the offices have been consolidated into four services, Morning Prayer (starting on page 37 and 75), Noonday Prayer (page 103), Evening Prayer (page 61 and 115) and Compline (page 127). Each of the offices is structured with an invitation or opening, one or more psalms, one or more readings from the Bible, prayers of intercession and thanksgiving, the Lord's Prayer, and a closing.

Noonday Prayer is celebrated daily Monday through Friday in the choir pews at the front of the church. The service is usually led by the priest, and sometimes by a lay person.